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Have you Eaten Yet? 你吃饱了吗?

Eating well is healing. Food is my mother’s way of loving, nurturing and healing. In the language of food, we believe that what we eat is the key to honoring our bodies and and ensuring our well-being. “Have you eaten yet?” is a common greeting, and our first impulse is to feed each other. Because in feeding our bodies, we also nourish our souls.

I want to share my mother’s cooking with you because it is what grounds me in this world and makes me feel loved. To me, eating well is the highest form of self-care, feeding yourself with only the best. (And it doesn’t have to cost very much!)

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Intuitive Eating for Wellness

How do you approach the way you eat?

Eating can be such a loaded topic. Depending on where you are and the culture you’re influenced by, eating can be tied up with so many emotions – from guilt and shame, to stress and craving.

From an early age, we may be taught to associate eating with pleasure and sensation-seeking, eating out of boredom, or eating as a response to helplessness and crisis.

And as we get older, food often also gets associated with restriction and control, depending on your ideas of weight and wellness. Some may also associate eating with morality, avoiding meat out of compassion for sentient animals.

Making food choices for wellness can be overwhelming – intuitive eating simplifies it

To me, eating intuitively cuts through all of the information we receive about foods, and simplifies the process of making food choices, especially for those with busy lifestyles.

I went through a whole period of time where I would research nutritional values of foods, and I would make choices purely on what someone else said is ‘good’ for you. But I found that making food choices from a purely intellectual place did not work for me. It took all the joy out of eating, and was an often unsatisfying experience.

I slowly gravitated towards eating intuitively instead, an organic process that arose out of necessity (i.e. lack of time and also, laziness) and because I wanted to enjoy the act of eating. I wanted to eat healthily but I didn’t want to count calories or obsess about food.

Eating intuitively is about trusting the intelligence of your body, and the power of your intuition as a messenger for your body. You may start getting images of certain foods and a craving for certain tastes that really start to make sense later. The more you act on these instincts, the more your body will start to communicate with you.

Eating intuitively is a way to cut through all the ‘shoulds’, all the things you’ve ever read or learned about eating. First, let’s start off with what intuitive eating isn’t about.

It definitely isn’t about following someone else’s rules.

Eating intuitively isn’t about:

  • Counting calories
  • Reading nutrition labels
  • Restricting yourself or dieting
  • Overindulging
  • Judging yourself

Eating intuitively is about:

  • Respecting and caring for your body
  • Enjoying the act of eating
  • Listening to your needs
  • Eating what feels right to you
  • Learning to listen to your body
  • Paying attention to the signals you get before, during and after eating

And as a bonus, when eating becomes an enjoyable activity, we also start to develop a respect for the foods we eat and put into our bodies; how they are grown, produced, and brought to our dining tables become of interest to us.

But it all starts with caring for and listening to our bodies.

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Instead of judging yourself for having cravings, know that sometimes your body sends you signals for what your body is lacking. This can happen due to the normal fluctuations in your body due to hormones and sugar levels. For example, I often crave for spinach or even lamb right before I get my period. This tells me I need to refuel on iron.

Cravings can also be a learned response to emotional changes. When I need comfort I tend to default to white rice, which is what I grew up eating. Nothing says ‘home’ to me more than white rice and porridge. And so when I eat it, I start becoming aware of the fact that maybe there is an emotion under that craving somewhere, maybe something I need to sit with, acknowledge and nurture.

And that is also why I won’t say that I absolutely don’t eat foods from a certain food group. I don’t believe in dogma – regarding almost anything – and tend to stay away from information or writings that say you MUST or MUST NOT ABSOLUTELY do or not do something.

For me, I eat a mostly plant based diet but I do supplement with fish and certain meats sometimes. There are a handful of things I tend not to eat on principle alone. But I do not believe that there are any foods that are inherently bad – even if you crave for chips or candy, I see it as the body saying hey, I need salt! Or, it may be saying, hey, there is an emotion I may be avoiding. Or, hey, I’m stressed and I really need to relieve this feeling; or I’m running on empty, give me some glucose quick!

Or, of course, you may have been eating candy often and your body has developed an addiction to sugar or some other substance … and even then, it is worth looking at the emotion or impulse that’s attached to the food you’re craving. Can you trace it back to when the addiction seemed to start? When did you start to eat what you’re eating?

