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Celebrate Mom’s life and health wisdom! Here are some things I learned from my mom and tips for staying hydrated this summer
Mother’s Day may have come and gone, but we continue to celebrate our mothers through the wisdom they pass down to us. One of the best health lessons I learned from my Mom was that it was more affordable (and much healthier) to avoid packaged foods and make most things from scratch.
We didn’t have much money around our house when we were growing up, so we had to get creative when it came to meal times. Instead of sugary boxed cereals, we ate baked oatmeal or homemade granola. Soda, cookies, and chips were occasional treats and eating-out was a luxury.
While our diets weren’t perfect (there is no such thing!), my Mom passed down to my sisters and I an appreciation for nutrition and the power of healthy food. My sisters and I are all avid health-foodies and we continue to pursue more nutrition knowledge and pass this wisdom on to our children and friends.
Nourishing your body with minimally processed foods is one of the life-health lessons I hope to pass down to my own kids, along with the importance of staying properly hydrated with water.
For some reason I have always struggled with drinking enough water! It takes a lot of work for me to drink stay hydrated, but I feel 200% better when I drink plenty of plain water, especially in the summer months when I am working out or hanging out in the sun.
Drink Better, Live Better
This year, Nestlé® Pure Life® is asking fans to take a simple online pledge to drink more water. They can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes and share their own wisdom through the Facebook mosaic. Here are some fast facts about hydration:
- 60% of your body is made of water so it’s important to stay hydrated to perform your best! Take extra care during hot summer months and throughout exercise and physical activity.
In addition to drinking plain water every day, eating foods with high moisture content—such as fruits and vegetables—could be a good way to increase total water consumption. Water constitutes 90% of most fruits and vegetables and about 50% of meats. (Source: USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion)
Drink water instead of sugary drinks (like soda or sports drinks) that contain added sugar. Many people consume 400+ calories per day just in beverages! You can easily manage blood sugar levels, calorie consumption, and weight gain by replacing sugary drinks with water.
Stay hydrated this summer
Here are some great tips for staying hydrated this summer, especially when it gets hot! And don’t forget to eat plenty of fruits and veggies: these are great for adding more water into your diet as well
- Make water your first beverage choice
- Eat plenty of water-rich fruits and veggies
- Carry water with your everywhere and take sips and drinks often
- Drink extra water when you exercise, spend time in the sun, or drink alcohol
What health wisdom has your mother passed down to you?
Share your favorite tips for staying hydrated!
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist