10 Questions You’ve Always Had about Water

You’ve heard it over and over; water is key to a variety of health benefits, including beautiful skin, proper muscle and joint function, and improved mood.  How many of the statements you’ve heard are actually true though? Here are 10 common questions surrounding water, and whether they’re popular answers are fact or fiction. See how many you thought you knew!

1- Does everyone need 8 cups of water a day?

Drinking 8 glasses a day is not a rule set in stone. The truth is that fluid needs vary from person to person. Factors like weight, exercise levels, climate, and the quantity of water-rich foods you eat (usually food provides about 20% of your hydration needs) all play a role. Divide your body weight in pounds by two for a general estimate of the amount of ounces you should drink per day. For cups, divide that number by 8. 

2- Is plain water the perfect source of hydration?

While plain water is a smart choice for hydration, it is not the only option you have. Most fluids like flavoured water, tea, green tea, coffee, fruit and vegetable juices, sports drinks and hydrating foods like cucumbers and melons count too! Note that not all fluids hydrate. Alcohol, for example, dehydrates you (dehydration is one of the symptoms of a hangover) and is calorie-dense and usually nutrient-empty, as are most pops and sugary beverages.

While water is calorie-free and and has no additives, depending on your needs the other options provide benefits as well. Sports drinks, for example, are helpful to athletes exercising for prolonged periods of time. Tea and coffee may provide the caffeine jolt you need to curb a headache. Flavoured water is a simple way to add antioxidants from fruit to otherwise plain water. Choose the best option for you.

3- Will drinking water help me lose weight?

This statement is true, but probably not for the reasons you think. Water itself does not cause weight loss, but replacing calorie-rich fluids like pop and juices with water decreases calorie intake, which does cause weight loss. Sipping on water instead of snacking helps save calories as well.

4- Should I drink before or after a meal?

As a child, I was constantly told not to drink with my meals because then I wouldn’t be hungry. Some also believe that water dissolves the stomach’s digestive juices, resulting in poorly digested food. In reality, water actually aids in digestion, and while it is true that it fills you up, this is beneficial for those of us trying to eat less. Moderation is key, of course. Instead of guzzling down glass after glass throughout a meal, take small sips to slow down your eating pace, help avoid overeating, break down food, and aid in digestion. Water consumption is particularly important when consuming a fiber-rich meal too, as it will help avoid constipation!

5- Will water make me gain weight?

On the opposite side of the spectrum, most of us experience weight gain with increased water intake. Luckily, weight fluctuations due to water (and food!) are natural and the water weight (not fat!) gained will eventually be lost. Water also reduces bloating, which can reflect a drop on the scale too.  Avoid scale induced frustration by weighing yourself on the same scale at the same time each week.

6- Does lemon water help burn more calories?

Speeding up your metabolism is one way to burn more calories, but a glass of water with squeezed lemon won’t do the trick. While the vitamin C content may benefit your immune system, your metabolism won’t be directly affected as it is by thermogenic foods. Enjoy lemon water as a flavorful alternative to plain water, but don’t count on it  as a primary way to shed pounds!

7- Can I drink too much water?

Believe it or not, you can, although this occurrence is very rare. It is known as water intoxication and characterized by excess fluid in the body’s cells. The excess causes sodium to be diluted and your homeostatic concentration gradient to be thrown off. The average person should not worry about water intoxication as long as they don’t consume large volumes all at once. At risk are infants who drink too much for their kidneys to process, athletes who drink too much water after sweating out electrolytes, and people with health conditions like high blood pressure, edema, and kidney problems.

8- Is bottled water the safest to drink

A bottled water craze has taken storm in developing and first-world countries alike due to concern for contaminants. The concern is justified when you’re using the water for everything from washing your hands to cooking a meal. The safety of tap water does depend on where you live though. Canadian drinking water is among the safest in the world, and any contaminants (like lead) are quickly detected through close monitoring of supplies. If you’re still concerned, a simple water filter may help (and save you money!).

9- Will I know when I’m dehydrated?

Yes. Thirst is an early sign of possible dehydration, but it does not mean that you are already dehydrated. You feel thirst (and can sometimes mistake it for hunger) when your water balance is anywhere from 1 to 5 percent off homeostasis levels. Consciously sipping on fluids throughout the day should be enough to avoid this and other progressive signs of dehydration like feeling cranky, tired, or having a headache. This is especially important for older adults, as their sense of thirst may be dulled.

