Water Works!

Yeah yeah yeah. We’ve all heard we need to drink more water. But what exactly are the benefits from doing so?

Well, let me tell you … there’s a lot more to it than you probably realize!

Here’s the rundown on why water works for our overall wellness:

  1. Sleep. Yes, you read that right. Sleep! Being properly hydrated before bed can have a big impact on the quality of rest you get when you go to bed for the night.
  2. Energy Levels. When you are dehydrated, your body is under stress. Any extra stress on the body has a negative impact on healthy energy levels.
  3. Skincare. We are fairly aware that we need to hydrate our skin topically to keep it healthy and happy, but did you know that drinking enough water also plays a big part in our skin health and appearance?
  4. Focus. This one was the most shocking to me when I figured it out. You know that brain fog, mid-afternoon fuzziness of the mind that so many moms experience? Yes, it can definitely be attributed to things like caffeine or sugar crashes or having a crappy sleep the night before (see point #1) BUT it can also be due to being dehydrated. Just like it can affect your energy levels, it can also adversely affect your mental clarity (or lack thereof). This one hit home for me when I was taking a heavy courseload in a business program I had enrolled in. I’d slept well, I’d eaten properly, I’d done my daily yoga… but my mind was just fuzzy. I decided to take a break and realized I’d left my water bottle on the kitchen counter earlier that day and clearly had not had anything to drink for awhile. I knocked it back and then refilled and started another. Within 10 minutes or so I was suddenly alert again and able to focus on the project I was in the midst of. Amazing!
  5. Digestion & Weight Management. How can your daily water intake help with this? Well, it’s because water can increase satiety and boost your metabolic rate. Some evidence suggests that increasing water intake can promote weight loss by slightly increasing your metabolism, which can increase the number of calories you burn on a daily basis.

There’s loads of benefits to making an effort to drink enough water and stay well hydrated!

How do you know how much to drink? Opinions can vary, but the rule of thumb I was taught (and still go by) is this:

Determine your weight in pounds (lbs). Divide that number in half. The number you end up with is the amount of water you are recommended to drink daily in OUNCES (oz). Most of the water bottles I own are 25oz so for me, I need to knock back three of those each day. Keep in mind, if you are feeling under the weather, have been working out really hard, or if you are somewhere really hot (we get hot summers here!), you will want to increase the amount of H2O you are taking in.

Tips on how to get that water into you? Try any or all of these:

  1. add a slice of lemon, lime, cucumber or a sprig of mint
  2. drink your water warm. My great grandma always drank hot water with a tsp of honey and a slice of lemon
  3. try carbonated water (club soda here in Canada). You might also know this as sparkling water. Just be mindful that it isn’t full of flavours or other additives.
  4. use a straw! Seriously. A friend of mine really struggles to drink enough water, but if she has a reusable cup that has its own straw… no problem!

We’ve been working on upping our water intake in my free fb group for moms, Level Up Your Mom Life. This online community is a safe, supportive space for moms who are looking to make sustainable improvements in their health and wellbeing. If you’d like to join us, click HERE (please make sure you answer the questions). We look forward to having you join us!

Always from the heart,

Jennifer Greenwood
Breeze Wellness
Founder, The Real Life Reset System

Permission To…

Make no mistake, being a mom is the BEST gig I’ve ever had. It’s also, without a doubt, the TOUGHEST gig I’ve ever had!

 

I never really know what each day in my mom-life is going to look like. I like to have a basic vision, but the reality is that stuff happens and just when I think I am totally rocking it something hits me from out of nowhere and I find myself floundering for a bit.  It’s never for very long, but honestly, in that moment it feels like FOREVER.

 

Maybe you can relate?  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.  All I know is that every now and again I have to give myself Permission To…

  • Cry in the parking lot in my car (yes, that was me this week)
  • Go to bed early.
  • Feed the kids “emergency food” for dinner (meaning whatever is in the cupboard/fridge that doesn’t require cooking)
  • Call a friend who understands and just let it all out.
  • Eat comfort food for all 3 main meals in one day (that would be my baked potato meals, lol!)
  • Get into pj’s as soon I get home, curl up on the couch and do whatever work needs doing from my laptop there while watching/listening to a sappy movie.
  • Cuddle with Dharma (my most awesome kitty-cat!).

