Hydration and Detox with Lemon Water

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I’ve been racking my brains trying to come up with ways to use up our bumper crop of lemons in the backyard. And one of my favourite usage of lemons? Lemon water!

Let’s face it, everyone’s been going on about lemon water for the last few years. Health and detox enthusiasts have been praising the benefits of starting each day with a glass of water with half a lemon. But instead of just pouring myself a glass of water, I thought, why not just add a few lemon slices to my Tupperware of water?

This big Tupperware drink bottle that you see pictured above has been one of my closest companions for probably more than five years now. (I can’t remember when I bought this Tupperware but I know it was ages ago! I know what they say about Tupperware having a lifetime guarantee and still I can’t believe it’s lasted me that long!) I get dehydrated really easily and I find I get really painful mouth ulcers if I don’t drink enough water so I always ensure I carry a bottle of water around with me. So I thought, why don’t I just add a few lemon slices to my Tupperware bottle? So easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

The first day I tried it out, I was recovering from my hay fever attack of the week before (an attack which is finally gone now, thank goodness!) and was super dehydrated from all the antihistamine medication I’d been taking. It was such a relief to be sipping this delicious lemon-tinged water constantly and hydrating myself! Plus, the lemon slices did a good job of lasting all day so all I had to do was keep adding water and enjoying the taste and hydration!

Here are some of the benefits I dug up about drinking lemon water:

  • It gives your immune system a real boost.
  • Aids digestion.
  • It’s a natural diuretic so it helps to detox your system by stimulating the liver and flushing out waste more efficiently.
  • Lemons are alkalising so they help balance your ph levels and decreases inflammation.
  • Reduces appetite, thereby staving off the snack cravings.
  • Gives you an energy boost and helps reduces anxiety and depression.
  • Helps fight viral infections (remember those lemon-flavoured cough drops you take when you’ve got a sore throat? The lemon’s not just in there for the taste)
  • It’s a great source of potassium, Vitamin P and Vitamin C.
  • Plus, the Vitamin C and antioxidants in lemons are a great aid to your skin in fighting anti-ageing and blemishes.
  • Its antiseptic qualities also help improve your breath!

But what about the warnings that all that acid in lemons corroding teeth enamel? Well, according to the experts, you would have to drink a lot of lemon water to corrode the enamel. I don’t put lemons in my water every day, maybe a couple of times a week (you do get a bit tired of that lemon taste in water if you’ve been drinking it all day) and I try not to swivel it around my teeth too much. If you are worried, though, you could also keep another bottle of (non-lemon) water by your side to wash out your mouth at the same time (hey, it’s extra the hydration!) or just restrict yourself to drinking lemon water, say, mornings only and simply remove the lemon slices in the afternoon and quickly brushing your teeth.

Keep fresh, keep hydrated!

Inspiration: Creative Portfolios Online at Behance

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Have you heard of Behance? It’s an online platform where artists and other creatives are able to showcase their portfolios and liaise with potential employers, network and gain other work opportunities. It’s a really fun place to head to and check out what creative work’s out there from all over the world at the moment. The images above are some of my favourites that I’ve discovered so far. Definitely a must for any up and coming creative looking to show off their work!

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A Reason for Being: Chapter One

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This is an old story I finished a couple of years back and shopped around to various literary agents but never managed to gain much interest in it. However, the other day, I happened upon it, sat down and read a bit of it and found that I kind of still liked it. It might do with a bit of cleaning up and some stronger wording, which I might get around to in the future; however, it was still something I quite liked. I still remember much of the old magic that touched me while I was writing it and while I’m working on some other new stories now, I thought I’d turn this old story into a serial fiction on my blog for the time being. I aim to add a new chapter each week so keep checking back if you read this and find you like it!

I’ve hovered between a few different names for this story and at this point I’m just calling it A Reason for Being. It’s somewhat of a cross between urban fantasy and paranormal romance and tells the story from two points of view: a somewhat restless, highly energetic, lonely girl named Meredith caught in a troubled romance with a magician, and an old friend of hers, Iris, who has secrets of her own to hide. Meredith is the main protagonist of the story and her story is told in third person with Iris occasionally popping up in the first person. But enough of this. I won’t give away much more, but let you read on…

A Reason for Being

Chapter One

 Meredith was having a bad day even before she sensed the magic behind her.

