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TIP #16: Drink it by the Liter!

This week my daughter told me that she had already lost over 24 pounds since giving birth to my grand-baby last week.  She said she was drinking a ton of water and that was really helping her!

Something as simple as "drinking water" doesn't phase most of us.  We are all fortunate enough to have plenty of drinking water and it is easy to take for granted.  But, the gift of WATER benefits so much of our lives!

I was just recently watching a You-Tube video on skin care and the topic was Drinking Water.  The model said that she attributes much of her flawless skin to drinking over a Liter of water right when she gets up in the morning! Then, she continues to drink lots throughout the day.

I always try to drink water throughout the day, but now I am really trying to monitor the amount, especially in the morning.

Approximately 2/3 of the human body is water and 90% of the brain is comprised of water.  The skin is largely supported by water and this is why being dehydrated will age a person by creating dry, wrinkled skin.  I have noticed increased moisture in my skin since increasing my water intake.  This is especially important to me now during the winter when I tend to dry out more with the low humidity(water) in the air.

The success of weight loss or management also largely depends on water intake.  Water helps a person feel full so that they don't eat as much.  It also revs up the metabolism which is critical for weight management!

A tip for drinking more water is to set a timer for a glass every hour, or keep a glass near you to remind you to drink up!

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TIP #14: Drink it with the Mother!

You know something works when your college freshman asks if you can buy him some for his dorm room!  When my son started college, we shopped for all his dorm essentials.  But, he was the one that added APPLE CIDER VINEGAR to our shopping list!

He told me it definitely helps him when he starts to feel a cold and sore throat coming on.  We always had our kids gargle with a couple of tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and six ounces of warm water the instant they felt sick.  It is a health remedy I learned from my Mom for getting rid of sore throats quick and it really helps!

But what I love about Apple Cider Vinegar is that it is good for so many other health issues, too.  I like to drink a tablespoon with a glass of water daily as it helps with my digestion.  It is very good for gall bladder health and breaking up gallstones!

One of the biggest benefits that studies show for ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar is that it helps lower blood sugar to stave off diabetes.  This is a HUGE benefit as so many people struggle with pre-diabetes and diabetes these days!

The Apple Cider Vinegar that is the best one to buy is the Bragg's Organic Unfiltered "With the Mother".  The "Mother" is loaded with anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to fight infections.

Finally, I love drinking Apple Cider Vinegar because it has been shown to help with weight management and energy.  If you drink a couple of teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, just be sure to dilute it in a glass of water before drinking it and rinse your mouth afterwards. It is very acidic and can damage the enamel on your teeth if left on them.

If you are interested in learning more about the MANY benefits and uses of Apple Cider Vinegar, here is a wonderful article about it: Link

 

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TIP #13: Indulge in the Alligator Pear :)

When my grand-baby was around 4 months old, she started eating solid foods.  I knew that my daughter only wanted to feed her whole natural fruits and veggies (not processed food from baby jars).  So when she stayed with us, I had to find the perfect food to feed her.  That's when I fed her the AVOCADO (or the "Alligator Pear" as some refer to it).

The avocado represented the "perfect" 1st food for my grand-baby.  It is a SUPER-FOOD with over 20 vitamins and minerals in each avocado.  It has an abundant amount of healthy fats known as monounsaturated fats that help the developing brain (and us "old" brains, too :)

The avocado is easily digested and has a whopping 10-15 grams of fiber in each one!   Because of the high fiber content, it helps stave off diabetes because it digests slowly and reduces blood sugar spikes.  Additionally, because of the amount of fiber and healthy fat, avocados help you feel full longer which helps to maintain a healthy weight.

I make sure to eat at least one avocado daily because one of the most fabulous benefits about avocados is that they contain a good amount of Carotenoids which help with eye health. Maintaining healthy eyes is very important to me as I have suffered from eye problems due to some thyroid issues I have struggled with.

Another very healthy benefit of avocados is that the type of fat that they have in them helps the body absorb other nutrients that are fat soluble. For instance, adding avocado to a salad helps your body absorb more of the nutrients from the other veggies!

As for skin health and beauty, the avocado has large amounts of Antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E!  You can even make a nourishing face mask with an avocado to apply topically to the skin.  I find that the OIL is so wonderful that I add the oil to my hair when I am shampooing for added shine.

Added to all of that, avocados fight cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease and high blood pressure (they even have more potassium than bananas)!

My husband and I are delighted our grand-babies love the avocado and we try to feed them one every time they visit.

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TIP #11: Almonds and Coconuts

One of the biggest challenges we found with the Paleo Diet when we first started doing it was that we no longer would be eating the usual breads.  After a short time we got used to it, and we started feeling much better staying away from the grains!

However, we every so often get a craving for some baked goods, so we had to find the recipes for baking some breads and muffins that were Paleo.

The flours that are mostly used for the Paleo Lifestyle are ALMOND Flour and COCONUT Flour!  Here is one of our favorite recipes that my husband loves making.  These muffins are good for breakfast with a nice Egg Omelet with veggies and some bacon (All Paleo)!

PALEO BANANA NUT MUFFINS:

4 Ripe/Soft Bananas, mashed with a fork 

4 Eggs

1/2 Cup Almond Butter

2 TBSP Coconut Oil, Melted

1 TSP Vanilla

1/2 Cup Coconut Flour

2 TSP Cinnamon

1/2 TSP Nutmeg

1 TSP Baking Powder

1 TSP Baking Soda

1/4 TSP Salt

Instructions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a muffin tin with cups. In a large bowl, mix using a hand blender the bananas, eggs, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla.  

2.  Add the coconut flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Blend until it is a wet mixture.

3.  Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and pour batter evenly into muffin tins, filling each about 2/3 full.

4.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (check with toothpick until clean). Serve warm or store in refrigerator.  Makes 12 muffins.

 

Other variations include adding blueberries or small apple pieces.  

These muffins are really yummy, and the only sugar in the muffins comes from the fruit.  My Grand-babies LOVE them, and we do too! :)

 

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