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15 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WATER HATERS

We all know we need to drink more water.

But what if you hate it?

What’s a girl to do?

But I hate water! Tips and tricks to drink more!

Keep reading for some tips and tricks.

 We know that we need 8 to 10 cups of fluid, each day. But it all doesn’t have to be water! We also learned that if we drink water before our meals it may help us lose weight.

I’ve made water my BFF and it is my beverage of choice. But I know some people who really hate to drink water. They would never choose water. Here are some tips and tricks I use and some I found on the internet.

  1. Whenever you brush your teeth drink a small glass of water.

  2. Buy yourself a really pretty water bottle. Take it with you.

  3. Experiment with temperature. Maybe you’ll like ice-cold water or room temperature. Pick one!

  4. Buy a fruit infusion water pitcher. Place frozen or fresh fruit in the insert and add water. The water is lightly flavored and colored.

  5. Buy some sparkling water. It has some sodium added but no extra calories. It is a good substitute for soda, or pop as we call it in Canada.

  6. Add lemon or lime slices to your water. Or try cucumber. This adds flavor and nutrients.

  7. Drink herbal teas. Just limit the sugar you add.

  8. Eat more fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are all good choices.

  9. Try drinking with a straw. It is easier to sip and you will be surprised how quickly the glass empties.

  10. You can get techy and try an app to track your consumption. cool app

  11. Try diluting a strong flavored juice like grape or cranberry with water.

  12. Filter your water to enhance the flavor. Purchase a filter pitcher like Brita.

  13. Buy bottled water. It’s worth every penny if it helps you drink more.

  14. Make it a habit. Associate drinking water with something you enjoy. When you watch TV, sip from a pretty water bottle. When you first get home have a glass of water. After your morning shower have a glass of water. You get the idea.

  15. Reward yourself for drinking more water.

Resources used:

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Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

This was a previous post that is worth reposting, and I’m on summer vacation and  taking a much needed break.

TODAY’S little STEP: If you are a water hater, choose 4 of these tips to try this week. Remember this little change will make a difference!

Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!

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Strategies for summer struggles!

 I want you to know that I struggle too. I have reached some of my health goals but I have to continue to take these little steps to health.

I am still climbing the Mountain of Health and Well-being.

Writing this blog helps me stay accountable.  I find the summer especially hard because there is less routine and summer equals fun food!

Here’s how I stay on track and some strategies that work for me.

Veggies and hummus are a part of most of my lunches. I fill half my plate with the veggies first.

Then my plate looks really full when I add anything else.

Here’s a picture of what I might have for lunch.  I would add some crackers and cheese.

 

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When we have hamburgers I use a smaller bun or I cut the burger in half.

I spread salad dressing on the wrap before I assemble it so there is taste in each bite and I use much less. I fill my wrap with mostly vegetables and added white chicken meat.

If we have potato chips I include them as part of dinner. I don’t buy salt and vinegar ones, as those are my favorite and too hard to resist. A small portion of potato chips, a nice sandwich and fresh raw veggies is a fun supper on a super hot day.

We have cubed watermelon available or popsicles for dessert.

A small hand dipped ice cream cone is a treat we enjoy, just not every day. When we have them at home I can control the portion. Licking an ice cream cone slows down the eating process and every lick tastes so good!

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One of my best strategies is to not have foods that tempt me in my home. Then I won’t hear them calling: “Oh Dixie….this is the big container of delicious mixed nuts and candy calling you. Stop by for a yummy treat. You deserve it.” Can you relate?

My husband Don deserves a shout out because he is very supportive. He doesn’t like rich desserts and I’m so glad, because I would make them all the time.

He appreciates that we eat healthy.

When I do occasionally overeat at a meal – yes, I still overeat – my temptation is desserts.

I make sure the next meal is healthy and a little lower in calories.

I also try to make sure I get some exercise that day.

Every little step does make a difference!

Let’s claim our verse again! “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation.

