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Water: In Praise of Simple Pleasures

Yesterday, I wrote a post called Everyday Rituals. I can’t believe I forgot what I do before that warm shared drink. I like to start the day with a cleansing chilled drink. Simple, really but it leaves me feeling clean inside and ready for a day of clean, healthy eating.

I have heard of people all around the world, doing a variety of different things with the types of water they drink, from hot water plain, to cool water with lemon, ginger and cayenne in parts of the Caribbean for weight loss. I like to fill my empty belly with several glasses of iced lemon water shortly after my feet touch the ground in the morning.



Lemons are so bright—they scream Good Morning! They are also energizing and a good natural cleanser.

Ice, is such a simple pleasure. What would we do without it?



Water is refreshing. Often too, we mistake hunger for thirst so I start my day with this iced lemon water—a glass or two. It reminds me to get hydrated and stay that way. Then, throughout the day I either have fruit water that I make myself; it is naturally sweet but has no sweeteners added, or I have simple cool water in a nice tall glass. I try to drink about 8 eight oz. glasses of this per day.


These days as I continue my weight loss journey, and am actually approaching the 25 lb weight loss milestone, I’m getting more and more into things that are cheap, healthy and most of all—simple!

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