10- Does water cleanse and hydrate my body from the inside?

Vibrant skin and inner cleansing are two perceived benefits surrounding water intake that are not completely unfounded. Sufficient water does aid the kidneys in their function of cleansing toxins and expelling them through urine. The more often you drink, the more often toxins will be expelled. This cleansing effect may also contribute to youthful skin, but outside factors like climate, quantity of oil glands, and moisturizing play a bigger role.

 

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Forgive yourself and lose weight

I came across this article and wanted to share it with you all.  Enjoy xoxoxoxox Truly love yourself completely ❤

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As you well know, February is the month of love! But as you’re honoring friends, partners and loved ones with hearts, cards, and roses, I’m going to urge you also to honor your most important relationship: the one you have with your own body.

And I’ll tell you the number-one thing you can do to honor that relationship, and to begin to love your body unconditionally as you create permanent, positive results…

Forgive yourself.

Yes… this might sound simple, but if you’re like so many on a weight-loss journey, you can be relentless when it comes to self-criticism and contempt for yourself and your body. When you let go of the guilt and shame about how you look or how you’ve treated your body, you enter a world of love and positivity that helps you create the healthy body you want and deserve.

A self-forgiving state of mind helps you more easily release negative judgments of yourself. You’re then less likely to act on those feelings by hurting yourself and your body. You’ll naturally want to take better care of your body. You see, when you learn to love yourself unconditionally and forgive yourself more readily, you’re likely to eat healthier foods, give your body the movement it needs, and talk to yourself with greater compassion.

On the other hand, when your body is filled with the poisonous energies of self-contempt (and I know you have experienced times like this), you’re more likely to turn to food for comfort or self-punishment. The negative feelings can quickly lead to a very old and familiar sense of being out of control or a victim.

As you begin to develop the habit of self-forgiveness you will notice significant changes in your physical health and in your ability to no longer rely on food for comfort. And when you feel that love for yourself and your body, you might, for example, be less likely to skip Zumba class in order to head right home after work and watch TV.

So, how do you forgive yourself?

It takes patience and persistence. Here are three heart-based exercises to help you open to the healing power of self-forgiveness, love yourself more and bring peace to your mind.

1. Be Willing to Forgive Yourself

Self-forgiveness starts with a willingness to release guilt, shame and self-hatred. Open the space for this healing energy to enter your mind and body by setting the intention to do so.

Simply say to yourself right now: “I want to forgive myself.”

Additionally, write these words down on paper several times:

“I want to forgive myself. I want to love myself fully and treat myself with loving kindness.”

This may seem like a very simple process. It is. Don’t equate simple with ineffective. A sincere and deliberate intention to stop berating yourself, and to forgive yourself when you do, helps you take charge of your life, feel less like a victim, and stop the cycle of emotional eating.

2. Wrap Negative Thoughts in Love

We all fall into old patterns. So the next time you slip back into less than healthy eating or exercise habits and berate yourself with unkind words, turn to your heart for comfort.

For example, instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts and feelings, remind yourself you can stop. Take a deep breath. Then, focus your attention on your heart and at the same time think of a beautiful memory or someone you love. I learned this exercise from the Institute of HeartMath and it helps you feel calm very quickly. Then, say this affirmation to yourself or out loud while keeping your attention on your heart:

“I release these thoughts and feelings (or shame and guilt, etc.) into the arms of Love and I open to loving and forgiving myself.”

Directing your attention to your heart infuses your words with calming, heart-based energy. It is as if you are wrapping your self-contempt in a blanket of love.

3. Connect to Your Heart, Literally

Become quiet. Place your hand on your heart. Feel your heart beat. Now, while keeping your hand on your heart, say to yourself:

“I totally and completely love and accept myself with all my problems and all my limitations.”

Feel into this process. Repeat several times daily.

This exercise helps you connect with the loving energy of your heart. Your heart doesn’t judge you for overeating or for talking harshly to yourself. It simply keeps beating on. Feel that beautiful, consistent heartbeat and know that you are loved by the pure energy within it.

Practice the above steps faithfully and you’ll begin to create a lightness of spirit within you.