Attaching shame or guilt to foods can also be counter-productive. Have you ever tried saying, no, I absolutely can’t eat xyz – then find yourself hopelessly craving for it and obsessing about it?

Food is many things, but I tend to shy away from seeing it as punishment or reward. We can learn to trust ourselves and our bodies enough to know that we can respond to it with attunement and love.

Food: It’s nourishment. It’s sustenance. It can be medicine. It is part of a ritual, part of ceremony, an inextricable part of life. We can develop an intuitive, healthy and respectful relationship with food.

And the science of it…

This is also research that shows that intuitive eating leads to weight loss. The paradox here is that by not focusing on a restrictive diet that emphasizes a clinical approach to eating, you actually end up losing weight along the way, if that is your goal.

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You can start today

If your interest is piqued, you can start eating intuitively at any time.

  • Simply take a moment to pause and really look at what you’re about to eat and put into your body. For half a minute, simply look at it. What’s the first impulse that arises? Are you distracted and feel an urge to put it into your body, not caring how it tastes? What attracts you to it? The colour? Smell? Texture? Does it satisfy you when you’re eating it? What do you feel after you put it into your body? What emotion are you feeling at this moment? Be an investigator, be curious about the feelings and sensations that arise.
  • The next time you go grocery shopping, ditch your list. Take a moment to walk through the produce aisles and see what you’re drawn to. Are leafy greens calling to you? A certain fruit? Or nothing at all? Even feeling nothing is a valuable piece of information… Pick up the first thing you feel drawn to, buy it, taste it. See how you feel about it. Once you start collecting more and more information about what you like or dislike, you have started a conversation with your body about what it wants and needs. And you can go from there.

Disclaimer: I’m not a nutritionist. Seek out medical advice before making changes to your diet, especially if you are managing a chronic illness or any other health condition. Take care of you first. <3

References:

  1. Leahy, K. Berlin, K.S. Banks, G. Bachman, J. (2017.) The Relationship Between Intuitive Eating and Postpartum Weight Loss. Maternal and Child Health Journal. Volume 21, Issue 8pp 1591–1597
  2. Cadena-Schlam, L. López-Guimerà, G. (2015) Intuitive eating: An emerging approach to eating behavior. Nutrición hospitalaria: Organo oficial de la Sociedad española de nutrición parenteral y enteral, 2015, Vol.31(3), pp.995-1002
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Self-Care Series: Intuitive Eating

Lauren Nixon is a Food & Wellness Educator based out of Washington, D.C, who who guides people in cultivating spirit-filled lives through self-care practices and real, healthy food. The attention and care that she devotes to eating and living well are palpable, and it’s an honor and joy to have the opportunity to share our conversation here. Catch up on Part 1 here, where Lauren shares her self-care practices, if you haven’t already! – xx K

1. What is intuitive eating?

For me, intuitive eating is a really amazing dialogue between your body and your emotions. When many people think about eating, they merely think of relieving themselves of hunger. But the five senses are heavily involved in every thing that we do. Honoring our five senses, our physical cravings, and our ever-changing palates (especially in the midst of seasonal changes, emotional changes, and physical changes) is really at the core of eating intuitively. So is honoring your body’s wisdom to know what whole, real foods would best nourish you in any given moment.

For me intuitive eating is decidedly intentional and paced. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that you craft an intuitive eating experience when you’re on the run. There is so much power in the relationship between cooking at home and eating intuitively in order to craft an experience that is yours and only yours.

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“Intuitive eating is a really amazing dialogue between your body and your emotions.”

For me, eating intuitively involves tapping into the following questions:

  • How do I feel? Am I in my most balanced state of being?
  • What textures are of interest to me today? The crunch of raw cabbage? The soft bite of a roasted sweet potato?
  • What flavors will make me feel like my best self? A warm hit of garam masala? Simple salt and pepper? Smoky paprika?
  • What scents will create a fulfilling environment for me? The smell of sweet honey dissolving in hot tea? Chicken roasting away in the oven?
  • How much or little do I need to eat in order to feel nourished? Is a snack or a full meal the best fit?
  • What colors will excite my palate? (The deep orange skin of a kabocha squash? The intense purple coat of an eggplant?)
  • How can I create a meal that honors my needs in this very moment?

