How to make lemon water life changing
In the past 2 years I’ve noticed that almost every mainstream health guru has started advising warm lemon water. It’s an easy thing to do for a pretty nice stack of benefits that include: weight-loss, immune boosting, energy boosting, inflammation reduction and wrinkle reduction.
This week’s habit is simple but powerful. To prepare for the week ahead all you need to do is buy 4 lemons. But before you do that, let me introduce you to a journey that you may want to start with us here at The Confidence Kitchen.
Week 1: We’re about to embark on (or refresh, in some cases) our health journey for the year. This reminds me of one of my favourite poems called The Journey. I first encountered it at a Native American mask making ceremony many years ago. This ceremony urged us to acknowledge and honour where we were on our own journeys. We then released any of the old things holding us back, and poured the essence of our longing, our potential unfolding, and our many dualities into the creation of a mask that reflected another aspect of who we could be.
Even if you don’t believe me now, there is a big part of you that is dying to be healthy. But there are many sides to you. That’s ok. We all have this. Approaching a more healthy lifestyle is not about trying to erase your personality. All we want to do here, is give your inner health god or goddess a bit of space so there’s room to grow.
In the middle of winter I at last discovered that there was in me an invincible summer” – Albert Camus
I’m excited to announce Weekly Bites:
- each week you’ll receive instructions for one healthy habit to work on during the following week
- each weekly habit will move the needle on your health on it’s own so even if you just do it for 1 week, you’re winning
- the habits quickly add up to form a powerful routine by the end of each month
- I’ll get more into the routines later, but let me just say that by the end of January you are going to be so excited by the power of routines.
- Cold Water
- Hot Water
- 1/2 Lemon
- Boil your kettle
- Grab a glass and fill it mostly with cold water with a splash of hot on top so it’s warm (never use warm tap water)
- Squeeze 1/2 lemon wedge into your glass and drink
- Repeat this each AM this week as soon as you wakeup. I usually head to the kitchen a few minutes after waking and drink my water (before the shower or brushing teeth etc.)
Enjoy the next 7 days and don’t try to cram too many healthy things into your life all at once. Small daily steps over time are going to bring staggering changes to your health this year.
Let me know in the comments if you like lemon water and how you feel when you do it for a few days.
The Journey by Mary Oliver
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognised as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.
p.s. I wish I still had that mask. It was part warrior, part naturalist, part medicine woman, and part earth mother. While the mask itself was crushed in my move from Canada to the UK, the essence of that creation lingers and grows stronger in me over the years. I am consumed with consolidating the seemingly contradictory aspects of myself, and allowing them all to exist with deep permission and respect.