And I don’t believe in a universal formula for water consumption either, because the quantity needed for an individual depends upon his environment, age, weight, lifestyle and time of year.
But I do believe that everyone should establish their own water “quota” to drink each day. A water quota is a “minimum amount of water you require yourself to drink every day, with few exceptions.” Many folks I work with set their water quota at about 100 ounces a day. This is approximately 3 liters, and it’s easy to measure with bottles of purified water. Others follow the 8/8 rule. Still others consult with their doctors to get their quota.
A tip that may make drinking water easier for you is to carry a bottle of water with you at all times. Bring it with you when you get in the car or run an errand. Choose water when you dine at a restaurant. You will be surprised at how easy it is to reach your quota when you include water with the activities you already do.
If you want to increase your water intake, don’t go from one extreme to another. Increase it gradually, and listen to your body, for your body will be your ultimate guide.
I’ve never known someone who successfully lost weight eating luncheon meats. Anyone I know of who has had success in weight loss has done so eating natural, unprocessed meats. Why is this?
Sure, those luncheon meats are convenient. They taste good, too, and you don’t have to prepare them. But what we get in convenience and taste, we compromise in nutrition and health:
1. Sodium: processed meats are high in sodium to prolong shelf life. High sodium can wreak havoc on someone trying to lose weight or lower their blood pressure.
2. Nitrates: saltpeter and a hormone disruptor. This additive has been blamed for early menstruation in young women.
3. Nitrites: cancer-causing. With all the talk about how to eat to prevent cancer, how many of us are still eating these cancer-causing foods because they taste good?
4. Fat: believe it or not, some processed turkey can have more fat (as a percentage of calories) than some red meats! Unless it says “turkey breast”, it probably isn’t 100% turkey breast. And if it isn’t, it is probably a pressed turkey made from lower quality turkey parts and skin.
Check labels. Read ingredients. Know what you are putting into your body. And if you are in a deli and don’t have access to the label, it might be a good idea to do a u-turn!
I ate soy “meats” for years when I was a vegetarian. I never could understand why I had a harder time dropping body fat while eating these processed meats. Now I know, so I hope you learn from my mistakes!!
I have never felt it was my place to dictate what someone else should eat or not eat – so I don’t! True freedom of choice comes from the inside, not the outside. If someone guilt-trips me for eating chicken and beef, I may change for a while and abstain, but unless the motivation comes from within, the change won’t be lasting.
Some say that they feel better when they eat animal foods. Others say they gain weight eating all the carbohydrates in a vegetarian diet with no complete proteins to offset the carbs. Still others like to go vegan for health reasons and/or because they have animal cruelty issues with feed farms.
There is credible evidence to support the theory that animal proteins (cholesterol) are the culprit in many diseases in the world today. There are books written by doctors, farmers and just regular people like you and me.
I shudder to think what happens in feed lots, but I am not going to change the hearts of the people who participate in that cruelty by abstaining from animal protein. On the other hand, if more people became aware of the cruel treatment toward these animals, perhaps more laws and regulations would be created. But that still wouldn’t change the hearts of cruel people.
So, I keep my opinions to myself about what I choose to eat and I don’t bug anyone about their food choices.