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2. Does it have anything to do with food cravings?

Intuitive eating has a lot to do with food cravings! I think that allowing your cravings to lead you is a really natural inclination. I think that when we align that natural inclination to meet our personal food needs with the natural, amazing flavors that the earth provides, we’re bound to create a fulfilling eating experience.

Cravings are natural. Wanting something sweet, or comforting, or filling, or light, or dense…those are all beautiful things. I think that the beauty of intuitive eating is that you can take all of these needs and moving thoughtfully and deliberately, you can create a meal that is really wonderful.

3. How do I tell if it’s my body telling me what I need vs my brain telling me what I want?

That’s between you and your body (and your brain!). There’s only one you and only you can know the answer to that question. For me, asking myself questions about my cravings, my hunger, my emotional state, and my needs is the first step.

If you have questions or difficulty with the food/brain connection, a therapist or counselor would be a great place to start! There are so many therapists and counselors who are doing great work around eating practices.

4. What are the benefits of intuitive eating?

Eating intuitively allows you to create a space where you honor your hunger pangs, your tastebuds, and your emotions. It allows you to think creatively about your own needs.

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Intuitive eating begs for a bit of research, a bit of dawdling in the cookbook aisle at the bookstore, a bit of food blog hopping, a bit of time at the farmers market, a bit of risk taking and comfort zone bending. You will inevitably come out of the experience more creative and more adventurous.

Most importantly, intuitive eating teaches you how to feed yourself. There’s no blueprint for how we should eat, so you have the freedom to create a personal blueprint that shifts and morphs and transforms as you grow as a person.

photos by Sophie Sarkar.

Lauren Nixon Self-CareLauren Nixon is a Food and Wellness Educator who guides youth and adults in creating healthy, nourishing relationships with local, sustainable food through cooking instruction and educational workshops. She has had the pleasure of working with sustainable food and environmental education organizations including FoodCorps, Urban Nutrition Initiative, Raices Eco Culture Micro Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Hidden Villa, and many more. Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenNNixon or at www.laurennixon.com

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Self-Care Series: Lauren Nixon, Food & Wellness Educator

Lauren Nixon is a Food & Wellness Educator based out of Washington, D.C, who who guides people in cultivating spirit-filled lives through self-care practices and real, healthy food. The attention and care that she devotes to eating and living well are palpable, and it’s an honor and joy to have the opportunity to share our conversation here. In Part 1 of this two part series, we chat about her self-care practices. In Part 2, we’ll be talking about intuitive eating. Enjoy! – xx K

Hi, Lauren! Tell us about your self-care practices. How did you arrive at this point of your self-care journey? 

Although I’ve always woven various self-care practices into my life, after 6 years of living in New York, I realized that my self-care practices were not enough and that I was living in a city that just wasn’t the right environment for me.

Leaving New York was the first step in revamping my self-care practice. I needed someplace quieter, with more nature, with more space. I needed to feel like I could breathe. After bopping around for a few years to farm and garden and teach and have my quarter life crisis outside of New York, I moved to Washington, D.C. I’m originally from Silver Spring, MD, a metropolitan area that’s right outside of the city, so being back feels like I’m bringing my self-care practice full circle and returning to my home space to gather certain parts of myself from my youth and to have a chat with those parts. It’s nice. And rigorous. For me, physical environment plays a huge role in my internal self-care practice.

Right now, my self-care practice involves gobbling up library books, spending time with my friends, dating, riding my bike, cooking, spending lots of time alone in nature, avoiding drama and low vibrations, and stepping into my authentic self. I also have an asana and pranayama practice and an affinity for journaling that really nourishes me.

How do you keep yourself on the path of self-care? 

I keep my self-care practice going because it feels really good. It feels really good to take care of myself and to have energy and to feel healthy, and alert, and strong. It feels good to feel emotionally, intellectually, and physically ready for your day, your week, your month ahead. I also remind myself of what burnout feels like. I’ve been there. It’s not a cute place to be.

My self-care practice doesn’t necessarily require much discipline because I feel so good on a daily basis and I want to maintain that delicious feeling. Of course, there are days when I don’t feel so hot. But that’s when my self-care practice shifts a bit. Sometimes I let myself cry in bed or watch really terrible Netflix movies for a few days. But then I remember that I have a divine purpose and that I need to be an active participant in my self-care practice and that my moping has an expiration date.

