How Water Impacts Weight Loss

  Water helps our bodies to eliminate waste and to get rid of unwanted toxins and keep our digestive system running smoothly. Here are a couple of key points in relation to water and weight loss: ▪ Often weight loss can be more about the temporary loss of water than of weight itself. Ensuring that our fluid levels are well maintained will help true weight loss over a longer period of time. ▪ Our bodies need to be hydrated to be able to digest food efficiently. Dehydration slows the metabolism, which in effect means less fat burning. ▪ Burning calories creates metabolic waste (much like smoke coming out of a chimney), and we need sufficient water to be able to flush those toxins out. ▪ Dehydration causes our blood flow to slow down, which causes a reduced supply of oxygen making us tired, and less able to be as active as we would like. ▪ Water helps maintain muscle tone, and to keep our joints in...
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What about Water and Diabetes?

  It’s well known that one of the symptoms of diabetes is increased thirst. Why? Well because when blood sugar levels are higher than they should be, the body tries to get rid off the excess glucose through increased urine output. Yep, more visits to the bathroom. It’s not only a bit annoying, but it also opens up a greater risk of dehydration. Our body may also draw water from our cells to try and flush more liquid through our systems which will leave us with a dry mouth or feeling of being generally ‘unwell’. So does drinking more water reduce our risk of diabetes later in life? Quite possibly! A study presented at the annual meeting of American Diabetes Association looked at 3,615 men and women with normal blood sugar levels at the beginning of the study. Those who reported they drank more than 1 litre of water a day were 21% less likely to develop hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) over...
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Eating Our Way To Hydration…

  There are LOADS of foods filled with water that can help our hydration levels. Most fruits and vegetables are on the list, but so are some additional foods that help retain water: Smoothies Smoothies are tasty and flexible, meaning you can make them how you like. Adding some additional fluid is good for keeping us hydrated. Some options include water, milk, almond milk, coconut water, herbal teas…   SoupsSoups can be tasty, nutritious and have a high water content. They are excellent in winter to help keep us healthy and warm, and especially great if made from scratch with lots of yummy veggies.     CucumbersDid you know that a cucumber is made up of about 95% water? No wonder it’s so good in summer! It’s high in vitamin C, K, Potassium and also silica, a trace mineral which helps connective tissue in the body to stay strong.     Tomatoes   Tomatoes are another great versatile food to pop into a meal, eat on their own, or take them out and...
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Cravings

    We all get cravings. Chocolate, coffee, bread… you know the culprits… There’s usually a reason for them – either habitual patterns that we have gotten used to, or our body knows it will get something it needs from that particular food. Or it could even be an imbalance in emotions/lifestyle. But sometimes, cravings are much bigger challenges to deal with. They can even be quite controlling. There are LOADS of reasons why we have them, and without chatting more about it 1:1 it’s a bit tricky to nut out the reasons behind them.   But what I can do, is share with you is some of my top tips to combat your cravings, and hope that these tips give you success:   1. Eat regularly By reducing hunger pangs and those feelings of being a bit ’empty’, we can have greater control over our food choices. Often, anything sounds like a good food option when we are hungry. Not to mention our heightened sense of smell for...
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What does an ideal breakfast look like?

  I was raised on the concept that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Most of us were, right?  Well, it’s true, and yet so many of us don’t eat it.  The day begins with a cup of tea or coffee, and well, not much else.  Yet 9 times out of 10, we ensure our kids sit down to a meal, knowing just how important it is to their day, to their learning potential, and then we don’t actually eat it ourselves!  So why is this?Well, there’s loads of reasons.  The idea of saving calories for a later meal is something I hear often, or that ‘I’m just not hungry’ in the morning.  Or ‘it’s a time thing – I’m always rushing out the door’.  But in fact not having breakfast can be doing more harm than good to our health. The way I look at it is that our metabolism is that it is like a fire.  It...
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