Also here is a video where I explain this in more detail
We understand the importance of drinking water. We hear it all the time, yes, you must drink more water if you want to feel and be healthier. It is one of the simplest things to do to become a healthier version of you; but did you know HOW you are drinking your water makes a difference!
If you are drinking your (approx. 64oz) of water daily but you are sitting most of the time and you are going to the bathroom a lot, then guess what...
you are not going to see the greatest impact of what water can do for you as it is just moving straight through your system.
Here is the deal, your blood helps to pump water through your system to your organs and the best way to do this is to make sure you are moving. The more you are moving, the more your body is able to utilize the water throughout all of the organs and cells MORE effectively and the more parts you are moving, the more water distributes through your body.
So the next time you are drinking a glass of water, get up and move around afterwards to help that water get to all of your organs, cells and throughout your system and please feel free to:
TEST it out for yourself!
Drink a 16oz bottle of water while sitting around on a Sunday watching tv and see how many times you get up to go pee.
Drink a 16oz bottle of water while going for a walk, cleaning the house, or dancing around and playing with your kids.
Did you hit up the toilet less the more you were moving? Let me know if you tested it out for yourself.
I am not one to promote diets and don't like to tell people they should abstain from any specific foods all the time. My whole thought for the past 12 years was eat mostly whole foods and you should be good.
But then I started dealing with pain in my colon and intestinal tract and knew something wasn't right. At times it would be minor but after a summer camping trip it became unbearable one day and I felt I needed to really pay attention to the foods I was eating and try to determine what was happening.
We already had some allergies in my house so it honestly made it easier for me to find the culprit. My son is allergic to corn; and since I have no clue how/where he got this allergy (maybe GMO's?) I wondered if I may be ignoring some signs myself.
As a child I had IBS, so stomach issues aren't new to me, but I was never able to determine what it was. So I pulled corn out of my diet and started to feel better but still had some minor nagging issues when I would eat certain foods, and then it dawned on me that some of the things I was eating probably used corn meal or corn starch and then it all just fell into place.
So with that, I realize that there are some foods that don't work well for us. The older I get the more I am affected by what I eat. I can see when I had ice cream the day before in the circles under my eyes and that is why I am a believer in the Shred 10.
What is Shred 10?
It's mostly about practicing healthy habits:
While also eliminating the highest allergy/inflammatory foods out of your diet:
Practice these habits and eliminate these items out of your diet for 10 days and see how you feel. Once the Shred is over then you can begin to incorporate these foods back into your diet S-L-O-W-L-Y and see how your body responds. If you add gluten back in and after 2 days you are bloated, then guess what! You probably have some sort of intolerance to gluten.
By listening to our body more we will begin to live our healthiest life.
Let me know if you are interested in our next Shred 10!
If you have children you probably have heard their Pediatrician say to not look at what they eat on a daily basis, but rather look at what they eat on a weekly basis.
So, why don't we look at it this way for ourselves?
How many times do you hear that you need to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and then you head out to the grocery store and pick up as much as you can of a variety of fruits and vegetables; bring the home to enjoy and then a week later throw half of them out because you haven't eaten them all?
Let's begin to look at our food intake on a weekly basis instead. We know we need to eat mostly greens and vary our intake; so practice varying them on a weekly basis rather than buying a whole bunch at the same time.
No matter how you are getting your greens in (whether it being through salads, smoothies, cooked up and added into something else), this week try this:
Practice this with your snack fruits and vegetables as well, and let me know below what you are trying. You will be getting so many added nutrients without having to change all of your recipes or buying obscene amounts of varied food each week.
So I hate to disappoint you right off the bat, but there truly is no way to simply spot reduce a specific area
since I've got you here, why don't I provide you with some information that will help you to trim down those thighs and help you feel better about those legs of yours.
First, I do want to let you know that if you carry extra weight around your thighs rather than your belly, that is a good thing! This fat stored around the thighs and hips "saddlebags" is subcutaneous fat and is not as dangerous as visceral fat.
Second, while working on reducing the fat in your thighs you will have the added bonus of losing fat all over your body, since like I said before, we can't really spot reduce.
Last, I do want to make sure I am very clear with you though, if your problem area is your thighs, this will be the absolute last place you will see a change (that is a change in mindset). All areas will be getting smaller, but because your focus is on that area, you will not see that area change, so instead of criticizing yourself in the mirror; maybe grab a pair of jeans or shorts to be your guide as to how that area is getting smaller.
Now-for those of you who don't care about what I said above, this is for you!
Ways to get rid of the extra subcutaneous fat is to make sure you are:
Rant-A few years ago I was speaking with someone about my fitness program and they said they didn't NEED to workout because they were already thin. As a person who loves fitness this kind of stung-and truly bothered me!
Where have we gone wrong in the fitness industry, where people believe that exercise is JUST about losing weight-ugh!
There are SO many benefits to working out and if for some reason you haven't heard the reasons let me name a few:
-disease such as ❤ disease, cancer, and diabetes respond strongly to exercise
-decreases anxiety, depression, and memory loss
-great for bone health for when you get older (yes it's going to happen, if you are lucky!)
-great for cell regeneration, making you look and feel younger
There are so many more reasons but figured I should stop there. So I would 💘 to hear why it is you exercise, and if you don't, please rethink this choice. There are so many different ways you can get fitness into your life. Find a modality that works for you, an instructor that resonates with you, and please just keep moving-no matter how thin or happy you are with your body😂.-rant over
Mom, personal trainer, and corrective exercise specialist who wants to help you live an active and pain free life