Drink Water. See & Feel the Benefits

Benefits of Water

Water.  We all know we are supposed to drink it, but why?  How much?  I am going to share some great water facts with you that will help to make drinking water an easy decision.

Did you know this about water?

  • The more hydrated your skin is (from drinking water) the less lines and wrinkles you will have and it can also help to clear up acne
  • Sometimes when you feel hungry, your body may actually be dehydrated?  By drinking a glass of water before a meal can actually help you to eat less
  • Water helps to flush toxins from your system, which can relieve fatigue
  • If you exercise, you need to drink water to re-fuel your muscles and give you more energy
  • Have a lot of headaches?  They could be from dehydration and water can help to prevent those

So does this make you thirsty or what?  I try to always have water with me and drink as much as I can each day.  I also love to add lemon to my water, which has special benefits click here to read those.

How much should you drink each day?  The International Sports Medicine Institute, has a formula for daily water intake: 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight if you’re not active (that’s ten eight-ounce glasses if you weigh 160 pounds), and 2/3 ounce per pound if you’re athletic (13 to 14 glasses a day, at the same weight).  If that is too much math for you, answer this 9 question quiz to get the exact ounces you specifically need.

Well I hope that this inspires you to drink just one more glass of water each day, your body will thank you for it!

Enjoy! ~ Jamie




Eat Healthy on Vacation: Rent a Home and Skip Eating Out

Hello everyone!  I am a guest blogger for Jamie.   One of the challenges in keeping a health focus on vacation is that we are off our regular eating routines.  Consistent recommendations you’ll find for a healthy vacation entail finding local fruit markets, and grocery stores and stocking up on healthy snacks.

If you are an individual whose regular lifestyle entails eating out regularly, these tips may not work for you.  However, if you are planning meals for more than one, or in my case, kids who are picky eaters that eat like they are speed dating; three meals a day eating out gets old real quick and very expensive.    And frankly, nothing tastes as good as a home cooked meal where you can control the contents and portion; why not rent a home while on vacation?

My family has had found many great homes in the locations we have vacationed over the years.  My favorite for domestic travel is several sites maintained by Home Away:


A new one I’ve recently come across is a site by TripAdvisor.  

I would not take any vacation without TripAdvisor feedback in hand so this site it is definitely growing on me.

Picture this, you wake up and linger over a cup of coffee brewed in a well stocked kitchen.  The kids have already gotten up, eaten a bowl of cereal and are out by the pool and you are still in your pjs and bunny slippers relaxing and planning your day or……you are dressed for the day, herding the kids in the car, running a comb through your hair so you don’t scare the wait staff at the restaurant to get ready to dump $25-$30 for a mid-range breakfast that nobody finishes completely.  I know which scenario what I would choose.

Thanks for having me Jamie!

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Healthy Choices on Vacation – What?!?

My previous vacation routine was – starve my self leading up the vacation and work out like a maniac.  Then once I am on vacation I eat everything in site and come back home with and extra 5 lbs which then seemed to take forever to lose!  Sound familiar?  Did you know that 3,500 calories are equivalent to 1 lb?  Some meals alone (bread, appetizers, salad with dressing, main dish, dessert) at restaurants can add up to that number.  So if you eat like this a few days on vacation, you will come home with more than just a good tan.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I LOVE FOOD!  But to me it is all about moderation and planning.  When I am on vacation, I limit myself to the splurging.  So I will have a few things that are not so great (breads, desserts, sauces), but I limit them.  I also pick when I am going to “splurge”.  For instance, I am in a hotel right now.  Here is what I had for breakfast:

Now I am not a breakfast person, so I chose not to “waste” my calories on this meal.  But I did want to eat some protein to stay full until lunch.  This egg and fruit combo was delicious and very filling!  So tonight at dinner I will be able to have some dessert and wine and not feel guilty.

Also I went for a walk this morning.  The weather was beautiful and it was a great way to start the day.  Almost all hotels have gyms, so even if you just spend 30 minutes a day while you are on vacation devoted to some exercise you will feel so much better about yourself!  Also, you will find yourself making smarter decisions throughout the day.

Vacation is meant to be fun and gives your mind and body the ability to re-charge.  If you make smart decisions, you won’t have to worry about any extra lbs when you get back home!  :)

Enjoy! ~Jamie