TODAY’S little STEP: Keep taking little steps to be healthy. Use some of these strategies.  They work.  Every little step makes a difference.

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Rest much, talk often, and laugh regularly. Summer is too short!

Life still crazy? Take the summer challenge!

How’s your crazy life? It’s June and most schools are getting out soon. Church programs are winding down. The weather is warm, the days are longer and the summer is just around the corner!

Do you still feel stressed, grumpy and like life is too busy? Me too!

I recently read a great blog post by Michele Cushatt and she put out a great challenge. Check out her summer sabbatical plans. A challenge to unplug from social media, the Internet and some other computer related tasks for June and July!

Take the summerchallenge!

That seems pretty drastic but I wonder what we could do with that time?

Could we read a book?

Take a nap?

Work in the garden?

Go for a walk?

Chat on the phone with a friend?

Better yet meet for coffee with that friend?

Pray?

Read the Bible?

Play with a child?

Just sit and enjoy the silence?

Play a game?

Stroll in the Mall and window shop?

Sit by the lake and watch the waves?

Oh that list sounds like fun to me! Things I’ve been too busy to do and miss in my life.

I extend a challenge to you today!

TODAY’S little STEP: Take a break from social media, or whatever technology takes up too much of your time. Get back to the basics. Rest your mind and your body and be refreshed!

I have prescheduled the next set of blog posts so that my blog spot is still active.

I will be taking a break from Facebook and Pinterest and using that time to rest and restore.

I will still be using Email and my phone.

Who’s with me?

 

Can we give grace for poor service?

What does everyday grace look like? Do you give grace when the waitress gets your order wrong? Do you give grace when someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you give grace when you receive poor service?

Grace is underserved favor. It’s a term that is used a lot in Christian circles. We talk about God’s grace for us. But when we need to give underserved favor to someone else, it’s hard. When someone doesn’t deserve our kindness, it’s much harder to give.

I’ve been praying and asking God to help me give grace to others. I should know that if I pray that kind of prayer – a test will be given to see if I really mean it.

Yikes! God did give me a test! I didn’t do very well. I think I got a C.

On Friday I went to my hairdresser. We have good discussions about God and she is learning about God’s love. I went in for a root touch up. However, when I returned from the sink I was shocked to see that my hair was much darker than I expected!

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I was disappointed because I’m not really a risk taker when it comes to my hair. I like the change to be subtle, a change that only my family and close friends would notice. I chatted with my hairdresser as she styled it and she assured me that the darkness would fade. She told me I could come in on Tuesday if I didn’t like it and she would do something.

I went home with my dark hair. But every time I looked in the mirror I was surprised and I said, “it’s so dark”. My husband and children were very supportive and that helped.

I thought about my new hair color a lot those first 2 days. I thought about it too much. I was sure everyone who looked at me would notice the big change. (surprisingly hardly anyone noticed or commented) Guess I’m not that important after all. Tee hee!

I was pretty sure that I would call on Tuesday and complain. I would get her to do something to lighten it up. It was within my rights as a paying customer to get better service and she told me to call if I didn’t like it. My family said it would be ok to go back and complain.

But God reminded me that I wanted to learn grace. This was my opportunity to give undeserved favor to my hairdresser. This was my test, could I do it?

On Monday morning I read my devotional book by Oswald Chambers. There was one paragraph that seemed to written just for me.

“Is my life exhibiting the essence of the sweetness of the Son of God, or just the basic irritation of myself? No matter how difficult something may be, I must say, ‘Lord, I am delighted to obey You in this.’ The moment you obey the light of God, His Son shines through you in that very adversity.”

Wow, this was my opportunity to exhibit the sweetness of God or just focus on myself and my wants.

This was my test, could I give grace? Could I be obedient?

I decided to keep my darker colour. I wanted to have a different reaction than other customers; I wanted my Christianity to make my response different. So I gave her grace – undeserved favor, she didn’t even know. But I do and so does God!

