Alkaline Water?

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Several people close to me have recently been touting the benefits of alkaline water, so I decided to do some research.  There are claims that it improves yous skin, soothes acid reflux, promotes increased hydration, and even reduces cancer risk.  According to various sources including healthline, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.  However, some of my friends and family members swear that it makes a noticeable difference.  Could this just be a placebo effect?  I think I’m going to have to find out for myself, so I just ordered some 5 gallon jugs from Tribeca Beverage Co. to give it a shot myself.

Photo: https://www.sdcwa.org/

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SPF from Food?

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One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That, sends me regular emails with great nutrition and weight-loss secrets.  They have some awesome lists and are very informative, but this one article is a really new concept to me: you can get SPF benefits from food!  The idea never crossed my mind before.  And not only do you get sun-protection benefits from foods, but some of my most favorite foods in particular, like wine, bell peppers, almonds, and even dark chocolate!  No wonder I never burn–I’m making up for my lack of external sunblock by eating it.  Ha!  Seriously though, as I’ve been getting way more serious about skin-care, it’s so important to protect your biggest organ from harmful sun rays, regardless of the weather.  Now you can do it from the inside out. 🙂

Full article: https://www.eatthis.com/sun-protecting-foods/?utm_source=nsltr&utm_medium=email&utm_content=dehydrationstation&utm_campaign=etntNewsletter

P.S. The photo credit goes to Daily Burn and they have some tips for sun protection as well: https://dailyburn.com/life/lifestyle/sun-safety-best-sunscreens/

Brain Food

Check out this great  IIFYM article : 9 Foods That Are Beneficial for Cognitive Health.

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For those of you that are unfamiliar with IIFYM, it stands for If It Fits Your Macros and you can learn more about that healthy lifestyle switch here.

Becoming a Morning Person

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Punctuality, particularly first thing in the morning, has never been my strongest suit.  I’m such a motivated person throughout the day, and that fire can stay strong well into the evening hours when I should be winding down; then getting up and running in the morning is hell.  I read this fantastic article from Foundr about some important tips for getting better sleep, which makes mornings a bit more bearable.  These are tools I’d teach to clients in therapy and they’re proven to help.

The gist is:

  • Make yourself a to-do list for tomorrow
  • Adjust your mindset and think differently about mornings
  • Don’t use your phone (tablet/computer/whatever else) before bed (you can read more about the harmful effects of the blue light they omit in this Harvard article)
  • Have a routine to help yourself turn down and cue your body for sleep

They also threw in some #neuroscience and a link for these awesome morning oat recipes!  So basically you must check out this fantastic article and get on track to have more productive and stress-free mornings.

photo credit: realsimple

More Research Supporting Cheat Meals :)

 

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This article is just a little more science behind why having a “cheat meal” will help you reach your fitness goals all the same.

21 Days Later

So I’ve made it through 21 days of “clean” Paleo-ish Crossfit-eating!  Yay!  I’ve lost 13 lbs since my weigh-in on day 1.  I also measure about 2 inches less around my waist and 2 inches around my buttocks.  I feel great and I’m so glad I did it.

I had a few cheat meals and definitely noticed the change in water weight when carbs are cut or added back.  Read about why this happens here: Understanding Body Weight and Glycogen Depletion.  Although a good portion of initial weight loss is from water stored with glycogen, continuing on a healthy life path will lead to fat loss and muscle gain with time and dedication.

But the bottom line is: if you’re on the fence about making healthy changes, it’s sooo worth it!

“Stay Motivated for the Long Haul”

It’s been 1 week of my changes to a lifestyle of fitness, so I thought I’d post this motivational message.  It’s from a site called Meditations for Women.

“Keep the passion for change alive.”

When you decide to change something in your life you start out with commitment, determination and passion to make it happen. But, as time passes the euphoria that dominated your thoughts has a way of waning.

If you let your passion completely fizzle out, the commitment you made becomes internalized as failure. You feel like you let yourself down. Your self esteem and self confidence sink.  Don’t let this happen!

Realize it is up to you and nobody else to stay motivated. Dig deep within your being and keep pushing to reach your goal. It’s up to you to keep the passion fire alive and you can do it.

Right now is the time to go the extra mile. You have come such a long way   now is not the time to quit!

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: The passion for change is alive within me.