To the mom behind me at Target

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Dear Mom behind me at Target. Today I saw you having a hard time. Don't worry I have days like that too. I saw you talking to another woman when I spotted something dripping from your cart. As I mentioned it I also ran over to your little boy and took the shampoo bottle he had opened up and squeezed everywhere. I know you were upset and I saw everyone looking at you standing there. But I want you to know that not any kind of judgment even crossed my mind.  

My first thought was ask the closest employee for paper towels and get your little boy out of your cart. So I did. I don't know you. But what I do know is that in that moments time I would hope that somewhere out there another mom will do the same for me some day. In a moments time in a mothers world all hell can break loose at a drop of a hat. We all know that. I mean.. Have you ever been successful with getting your 3 year old to use the blue cup when they wanted the pink one? No? Don't worry me either. We know kids are crazy! 

I've been there. I am not judging you for one second. I actually contemplated on taking your little boy over to the snack bar so you could have a little bit of peace. Its usually my attempt to tame my lions which always consist of bags of popcorn and juice boxes to get through target which end up all over the floor. (Sorry target employees). I really wanted to give you a big hug and tell you that you aren't as crazy as you feel. You aren't a bad mother and that motherhood is just really freaking hard. 

Once I was grocery shopping with my 3 crazies I was at the checkout. The 3 year old in the cart. The 5 year old walking around and me wearing the baby. I wasn't a pleasant site. I was really stressed out and it was plain to see that I needed help. Another mom came up from behind me touched my shoulder and looked at me and said your doing okay. She then stopped me from bagging my groceries and bagged them for me. - Thank you to that mother from me. 

I hope the next time you see a struggling mother do what you can to reassure her that she is doing a good job. Encouraging words like this help more than you'll ever imagine. 

Finding the Calm during Election time. (how to not let elections destroy your inner peace)

Finding the Calm during Election time. 

(how to not let elections destroy your inner peace)

I will just say this bluntly. I despise the year we have to vote. It exposes the black beasts within all of us. Its unfortunate that the same month and season that we are to be grateful and to search for peace in our hearts that our country is in this emotional, physical and mental civil war with each other because of elections. Now don't get me wrong. I am proud to be apart of country where we can vote and choose our leader. But it is torturous to watch. The bitterness between a divided country, its disconcerting. This  election has been the ugliest, most horrific and discomforting election I have seen and read about in all of Americas voting history. I feel like this country is full of hostility driven human beings during election time. But especially this election. Each passing day there is a little bit of fear lingering in the back of my mind, that no matter which candidate wins that I do fear for this country. I am not going to go into who I think would be the best individual to lead this country because if I'm being honest.. O N E: Jesus should be president. Theoretically and quite literally speaking. T W O: Neither candidate I feel is good enough to be our president. But that is beside the point. The point of this blog post is how one can achieve to find the calm, the peace, the love during this time. 

 

  1. Lets get real. Do your research and choose a candidate that represents and believes in what YOU feel is right. Everyone is different but this is an important part of our countries history. It is your right to vote. Take advantage of that and vote. But leave it at that. Even though it feels this way do not allow social media to be your newspaper. 
  2. Limit your screen time. Mostly Facebook or just unfollow those who are unable to keep the peace. That means for you also to not join in and be apart of the verbal attacks. I just joined Facebook after a 10 month break and it was refreshing. I feel like I left on bad terms. I was full of anxiety as well as 9 months pregnant and knew I needed a break. It was good for me. 
  3. Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. 

  4. Easier said than done. But so incredibly beneficial for your soul. I think its so important to make time for your daily meditation. Even if its for 5 minutes. Collect yourself and your thoughts. 
  5. Be informed not obsessed. The truth is that election time and the topics of the elections is that no matter what, it is almost always a negative oriented conversation. Just stay away from it. This does nothing but eat at your soul. Don't waste your precious time on having negative conversation that will go no where. Also remember not all blogs, websites etc. are reliable sources. If you can remember this it will save you a lot of time and pointless stress.
  6. Only reply to positive comments. (I think this one is pretty self explanatory.)
  7. No matter what we do only one person can be president. If it comes down to it that our future president is not the person you had in mind stay positive and come to terms with the fact that they weren't your first choice and probably not even your last however doing so will make the next 4 years less miserable for you.      

