Hope you have a fantastic day!!!! Remember to make another change in your life style today…I am going to start writing down what I eat…just grab something to write on..keep it on the front of your frig..and start writing what you eat down… everything.. yea, even that bite of this and taste of that..write it down.. its part of our mindful eating.. know what your eating before you put it in your mouth…why do I need to write it down? We are looking for eating habits…do you snack more than you realize? Also reasons we eat..do you eat when your board???? Eating patterns help us take control of our healthy life style… There are also apps for your phone that can help you track your eating habits… If you want to get fancy there are eating journals available and some web sites have eating journal sheets you can print out for free!!! No matter how you do..just start TODAY!!! Write it down!! http://www.dumblittleman.com/2008/08/five-reasons-to-write-down-everything.html
5 Reasons to Write Down Everything You Eat For a Week – by Dumb Little Man
How did you’re day go? I hope everyone had a great day… I still have this gunk going on..but did manage to feel a little better today.. I am going out this evening so.. I am checking in on all of your early….please share how your day went and what you ate…
Breakfast..was oatmeal and fruit yogurt…lunch was tomato soup…again… not sure about dinner yet..but will let you know…
share what you ate today…remember to get in your water!!!
This delicious breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up in the morning and you won’t have to lift a sleepy, coffee-deprived finger to do it. True story.
This bad boy will cook all night while you sleep. Yup. 8 full hours!
Sorry, no, I can’t include the 8 hours of sleep with this recipe. I barely get that myself these days. But I can promise you a “wake-you-up-it’s-so-delicious” breakfast you’ll enjoy again and again this season. And all you have to do is throw it together the night before when you’re still somewhat conscious! How’s that for convenience?
■The Oatmeal Project – 365 Ways To Enjoy Your Oats
Clean Eating Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal
(Makes 2 servings)
Note: I don’t recommend using any other type of oats with this. Steel cut oats seem to stand up to long cooking times far better than other styles of oats. Also, if you prefer your raisins chewy, add them after cooking. Cooking them makes them very soft. However, if you do not cook them with the oats, you will most likely need more sweetener.
1/2 cups steel cut oats
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
Pure maple syrup for topping
Step 1 – Combine everything in a small, 1 or 2 quart slow cooker. No larger. (You will need to multiply the recipe for larger slow cookers)
Step 2 – Cook on low for 8 hours.
Eat and Enjoy!
1 serving = 1/2 the recipe
Total Fat: 2 gm
Saturated Fats: 0 gm
Trans Fats: 0 gm
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 6 mg
Carbohydrates: 47 gm
Dietary fiber: 4 gm
Sugars: 25 gm
Protein: 4 gm
Estimated Glycemic Load: 27
Still need more reasons to drink more water…here they are!
Here are 9 powerful reasons to drink water (with tips on how to form the water habit afterwards):
Water is one of the best tools for weight loss, first of all because it often replaces high-calorie drinks like soda and juice and alcohol with a drink that doesn’t have any calories. But it’s also a great appetite suppressant, and often when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. Water has no fat, no calories, no carbs, no sugar. Drink plenty to help your weight-loss regimen.
Drinking a good amount of water could lower your risks of a heart attack. A six-year study published in the May 1, 2002 American Journal of Epidemiology found that those who drink more than 5 glasses of water a day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack during the study period than those who drank less than two glasses.
Being dehydrated can sap your energy and make you feel tired — even mild dehydration of as little as 1 or 2 percent of your body weight. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated — and this can lead to fatigue, muscle weakness, dizziness and other symptoms.
Another symptom of dehydration is headaches. In fact, often when we have headaches it’s simply a matter of not drinking enough water. There are lots of other causes of headaches of course, but dehydration is a common one.
Drinking water can clear up your skin and people often report a healthy glow after drinking water. It won’t happen overnight, of course, but just a week of drinking a healthy amount of water can have good effects on your skin.
Our digestive systems need a good amount of water to digest food properly. Often water can help cure stomach acid problems, and water along with fiber can cure constipation (often a result of dehydration).
Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body.
Related to the digestive system item above, drinking a healthy amount of water has also been found to reduce the risk of colon cancer by 45%. Drinking lots of water can also reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50% and potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer.
Being dehydrated can severely hamper your athletic activities, slowing you down and making it harder to lift weights. Exercise requires additional water, so be sure to hydrate before, during and after exercise.
How to form the water habit
So you’re convinced that water is healthier, but you’d like to know more about how to make drinking water a daily habit.
Here are some tips that have helped me:
How much water?
This is a debatable question. What’s clear is that the old recommendation of “eight 8-ounce glasses a day” isn’t right, for several reasons: that amount includes all dietary water intake, including food and non-water beverages; it also ignores a person’s body weight, which is an important factor in figuring the amount; it also varies if you are sick or exercise. It’s also not good to just drink when you’re thirsty — you’re already dehydrated by then. Best is to form a routine: drink a glass when you wake up, a glass with each meal, a glass in between meals, and be sure to drink before, during and after exercise. Try to generally keep yourself from getting thirsty.
Carry a bottle
A lot of people find it useful to get a big plastic drinking bottle, fill it with water, and carry it around with them all day. I like to keep a glass of water at my desk, and I drink from it all day long. When it’s empty, I fill it up again, and keep drinking.
Set a reminder
Set your watch to beep at the top of each hour, or set a periodic computer reminder, so that you don’t forget to drink water.
If you would normally get a soda, or an alcoholic beverage, get a glass of water instead. Try sparkling water instead of alcohol at social functions.
Instead of spending a fortune on bottled water, invest in a filter for your home faucet. It’ll make tap water taste like bottled, at a fraction of the price.
Exercising can help make you want to drink water more. It’s not necessary to drink sports drinks like Gatorade when you exercise, unless you are doing it for more than an hour. Just drink water. If you’re going to exercise, be sure to drink water a couple hours ahead of time, so that it will get through your system in time, and again, drink during and after exercise as well.
It often helps, when forming a new habit, to keep track of it — it increases awareness and helps you ensure that you’re staying on track. Keep a little log (it can be done on an index card or a notebook), which can be as simple as a tick mark for each glass of water you drink.