Archive for September 30, 2013

Soda Alternative

Soda is full of sugar, and it’s bad for you.  If you have fat around the middle of your body you can thank sugar for that.  Seriously, research it.  How do you kick a soda addiction?  Replace it with something good, like nutrient infused water.

Here is a link to a recipe for Mint, Cucumber, Lemon water and here is what one of my readers has to say about it:

“i been trying [this] drink out for the last couple of days (and eating the contents in the evening!) well all i can say is it really has got things moving (and i didn’t know i had things which needed to be moved lol!) got to be good for me!!”

 

This recipe is supposed to be a “fat flush” drink:

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This site lists 8 different “detox” water recipes:

http://bembu.com/detox-water-recipes

 

Truthfully, drinking some of these instead of soda may suck at first, until your taste buds change.  Just proceed with the understanding that after you go a while without the soda (sugar) your taste buds will change over time.  Once they do, the infused waters will actually taste good and the soda will eventually taste gross.

Also, for me, the more processed sugar I consume, the more I crave.  As long as I stay away from it, I didn’t crave it.. but it generally takes about 2-4 weeks for the cravings to disappear after cutting processed sugar out completely.

Coconut water is also good for you but it may taste pretty disgusting at first, especially if it’s packaged.  Again, as your taste buds change, the taste will improve.  Coconut water from Young Thai Coconuts is sweeter and yummiliscious! Here is what they look like:

Coconut

If you’re in the Wichita, Kansas area, you can find them at Green Acres, or you can save some money and go to an Asian store to buy them.  Finally, you can even make one of my personal favorites, good old fashioned, home-made lemonade.  Click here for the recipe.  Cheers!

Lemonade

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In Love and Gratitude,

Jodi

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Anti-oxidant & Detox Lemonade

PITCHERLemonade
35 oz water
7 Lemons
7 Oz Sweetener (Maple Syrup, Honey, etc)
Optional:  Ice Cubes

SINGLE SERVE
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
Juice of one fresh lemon
6-8 oz water
Optional:  Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS
Juice the lemon into a glass
Add Sweetener and Water, then stir
Optional:  Add Ice

Lemons are incredibly healing.  They are alkalizing, and have strong strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers.  They also have anti-oxidant powers and contain large amounts of vitamin C (nearly half the daily recommended dosage).  Lemons also assist in healing and cleansing the liver and, did you know that lemons lower blood sugar?  It’s true!

Back when I had metabolic syndrome, when my blood sugars would go higher than I wanted, I would drink fresh squeezed lemon juice in water to bring it back under control.  I know it works because I tested my blood sugar levels before and after.  Neat stuff!  Hippocrates said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and they medicine be thy food”… there is something to that statement.  After all, Hippocrates was was a pretty smart dude.

An excerpt from an excellent  source, whfoods.com:

“Vitamin C travels through the body neutralizing any free radicals with which it comes into contact in the aqueous environments in the body both inside and outside cells. Free radicals can interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes, and also cause a lot of inflammation, or painful swelling, in the body. This is one of the reasons that vitamin C has been shown to be helpful for reducing some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Since free radicals can damage blood vessels and can change cholesterol to make it more likely to build up in artery walls, vitamin C can be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease.

Vitamin C is also vital to the function of a strong immune system. The immune system’s main goal is to protect you from illness, so a little extra vitamin C may be useful in conditions like colds, flus, and recurrent ear infections.

Owing to the multitude of vitamin C’s health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.”
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KICK-START YOUR DIGESTIVE PROCESS FOR THE DAY
For the next three weeks, and on an empty stomach, try drinking freshly squeezed lemon juice in a warm (not hot) glass of water with a little bit of honey first thing in the morning to kickstart the digestion process for the day.  and see what it does for your digestion.  Let me know how it works for you!  Read more here about the benefits of drinking warm water.  Everyone is different, so test out quantities for yourself.  For me personally, I drink about a quart of fluid in the morning, minimum.  Most days I drink more than that.  It seems the more fluid I take in the morning, the better my digestion.
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Read more here about how healing it is!

In Love & Gratitude,

Jodi <3

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