As time draws nearer to November I am quietly observing amongst the millions of americans who speak of this election that they are creating the president they hate. I see many of my friends who are kind and loving individuals speak of the monster the opposing presidential nominee is but in reality you are becoming the monster you speak of. Do not let this be you. Stand tall and be better than this. Feed the heart, not the trolls. You can still win this election even if your presidential nominee does not. If you only focus on the negative qualities in the opposing nominee that is all you will get. The law of attraction says: "

" I attract whatever I give my attention, energy and focus to, whether positive or negative. " 

7 things I wished I had known before becoming a mom

7 things I wished I had known before becoming a mom

I am a mom of three pretty adorable kids. I'm also a military wife which makes things a little more complicated than your normal mom. In the military they call anyone who is related to the actual military member a " dependent " however we " dependents " are anything but dependent. 

A little backstory. In 2010 I moved to New York City to work where I had met my husband. After a few months of dating we decided to get married. So I headed home from NYC packed up whatever I could fit into my 2002 Honda accord grabbed my BFF and we drove to Connecticut. It took us 2.5 days to do it. Looking back at my 19 year old self I do applaud myself because it was an adventure. Two girls who had never traveled to the other side of the country we were basically living on a prayer. We got there safely a few days after being there she left and I was alone. Of course I had Skyler but a few days after she had left he left for an underway (an underway is when a submarine leaves the base for whatever reason could be for testing, deployment or even for some sailors to do certain qualifications.) He left for 2 weeks. My 19 year old self alone 2,000 miles away from the only place I ever knew to be home, away from everyone I knew. And then he left. It was like this for months. If you haven't been to New England then imagine this. Driving on roads that only fit mini coopers. The roads were tiny of course they were because this is where people lived when they came over from England. A lot of New England has similar characteristics of England. 

Basically what I'm saying here is that I had no choice but to be independent. 

 

Everything that I know as an adult is the result of leaving home as a adult/teenager and learning things the hard way. The first year we were married Skyler was home 4 months. Our first daughter was born in August of 2011. A week after she was born he was gone again for a few months. It continued on like this until the next year when he deployed. So here I am a young mother not having anyone to really rely on or to turn to being so far away. I look back and just wished that someone would have told me a thing or two about being a mom. What to expect or to not expect. So first thing is first. 

  1. SURVIVE. Okay I am being completely serious. My main motto as a mom especially having more kids than I do hands is that you just need to survive. Your hair does not need to be perfect. The house does not need to be spotless and you know what? Laundry its just a mountain of a never ending pile of despair. With that being said it. IT CAN WAIT! Babies grow up and then they aren't babies anymore. The mess can wait it'll be there tomorrow. But one day those little ones won't. So if you do just that and " survive " each day to me you are the most amazing mom. You don't need to jam pack your days with park outings, lunch dates, trips to the mall. I think its safe to say that your kids would be happy playing with YOU. As a mom the older my kids get I realize how vital it really is to be attentive to their needs even if to you it seems small because to them its HUGE. 

  2. Listen to your heart. In the world of becoming a parent you will soon realize a few things. That to a lot of people its " my way or the high way ". You will meet some who think there is only one way to do things. One way to parent. Everyone is different. Some parents choose to vaccinate others choose to not some even delay vaccinations. Some parents feed their babies formula while others breastfeed until they're 2 years old. Other parents feed their kids pb&j sandwiches or macaroni and some parents feed their kids exclusively organic, non-gmo, gluten free etc. Some parents cloth diaper and some do disposable. What I'm saying here is everyone is different. There is no right or wrong way to parent AS LONG AS YOUR CHILD IS HAPPY AND KNOWS THEY ARE LOVED.  Obviously there is more to it making sure they're healthy etc. But in the world of parenting it can be twisted and distorted resulting in you feeling like you are not a good parent. A little advice I've learned in the past 5 years. If you have to question or be concerned if you are being a good mom, chances are, you are. Everyone has an off day. No one is perfect and every day we can start fresh as long as we strive to be better and focus on our kids' happiness, I would say you get an A+ in parenting.  

  3. The mommy competition. You are going to feel like you are never enough or that everything has to always be perfect. From your hair to the way your kids are dressed. You'll feel like someone is always outdoing you. Here's a little secret. WHO CARES! Guess what? They probably feel the exact same way as you! We are all struggling moms. And I think the important thing here is to remember that we all are striving to be in the same place. Go the same direction. Do the same things. We just want our kids to be happy and healthy. Can you imagine how much better the world would be if we cut out the mommy competition and all us moms just leaned on each other for help. We all have unique skills and gifts that could easily benefit everyone if we were just a little more kind and loving to each other. 

  4. Communication is key. I feel like as a mom we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We're programmed to think we have to do it all. But that is far from true. If you need help reach out to those who love you. They will help. If you need a break take a break! Its crucial as a mom that we take care of ourselves too because if we don't how will we ever take care of our little ones? With my first daughter I had severe postpartum depression. The countless nights I would cry myself to sleep while Skyler away on the submarine it was hard. Its so important to talk to someone, have adult conversations it'll help you in more ways than you realize. 

