Saturday, August 19, 2017

How to Dress Comfy Without looking like you've given up

ismail Alminda | 7:23 PM
Every few days, a friend of mine invites to meet her at a fancy social club located in the heart of downtown.  It's a posh professional lounge with beautiful city views.  I've become somewhat masterful at turning down her generous request.  The thought of having to break out my business casual attire from my past life sends shivers down my spine.

 I've become fully immersed in a world of wearing casual, comfy clothing.  The thing with casual attire is there's a thin line between looking cute & comfy or looking like you've totally given up on life.  I have to admit that I've been guilty of crossing that line.  There have been times where I've silently prayed asking that I don't run into anyone I know while running errands.  That's not the way to live.

If I'm going to be a lifelong comfy dresser, I might as well learn to do it right.   There are certain rules that one must abide by that allow us to sport casual clothing while still looking like we care about ourselves.  Let's discuss.


Never go full baggy

Oversized clothes are the epitome of comfort wear.  With loose fitting clothes, we don't have to concern ourselves with certain details.  Baggy clothes always fit so they sometimes become a default option.  A while back, I made the commitment to avoid baggy clothes as much as possible. Whenever my wardrobe consists mainly of loose-fitting clothes,  I'll start to put on weight. It never fails.  Worst of all, I don't realize what's happening until it's too late. By then, my "normal" clothes barely fit.  That's why I've taken an oath to mix baggy and fitted items whenever possible.  One negative view of baggy clothes is that you didn't put much thought into your look. Pairing it with a fitted item balances out the entire outfit.  Suddenly, your clothing choices appear intentional. Not like you threw on what you had available until laundry day.

Accessorize Strategically
The easiest way to elevate lounge wear is by mastering the art accessorizing. The great thing about applying this strategy is that you have multiple options.   I like to layer on various tiny rings, chain bracelets or sparkly studs.  It really doesn't matter your jewelry preference, as long as you add something that requires an additional step. In doing so, you're sending a message that you care about the details.   And that's super important if you're a serial comfy dresser like me.

Add High-Quality Items
If you want to take your accessory game to the next level, you should seriously consider investing in a few designer pieces. A quality bag and the right pair of shoes can go a long way towards transforming your simple look into something magical.  Years ago I made the decision to stop buying a bunch of trendy clothes and redirect my finances towards securing high-quality pieces.  Best decision ever.  Now, I can walk into almost any situation and still get compliments, even when I'm wearing basics.

Fix Your Face
One habit I've been cultivating is to avoid walking out with a completely bare face. I don't have to go all out, just a 5-10 minute natural face routine is enough.  Once I experimented with going to Walmart with a full face just to see what difference it made.  I noticed a lot more looks than normal and a couple people even approached me.  I go grocery shopping pretty regularly and most of those trips are pretty uneventful.  But when I put in a little more effort in my appearance, I attract more.  People react to you differently when you present the best version of yourself. This even applies to you.  When you feel good, you make different (better) choices. Imagine the compounding effect of you looking and feeling good day after day.  There are real benefits to be had.  Take full advantage.

Invest in Quality Leisure Wear
One area I need to do better in is to sport better-looking loungewear.  I have to admit that most of my comfy clothes were bought for the purpose of wearing around the house or while running errands.  Needless to say, I didn't invest much in them and they look unimpressive.  Nowadays, athleisure is all the rage and the choices for designer active/loungewear is endless.  One of my goals for the remainder of the year is to toss out most of the stuff I have and replace with hand-picked quality pieces that are both stylish & comfy.
Focus on Your Signature
Lastly, I invite you to define a signature item that you'll maintain even when you're wearing a laid back look.  For some, that means maintaining immaculate nails (which looks great when you're wearing casual gear) or making sure your hair is on point.  Doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure you have a few hairstyle options that typically attract compliments.

