These days, it seems like everyone is telling us to drink more water and the importance of staying hydrated. The more water you drink, the more energy you have and the better you feel, even increasing productivity at work. There are apps for your smart phone and stickers for your water bottle that help you drink more water and gauge how hydrated you are. However, no matter how much we try, it can be hard to know how much water is the right amount to drink. While there is no magic number or perfect number of glasses to have per day, here are the top 5 healthy hydration tips to help you throughout your day.
Staying plant-based on birthdays can be tricky! First, if you are the parent of a child and it is their birthday, you may not want to dictate a whole food, plant-based dinner. But, if it is you or a loved one who is already plant-based, then it is both easy and fun to create a special celebration. Here are several ideas to try:
I love the idea of making convenience foods at home. Use these simple tips to cut down on time and cost, while also adding healthier food options to your day.
"I've been a strict vegan for many years, and at first I lost a lot of weight.
Then over the past few years, my weight crept back up197lbs to be exact.
So I'm struggling along using my fitness pal counting every calorie. Losing weight was such a struggle..."
"I lost 150 pounds and have kept it off for almost 5 years now.
Initially, I lost the weight because I did not want to be put on blood pressure medication. This helped me learn about what foods I put in my body and what foods to avoid eating in my quest to lower my blood pressure..."
Recently, my daughter received all of her textbooks before heading off to college this fall. A required class for first year students is Health. She started reading through the book and was surprised that they said to approach a plant-based diet with ‘caution’ because you had to watch your nutrients very closely. They also referred to the “importance of combining vegetarian proteins during a meal to get a complete protein.” The amazing thing is that this book was published in 2015!
"Hi! My name is Nancy Mathews, and I’m 53 years young. I’ve been whole food plant based since March 1st, 2012. My journey began when I gained 60 pounds after quitting smoking. One addiction led to another. I ate everything not nailed down. I was also 40 pounds +/- overweight when I quit smoking. I felt terrible, I was short of breath, out of shape, all my joints hurt plus I was starting the menopause journey...
Building school lunches was an important task when getting our kids off to school. As busy working parents, we came up with a variety of simple ideas that were quick and easy to put together. Eventually the kids took over and have since reminded me of the ‘formula’ I used when teaching them to build their own lunches.
Snacking is a common habit that almost everybody does. Is it healthy? Yes! The trick is keeping our snacks healthy and plant-based. We often reach for things like chips, cookies, crackers, and even candy.
So you have watched the videos and documentaries and are now excited to change over to a plant-based diet and experience for yourself the amazing health benefits! The only problem is that you are the only person in your household who wants to make this change. If this is your situation, realize that you are not alone.