When I look in the mirror it will be a prompt. I will thank God for His grace for me and I will thank Him for teaching me. I think I will smile too at my Heavenly Father’s sense of humor.

TODAY’S little STEP: Be sensitive to God’s leading in your life. Watch for opportunities to display everyday grace to the people you come in contact with. But, be careful. You may get a test real soon!

Just for your information the darkness did fade and I really have grown to like the new colour.

This is a post from last year that really encouraged me when I reread it this week. Hope it encourages you to show grace too!

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Crazy life? 7 tips to be energized

Is your life crazy busy? I love spring. It’s my favorite time of year. The snow is finally gone. The weather is beautiful and I feel so energized. But spring is also a really busy time of year. Church programs are winding down with special evenings. There are graduations, weddings, and anniversaries to celebrate. For our American friends there are Open Houses to plan and attend for High School graduates.

 

With all the fun activities we can have a tendency to keep running on empty.

How do we get recharged and refocused?

When my life is crazy I have learned that there are some

important things I need to do to cope.

 

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Get enough sleep. When life is busy it’s easy to stay up late and get more done. But then I start running on steam and even fun things seem like a chore.

I need to slow down in the evening and get to bed before 11!

If I’m short on sleep I want to eat.

It’s like my body says, “O.K. if you aren’t going to give me enough sleep then give me more food!”

We’ll have a blog post about that sometime in the future.

Eat good healthy food. As much as my emotions shout for junk food, especially chocolate, I know I need fruit, vegetables and protein.

Walk outside. Sometimes my walk is more like a stomp! It clears my brain and helps me deal with stress.  The beauty of God’s creation touches my spirit.

Stay away from caffeine. I’m tempted to stop at Starbucks for a hot tall dark roast coffee to give me the energy to tackle my to-do list, but not anymore. The caffeine makes me jittery and then I don’t sleep well that night. I’ve switched to sweetened decaffeinated tea.

Quiet. No radio, no TV, no background noise. It’s amazing how much silence can refresh me.

A good chat with a girlfriend! There’s nothing like a phone chat with a good friend to vent my worries and frustrations. She doesn’t try to fix it like a man does. She listens, encourages and challenges me when my thinking is way off the mark.

SPEND TIME WITH GOD! It’s the most important thing I can do! He resets my priorities.

When I spend time praying, reading the Bible and good devotional books, I remember that God is on His throne.

I can rest because He is in control, not me!

 

TODAY’S little STEP: When life feels crazy take one or all of these 7 little steps to be energized and restored!  But remember it’s not about doing every little step perfectly!  It’s about imperfect progress!

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What snaps your trigger and send you to food?

 

Are stress, frustration or pain part of your life? Yes, Ma’am!

Does food help you cope?

Do you deal with a toddler who tests the limits all day long?

Maybe you live with a cranky teenager who dumps all her troubles on you?

Or perhaps you live with the sting from offhand, unkind words from your husband?

Or possibly the dynamics in your office environment are crazy?

 

Do you find yourself heading to the cupboard, fridge or vending machine often?

Cookies or brownies – anything sweet – calms your nerves and helps you cope?

Or perhaps that salty, crunchy taste from chips or crackers soothes your hurt feelings?

We call those events – triggers. Something snaps the trigger and we head for food.

Ever thought about why we choose food?

It may have started when you were a child and a cookie soothed a skinned knee.

Maybe junk food got you through those stressful late nights of studying.

Perhaps ice cream and lots of it helped you cope after a fight with your boyfriend.

Somewhere along the way we learned that food provides the fast fix.

It works almost instantly to numb the pain, and soothe our stress or frustration.

Now choosing food – the fast fix has become a habit. A habit that we aren’t even aware of anymore.

Most of us aren’t even aware of the triggers that send us looking for food.

I know relationship stress is one of my triggers.

Here’s a typical reaction for me from a few years ago.