Be patient and have faith. Over time you’ll notice that the love you give to yourself on the inside will be reflected in the ways you care for yourself and look and feel on the outsid

Read more: Forgive Yourself and Lose Weight http://caloriecount.about.com/forgive-yourself-lose-weight-b623140#ixzz2saKDITwW

Merry Christmas! Try this healthy dish!

A New Twist on a Hearty Winter Dish

With the mercury dropping outside (and, in some cases, the snow piling up), a hearty meal might just be in store. This hearty dish combines lean protein with sweet (and a little tart) Granny Smith apple to make your taste buds happy without messing with your hunger-hormone ghrelin. Add some simple puréed winter squash on the side to round out this delicious dish!

 

 

Pork Chops With Apples and Thyme

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 16 ounces boneless pork loin chops, (4 4-ounce chops), 1/2 inch thick, trimmed of fat
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple (or any tart apple), peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup organic apple cider, or organic apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Preparation

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons broth and cornstarch in a small bowl.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add chops and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-high and add onion to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until it starts to soften and brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add apple and cook, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining broth, cider (or juice), mustard, thyme and the cornstarch mixture.
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring, until thickened and glossy, about 1 minute. Return the chops to the pan and heat through. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Proud to be a Loser

Every season of The Biggest Loser, I found myself saying “Alright Danielle! This is it! We’re going to lose the weight right along with the contestants.”

However, every episode I found myself eating chips and dips, ice cream and popcorn while watching “The Biggest Loser.” So instead of losing the weight along with the contestants… I was gaining weight while putting my health in jeopardy.  I was happy and content eating this junk food and and sitting on the couch.  I would cry, but obviously deep down I was okay with what I was doing, because it kept happening week after week.

Until a two years ago.  I had finally smartened up.  Last year during “The Biggest Loser” I felt pride.  I felt a sense of accomplishment.  I had written my own weight loss story.  I watched that season knowing I had won the battle against obesity.  Sure, I still have a little ways to go… but I no longer have over 100lbs to lose.. I’m at my last 40lbs! It’s exciting.

I’m sitting here tonight feeling a little intimidated knowing what I’m up against.  I know the hard work that’s going to be taking place to achieve my goals.  But ITS GOING TO BE WORTH IT!! This is what I love love love about what I do.  I want everyone to know that every bit of hard work, every tear, every drip of sweat.. is WORTH IT! We are truly all in it together.

So.. what a better way for you to start your weight loss journey than with an inspiring first episode of “The Biggest Loser!” 
I know I’m sitting here excited.  Something about Bob and Jill gets my adrenaline going.  I’m heading to the gym after this episode.  I know I’m going to be in for a great workout.  Something about watching this show gets me more and more inspired and READY!  

We’re all embarking on these journey’s.  I’m here to ensure you stay motivated.  I’m here to remind you of WHY you’re choosing to save your life.  I’m here to help plan your daily meals.  I’m here for you, remember that.  I will probably make you mad sometimes.. telling you something you don’t want to hear — no, not because I’m trying to be Jillian, Bob or a bitch.  It’s because I personally know the hard work and tears that come along with weight loss success.  I know sometimes we need to hear the things we don’t want to hear.  

I’m not going to promise that you’re not going to have days where you wake up and feel that you can’t do this.  You’ll probably wake up tomorrow thinking this exact thing.  Heck, I still have those days.  But what I live by… is you CAN.. hense why it’s tattooed on my wrist along with my start weight.  Remember, I’ve BEEN there.. I’ve done that.. I’m STILL doing this.

Guys… obesity sucks.  Being overweight sucks.  Eating that Big Mac and french fries may taste good at the time, but the aftermath SUCKS.

But it’s going to be worth it.  When you’re at your goal weight.. or when you achieve that chin up you never thought you could do, you’re going to be so proud.  I’m going to be proud….. I’ve never been able to do a chin up ..EVER.  So I know once I can do chin ups.. it’ll be a small, but meaningful victory.

So tonight, think of something you’ve always wanted to do, but your weight has stopped you.  Write that down.  Remember it.  Use that as fuel.. keep going.. we can do this.  You can do this. 

I care, I’m here every step of the way.

I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes from the episode 🙂 Have a great evening my lovelies..

“Use your pain for your benefit.” – Dovette

“If you do not have that thing you are here to fight for,  every single day will feel like a punishment.  If you have that WHY, you can tolerate any HOW.” – Jillian