Once you've established the most complimentary hairstyle or accessory, you can dress down all you want and still demand attention when you walk into any room. Also remember, when you're dressing down, there are certain details that can't be missed. Your skin must appear to be healthy and hydrated, Your clothes must be in good condition.  You have to look like you put some thought into your look.  If these requirements aren't met, you end up looking like you just rolled out of bed and put on whatever was within reach.  That's not a good thing.  This is what leads to silent prayers hoping that you don't run into anyone you know.  Lucky for us, this situation is completely avoidable.

If you're looking for more inspiration on dressing down and looking pulled together, you'll find some great ideas by paying attention to paparazzi pics taken at an airport.  These celebrities are often dressed down yet they know there's a decent chance that they'll be photographed so dress accordingly.



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How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget

ismail Alminda | 10:12 AM
How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
Adidas | Tubular Shadow | Solid Grey
Heyyyyy y'all!

I'm long overdue for another Sneakers+Life post. Every time I post or share something sneaker related on IG, I get lots of DMs asking where, how, and are they custom.

I'm gonna share a lil' secret with y'all - none of my sneakers are custom made (yet), and the majority of them were purchased with some sort of discount. That's right - ya girl lives for a good sale. Especially on sneakers and workout gear - but that's another story (workout gear).

So how exactly did I amass a collection of Jordans, Nikes, Adidas, and more - without spending full price every time? Check out my 8 tips for building a sneaker collection on a budget below:

Tip #1: Understand Sizing
Now this tip won't apply to everyone. But if you wear up to a size 9 in women's, for the most part you're able to get the same or similar shoe in grade school sizes for $20-60 cheaper. This is how I come by every single pair of Jordans I own.

How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
Nike | Air Max 90 | Black + Volt + Total Crimson + Pink Blast
To figure out your size in kids/grade school, simply subtract 2 from your women's size. Depending on the shoe in women's, I wear an 8.5 or 9. In kids/grade school, I wear a 6.5 or 7. If you wear larger than a size 9 in women's, then I'm afraid this tip won't apply. No worries - there are 7 more ways to get your goodies at a discount!

Tip #2: Avoid Release Day
...unless you absolutely MUST have the shoe, on that day, and fear they will sell out with no restock in sight. To date, I've only made the effort to get one shoe release - the Space Jam 11s. My original plan was to order them online, but literally every sneaker website was crashing. So I hopped out of bed and made my way to the Footaction/Jumpman23 store, and got told I had to wait until 2pm to purchase my pair (mind you, it was before 9am). Not one for the shenanigans, I moseyed my way down to Kids Foot Locker, and put tip #1 in motion. I requested a size 7 and was in and out in under 10 minutes.

How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
Jordan | XI "Space Jam"
Barring any extreme situations like the above (by the way, my $140 jams are now being hawked on various sites for $325), it's often times worth it to wait. Because new shoes are released almost every week and weekend, a bit of patience will probably pay off. If you're willing to wait it out, you'll find your coveted sneaker price drop by up to 50%.

How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
I spotted these Jordan VI "Chameleon" sneakers in Maryland. Original price - $180. I shoulda got 'em then.
Tip #3: Get Seasonal
The best time to buy summer gear? Fall. The best time to buy cold weather attire? Spring. Just like clothing and home decor, sneakers are seasonal. With each season change, you've got the chance to score the pair you've been eyeing - at a discounted price. And if you happen to catch a sneaker store during a seasonal blowout/sale, you can often score an extra 20-30% off the already discounted price.

Tip #4: Sign Up for Rewards
I have more reward card sign-ups than probably should be allowed for one person - from Best Buy to Vitamin Shoppe. Somewhere in the alphabet soup of rewards memberships, I'm a proud holder of rewards memberships at FinishLine, Footaction, and Footlocker - all of which send certificates/coupons for reaching a certain threshold of purchase. For example, FinishLine sends $20 certificates for every $200 spent. All of them send at least $10 certificates for your birthday.