The phone rings, caller ID says it’s my son, away at University. 20 minutes later I hang up. He’s stressed.

My stomach does some little  flips and flops.

My heart hurts for my boy.

I hate it when I can’t fix the problem.

I walk into the kitchen, make a cup of coffee and add sweet creamer and then a little more. Cookies soon melt in my mouth.

I savor the taste of my sweetened coffee as I rehash the conversation in my mind.

As I walk to the sink with my dirty dishes I realize I’ve eaten without even realizing it!

Relational stress is one of my triggers.

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What about you? What are your triggers?

Before you can make a change that lasts and react differently you need to find out what your triggers are.

That’s my challenge for you this week. Identify your triggers.

When you find yourself eating, take a minute to think about what sent you to food?

Make a quick note or a memo on your phone. Keep track of the triggers.

Next week we will decide on strategies to cope that don’t involve food!

Today’s little step: Become aware of your triggers. What are the situations of pain, stress or frustration that cause you to turn to food? Keep a list!

I’d love to hear what your triggers are. Share them in the comment section or head over to my Facebook page.

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Be brazen and kiss the bathroom scale goodbye!

Did you know there is a device that defines your self worth and can predict the future? For a mere 35 dollars you can buy this electronic device at Wal-Mart.

There are special instructions that must be followed carefully.

After your shower, while still undressed, step on the device and then look down.

A number will appear.

Your brain will instantly process that number and your self worth will correspond to the number.

If the number is higher than the last time you stepped on, your self worth will be registered as low.

Your day will start off bad and you will likely feel lousy all day.

There is a good chance you will eat high fat or high salt foods throughout the day.

If the number is lower than the last time you stepped on your self worth will be registered as high.

Your day will start off good and you will feel wonderful all day.

You will choose healthy foods throughout your day.

Why do we let a stupid number on the bathroom scale, have so much power?

It’s crazy that we let it define our self worth and predict how our day will unfold.

All that number does is tell you how much your body weighs at that moment.

That number does not reflect much about your true health. It doesn’t say anything about the little steps you are taking to be healthy.

A number does not define my self worth

(not my feet, or my number, lol)

*The  bathroom scale doesn’t observe other changes in your health: that you are sleeping better, have more energy, are less moody, feel stronger and have fewer cravings.

*The scale doesn’t reveal that you are exercising everyday and have a healthier heart and more endurance.

*The scale doesn’t take into account that you ate a meal the night before that contained a lot of salt and you are retaining water.

*The scale doesn’t recognize that you are a woman and that your monthly cycle affects the number.

*The scale doesn’t identify that you have lost fat and replaced it with muscle.

*The scale can’t detect that your clothes are looser because you have lost inches.

*The scale doesn’t perceive that your body is well hydrated and nourished.

*The bathroom scale doesn’t know that you are smart, creative, loving, nurturing, fun, attractive and sexy!

A stupid number on the bathroom scale does not define our value; it’s time to take back the power!

Instead of using the bathroom scale to define our progress on our health journey, try this idea.

Use a pair of non-stretch jeans as your guide; ones that fit well and you wear regularly. Try them on once a week and check the fit.

If they feel just right then keep making and maintaining those little changes.

A little snug, then make a few more little changes.

Can’t do the zipper up, it’s probably hormonal, try again in a few days. When they start to get loose keep up the good work.

Another idea is to get out your measuring tape and measure your chest, waist, hips and thighs. Record the results.

Then once every two weeks re-measure.

Or take a picture, while wearing a tight fitting outfit.

Then once every 2 weeks take another picture and compare.

TODAY’S little STEP: Put the  bathroom scale away for a while. Choose to use the measurements, the jeans or the picture as the tool that will assess our progress.

Remember you are a beautiful beloved daughter of the King and He establishes your value!

Check out my bonus daughter in law’s new blog post on the exact same topic! https://eatreal4life.com/2017/03/13/losing-your-scale-is-the-weigh-to-happiness/

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