Morning

 

Hi! I’m Faith.  I edited this post on March 29, 1016 (original was from 11/23/2011) because due to a Pinterest share it has proven to be my most popular post ever, with new readers checking it out daily.  The original post was nothing special, a little blurb about putting nutritional yeast in my oats (which I don’t eat regularly anymore because of my tendency towards cold sores), a bit about lemon water for breakfast, and a happy thanksgiving to close.

It was the lemon water that keeps yall coming to this post though, that little magic trick I shared of juicing lemons into an ice cube tray then freezing for super easy daily lemon water.  It is a pretty awesome ‘hack’, so here’s that post from November 2011, with updated pictures because I lost the other ones in the blog-hacking fiasco of 2015.

 

lemon ice cubes

 

I also love starting my day with lemon water but sometimes I am too lazy to squeeze it.  It’s not as much about the squeezing but the dirty dishes of the knife and squeezer that is sometimes enough to make me forget the whole thing.  But not any more.

lemon ice cubes

 

I filled an ice tray with straight lemon juice and set it in the freezer.  Now, each morning I just heat up a little water, toss a cube in, and sip my lemon water!

lemon ice cubes

 

lemon ice cubes

Lemons are alkalizing to the body and thus an antidote to all the acid forming food in our modern diets.  They are also cleansing and stimulating for the liver and kidney.   Lemon juice is great for digestion and bile movement, meaning it clears you out in a few ways.  The tartness is also great to help wake me up!  Occasionally I’ll add a bit of honey but usually I like it straight up.

 

Think Small

I’ve never been very good at math.  Or maybe it’s that I’ve never invested much time into math.

There is, however, one equation that I am very invested in.

The ol’ calories in vs. calories out.

My body started to “store” a little extra over the last few months.  Not much but I notice every pound-plus or minus-on my 5’3/4″  frame.  I knew it was happening; a little more food, more drinks than usual, and a little less exercise.  Like I said, it’s basic math.  My eating habits didn’t take a dramatic turn and it wasn’t like I was suddenly laying around all day everyday.  Just a little more in and a little less out.

Starting at the beginning of November I reversed the pattern in a small way.  Yep, a small way.  I started walking a little more, making my exercise sessions just a little harder, and being more conscious of what goes in my mouth.  My calorie intake probably only shifted down about few hundred a day, max, but it was enough to tip the scales and say “so long” to those pounds.

I know that this is easier said than done and easier done when it’s just a few pounds that you are contending with but the math is the same no matter what.  And so is my belief that making changes comes a lot easier when we think small.  Small shifts, rather than huge overhauls, won’t turn your life end over end, leaving you to try to figure out which end is up.

This is especially important this time of year, when food is plentiful, drinks are flowing, late nights full of parties are standard, and the days are short, dark, and cold. This is not the time to make drastic changes or big lifestyle decisions.  During this time especially I like to think of exercise and healthy eating as nourishing little gifts to myself and my loved ones, because the better I take care of myself the more pleasant I am to be around!  Not to mention that making healthy, nourishing choices can be the gift of a positive influence to those around you.

Pounds are not [just] a vanity issue.  Extra pounds increase the risk for many types of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, sleep issues, joint problems, and hormonal imbalances.   It doesn’t take even take that much extra for a lot of these, I notice a few excess pounds in my knees almost immediately.

What are your favorite small shifts to eat better/less/more consciously?  How about to get moving more?