A New Morning Habit: warm water & lemon juice
This is one of my favourite tricks. As simple as it may seem, starting your day with this magic elixir can bring incredible health benefits to your life:
• Boosts the immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, potassium and folate. Vitamin C helps fight colds and prevent skin ageing, while promoting cardiovascular health. Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and is great for muscle, nerve and brain function.
• Balances pH: Although lemons are acidic, they have an alkalising effect on the body when ingested; their citric acid content does not create more acidity in the body once metabolised. One thing we all should know is that a slightly alkaline body is essential for optimal health.
• Helps with weight loss: The more alkaline your body is, the easier it will be to lose weight. The warmth of the drink will stimulate the gastrointestinal tract, activating your metabolism and aiding detoxification. The lemons will help flush out the unwanted toxins. With a clean inner body, your outer appearance will glow.
Directions: Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a cup of warm water, sip slowly and enjoy.
Out of Control Portions
In the past two decades, the amount we eat has grown dramatically. The food industry and mass marketing have adopted the ‘bigger is better’ motto to convince consumers of better value for their money.
For example, Starbucks once offered the ‘short’ cup of coffee at 8oz, but it’s no longer on the menu. The smallest cup you can now order is 12oz – nearly twice the size of what was once considered a regular cup of coffee.
Bigger portions only mean we eat more than we need to. When larger portions are placed in front of us, we eat 30 to 50 per cent more... often without even realising it! Take these examples: moviegoers ate 61 per cent more popcorn when given the larger box rather than a small, while snackers scoffed nearly twice as many M&M’s from a jumbo bag (103) than they did when given a smaller one (63).
Top 5 healthy habits while travelling
1. Enjoy local and traditional foods, but be mindful of portion sizes.
2. Drink plenty of water and add some lemon juice.
3. Eat fruits and veggies as often as possible.
4. Get your body moving; take a walk, do yoga in the hotel room or go for a swim.
5. Get a massage, rest well and get plenty of and sleep.