At first I was thinking, how could this happen in America? ?How could we literally poison our own people. ?Children at that.
I am probably more upset about it because not only are kids affected, but it’s irreversible, and even more upsetting, this was done by our government.
No matter your political affiliation or what administration is in Office. ?The last thing that you think about in America, is the quality of your water.
When children are exposed to high levels of lead the effects are horrendous. ?It can impede the development of the brain, cause a decrease in IQ, also lead poisoning can be linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
I’m afraid that we are taking for granted our access to clean water. ?So while what I have to say has nothing to do about the crisis in Flint.
In some ways it’s relevant. ?Over half of our body composition is water and just imagine if you couldn’t have water. ?No water to drink, cook with, bath with. ?How about something as simple as brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth.
We live in such abundance that we rarely take the time to appreciate what we’ve been blessed with.
Eight Glasses a Day, You Sure?
Throughout much of my life I’ve struggled to drink the proper amount of water. ?Water simply didn’t have enough sugar.
Our adult bodies are made up of about 60 – 70% of water. ?We need to have the right amount of water in our body in order to keep our organs functioning properly and supplying our body with the nutrients that we need.
We know we need to stay hydrated, but conventional knowledge tells us that 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water is the right amount of water.
In most cases we need to drink more water than that to stay hydrated, the 8 x 8 rule was put into place so that people can remember how much water they should be drinking.
Anytime you have a one rule fits all “type-a-deal”, it’s time to examine the validity of it. But you know what, it’s all good, we remember catchy phrases and simple numbers so I get it.
I’m of the belief that we need to make small changes. ?One bit at a time. ?But it’s not just small changes, it’s more of a systematic approach to accomplishing the right things.
Make It Easy To Drink
For example I struggle drinking the right amount of water, but I’ve made one simple change and it’s made all the difference in the world. ?I buy a 3 liter jug of water and I keep it with me all day.
Now, it’s easy for me to track the amount of water I’m drinking on a daily basis. ?I’ve simplified the whole process.
By the end of the day if the water jug is only a fourth gone–I know I need to drink more.
Also according to the season I adjust how much I drink. ?For example in the summer you typically would sweat more. ?Well, I’m assuming you would sweat more, I do for sure. ?I hate it, but it’s what we humans do.
During the “Dog Days of July”?I increase the amount of water I drink. ?I try to drink 3 Liters of water, but during cool fall days and winter days I can get by drinking 2 Liters.
Oh yeah, maybe I should mention this, drinking this amount of water can put your bladder in shock, so you can ease into this.
It’s easy to drink water if it’s with you all day. ?It’s not to say you can’t drink anything else, but your more likely to drink water if you keep some on hand all day. ?Water tends to be one of those “outta sight, outta mind” deals.
Benefits of Drinking Water
A few years ago I started getting a little belly. ?I had this weird concept that I’m almost certain was a major reason for the belly. ?I’ve never been a big soda drinker but I loved to drink juice. ?Any kind of fruit juice would satisfy me, orange juice, grape juice, apple juice. ?I must add the Tropicana Twister to the mix–The Strawberry Kiwi Cyclone to be exact.
Wow, check out the calories, that’s about 140 calories for 8 ounces.
The bottle is 20 ounces, and do you really think I could only drink 8 ounces? ?Not a chance in the world, I take the whole 280+ Calories. ?And gladly too.
One day I put this in perspective. ?That’s 280 Calories that I’m drinking, and it’s completely possible that I could actually buy another later that day. ?Those calories add nothing, they have absolutely no value in terms of vitamins and nutrients that my body would need.
Well the label does say it has Vitamin C. ?But you can get that from something else that doesn’t pack all of those calories and sugar into it.
I had to completely shift my mindset and understand that everything that I consume has to add value to ME! For a brief moment it tastes really well and it satisfies this sweet tooth. ?But over time the gradual weight gain starts to play on you mentally.
Here Comes the Fat Jokes
Believe it or not, when someone comments on your weight, male or female, it effects you. ?Even changes that you notice about yourself affects you.
Anytime someone has ever commented on my weight I could remember. ?One day my cousin said “man, look at your stomach, when ya get that?”
Even worst than comments is noticing how your own clothing fits differently.
My jeans would split in the crotch area, slacks would be too tight in the thigh area, my Express Fitted shirts were too tight. ? Another comment that bugged me is when a friend said that I didn’t look right overweight.
And last but not least, my damn seat belt was irritating sitting under the fold in my belly.
It affects you. ?Any confidence that you have in yourself leaves.
The Great Shift
I made a little shift and it made all the difference in the world.
I eliminated juices and started drinking water. ?Think about it, I made that change and I instantly cut out 300 – 600 Calories out of my diet. ?Not only did I make a cut from my diet, I think of it as more like a substitution in my diet. ?I traded sugary fruit juices for water.
Here’s my take on diets and cutting things from your diet. ?A ton of people say they are going to stop eating or drinking whatever it is they choose, but we forget that we are human. ?When I say we are “human” I mean that we are creatures of habit.
Eating food can be a very emotional process. ?You know how on TV they always seem to show a lady depressed or a “lil’ blue” about some guy and she always seems to reach for a bowl of ice cream.
I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I think it shows how food can be an emotional process. ?And if food is an emotional process, it’s harder to just drop it. ?It fulfills more than just hunger.
Because of this, I find it much easier to substitute a habit for a better habit. ?Again in my case I substituted fruit juices for water.
I admit, it sucks at first….
No worries though, you’ll slowly start to feel better, physically and mentally.
After all let’s be honest about what we really want. It’s tough to make changes to our lifestyle, but it’s worth it because at the end of the day we want to look good.
We don’t go around saying such a thing. ?It’s true though. ?Everyone wants to look good when it’s time to hit the beach.
I believe in these small changes. ?In the long run they make a huge difference in our life. ?We look better and more importantly we become healthier.
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