I have been away from the blog for several months in order to grieve the loss of 2 dear friends. I am back now with lots to share!
In this journey of profound grief I became interested in natural ways to achieve and maintain physical as well as emotional and mental health. I have met some cool people and old and new friends have been so supportive.
I am going to be sharing with you the methods I have adopted for improving my health in future articles.
One item I want to share today is fruit water! I have moved away from artificially sweetened drinks, but I have a strong sweet tooth nonetheless.
I started by replacing the diet drinks with Sierra Mist which is sweetened with sugar and stevia. I love the taste and after a month or so away from the sucralose I did notice some improvements in my body. Less dryness, fewer headaches, etc. But my weight started to increase. So I have cut down on that drink although I still enjoy a couple of cans a day.
What I am doing instead is making my own fruit water. It’s really simple. So far I have tried a strawberry lemon cucumber mix, pineapple mango cucumber mix, blueberry pomegranate cucumber mix and blackberry pomegranate mix.
The cucumber seems to bring out the flavor and sweetness of the fruit, but you only need a couple of slices otherwise it can be overpowering.
My favorite so far is the blueberry pomegranate cucumber. Last Fall I bought 3 huge pomegranates on sale and seeded them. Then I portioned the seeds into 1 cup zip lock bags and tossed them in the freezer. To make the water I put a couple of slices of cucumber in a large glass, added about a half cup of frozen organic blueberries and a quarter cup of the frozen pomegranate seeds then filled the cup with filtered water. Screwed the top on and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. The next afternoon I transferred the concoction to my Yeti cup which keeps drinks cold all day long! It was a wonderful elixir and I have enjoyed it several times this past week.
Helpful tip: to seed a pomegranate easily do this, slice off a little from the bottom, just enough so that it will sit flat. Using a sharp knife cut out a circle from the top making it like an inverted cone and pull that off. Then score the pomegranate vertically along the natural ridges. Placing your thumbs in the opening on top and your fingers holding the bottom, gently pull the pomegranate apart into sections along the scoring. One section at a time pluck the seeds out! It’s really simple and fast.
My least favorite so far is the pineapple mango cucumber, mainly because it gave me indigestion. I will have to work with the proportions and see if I can make it work because it does taste pretty good.
I am working on trying different things for healthy snacks, and I have spent the past year learning about and using essential oils for physical and mental health. I will write about these very soon.
I am also growing an aloe vera plant!
What are you trying in order to make your body more healthy? What other healthy food topics would you like to hear about? Please let me know, I want to make this interesting!