My favorite thing to do is stack rewards certificates on top of already discounted shoes and pay next to nothing :) #allthiswinning

How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
Nike SB+Concepts | "Stained Glass" aka "Holy Grail"
Tip #5: Shop Around
Most of these competitors price match each other - just show proof that a similar retailer is shelling the same shoe for less. You can also try your hand at boutique shoe stores and skater shops, who are often anxious to clear inventory and will undercut the pricing of the big-name shoe store next door by $20 or more.

Tip #6: Hit the Outlets
I haven't had much luck on this route, but I haven't put in the time that other folks have to come up in a real way. But the truth is, the further out you're willing to go, the better your chances are at a score. Try your luck at Nike Factory/Outlet stores, Ross, TJ Maxx, Burlington's, and Marshall's - you just might be surprised with what you find at a price that's almost too good to be true. Check out this Instagram account dedicated to outlet hunters to see what I'm talking about.

Tip #7: Take Your Time
The truth is, you don't have to build your sneaker collection in a week. Or even a month. Or a year. I've been building my collection for years, at my own pace. Sometimes, it seems like I'm adding a new pair of sneakers monthly. Other times, I go several months without a new shoe. I'm not in competition with anyone to build a shoe collection.

Take your time, and build at your own pace.

How to Build a Sneaker Collection on a Budget
Jordan | XIII "Wool"
Tip #8: It's OK to Pass
Some people buy sneakers just to buy them, or because everyone's buzzing about them. These people are called hypebeasts. I don't hypebeast. Hypebeasting costs a lot of money - just ask anyone with a pair of Yeezys or KAWS collab Jordan IVs.

Don't get me wrong - some of these shoes are dope. But I draw the line when sneakers start costing more than my DWP bill (water+electricity+trash for those of y'all not in California). I don't buy sneakers to flex on Instagram, or impress people as I walk around the mall. I buy sneakers to be comfortable, and because I like them.

As a result, I end up spending a lot less money than some of my fellow sneakerheads/hypebeasts - because I know when to pass. I don't care who designed what, how limited of a release it is, or how "valuable" they might be later - an ugly sneaker is an ugly sneaker.

And I don't wear ugly sneakers.

I hope you guys enjoyed this sneaker post! Got any questions about sneakers? Leave 'em in the comments below!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Battle of the Co-Washes: My Holy Grail vs. The "Popular" Brand

ismail Alminda | 6:12 PM
Battle of the Co-Washes: My Holy Grail vs. The "Popular" Brand
Can you guess which side is which?
This blog post and video has been a few years in the making. Let's not dwell on why it took me so long - but rather, let's bask in the fact that its finally here! 😂 For a while now, I've been marinating on pitting some of my personal favorites/holy grail products up against the "leading" favorites that seem to get all the buzz, PR, and have all the popular YouTubers and Instagrammers talking about them.

I present to you the first of many holy grail head-to-head comparisons - co-wash style.

If you've followed me for any length of time, checked out any of my Christina's Choice posts, or simply asked me which co-wash I adore forever and ever, then you probably know the holy grail. And if you're at least mildly active on social media, then you know what the "leading" brand co-wash is.

But for the sake of avoiding bias on your end, I covered the labels with white paper, simply referencing them as Co-Wash #1 and Co-Wash #2. How do they stack up against each other? Let's start with the easy comparison points - price and ingredients.

Want to know why I only discuss the top 5-7 ingredients after water? Here's why.