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It feels good to feel emotionally, intellectually, and physically ready for your day, your week, your month ahead.

What are some of your inspirations? 

I’m really influenced by ancestral and feminine knowledge. I’m interested in how people lived, what they ate, and how they sustained themselves before happiness became a commodity. I’m influenced by the knowledge and stories that are passed down by women. I’m influenced by my body. I listen to its cravings, its impulses, its gut feelings. I’m influenced by nature. I’m influenced by my friends. They are good listeners and smart people and forces to be reckoned with.

Are there any resources you turn to?

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a classic. When I was 26, I read it in bed and sobbed like a baby and I’ve been meaning to revisit it. It’s a really powerful call for women to step into their power.

BlackGirlInOm is doing important work. It’s important for women of color to have a space to talk about their lives and experiences.

I’m really keen on a lot of healthy food blogs. It inspires me to see how other people nourish themselves. Right now, I love Will Frolic For Food, Earthsprout, My New Roots, and a handful of others.

Reading my horoscope is a really great way to set he tone for my week and to think about how I can best take care of myself and avoid self-induced nonsense and foolishenss. I really like astrobarry, Chani Nicholas, and Susan Miller at Astrology Zone. They keep me on track. I also really appreciate a good tarot reading every few months. I had an awesome reading by Mecca Woods of mylifecreated.com and it was insane how much perspective I received from someone who hasn’t even met me.

Books play a big role in my life and remind me that I’m never alone. This year, I’ve read a lot by really great female authors. I’ve read Danzy Senna, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Helen Oyeyemi and many others. Books remind me that I am a powerful little speck in a big, big world.

Photo of Lauren by Chelsea Keat.

Lauren Nixon is a Food and Wellness Educator who guides youth and adults in creating healthy, nourishing relationships with local, sustainable food through cooking instruction and educational workshops. She has had the pleasure of working with sustainable food and environmental education organizations including FoodCorps, Urban Nutrition Initiative, Raices Eco Culture Micro Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Hidden Villa, and many more. Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenNNixon or at www.laurennixon.com

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For a happy throat: Lo Han Guo

I’ve been sick this past week and it’s not fun – just when I feel like have so much I feel like I have to get done! But I took it as a sign from the Universe that it’s time to slow down even further and to really commit to taking care of myself. Message received, Universe.

I’m usually pretty averse to Western medicine because I feel that it’s too strong for my body. I usually take half the dosage of whatever is prescribed whenever I can, because I feel the effects of ANY drug very, very intensely. I have no doubt it’s an aspect of my sensitivity; I can feel it when anything’s off in my body very acutely.

So, to cure this itch in my throat and annoying cough that seems to become more severe in the night, I turned to this tried-and-true concoction, that turned out to be super simple to make. The ingredients can be found in any Chinese herbal medicine store, and as a major plus – it’s not at all bitter despite its dark brown appearance. In fact, the sweetness from the dried fruit makes it pretty tasty!

Recipe:

  • Sweet and bitter dried almond seed – a small handful
  • 1 Lo Han Guo
  • White fungus – a quarter
  • 3 – 4 dried figs
  • 1 red date (optional)
  • 1 liter of water

Things I had to text my mother to ask her about:

  • What do you do with the lo han guo?! You crush it with your bare hands; everything goes into the water, including the shell. The shell itself is sweeter than the fruit (!) so be sure to add that in too! The shell is thin and brittle and breaks easily, and it’s also kind of fun. That said, try not to crush the shell into too-small fragments as you don’t want to accidentally find it in your throat. Not fun.
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Mystery fruit! But it’s sweet and kind to your throat, much-needed in time of respiratory distress.

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  • Did I buy the right kind of almond seed? Yes. But I only bought the bitter one (which is the one that’s better for the throat), but for a better balance in flavour, try to get both the sweet and bitter ones. In Chinese, they’re referred to as the 南北杏 – literally, the South/North almond seeds, because of their opposing flavors… which I think is a really pretty way of putting it. If you mention this to the Chinese herb store person they’d know what you’re talking about immediately!

