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Infused Water

Infused water is all the rage right now! Infusion is the process of extracting chemical compounds or flavors from plant material in a solvent such as water, oil or alcohol, by allowing the material to remain suspended in the solvent over time (a process often called steeping). It involves steeping fruits, veggies, and/or herbs with water until the flavors fuse together. Infused water is a perfect substitute for sugary beverages such as fruit juices, pre-made iced tea, soda, and energy drinks.

There are many health benefits of infused water including appetite control, hydration, immune defense, heartburn prevention, blood sugar regulation and weight management. It also benefits your digestive system, protects your immune system, and supports fat burning.

Infusing water is certainly better tasting than normal water, and incredibly easy to make!  For a large batch of infused water, fill a pitcher with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit for 2 – 8 hours.

So soak up the sun and some healthy water this summer!

Photo Jun 17, 5 02 40 PM

Here are some suggested ingredients:

grapefruit + sage//rosemary//mint//basil
lemon + mint//cilantro//basil
lemon + lime + cilantro
lemon + ginger
Meyer lemon + tangerine + pear + hot green pepper + cilantro
lemon + orange + ginger
blood orange + ginger + basil
cucumber + lemon + lime + mint//basil
cucumber + grapefruit + sage//rosemary
cucumber + watermelon + mint
carrots + apple + lemon + ginger
carrots + pomegranate + sage
honeydew + cantaloupe + watermelon + sage//mint
watermelon + mint//rosemary//basil
cantaloupe + blood orange + lemon
pear + rosemary//sage
banana + nectarine + basil
raspberry + lime + mint
orange + lime + mint
blackberries + sage
blackberries + raspberries + strawberries + mint
strawberries + grapefruit + sage
apple + plum + blueberries + mint//sage
cherries + lime + mint

(List courtesy of  Nutritionstripped.com  and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infusion)

I’m going Wheat-Free!

Why Your Diet Should Be Wheat-Free

I have been dealing with irritable digestion for about 4 years now. Terrible stomach pain after eating many foods. A friend of mine also had the same symptoms after eating bread, pizza, pasta, and even some beef for her. She gave up wheat after too many uncomfortable and painful situations. I started paying more attention to what I ate, and began avoiding those items that I really had a hard time digesting. Some improvement was made, but all too often I would eat something and unexpectedly have a problem. I got sick of it, especially when I was on vacation.

My sister-in-law (who is a doctor) sent me a book called “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis M.D. Fantastic book on educating about wheat and it’s evolution, and how wheat interacts with the body. Not so sure I believe that all of the studies were presented correctly regarding weight loss. I’ve read some of the reviews for this book from others who prove that Dr. Davis’ conclusions based on the research studies he sights were not accurate (see No Gluten Non Problem )

In any case, the book was written well enough to educate me about wheat and it’s non-benefit to our bodies. I’ve decided to give up wheat! Continue reading