 

We don’t have to be PERFECT.  In fact, I have very strong views on the use and concept of the word PERFECT which I’ll share with you in a future blog-post.  Allow yourself to feel the feelings when things go awry – obviously try to do that in a way that is not super disruptive to work/school if at all possible, but let yourself experience them so you can process them.

 

I’d love to know how you cope when your mom-life feels like it is going off the rails.  There’s strength in sharing. Remember, we’re all in this together!

 

Always from the Heart

– Jennifer

 

 

 

 

Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?

The Momma Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

 

We all have some level of stress, right? (Every mom everywhere puts her hand up… lol!)

 

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).

 

Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.

 

Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.

 

It’s the chronic stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. Continue reading “Is Your Mindset Messing You Up?”

Take A Moment…

Let yourself feel how you feel. Don’t let it consume you, but allow yourself to process what’s going on. After awhile, hopefully, you can gain some insight into the experience.

Yesterday was a very difficult day for me. Something unexpected happened with a work project that is near & dear to my heart & in the moment I was completely blindsided by the development (although in retrospect I should’ve seen the signs).

The person who is my my sounding board, my creativity cohort, & my biggest supporter is out of town, so I felt very alone & lost. My kids did their best to help me, but what had to happen was feeling all the feelings. It was exhausting & there were about a dozen things I really wanted to get accomplished, but instead I spent the day working through my thoughts & emotions as best I could. I ate comfort food (yes… it was potatoes! Lol!), I cried, I slept, I organized stuff-whatever I needed to do in that moment.

Today, I’m still fragile, but I’m up & about and working on one of my other favourite work projects.

Life is not always smooth sailing, we do the best we can. And if that means having a day where we hide at home so we can process our challenges then so be it. No judgement. Be gentle with yourselves.

We’re in this together. ✨💛✨

Busy or Not, Breakfast is a Must!

Sometimes I’m just too busy to have a proper sit-down breakfast #momlife, and sometimes I’m just not hungry… BUT I always make sure I have something in me to start my day off on the right foot and smoothies are my go-to when nothing else is likely to happen.

It is blueberry season in my neck of the woods right now so I’ve stocked up and have an abundance of these amazing little antioxident loaded gems, both fresh & frozen now. (Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases)

This super simple, totally tasty smoothie is something you can enjoy year-round AND the kids love it too! Continue reading “Busy or Not, Breakfast is a Must!”

Need LESS Stress? (Hell ya!!!)

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

 

STRESS!!!

 

Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?

 

Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic. Continue reading “Need LESS Stress? (Hell ya!!!)”

Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

 

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. It also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerances include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion, and even skin symptoms like rashes and eczema.

 

Dairy is just one of those foods that many people seem to be intolerant of. Continue reading “Do You Need a Dairy Do-over???”

WHY Am I Getting Bigger???

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight.

 

Is this possible?

 

Yes!  You are NOT crazy!

 

And here’s why.

 

We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight.

 

There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right? Continue reading “WHY Am I Getting Bigger???”

Hard-wired for Health

Why am I so WIRED today?  Well, it wasn’t from too much coffee. It definitely wasn’t from energy drinks (NEVER!!!!). It wasn’t even from a rush of adrenaline…  It was in fact, literally being wired-up to check my heart health!

This wasn’t the topic I was going to write about this week, but after I left my doctor’s office today I was thinking about how often I’ve seen posts & articles about how women often miss the signs of serious health issues.  I’m not gonna lie… I’ve pulled the old “oh, I’m sure it’s nothing,” or “it will pass,” routine more than once in my lifetime. Continue reading “Hard-wired for Health”

COFFEE! Who Can Drink It… & Who Should Avoid It

Coffee is one of those things – you either love it or hate it. You know if you like the taste or not (or if it’s just a reason to drink sugar and cream). You know how it makes you feel (i.e. your gut, your mind, etc.).

Not to mention the crazy headlines that say coffee is great, and the next day you should avoid it!

There is actual science behind why different people react differently to it. It’s a matter of your genetics and how much coffee you’re used to drinking. Continue reading “COFFEE! Who Can Drink It… & Who Should Avoid It”

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