Preparation:

  • Cut figs into half.
  • Soak almond seeds and white fungus in water – the almond seeds for at least 10 minutes, and then rinse a couple of times thoroughly. The white fungus expands so even if the initial piece looks tiny, soon it’ll grow before your eyes! So estimate accordingly, and start small.
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Start small, this guy expands.

  • Put everything into a pot and boil for 30 minutes, including the lo han guo, which you crush and add into the water directly:

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And after half an hour, it’s time to drink up! Repeat as often as needed till your throat feels better. Which mine does already, after brewing two pots of this magical stuff – cheers!!!

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Yikes! Menstrual cramps? A way to soothe that time of the month…

These days, I kind of like having my period.

Is that radical? I appreciate the fact that my body does this sort of freaky yet amazing thing, and that my ovaries are working, and that women are so in tune with the moon – that we are designed to have these cycles. When I was 12, I remember actually looking forward to having my first period (I got it at 13) so that I would become a ‘real woman’, utterly unaware that those haywire hormones would also be part of the package deal… Not so fun. But recently, I’ve stopped fighting it. I’ve learnt instead to like (or at least, not hate!) that I’m extra tired in the week leading up to my period, because this tiredness gives me a cue to really rest and take more naps and sleep deeper. I also like that I occasionally get cravings for salty or sweet things or red meat, because it’s amazing that if you really pay attention, you can hear how your body actually tells you what it needs – and is trying to give you a chance to nourish yourself.

Not to say that it’s all rainbows and butterflies. No lie, it can get trippy up in here: end of the world scenarios suddenly seem more likely. I’m more sensitive to pain. The lack of dark chocolate in my immediate vicinity becomes a cause for concern.

Thankfully, I’m not really given to severe period cramps but depending on what’s been going on in that month, whether I’d exercised enough or felt my feelings, the intensity of pain and discomfort could vary. So I completely feel anyone who does have to go through that kind of pain! Liking it is probably not even an option, but at least soothing yourself is one…

And that’s when this little recipe comes in handy.

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Two Simple Tomato Recipes

Growing up, I was never a fan of the tomato. I just never understood it – it wasn’t sweet, or exceptionally tasty. Why would you eat something that just didn’t do anything for you taste-wise? (“It’s good for you!” is usually never a good enough incentive for me when it comes to food.) Worse, my typical encounters with tomatoes usually involved the discovery of a soggy slice ruining a perfectly good sandwich or burger – not exactly a resounding testimonial for the fruit.

In Singapore, you can find most vegetables year-round, so I’m not super attuned to peak seasons for certain veggies, though I’m now learning slowly. The flip side of this year-round availability also means that the quality of certain fruits and vegetables are compromised, because they are grown and harvested out of sync with what Nature intended… Which is why most tomatoes to me were tasteless.

But my mind was changed when I realized that there’s a peak season for tomatoes, which is some time in the summer to early fall (third week of July to late September/early October – like, right now!!!). And, woah. Tomatoes. At their peak, they’re sweet and tart and plain amazing when roasted as the juices are concentrated; I had no idea that tomatoes could be this flavourful.

Other than now being promoted in my eyes because of sheer tastiness, knowing all their extra benefits will definitely help you to feel extra virtuous about it. Tomatoes are full of Vitamin C – I distinctly remember my mother repeatedly crediting the almighty tomato as the source of her creamy smooth complexion throughout her youth and now,  even well into her 50’s, she still has a relatively wrinkle-free mien. She used to eat one, raw, every single day. So that’s definitely proof of the power of the tomato! It also contains lycopene, which is a an important anti-oxidant that can reduce the risk of lung, stomach and prostate cancers.

Plus, as a red food, it’s perfect for being eaten in the summer. According to TCM, red foods correspond with the heart system; they help nourish blood, improve circulation, and reinforce warm (yang) energy. They are usually recommended for people with anemia, palpitations, weakness and cold limbs. As someone that literally has cold feet all the time, even when it’s blazing hot outside, this is one red food that I can definitely dig.

Read on for 2 super simple tomato recipes!

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Home Brewed Chrysanthemum Tea

 

I love tea – there are hundred varieties, each one a subtle delight. And chrysanthemum tea is one of my favorites as it’s also a great way to cool an overheated body, especially in the summer and if you’re fond of eating spicy or fried food.

On a recent trip to NYC here, my mother brought some along with her, and I forgot how much I’d missed it!