Price & Active Ingredients
Co-Wash #1
Price: $16 for 8oz ($2 per oz)
Active Ingredients:
  • Water
  • Cetyl Alcohol: Considered "fatty alcohol" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Acts as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient. Also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy. Is additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • Glycerin: Generally vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air.
  • Isopropyl Palmitate: Palm oil-based emollient derived from coconut oil, used as a thickening agent, lubricant, and softener. It works to improve the luster, silkiness, and softness of the hair, helping the hair to become softer, healthier, and more manageable over time.
  • Cyclopentasiloxane: Emollient and hair conditioning silicone-based compound. It is water-thin and evaporates easily, so it does not weigh the hair down. It gives your hair a wet, slippery, soft feel without greasiness or making it dry and crunchy. As soon as it is done conditioning the hair, it evaporates.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride: Quaternary ammonium compound and close cousin of cetrimonium chloride. Also penetrates the hair, conditions, and acts as an anti-static and anti-microbial agent.
Co-Wash #2
Price: $22 for 12oz ($1.83 per oz)
Active Ingredients:
  • Water
  • Cetyl Alcohol: Considered "fatty alcohol" -- NOT to be confused with drying alcohols such as ethyl. Acts as a lubricant, thickener, and emollient. Also give conditioner its velvety feel without making hair greasy. Is additionally used to keep product ingredients from separating.
  • Gylcerin: Generally vegetable-based humectant that absorbs and retains moisture from the air.
  • Isopropyl Palmitate: Palm oil-based emollient derived from coconut oil, used as a thickening agent, lubricant, and softener. It works to improve the luster, silkiness, and softness of the hair, helping the hair to become softer, healthier, and more manageable over time.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride: Quaternary ammonium compound and close cousin of cetrimonium chloride. Also penetrates the hair, conditions, and acts as an anti-static and anti-microbial agent
  • Laureth-4: Lauryl alcohol derivative used as a cleansing agent and texture enhancer. It also acts as an emulsifier, keeping ingredients from separating. While gentle, it is also mildly comdeogenic (causes breakouts on skin).
(For what it's worth, the "more moisturizing" version of Co-Wash #2 has an identical active ingredient list. #themoreyouknow)


The major difference between the two (I don't consider 17 cents major) boils down to cyclopentasiloxane vs. Laureth-4. Cyclopentasiloxane is one of personal preference. If you're a staunch "Curly Girl" supporter, then this will likely turn you off - no matter how many times I explain that we've basically been brainwashed into thinking silicones are bad. That aside, both ingredient lists are essentially the same with regard to active ingredients after water.

To be honest, it made me laugh - thinking especially of Co-Wash #2. But as I'll later discover, one active ingredient switch can make all the difference...

Performance
Detangling
Given that I was working with my holy grail, I knew exactly what to expect. As soon as I applied the product and wet it down to start detangling, it was smooth sailing. That's one of the reasons I live for Co-Wash #1 - it helps me save SO much time on wash day thanks to the creamy slip. It detangled flawlessly, and in less time than Co-Wash #2.

I gotta be honest - I expected way more out of Co-Wash #2. With all the hype online, I was expecting a botanical revolution on my hair and scalp. Unfortunately, Co-Wash #2 can't hold a candle to #1 in the slip and detangling department. Where I was able to just start moving the comb through the side of my head with Co-Wash #1, I had to stop and pull certain sections with Co-Wash #2. Not exactly the smooth sailing I had expected.

Buildup Removal
To be fair, I found the cleaning abilities of both products to be on par with each other. They both equally removed buildup from the hair and scalp. No news to report here.

After Rinsing
Talk about where the rubber meets the road! One of the perks of co-washing is getting those silky, soft, moisturized strands that you don't typically find with shampoo. Co-Wash #1 delivered that effortlessly (one of the many reasons I love it), while Co-Wash #2 struggled in that department.

I'll mince no words here - I hated the way my hair felt after using Co-Wash #2. It felt rough. A lil' crunchy. Not smooth in the slightest. I remember saying to myself repeatedly, "why do people buy this?!" 😂 But in all seriousness, I'm never putting this stuff in my hair again. And there's nothing you can do to convince me otherwise. I learned a looooong time ago, that if a product doesn't work the first time, stop trying to force it.

