… 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!
Some eats from today:
Vanilla Greek yogurt with HolyCrap! + walnuts
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.
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!
- 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