Debra Roby is certified as a Personal Trainer through NASM. She trains private clients in the SF Bay area and is developing an online coaching business. She blogs at Weight for Deb.
When we get mildly dehydrated – simply missing one to three glasses of water throughout the day- the symptoms are often weight gain, confusion and a craving for sweets. Because we do not recognize these clues as “my body is thirsty”, we go about addressing these symptoms incorrectly. Often our “cures” -coffee or soda, salty or sweet snacks or even a nap- make the condition slightly worse instead of better.
We’ve learned it’s important to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Sipping from one glass each hour throughout the day keeps our cells hydrated. When we forget, our body pulls water from where it can find it -our urine, our intestines, and our blood-to insure that our cells can continue to function. When this fluid is pulled away, it leads to kidney stones, bladder infections, constipation and more. More chronic dehydration affects our brain, leaving us confused or unable to concentrate.
If you’re one of the many who solely drinks soda, juice, and coffee, then the constant preaching to drink more water likely falls on deaf ears. That, or you have a visceral reaction that involves a shudder and something along the lines of “eww, gross! water?!” Like it or not, we need water. Quite a bit of it, in fact. The average person should drink about 64 ounces of water each day. For those more active, a minimum should be half of your body weight (150 pound person = 75 ounces of water).
How much have you drank today?
Probably not enough. The biggest reason most people don’t drink water is flavor. We Americans love flavor, and water just isn’t doing it for us. But MiO can help. This new water flavor enhancer from Kraft is exactly what you’ve been missing, and could very well be the thing to help you transition away from all that other junk you’re drinking. (more…)
Amusement parks offer endless enjoyment options for both adults and children, from crazy rides and roller coasters to games and fatty food options. Obviously, walking around all day burns calories and leaves you completely exhausted at the end of the day, but how can you resist the fatty temptations of the luxurious smells and big colorful food stands? Below are the five steps to sticking to your diet while enjoying family time at an amusement park near you.
Five Steps To Enjoying Amusement Parks On A Diet:
1. Eat a rather large healthy breakfast before entering the park. I recommend eating a higher than normal carbohydrate breakfast to help you stay full longer and provide you with plenty of energy to be on your feet all day.
It’s the holiday season and whether you’re hosting a party, holding a family gathering or even just trying to do all that shopping with a budget, this time of year can be stressful with a capital S. Being perpetually stressed is not only bad for your health, it’s also bad for your waistline. So follow these three tips to de-stress no matter where you are this holiday season!
1. Breathe. Something as simple as taking three deep breaths can lower your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure and restore a sense of well being. The best part? It only takes a few minutes and you can do it anywhere — at the grocery store, in the car, at work, at your in-laws, everywhere!
Friday night, for some, is an evening of indulgence. After a long work week it’s tempting to reward yourself for the hard work of the previous week while celebrating the two days ahead of sleeping in and enjoying your free time.
Instead of making a habit of indulging in a high-calorie dinner and fattening desserts on Friday evenings, celebrate the end of the week by treating yourself to a nutritious dinner. Your body will thank you later.
We all like to think of the holidays as everyone’s favorite time of year, where families get together over delicious food to share stories and make memories. In actuality, while the holidays are a great time, if everyone is being honest, the holidays are full of chaos, stress, over-eating and the occasional screaming match between over-involved loved ones.
Yes, we all do enjoy the holidays, and Thanksgiving is the kick-off holiday function for the months of more holidays to come. One of the biggest stressors of the holiday season? Food and weight gain. The solution? The best offense is a good defense- a plan to keep those creepy calories at bay. Thanksgiving is, in a sense, an entire holiday based around one gigantic meal, but with a well-laid plan in place, you’ll be able to make it through Turkey Day without your elastic pants. (more…)
We all know that water is important to our health. Staying hydrated is easy in theory; just go fill up a glass of water. Sometimes, though, it can be a struggle to drink just one more glass of plain water.
When you are out doing errands or at lunch with friends, it can be tough to find a beverage that’s not full of high fructose corn syrup or is artificially sweetened. Sometimes, you want something with just a little flavor that won’t be a dietary bomb. That’s the theory behind HINT water. The website tag line says it all: Drink water, not sugar.
From their website: The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature’s original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great. (more…)
Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. Blog Action Day 2010 focuses on the issue of water.
We have all become familiar with the concept of the carbon footprint: the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by any particular person, group, or product. The idea of the water footprint is a similar measure of water consumption: the number of gallons (or liters) used by a person or product. Although the method of calculating and standardizing the measuring of water footprints is being debated, it is currently most commonly expressed as a simple sum of the volume used during a product’s production.
Like fossil fuel, fresh water is a limited resource and its improper consumption leads to waste and pollution. Although water is usually replenished by natural cycles, population expansion in arid regions and water-intensive production are threatening to diminish water reserves. That’s why professor Arjen Hoekstra developed the water footprinting concept, to highlight the role water plays in production chain.
How much water is really embedded in our food? Here’s a sample, provided by treehugger.com: (more…)
Josie Maurer, creator of YumYucky.com, spreads the message of finding balance between fitness and your greedy side. She lost over 40 pounds after the birth of her fourth child through sensible eating and exercise, yet she still maintains her love for large slices of cake.
You’re sneezing and throat-hacking. You may cough up a lung. Your head feels 10,000 pounds heavy and your nostrils are host to a faucet of liquid boogers. Cold and flu season is approaching. Are you ready to do battle?
Germs are pretty sneaky. Today’s innocent sneezing fit could very well morph into a barrage of “I can’t go to work” cold symptoms by the time tomorrow comes. But there’s a way to put those symptoms in a headlock and quite possibly bounce back faster. There are 5 natural remedies you can wield against a cold. (more…)
When we talk about childhood nutrition issues, it’s usually centered around food. But, according to a new study, kids are also falling short on their daily water needs as well.
The researchers studied about 4,000 children from two to 19-years-old who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005 and 2006.
The children between two and five years old drank about six cups of water each day, while those between six and 11 drank six and three-quarters cups per day. The older kids (12 to 19 years old) drank about 10 cups per day.
When examining the differences in boys and girls, the researchers found that girls were less likely than boys to drink enough water. (more…)