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  • 30 Day Water Challenge

    30 Day Water Challenge

    You may have heard of a 1 gallon water challenge before.  This is where you drink 1 gallon of water for a specific number of days.  I’ve seen 5 day, 7 day, 14 day and 30 day challenges.  Knowing that drinking enough water is something I struggle with, I wanted to tackle my own challenge.  So, I went online and bought what I thought was a 1 gallon motivational water bottle.

    What arrived was only a 43 ounce bottle, which had me a little annoyed, but at the same time it helped me really see how much a gallon is.  I’d have drink 3 of these a day to get to 1 gallon, and that seemed a little ridiculous to me.  I’m actually extremely happy with my smaller 43 ounce water bottle.  And for the last 7 days I’ve gotten into the habit of drinking 2 of these a day!

    You probably know the age old recommendation of 8 glasses of water a day, which gets pretty close to the newest recommendation of half your body weight in ounces.  For me, that’s pretty darn close, and drinking two of these water bottles a day has me a little higher at 86 ounces a day!

    Even though I eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that are high in water content, there are many days where I drink little to no water, so I definitely needed to step up and start chugging it down.

    In the last week I have easily drank the water and I’m noticing results.  Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing blog posts with the noticeable benefits I’m seeing.

    Here in 1 week, I have already noticed my skin is less dry, I am eating a little bit less because I’m not as hungry and I’m not as bloated.  I tell people all the time that they need to make sure they are eating enough calories so their cells are properly fueled to perform at peak.  The same is true for ensuring your cells are properly hydrated so they can perform at peak!  When they are hydrated you are more efficient.  I have also lost 2 pounds this week.

    What are some of the benefits of drinking enough water?

    When you truly look at the science, drinking water has amazing benefits, from lowering the risk of kidney cancer and heart disease, to lubricating your joints for less pain and clearing your skin.  There are NO dangerous side effects, if you don’t overdo it, other than peeing more frequently. 

    Here is a list of just some of the benefits of drinking plenty of water:

    1. Aids in digestion
    2. Boosts immune system
    3. Eliminates toxins and waste
    4. Helps you feel full longer, so you eat less
    5. Speeds Your Metabolism
    6. Improves dry skin
    7. Clears skin
    8. Relieves headaches
    9. Boosts energy levels
    10. Makes workout recovery faster
    11. Aids in joint lubrication and arthritis
    12. Reduces risk of cancer
    13. Reduces risk of heart disease
    14. Improves brain function
    15. Improves memory
    16. Improves mood

    It’s a very impressive list.  Most of us have started, or are thinking of starting a whole food plant based lifestyle for our health.  Naturally drinking plenty of water is a vital part of achieving that better health! 

    In early 2020, after my own challenge and results are over, I plan on hosting a 30 Day Water Challenge Group!  To help you and others drink more water and experience it’s benefits. 

    In the meantime, if you’d like to get started now and use the same water bottle I am using, you can order is in the same 43 oz, 73 oz or 1 gallon bottle, in the clear or many other color choices right here on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2DrpHE1

     

    If you’d like to be notified when I run the 30 Day Water Challenge, just enter your name and email in the form below and you’ll be the first to know when it’s launching:

  • How I Make My Salads

    Those of you who follow me on my Facebook Fan Page, know I LOVE my salads.  I make them large and full of delicious plants.  My salads typically have anywhere from 10-20 different vegetables and beans in them, packing them with low calorie, high nutrient, awesome flavorful food.  And I eat LARGE salads, most weighing well over a pound.

    Everytime I share a picture of my salads I do get asked the same 2 questions!

    1. What’s the recipe?
    2. What’s the dressing?

    The first is a tough one for me to answer.  It’s not a recipe.  I grabbed the fresh and frozen vegetables I have on hand, chop them up and toss them together.  There really isn’t a recipe, and I can’t really say I use 1 cup this, 1 cup that.  I just pile things together!

    The second question is easier to answer.  I don’t use the many recipes out there for WFPB dressings.  I tend to keep things simple.  99% of the time the dressing on my salads is 2-3 tablespoons of my potato carrot cheese sauce and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  Some days I may drizzle hot sauce instead or the oil free Korean BBQ sauce from Whole Foods.  If I’m eating out and don’t bring my potato/carrot cheese and they don’t have balsamic vinegar I may use a packet of soy sauce in a pinch.  I enjoy my salads this way, so I stick with it.  Nope, I don’t get bored with it. 

    Recently I felt like I had let heavier meals back into my day as well as pretzels, my weakness, so I had decided to do a 5 day reset of salads for lunch and dinner.  I thought it would be fun to share that on my social media and let others join me.  So, today starts a 5 Day Salad Challenge. 

    If you want to join and you see it’s already taken place, try your own ANYTIME. 

    I made the following video this morning showing exactly how I make my salads to help those visualize how I make my salads, since I don’t have a “recipe” for them.  Feel free to watch the video below and join in and do your own 5 Day Salad Challenge!