The Water Challenge

Hi Guys!
I have decided to undertake a series of challenges to better my health and well being. Rick and I watched a documentary the other night (I'm really sorry but we cannot for the life of us remember what it was called...we've trawled through netflix and the internet trying to find it again and we really can't. I do apologise) and it was all about how modern day processed foods are slowly killing us. It talked all about the benefits of using fresh, wholesome ingredients and cooking from scratch and also the kinds of effects that heavily processed foods have on our bodies.

Now, I'm not stupid. I am fully aware that fresh food is better than processed foods however I feel that Rick and I have grown a bit...complacent in our habits of late. We both work and have responsibilities so cooking sometimes does go by the way-side.
Just to clarify, we don't live off of ready-meals but I will cheat by using flavour packets for casseroles and things like that when I could just as easily use my own herbs and spices to make the flavours. We eat a lot of snack food such as crisps which we could swap for other healthier snacks if we put the effort in. But I do think Rick and I are representative of many people in the population...which is kind of worrying really. Does nobody cook from scratch any more?

This programme also highlighted the growing obesity crisis in the world and explained why it was happening. Our body naturally wants to store fat to make it through the harsh winters where food will be scarce. But nowadays, food is in plentiful abundance and the harsh food-free winters never come. So our body is still in survival mode...but with no need. I hope I explained that right.

As you all know I am getting married next year and I want to make sure that I look as good as I can on my wedding day. I want to clarify another thing, that this is not a "body image" thing. I don't think I'm fat or hate my arms or anything like that. This is about certain signs that are my body's way of telling me that I am not getting the nutrients and minerals that it needs. Bags under my eyes, dry lips, blemishes, tiredness, head aches, dry hair.

There are many aspects of my nutrition/health that I do need to change and I feel like it would be a huge under-taking to do it all in one go so I am breaking it down into a series of challenges. In theory, if I force myself to do something for long enough, it will become habit right?

The first of my challenges will be to drink more water. I am terrible for this. Rick puts me to shame, he guzzles water like a fish all day and then he asks me how much I've drunk and I'm all...I had a cup of tea. I 100% know that I need to drink a lot more water.

I am going to aim to drink at least a litre and a half of water every day for a month. A litre and a half encompasses two re-fills of my water bottle which seems like a good start. I hope that after a month of doing this, it will just become habit. 

I will let you know with regular updates how I'm doing and whether I'm noticing great changes.
If anyone out there would also like to undertake the Water Challenge then do let me know and we'll compare notes!

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  1. Yes, I'm guilty of this also so I shall join you!! When I used to work in administration, it was so easy as I pinched two litre glass bottles from a meeting and went and filled them at the water fountain first thing in the morning and ensured I drank 2litres minimum at work, sometimes 3-4 as I often refilled! Now teaching, I long for my cup of tea at break, lunch, after school if lucky!

    1. It's such an easy trap to fall into. Glad you're on board! Crack on!

  2. Good luck!! This is about the only thing I do manage to do consistently, it definitely helps my skin and alertness. A brilliant place to start.
    M x Life Outside London

    1. This is good to know, I'll let you know how it goes xx


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