She had been working on repairs at Ivan’s Café, which was one of half a dozen minuscule shops and restaurants on Shoestring Lane hard hit by yesterday’s summer storm. The storm had appeared literally out of the blue, splintering rooftops and ripping up signs and trees. There were those who thought it must be an ill wind conjured by a magician, but InterPara and the magi scholars at Berninski University were quick to discredit any such ideas. The insurance companies breathed a sigh of relief at this. Magical disaster policies were notoriously messy beasts, with a high risk for catastrophically huge payouts. As Bern Waldorf of Waldorf Mutual Insurance once declared, “Give me a nice, simple natural disaster any day.”

Ordinarily, Meredith would have been in her element on a day like this. The weather was clear and bright after the storm, the sun shining down strong as she moved like a miniature whirlwind herself, clearing debris, re-potting plants and re-sculpting the brick wall which lined the courtyard out the back of Ivan’s Café. It was hard, dirt-in-nails manual labour, the kind of work Meredith liked best because she could pour her relentless energy into the doing of it. The café staff, most of whom she had known since high school, came out often for a cigarette and a chat while a mix of blues and reggae played on the radio out back.

By afternoon, however, the music had given way to a talk station out of deference to the old Russian regulars who sat in their personal corner of the courtyard, drinking strong black tea and chain-smoking cigarettes while playing chess.

And that was when it all began. READ MORE

The Process of Writing a Book by Guillaume Morisette

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I happened upon this graph by Canadian writer Guillaume Morissette last week on Instagram (I seem to get everything I know off Instagram these days. This may not necessarily be a good thing and probably says a lot more about me than I’d like, but I’ll take what I’m given by way of discoveries).

Anyway, I love this graph because it is so completely true. At any given time, I’m hopping manically between any of these levels on the graph. At the moment, I’m at a good spot – I’m back at Medium Creativity – but who knows where I’ll be next week. Or the next day. Anywhere under the timeline, I’m assuming.

By the way, if you don’t know writer Guillaume Morissette (and I’ll be shamelessly honest – I did not know who he was before I found this graph and now all I’m wondering is if he’s related to Alanis Morissette and if Morissette is a common name in Canada – forgive me, Canadians, for my terrible ignorance) check him out. His Tumblr is entertaining and if his books are anything like his writing online, I’m definitely buying.

Speaking of buying – Robin McKinley’s FINALLY released her backlist as e-books! I can now purchase every one of them on my Kindle! This is indeed a happy day for me. Now all I have to do is wait until the end of October when I’m released from my self-imposed no-buying-new-books-or-clothes-or-any-kind-of-unnecessary-item budget restrictions. Why did I ever do this to myself? Don’t books count as necessary items? I might just faint if I don’t get to read them soon. That, I believe, counts as necessary.

Fitness Collaborations/Inspirations

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I just wanted to share a few of the fitness brands collaborations I’ve been inspired by lately! I know a lot of people get really cynical by sports brands teaming up with celebrities or models, but I think if we could just take the ‘buy this so you’ll look like this!’ message these brands are sending and turn them under a positive light, they can provide some real inspiration, motivation and a message of positivity instead. I also like that all the women featured in these collaborations are strong, athletic women who act what they preach – they’re all about the sporty, positive and ‘work hard, play hard’ lifestyle! READ MORE

Inspiration: “Do What You Love and the Money will Follow.”

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Week in Training (October 13th to 19th)

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I’m a little late with this week’s workout updates – but I’ve just managed to slip it in before the clock ticks over onto Monday!

This week saw me taking on Week 15 of the Kayla Itsines BBG. Monday, as usual, incorporated circuit moves aimed at legs, while Wednesday tackled arms and Friday incorporated ab workouts. READ MORE

Travel Journal: Lake Guatavita, Colombia

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I’ve been hit by the writing muse this week and as a result, this blog has suffered a little, postings-wise. I’ve spent so much of my writing on my work-in-progress that I haven’t felt much like writing for the blog and so I thought I’d share some images this week instead. I haven’t done a travel post in a while so I thought I’d dive into my South American photo album and share a post I’ve been meaning to put up for some time – our day trip to Lake Guatavita in Colombia, source of the legendary tales of El Dorado.

Lake Guatavita is one of the many popular tourist sights in Colombia and it’s only a day trip from the capital of Bogota where I was staying at a friend’s place. While the city of Bogota itself is very much like many modern cities around the world, within a few hours’ drive away we had left the dust and traffic behind and found ourselves amid lush green hills and fields for as far as the eye could see. It was incredibly refreshing to be out in the countryside and it felt almost as if we’d been transported to some English pastoral scene – it was hard to believe we were still in South America, which, I have to admit, usually conjures up images instead of Machu Picchu-esque ruins or the Amazonian rainforest.

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Inspiration: The Road is Home

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Inspiration: “Dream Big and Dare to Fail.”

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