When life gives you lemons…

… make lemon water! Heheh. Whaaa? Not what you were expecting? Lemonade is great and all (no, really, I do love it), but nothing beats starting the day with lemon water!

I got into the habit of squeezing 1/4 of a fresh lemon into a glass of water every morning a few months ago & have never looked back ;). My main motivator behind this is to kick start the hydration process for the day, but it apparently has some serious health benefits too! I don’t know how evidence-based these studies or claims are, but supposedly, starting your day with lemon water…

  • stimulates the digestive system, improving the body’s natural ability to absorb nutrients
  • helps to gently flush your kidneys & your liver of wastes and toxins
  • can help to cleanse the lymphatic system (another toxin-eliminator)

Lemons also contain vitamin C & the antioxidant eriocitrin, which may protect against oxidative stress in the liver.

So… try it out! Make a vow to yourself to start every morning with water + squeezed lemon. You may just fall in love with it!

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Some eats from today:

Vanilla Greek yogurt with HolyCrap! + walnuts

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Amazing salad that took me LITERALLY three minutes to toss together – organic mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds, aged white cheddar (mmm my favourite!) + maple balsamic dressing.

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One of these is not like the other….

KID’S VITAMINS! Hahah! I struggle with swallowing large pills & have become deathly afraid of doing so, so I’ve started having kids chewable multi-vitamins! I figure it’s better than nothing ;)

Today at work I had a phenomenal oatmeal-raisin cookie. GAH. You may be starting to notice a pattern here… – I can’t resist the office treats! I swear, they are evil & I cannot deny them. Something about free food just excites me ;) Around the holidays, our office is just jamming with sweets of every imaginable variety and I am in heaven.

My workout today was from Women’s Health. I LOVE the magazine & am a proud monthly subscriber! The workout was called “The Best At-Home Ab Exercises.” I must say, though, that that title is a lie… in a good way. The workout had my heart pumping like a wild woman for 40-minutes & it worked everything – not just abs! It actually felt like my arms were burning the most. In fact, as I type this, my arms are still hating me! I started with a 5-minute brisk walk on the treadmill & then got right down to business. Try the workout @ Women’s Health online here.

Also, at the excellent suggestion of one of my friends, I’ve added descriptions on all the weight moves & workouts that I posted earlier. I’ll continue to do this going forward as well so that it’ll (hopefully) be easier for you guys to try them out! I know it can be kind of hard to follow written instructions for exercises, so if there are any specific ones you are unsure of, holler at me & I’ll send you a link to a picture (alternatively, you can Google any of the exercise names to see a short video or picture).

In other news, the weather in Toronto today was fantastic! After being chilly for the past few days, it was up to 24 & sunny! It had me itching for the summer!

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Questions:

  • Do you have any simple health tips or tricks that are part of your daily routine?
  • Are you looking forward to the summer as much as I am?

Have a great night! xx

Love,

A

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5 thoughts on “When life gives you lemons…

  1. I am reading this post entirely in your voice in my head. I love it!

    Any flavour in my water gets me to drink way more if it – chunks of ginger, cucumber, limes, berries, grapefruit, etc. And I love sparkling water too! It feels more special than chugging out of a bottle all day. xo

    PS your salad looks delish!

    • Amandaaaa! Thanks for the lovin’ :) Hope you’re doing well! Do you have one of those really neato waterbottles that has the seperater/filter for add-ins? I’ve seen a few before & always thought “oh I should totally get that…” .. and then somehow never do. I bet mint would be good, too! Mm yes. Sparkling water is filling, too!

  2. I can’t wait for summer! I’ll be spending most of it in Calgary instead of England – 30C and Stampede here I come! YAHOO!

    I love putting mint leaves in a bottle of water and leaving it in the fridge. It’s so refreshing.

    Oh, and I also wanted to add that I am a bit of a slave to office treats too. My desk is right behind reception and I walk past them all. day. long. Argh. So hard to resist. Usually I can’t!

    • That’s awesome! Are you from Calgary? Do you muddle the mint leaves or just drop them in the water? I feel so silly asking that question.. but really, I wanna know! Minty water will be the non-alcoholic drink of choice for summer 2012 – woohoo!

      • I’m sure the flavour is stronger if you muddle them but I just toss in the leaves (like 5 or 6 for a bottle that must be about a litre and a half) and let them sit for a while. It’s a nice subtle taste :)

        I am from Calgary! I’ve been away for 6 years living abroad and I am so stoked to move home. I miss it so much (especially the sunshine!).

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