The Winner
Co-Wash #1, by leaps and bounds. From ease of detangling to appearance and feel, Co-Wash #1 over and outperformed Co-Wash #2. In fact, I got my receipt ready to return Co-Wash #2 and get my schmoney back. 😂

The Reveal
Co-Wash #1 - Be Kekoa Be Clean Cleansing Conditioner
Co-Wash #2 - DevaCurl No Poo Original

Battle of the Co-Washes: My Holy Grail vs. The "Popular" Brand
How many of you knew which was which?
Aiight y'all - let's hear it! How shocked are you? Lets chat in the comments below!


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hydrogenated Fats, Bad. Hydrogenated Water, Good? You'll never want to drink plain water again

ismail Alminda | 9:36 AM
Years back, I figured out that the common beauty secret of most A list celebrities is the copious amount of water they consume on a daily basis. Since then, I've been obsessed with increasing my water intake as much as possible.

This habit has served me well over the years.  And whenever I slack on my water intake, I truly notice a difference.  I'm also very aware that not all water is created equal.   At the bottom of the totem pole is plain ol' tap water.  But if you really want to nourish your body, you can opt for mineral water or maybe throw in a few lemon slices.   Or perhaps you might want to try switching out your plastic water bottle for a copper vessel.   I thought I had discovered all the ways to make your water a bit healthier.  Turns out that I knew nothing.  Because there's a water that so healthy that it's been shown to produce documented health benefits.

This might be the ultimate health and beauty water on the market.
The water I speak of has already been a craze in Japan for a while.  Japan has the highest aging population in the world which makes them hyper-focused on discovering ways to promote longevity and optimal health.  One of their past discoveries is now making its way to the U.S.  They've realized the key to turning water into a super health elixir.

Hydrogen water is quickly gaining popularity thanks to its super-antioxidant qualities.  Some of you might be scratching your head and asking "doesn't water already contain hydrogen?"  Yes and no.  Technically, the composition of water is 1 molecule oxygen and two molecules of hydrogen.  Hydrogen water actually contains a surplus of hydrogen. This surplus molecule is tiny and easily absorbed at the cellular level.  Once absorbed, wonderful things start to happen.

Japan is already aware of the wonders of hydrogen water because they've conducted several studies that support its beneficial qualities.  Basically, the extra hydrogen molecule is a super antioxidant that attacks damaging free radicals.  Hydrogen water proponents rave about its ability to fight inflammation and oxidative stress.  As you may know, free radicals and inflammation are a common factor in many of the diseases and ailments that we suffer from today.  Could hydrogen water become a strategy to help fight diseases?

One study of 20 participants showed some promising results.  The people who participated in the study were all overweight.  The only thing they were asked to do over the course of 8 weeks was to drink 1.5-2 liters of hydrogen water daily.  No change in diet was required.  Once the 8 weeks were over, they experienced a nearly 40% spike in an enzyme that helps the body fight free radicals.  They also enjoyed a reduction in cholesterol levels and a drop in a chemical compound that promotes oxidative damage.  Can your normal water do that?

Cancer patients who drank hydrogen water after undergoing radiation therapy experienced a higher Quality of Life (QOL) score than the placebo group which drank equal amounts of plain water.  There are also brain protection benefits of this wonderful hydrogenated water.  But the benefits don't stop there.  On an everyday level, hydrogen water is said to help shorten recovery time after your work outs.

The beauty benefits of hydrogen water are worth mentioning.  This water is so powerful that just bathing in it has the ability to affect fine lines and wrinkles.  People who bathed in hydrogen water for 3 months noticed "significantly improved wrinkles in the skin."  When hydrogen water is used daily in one's skin care routine, it "repressed UVA-induced skin damage." Hydrogen water was also said to "significantly prevent cell death" and DNA damage caused by sun exposure.  I read a review where a happy customer claimed that hydrogen water alleviated her eczema when nothing else helped.

Now that we're aware of the potential of hydrogen water, how do we get our hands on it?

