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.
How to make lemon water life changing
Recipe Type: Drinks
Cuisine: Nutrient Rich, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Author: Laura Livesey
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
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.
  • Cold Water
  • Hot Water
  • 1/2 Lemon
  1. Boil your kettle
  2. 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)
  3. Squeeze 1/2 lemon wedge into your glass and drink
  4. 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
kept shouting
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
was terrible.
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. 


  1. mihrank January 3, 2015 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Lemon Water is Alkalizing: the body functions best in a more alkaline state andcancer cells tend to breed in an acidic body. Unfortunately due to the foods most people eat, the things they expose their skin to, and the environment they live in, most people’s body’s are very acidic. Lemons are very alkalizing to the body and blood (although lemons are actually an acidic fruit).

    • Laura Livesey January 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Great comments Mihran – thanks! Yes, lemons are great, as well as loads of green vegetables, for alkalising the body and promoting a healthy, disease-free system. xx

  2. Susan Weiss January 3, 2015 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    What a terrific idea this is! Thank you!! I’m on-board.

    • Laura Livesey January 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks Susan – well done, and let us know how you feel after the week! Laura xx

  3. Karen January 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Im in! I drink hot water regularly, sometimes with lemon ( like tea ) – is there a reason why I shouldn’t add the lemon direct to hot water and sip?

    • Laura Livesey January 4, 2015 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      Awesome Karen! Good question! Yes if the water is too hot, it can destroy some of the Vitamin C and enzymes in the lemon. Happy drinking! 🙂

  4. gfreeirish January 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Great Thanks for the tip:)

  5. gfreeirish January 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I had this today was really refreshing this morning 🙂

    • Laura Livesey January 8, 2015 at 11:38 pm - Reply

      Brilliant Bron – glad you liked it! I find it makes a really nice start to the day too! 🙂

  6. Margaret Palmer January 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to embark on this journey of becoming healthy.

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