Benefits and Tips on Drinking Water

A few months ago I decided to up my water levels to see if I could feel the benefits of drinking 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day.

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What are the benefits?

  • You feel more awake – not drinking enough means dehydration, leading to fatigue. Drink more water and you could feel more awake during the day!
  • It speeds up your metabolism – your body is made up of 60% water; when you drink enough you get rid of toxins and studies show it speeds up your metabolism. This means drinking enough water and having a healthy lifestyle could help you lose a few pounds.
  • It gives you a better complexion – this is the same reason as above: your body is 60% water and when you drink water studies claim it will “plump” up your skin. Water also flushes out toxins and therefore can give you clearer skin.
  • Headaches and migraines disappear – sometimes the cause of a headache/migraine is simply because you don’t drink enough water! If you have this problem try drinking 1.5 – 2 litres every day and see if it helps.
  • Stops dehydration and pointless eating – it is very common that when we get dehydrated our body tells us we need food. If you’ve eaten enough during the day but start to feel hungry, try drinking a glass or two of water. If you still feel hungry afterwards then you know it’s real hunger!

Tips on how to fit 1.5 – 2 litres of water in your day:

If you aren’t used to drinking water then it can be tiring to try and force yourself to drink it. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Carry a one litre bottle of water with you

This is a good way to measure how much you’re drinking. If you always use a glass you might lose count of how many glasses you’ve had and this way you will always have a bottle with you on the go! I found a clever 1 litre bottle that’s short but wide and small enough to fit into my bag.

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  • Herbal tea counts as your water intake

So long as you don’t add anything to it (sugar, honey, sweetener) then it counts as your water intake! There are also great benefits from drinking herbal tea such as green tea to boost your metabolism, peppermint to refresh/detox your system and ginger or chamomile tea to reduce headaches. My favourite brand is pukka tea, they have lots of different teas that taste amazing! If you have English breakfast tea with milk and sugar, replace it with herbal tea – you will have drunken your 1.5 litres in no time!

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  • Always keep water with you

I know this problem – you’re thirsty but you just can’t be bothered to move! I keep a bottle of water with me all the time wherever I go. My boyfriend once asked where my bottle was as he was surprised he couldn’t see it (it was hiding behind a pillow). He then announced that the bottle was like my child, as it never leaves my side!

  • Swap your water for fizzy drinks

I’ve never been such a fan of fizzy drinks, but there are some people who drink them on a regular basis. If you’re one of those people try swapping them purely for water for a week and see what happens. I suggest you also add some fruit to your day to avoid getting low blood sugar (as your body misses the sugar from the fizzy drinks).

The Results:

After a week of drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day I was surprised to find that when I woke up in the morning I was very awake. I’m usually someone who has to be dragged out of bed in the morning! I most certainly felt a difference with my energy levels and on weekends I rarely carry on sleeping after 9:30am. Drinking more water has turned me into a morning person!

The disadvantage was I had to go on the toilet a lot. This is however competely logical and temporary. You are drinking a lot more water than your bladder is used to! After a week or two my bladder got used to the change and I no longer have to go on the toilet every hour.

Other than the energy levels I didn’t notice anything else. I rarely get headaches anyway and my complexion didn’t improve as far as I could see. I started drinking more water in May (2015) and I’m happy to say I’m still drinking a minimum of 1.5 litres a day. Although I only noticed a change in my energy it was definitely worth it as it was such a significant difference. If any of you try upping your water levels let me know if you felt a difference!

Larissaingermany x

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3 Minute Arm workout for Beginners

I’ve created a small workout for you guys who are looking to tone up your arms. I haven’t added the typical press ups as when I started doing sport I couldn’t even manage one press up! So if you have the same problem that I had, then these are the perfect exercises to strengthen your arms and get ready for real press ups. The main targeted area for this workout are the triceps – the muscle underneath the arm that everyone wants to tone to stop it from wobbling. I haven’t added any exercises that include the biceps, mainly because you need weights to be able to do this and so it will be coming in a different post. 😉

Exercise 1: Single Arm Side Push Up

Muscles you’re training: Pectoralis Major and Minor (pecs), triceps brachii (arm muscle), errector spinae (back muscle), external and internal oblique (side stomach muscles), abdominis rectus (abs), deltoid (shoulder muscle).

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Exercise 2: Tricep Dip

Muscles your training: Triceps brachii, errector spinae, pectoralis major and minor.

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Exercise 4: Standing press up

Muscles you’re training: pectoralis major and minor, ticeps brachii, abdominis rectus, deltoid.

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Variation of Exercise 4:

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Exercise 5: One sided standing push up.