If you want to incorporate hydrogen water into your routine, you've got several options.  If you're super serious about enjoying hydrogen water on a regular basis, you may want to consider investing in your very own hydrogen water making machine.  They even offer portable water bottles that generated hydrogen water for you on the spot!  For a more portable option, there are hydrogen tablets that you can drop right into your current water.  There are lots of options to fit into any budget.  Even Dr. Perricone has got into the hydrogen water game by launching his own brand of hydrogen water sourced directly from Japan.  There's lots of articles and content available on this miracle water.  Be sure to do your research.  I love the promise of this antioxident water and can't wait to try it.







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Monday, August 14, 2017

Master the Process of Altering Your Future It's much easier than you think.

ismail Alminda | 9:37 AM
Near the end of last year, I set a somewhat lofty profit goal for my business.  It was a number I wanted to reach since I first launch because, to me, it was a huge milestone.  About six months into the year, I realized that I was on track to actually reach this goal.

At first, I was super excited.   But after a few weeks,  a new feeling started to settle in.  With half the year ahead of me, I felt obligated to rewrite my goal.  If I kept the profit number the same, I would probably start to get comfortable.  And comfortable is never a good thing.  Although I had a good chance of reaching my numbers, I didn't want to just sit back and rely on my default future to manifest.


As you may recall, our default future is the predictable outcome that we will experience based on our current actions.  You can pretty much predict how your life will look at the end of the year based on the past and what you are doing currently.  If both of these factors are consistent, your life will essentially stay the same (or become slightly worse).

I'm on a mission to systematically alter the course of my future in several areas of my life.  Using my past advice of creating an unbalanced force, I plan on many 1-2 significant shifts in my actions that will have a long term positive effect on the outcome of my goal.  I believe the 1-2 actions are enough. If you try to do too much as once, you may not be able to maintain the actions long-term.  As long as you identify the right actions, 1-2 of them should be enough.

In the case of my business, I reviewed all of my current expenses and identified the top 2 that could bring in the most revenue.  Number one on that list was a monthly expense of $350 that I invest to be a part of this training program. Each month we get access to new training videos and get to ask questions.  I have to be honest and confess that I haven't been maximizing the potential of this training program.  I did in the beginning.  But once my business started running smoothly, I lost the sense of urgency.  I'm now recommitting to taking the course seriously and implementing at least 1 new action a month taken directly from the course.  I know this will be a huge game changer that can really alter the future trajectory of my business.

This is a big example but I plan to implement this strategy on a micro level as well.  Last week, for example, looked and felt very much like most weeks.  But I did implement a few small actions that will have a positive (and real) impact on the days and months ahead. This week, I'm determined to do that same.

As I plan my weekly to-do list, I'm careful to include tasks that have lasting power.  Sure, there are pressing items that must be done today, but I should also be mindful to incorporate activities that have a real impact.

I'm gonna let you in on a little secret......the more I focus on actions with lasting impact, the less I have to work to enjoy the results I now have.  I get to do less and enjoy more.  That's the way it should be.

With only a handful of months remaining, it's time to get serious about which areas that you want to alter the course of your future.  No need to wait 'till the end of the year to create a bunch of flimsy resolutions.  By New Year, I want to be setting up fresh new goals that on a whole nother level. Our future is liquid and we're in complete control of it.  Let's take full advantage by engaging the type of actions that are investments for the days and months ahead.  Your future self is counting on it.  

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

History Created: 12Yr Old Is The Youngest To Graduate With Cosmetics Arts Degree In Natural Hair School

ismail Alminda | 8:06 AM

Have you heard about Aubrianna Lash? If not, you should for she is a dose of inspiration. This 12 yr old has been doing hair since she was 5 and now she has made history by being the youngest person to graduate from a Cosmetics of Arts course in North Carolina. It all started out […]

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Friday, August 11, 2017

I did a Week long Lemon Water Experiment & the Benefits were Amazing!

ismail Alminda | 1:25 PM
At the start of the week, I woke up with a strange, yet familiar feeling.  I could tell immediately that  I was experiencing one of my worst nightmares.  As I ran my fingers over my face, I could sense a possible breakout lying deep beneath the surface.  I get breakouts from time to time. It happens.  But this wasn't any type of breakout. It was the kind that could potentially evolve into a cystic eruption.

