I am no good at diets. Gyms freak me out. Juice cleanses, in my opinion, are insane. I am by no means a health guru, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want try to do something good for my body. Occasionally.
My wedding celebration is in about two months, and luckily it’s not weight I’m worried about. I know I post some indulgent recipes, but it’s all about balance. If I have some big cheesy pasta dinner, breakfast and lunch was usually something along the lines of a smoothie or a salad. Again, I am not a health expert, I’m not recommending my routine to anyone. You have to find what works for you and your lifestyle.
I had my first dress fitting a couple weeks ago and it fits as perfectly as it did last August when I bought it. Phew. What’s really getting to me is stress. The occasional headache, a couple restless nights, and, fine, I’ll admit I want to make sure I don’t gain any weight between now and then. Like I said, diets and exercise regimes never stick with me. So I decided to start with something simple: water.
We’ve all heard we are supposed to drink 8 glasses a day, or use some formula with your weight divided by 2, multiplied by your birth year, subtracting your pets age, blah. Point is I knew I wasn’t drinking enough, so what could get me to do it?
That’s when I came across detox water. Some people call it fruit water, that’s really what it is. It’s water infused with the flavor and benefits of fresh fruits, veggies and even herbs. There are lots of fancy bottles and pitchers you can buy but I got myself some mason jars (who doesn’t love mason jars?) and started experimenting.
I love playing around with different flavor combinations. Every fruit has a different benefit. Blueberries are good for your heart, oranges for your skin, strawberries fight aging, lemons and other citrus pretty much do everything, from boosting energy to improving circulation and the immune system.
I also love to use things like ginger, which is incredible. It manages inflammation, reduces pain (headaches, cramps, arthritis) and is great for stomach issues. Ginger, cinnamon and apple infused water is one of my favorites. Mint is another great addition, not only for flavor but because it has a long list of benefits as well, like relief from fatigue, congestion and indigestion. Cucumbers are awesome for extra hydration, antioxidants and skin care. I could go on and on, but just do some research on the fruits you love or have in your fridge right now.
Making the drinks is simple, just clean and chop your ingredients, add them to water and let them rest for about 1-2 hours in the fridge before drinking. There are plenty of recipes to find online, but I like to experiment, taste and adjust. You can keep refilling the waters for up to a week or until the fruits start to wilt and lose flavor. I like to make a few different jars at a time. Variety keeps me interested, so I keep drinking all day.
I am not saying detox waters on their own are going to help you drop weight and solve all your problems. It doesn’t hurt though! They really are delicious, and obviously much better than grabbing a soda or sugary fruit juice. I’ve found a routine and a balance that works for me, and I’m excited to see if there are long term effects. I already feel like I have more energy and an easier time getting out of bed in the morning. This might be one healthy fad I can keep up with.