Hello. Remember me?
Today I’m going to tell you about my favourite drinks that I use to get healthier. These are the drinks I always turn to when I need to feel better after eating too much chocolate.
But first, I must apologize for my long absence. I’ve been gone for weeks now.
I have no excuse. At all. It kind of just happened. First Christmas got in the way, then chilling out after Christmas got in the way, then life just got in the way.
So I dropped the blogging ball. And I must say, it felt good to NOT do what I was supposed to be doing for a change. I think I really needed that.
Thank you for forgiving me. And please use this as justification to fall off one of your own bandwagons if you like. It’s OK, life will go on. We all need it once in a while.
Back to the fat flushing.
Since I missed writing an optimistic New Year’s resolution post for you this year, I thought I would share one of my easy, get-healthier tricks. December was one giant binge for me, so I have been getting back on track with some of my healthier habits again. I find sometimes small changes are easier to fit into a busy life, and help get the ball rolling in a much better direction. These 5 drinks are a great example of something simple you can do for yourself that will help you get healthier and feel better.
So here are my top 5 choices for healthy drinks. I’ve used them all, but the first 3 are permanent habits for me now. I always start my day with a glass of lemon water when I can. And I grab a green tea to go every day when I get in the car. And sometimes when I need something refreshing, I will throw some lemon in my bottle of water along with a drop or 2 of lemon essential oil. This always refreshes me.
The point of these drinks for me is that they make me feel good. There are a lot of foods I eat that don’t leave me feeling good right after I eat them. Drinking one of these immediately makes me feel better.
A cup of hot lemon water first thing in the morning is a gentle detox that helps boost your fat metabolism and pumps up your immune system. Add the juice from ½ or 1 lemon to a glass of hot water and you’re good to go. Lukewarm or room temperature works too, just avoid cold water which can shock the system. Add a pinch of cayenne or a slice of ginger to boost the effect!
Lemon And Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapefruit is one of the best essential oils for weight loss because it helps release fatty acids into the bloodstream where they an be broken down and used as energy. Lemon oil is great for digestion. Both of these boost metabolism and help release toxins. I throw 1 or 2 drops of each to my water bottle for a fresh-tasting drink.
Green tea is considered one of the healthiest things to drink, containing powerful antioxidants and improving cholesterol, blood pressure, and even brain health. Brew it at a temperature a little lower than boiling, and add a splash of lemon for even greater benefits.
Ayurveda addresses excess weight by increasing digestive fire. This fat-fighting tea will help you avoid the toxic buildup that causes fat to deposit in those areas we all know too well! Add about ½ tsp each of coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds to about 5 cups of boiling water. Steep briefly and strain out the seeds. Keep the tea hot in a thermal mug and sip on it throughout the day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has a many health benefits, including improving blood sugar levels and digestion. When you combine it with water and honey, it becomes a great fat burner. Add ½ teaspoon each to a glass of water, and sip before a meal. It’s actually pleasant tasting, and I especially like it warm.
UPDATE: A few readers have written in about warnings not to ingest essential oils, or the science behind some of these suggestions. This is a list of what I have found works for me, and is in no way meant to replace medical or scientific opinion or your own common sense. Please do your research and decide what works best for you!