I knew this because I could actually feel it turning into a painful lesion even though it wasn't yet visible.  Since I experienced this many times before, I knew exactly what to do.  Before a breakout has the chance to rear its ugly head, I rely on one remedy that seems to work for me every single time.
In my unskilled opinion, large acne breakouts were a byproduct of inflammation.  I keep hearing about how drinking lemon water helps combat inflammation by alkalizing the body.  So one day I decided to try it as a home remedy.  Whenever I drank warm/room temp lemon water before a pimple fully manifested, I would almost always avoid the worst case scenario. Most of the time, I'd prevent the breakout altogether.  If not, I'd at least limit the severity of it.

Since I felt like this break out had the potential to be disastrous, I decided to go all in.  Instead of enjoying a small cup of lemon water, I reached for a mason jar capable of holding about a quarter gallon of water.  Then I squeezed an entire lemon into the water, grabbed a straw (to protect the enamel on my teeth) and proceeded to sip on it all day.

By the next day, that painful sensation beneath my skin was gone.  It seemed like I had avoided yet another catastrophe.  But, just to be sure, I decided to repeat the same ritual the next day with another quart of water and one additional lemon.  This routine has gone on for the past 4 days. And I'm realizing how many benefits I've received from being consistent over this short time period.

Let's discuss.

I already talked about the skin clearing benefits I was granted thanks to the help of lemon water. But I didn't really notice the other positives until now.    One of the most obvious is how drinking that much lemon water stimulated digestion.  I felt like it created a mild detoxification process.  Whenever I drink ample amounts of lemon water, I find myself having to urinate much more frequently than when I drink plain H20.  It seems to have a diuretic effect. So when I don't have time to do a juice cleanse, I can drink lemon water and still experience detoxing effects. Best of all, I can still eat while the lemon detoxes my body.

Speaking of eating. I noticed that drinking that much lemon water had a profound effect on my food intake.  I work from home and one of the challenges I've faced is constant boredom snacking.   I'm only a few steps from a fridge at all times which is both a blessing and a curse.  Since incorporating ample amounts of lemon water, my cravings have reduced DRAMATICALLY.  I found myself snacking on the first day, but it was out of habit.  When I realized that I wasn't even hungry, the snacking stopped.

By day 3 I noticed that I was no longer walking to the fridge to satiate my cravings for sweet or salty snacks.  As a matter of fact, my appetite was quite suppressed.  At times, I had to remind myself to eat.  This actually put me in a really good position because when I snacked uncontrollably, I almost always reached for convenient, not-so-healthy-foods.  But when the tables were turned, I made conscious decisions in my eating. Instead of going for ice cream, I grabbed an apple or boiled a couple of eggs.  My lunch choices this entire week have so much healthier compared to the week before.  Simply because I sipped on lemon water (throughout the day).

Since starting this new habit, I've already noticed a reduction in bloating and a little weight loss.  They say that drinking lemon water "burns fat." I don't know if lemon water actually flushes fat like some claim. But, for me, it completely alters my appetite to the point where I eat very differently.  I make smarter choices about what I eat because I'm not driven by some uncontrollable primal urge.  Even when I did enjoy a little ice cream, it didn't taste as good.  It was like my palette had been altered in a good way.  I also got fuller faster which is a plus.

These are just a few of my observations of what I've experienced over the past 4 days.  As I mentioned, there are probably internal benefits that I'm not even considering.  Needless to say, I'm not giving this habit up anytime soon.  I hope to experience even more positive effects from this going forward.





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