WHY Is It So Hard To Drink Water?

5 Ways To Make Your Hydration Dreams A Reality

If you’ve ever opened a magazine and read about Elle McPherson’s, Jennifer Aniston’s or any other super human’s “secret” to looking young, staying fit and just being generally perfect, it probably included drinking lots of water.

Of all the possible wellness tips you could get, this might be the best! It doesn’t require a private chef, personal trainer, or some crazy expensive powder you can’t pronounce and don’t know where to buy. Plus, you already drink some water, it’s (basically) free and you can even order it at a bar. Easy. You totally got this one!

So, what happens next? You spend about 12-48 hours pounding water and peeing every 45 minutes, and then the next day you get home from work and realize you’ve barely had a glass. Meanwhile, you’re working out all the time, eating gluten free everything and even taking probiotics, but for some reason, you can’t just drink water. WTF? Why is this of all things so hard?

There’s no denying that staying hydrated is good for you—it helps eliminate toxins, clears your skin, aids in weight loss, gives you energy. It’s basically that magic potion you just bought online and are waiting to arrive.

Aside from the benefits of being well hydrated, we all know what the opposite feels like—headaches, dry skin, dizziness, fatigue (hello hangover, I know you). But I get it: It’s hard to remember to drink water when you’re busy and quite frankly, sometimes you just don’t feel like it.

So how do you make this whole hydration thing work for you? A few tips:

1. Go drink a glass of water. Like right now. Down it like a frat boy would a Yeager bomb.

2. Try it with a squeeze of lemon, or get fancy with some strawberries and cucumber. My favorite: a vanilla bean and mint leaves. Trust me, it’s so good.

3. Get a snazzy water bottle and take it everywhere. Invest in a good one that you really like, even if it’s a little more expensive. If you travel a lot, bringing an empty water bottle through security is totally allowed. And you can even fill it up on the plane.

4. Get a head start on the day by chugging two big glasses of water right when you get up. I don’t like to have really cold water first thing in the morning, so I leave it out at night or just mix it with a little hot water from the kettle.

5. Make visual reminders: Put Post-it note on your computer, a fancy water jug by your bed or set reminders on your phone. There’s even an app for it.

So how much water should you drink? Well...it varies by weight, gender and activity level and a host of other factors, but try for a minimum of 2-3 liters per day.

xx Mia

 

Healthy Travel: How to Prepare for a Long Haul

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5 healthy packing tips for 10,000 ft

Travel can really mess up your routine, and if you travel frequently it can play a major factor in keeping you from achieving your health and fitness goals.  

I used to think of flying as an excuse to get junk food. I even had a rule that I could have anything I wanted at the airport, which normally meant popcorn, a glass (or two or three) of wine, Raisinets and an arsenal of gossip mags.

While I’ve kept the gossip mags (you can’t part with everything), my junk filled journeys have been replaced by a healthier routine that gets me to my destination feeling fresh and not completely jet lagged.

It’s important to be prepared for your flight so you’re not forced to eat airplane food, which is full of preservatives, salt and sugar. Here are 5 things you’ll find in my bag before I take flight:

1.     HARD BOILED EGGS

Three eggs will give you about 18G of protein and are easy to carry. You might even be able to find them at the airport if you can’t make them in advance.

2.     HEALTHY FATS

I normally bring an avocado or almond butter packets and a small jar of coconut oil to keep me from eating plane peanuts. Coconut oil is an excellent fat burner, so you could even be slimming down as you doze off to Zoolander 2. 

3.     PROTEIN AND GREENS PACKETS

If you’re on a long flight and need more than one meal, a protein packet is a great mid-flight snack. Just mix with water and, if you want a full meal replacement, add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Vega One and Sun Warrior are my favorite brands - with flavors like chocolate and vanilla chai, it can feel like a real treat!

In addition to protein packets, powdered greens are a great way to make sure you’re getting your in-flight veggie fix without having to eat airplane food. I’d recommend Amazing Meal in chocolate flavor.

4.     HOT WATER BOTTLE

It’s important to stay hydrated when you travel, but often times the water cups given to you in-flight are too small and not topped up enough. Some flights these days will even take the water bottle you bought after security before your board the plane. Luckily, I found a way around it: bring an empty bottle! Now a flight essential, I always bring a hot water bottle and just fill it up on the plane. 

5. VITAMIN D  

If you’re on a long flight (like 8+ hours), a vitamin D supplement will make up for the lack of sunlight. Vitamin D is a great mood booster, helps you absorb nutrients like calcium and keeps your immune system going. 

BONUS TIP: If you're going to have a drink - because who doesn't like to have a glass of wine at the airport - try to have it before you board. Drinking on the plane will dehydrate you and make it difficult for your body to bounce back after a long flight. 

xx Mia