Muscles you’re training: pectoralis major and minor, ticeps brachii, abdominis rectus, deltoid.

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All exercises listed:

10 Side push ups on each arm.

10 Tricep dips.

10 Standing press ups.

10 Standing press ups with the heels up.

10 One sided standing press ups on each arm.

And that’s all of the arm workout. Aim to do this at least 3 times a week and you’ll be ready to do press ups in no time. It’s only 3 minutes long so you can do it any time during the day! If you’re feeling extra motivated try doing it twice a day. Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think 🙂

Larissaingermany x

Super Quick Takeaway Lunch

Hi readers!

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favourite breakfast/lunches that I always take with me. It’s super quick to make in the morning, and if you really have no time mornings you can make it in the evening and leave it in the fridge over night!IMG_20150423_092856What you need:

  • Yoghurt – I usually use natural yoghurt as it’s the healthiest but you can use any you want
  • Muesli or oats
  • Frozen berries/fresh fruit such as apple, strawberry, pear, kiwi… anything you want!
  • shredded coconut
  • honey (this isn’t really needed if you use flavoured yoghurt, but if you do use natural yoghurt then manuka honey is a favourite of mine and has lots of health benefits!)
  • A glass jar/waterproof tupperware – I use yoghurt jars but you can use anything that doesn’t leak

What you have to do:

Layer your glass jar/tupperware with your ingredients.

First spoon in the yoghurt, followed by muesli/oats, fruit, honey (if you need it) and sprinkle with shredded coconut.

Close the lid and ta daaa! It’s already done. Told you it was quick!

If you make it in the evening and leave it in the fridge, you’re basically making “overnight oats” so  the oats have absorbed some liquid from the yoghurt and fruit overnight. If you make it in the morning it just means the oats are a bit more crunchy – both versions are yummy!

I haven’t put the amount of each ingredient, just because you can decide yourself – if you love yoghurt then fill the jar half way up. If you like it dryer then add more oats etc.

Hope you enjoy it!!

Larissaingermany x

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Natural yoghurt, muesli, chopped apples with honey and shredded coconut
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Natural yoghurt, frozen berries muesli and honey in tupperware
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Natural yoghurt, muesli, strawberries, honey and shredded coconut

Healthy banana waffles

Hello!

Today I’m going to share my favourite waffle recipe that’s super quick, easy and also pretty healthy!

What you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour (you can also use whole grain flour for a healthier option)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar (also optional – here in Germany they have little packets of vanilla sugar, but you could add vanilla essence or a real vanilla bean instead!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (this ingredient MAKES the waffles, don’t leave it out!)
  • 1/2 cup of oil (you could experiment with coconut oil which I’m planning to do, but I usually just use sunflower oil)
  • A waffle iron

What to do:

Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.

Little tip: Before you open the banana, massage the banana skin with your fingers until you feel the banana start softening – this is also a good method for any bananas that aren’t that ripe. This way when you put it in the bowl the bananas are already half mashed!

Add the sugar and vanilla sugar, mixing thoroughly with a spoon or whisk and then add in the eggs.and oil. Mix everything together.

Fold in the flour along with the baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (I love cinnamon and usually I add in more than 2 teaspoons!). Finally add the sour cream and mix everything together but don’t over mix, there’s also no need to use an electrical whisk. The mixture should be quite thick – this isn’t a runny waffle mixture like some recipes!

Brush some oil onto the waffle iron and turn it on. Once it’s heated, put about two tablespoons of the mixture in the middle of the waffle iron. Spread out the mixture carefully with a spoon (try not to scrape around on the waffle iron otherwise you’ll damage the non stick surface) until it’s covered everywhere with about 2 cm space from the edge. Because the mixture is so thick and contains baking powder, it will automatically fill any gaps and “grow” to the edge which is why you need the 2 cm space!

Close the waffle iron and wait a few minutes until the waffle is browned and smells yummy. Remove the waffle and repeat until all the mixture is gone!

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Topping suggestions:

  • natural yoghurt
  • shredded coconut
  • honey
  • icing sugar
  • chocolate shavings (take a bar of chocolate and turn it so the back (the smooth side) is facing upwards. Use a knife and slide it along the smooth side to make the shavings)
  • frozen berries
  • fresh berries – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • pomegranate

If you have any other topping ideas then drop me a comment below! Enjoy 🙂

Larissaingermany x

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Frozen berries, natural yoghurt, honey, shredded coconut.
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Natural yoghurt, honey and dark chocolate shavings
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Natural yoghurt, honey, grapes and shredded coconut

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