What you need:

  • 15 – 20 bulbs of dried chrysanthemum
  • A pinch of American ginseng
  • A lump or two of rock sugar, to taste

Steep for 5 minutes, and enjoy your naturally caffeine-free tea with a mild, delicate fragrance. It tastes just as good without sugar too! The sachet is good for at least 2 steeps.

Some benefits of chrysanthemum tea:

  • It’s a natural coolant. Chinese approach to food is all about balance – if your body is too hot, chrysanthemum tea is a great way to put out the fire. (Coconut water does this too!) So if you feel a sore throat or headache coming on, a glass or two of this will go a long way.
  • Eases digestion. Great after a heavy or greasy meal, which is why it’s also tea that you can order during your heavy and albeit very delicious dim sum brunch.
  • Boosts concentration. That pinch of American ginseng helps to boost concentration and memory. American ginseng is considered the less potent counterpart of Asian or Korean ginseng and can also be easily found in Chinese supermarkets.

P.S. If you’re in NYC, you can find dried chrysanthemum bulbs at the Hong Kong Supermarket on Hester St in Chinatown – it’s on the tea aisle at the basement.

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This feels amazing: lemon water

Lemon Water

A lukewarm glass of lemon water every morning, to be precise. (Along with drawing a card a day in the morning with my beloved The Wild Unknown tarot deck.)

I decided to try this simple addition to my diet because I wanted a way to kickstart my mornings well, and I just didn’t want to spring for a juice cleanse, after a couple weeks of eating and sleeping badly. And mostly because I’m just unable to wrap my mind around the fact that cold pressed juices can cost THIS MUCH. My moment of shame was in purchasing a $10 bottle of juice from Dean & Deluca. Yes I know, what was I expecting from D&D? In NYC no less? But in my defense, there was no price tag and I thought, surely it can’t cost more than $5 right?

Wrong.

The upside: It really was a pretty damn delicious glass of juice.

Still, the Virgo in me was aghast. What would that $10 have bought me? A bowl from Chipotle that I can consume for 3 straight meals (yes, really), and change. A book. 3 coffees to get me through 3 work days. Juice cleanses cost upwards of $40 or more, A LOT MORE, for a 3-day program. I just can’t justify it to myself. And believe me, I’m pretty good at justifying purchases to myself.

Plus, not eating anything and just drinking juice would make me a really ANGRY PERSON. I’d rather aim for moderation – attempting to eat healthily on the daily instead of subjecting oneself to torturous regimens once in a blue moon. For example, see: “Excavation Cleanse” from BluePrint Cleanse: “This option unearths those crayons and other art class delicacies you chowed down in first grade. We’re digging deep.” 

Yikes. It all sounds both terrifying and intriguing, all at once.

So being a relatively health-conscious person on a budget (other than the times I give myself permission to snack on chocolate, instant noodles and chips, like those two weeks I mentioned up there when I indulged more often than I should have…), I was immediately taken by the benefits of lemon water:

Freshen Your Skin
Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. According to FitDay, vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. And of course, drinking lots of water is great for skin in general.

Pump Up The Immune System
There’s a reason you’re always drawn to oranges when you’re sick — once again, the power of vitamin C at play. Consuming the vitamin daily (via lemon water) can help keep you healthy and stave off infection, notes The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Strengthens The Brain
Lemon may be known best for its vitamin C, but it also contains potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function. So for a quick natural way to feel more alert, lemon water is a great bet.

Cleanses The Liver
As reported by LiverSupport.com, in Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe’s Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition, he notes the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food. While we aren’t advocating for an intensive cleanse (we know those are unnecessarily), this can help give your organ a boost.

There are a ton of resources out there about lemon water in the morning, but the bits above are just some of many health benefits listed from a Huffington Post article. Bonus: I bought 4 lemons from Whole Foods for just $3, which is a total score, and can last me for two weeks.

I can say for sure that my skin has never looked clearer. And I can also confirm the benefits with regards to… ahem, bowel and bladder movements. Oversharing much, but my point is – it totally works!

P.S. There was also a deal going on at Whole Foods for Evolution cold-pressed juice, 2 for $5 – the Defense Up (orange, mango, acerola) was tasty, but the Apple & Carrot one? Not so much.

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