Ahhh water - nothing tastes better when you're thirsty. I just wish I could enjoy it before I'm feeling dehydrated. As my mantra has always been to "love the food that will love you back" I am determined to drink water - and love it!
The good news about water is that its effects are immediate. I discovered this a few days ago when I woke up feeling sluggish, and then felt wholly revived after drinking a bottle of water.
It's estimated that more than half of us fail to drink the recommended eight cups of water a day. Dr. Andrew Weil has named this condition NAMAIS (not as much as I should), which is what most people say when asked how much water they drink. For those who want to take simple steps to good health - grab yourself a nice tall glass of water and join me in my resolution to IDEW (I drink enough water).
Health benefits of water
Bottom line - your body needs water to function. We can't live more than 3 to 5 days without it.
If water is just too dull for you and you really hate drinking it, try plain carbonated/sparkling water. For some reason, there were rumors that it promoted tooth decay and bone loss - all completely untrue! Not only will carbonated water help you feel fuller, but it can aid with digestion, and even help with constipation. Sparkling water is also a great choice if you're out with friends and would rather not drink alcohol. Just have it in a wine glass (with lots of ice), and you'll fee part of the social scene. Be sure not to confuse carbonated water with tonic water, which is sweetened with sugar or high fructose corn syrup and has quinine added to it - not a healthy choice.
While digging around inside my fridge one night, I came across a bag of organic baby carrots that I had completely forgotten about. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to add them to my smoothie for some extra nutrition. The next day I was looking for other ways to use them up and came across a recipe for carrot fries. These turned out to be so delicious that I had to write a blog about them!
As a child, you were probably encouraged to eat your carrots, with the exciting promise that you would be able to see in the dark. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a myth perpetuated by the British Air Ministry during World War II to keep their newly developed interception radar a secret from the Germans.
The moral here is always try to meet your nutritional needs from food and not just from taking a pill - science simply cannot compete when it comes to what nature has to offer.
Recipe for quick carrot fries
Organic baby carrots
About a tablespoon of avocado or olive oil
Pinch of salt (Celtic or Himalayan)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Rinse carrots and blot well with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Add the oil and salt to a large bowl and toss the carrots in the oil.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until the carrots start to caramelize.