  5. Self Love. Each time I've had a baby I've found that I forget about myself completely and focus on everyone else. Essentially forgetting to eat, shower and sometimes I would wear throw up clothes all day. You just forget about yourself. But hey! Us moms need loving too. Whether it be at the gym or grocery shopping alone which for those first time moms you will soon learn that a trip to the store or any outing without a child quickly becomes a short lived vacation. Funny thing is that after 1 hour you start to feel like your missing a limb and come back to the chaos that was driving you crazy but at the same time you missed. Remember you are important.

  6. The melt downs and guilt. All I ever heard was that parenting would be a breeze and that to not worry. While they were right on the not worrying part they were not so much on the breeze part. More like stormy hurricane winds. Being a mom is REALLY FLIPPING HARD. You can totally do it. But it is the hardest job in the world. And as kids grow sometimes some swears will be thrown down. Or you'll scream into a pillow because you have to tell them something for the thousandth time. And right as you've clean up the sea of toys in their room and you walk away to clean the spilled milk you'll hear the 3 year old pouring out the toys again. Just remember this. Next time Just part that red sea. Make a walk way. I've decided that the 3 year old dumps out all the toys because well.. Its just easier finding what she needs when everything is right where she can find it. Make things easier on you and just roll with the punches. If they're having a melt down in public get on their level and look them in the eye and just hug them. I think at this point all they want is for someone to understand them. And please remember to not feel guilty. The countless nights I lay wide awake staring at the ceiling going over the day feeling I wished the day went differently just remember tomorrow is a new day. A clean slate. A fresh start. And no matter what.. they will always love you. 

  7.  Always Say I love you. We often forget that kids are so impressionable. Their little brains are still developing at rapid rates. In a moments time things can get out of hand and anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Just stay calm. They watch your every move. I'm not even kidding you. The older my children have gotten I have witnessed with my own two eyes they watch you. Recently I noticed my 3 year old quietly fold her arms during our routine family prayer each night after we read stories. She is with me all day everyday. You can bet that she learned that from home. Each time I've been frustrated or upset with one of my kids no matter what I look them in the eyes and say I love you. At the end of each day I always tell them " I love you " there is nothing more important in the world than for a child to know and feel that they are safe and loved. 

 

These are just a few things that have helped me from time to time because really being a parent is the most wonderful, joyful, incredibly scary journey that you will ever take in your lifetime. Its so intimidating to think that we are solely responsible for the life of another human being(s). But at the same time how lucky we are to be able to have that opportunity. I am reminded constantly the blessings of being a mom. If you take anything away from this list then let it be just this and that is that the days you feel like you are not enough remember each moment you are taking care of your child you are doing God's work. You have been trusted with angels. Its incredible to think of it in a such a way that God could entrust us with his angels. When you feel like you are not enough remember God thought you were more than enough and just perfect to be the mother of his Heavenly children he sent into your life. 

Autumn Tea + learning how to make your soul happy

Autumn Tea  

+ learning to make your soul happy

  1. Hot Apple Cider Tea 

  2. Pumpkin Spice

  3. Red Velvet Chocolate 

  4. Peppermint Chocolate

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These are my favorite teas to drink all year long but especially during Autumn.  They're delicious to drink with or without adding anything to them. My personal favorite is adding Amaretto creamer just a teaspoon to the red velvet chocolate or peppermint chocolate. The pumpkin spice is amazing with a hint of anise or eating it with a piece of caramel black licorice. And of course the apple cider adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or even teaspoon of caramel creamer. The possibilities are endless. 

And although I don't get to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea like I could pre-motherhood, sitting in my favorite spot with a good book and a journal to doodle or jot down a thought in a moments time is still one of my favorite things. 

I think when you become a mother you tend to put yourself last always. At least for myself if I cannot get all my chores done then sometimes I feel as though the things I want to do the most get put on the back shelf so to speak. When in reality at some point in the day we all really need to stop and just be one with the universe and take time to just live. To just enjoy each second. 

In a world where time never stops somehow

we must find the will to just make the time to make our souls happy 

I think humans are really just the robots of everyday life. When do we ever we stop? Do we just keep going and going and going until the fire within ourselves slowly turns into a small flicker of light then eventually burns out?

We need to force ourselves to slow down and enjoy life. One day we will look back and realize the little things were big things.

" The faster we live, the less emotion is left in the world. The slower we live, the deeper we feel the world around us. "

I think we owe it to ourselves to be able to indulge in all of life's mysterious and wonderous moments. Starting with doing the things we love the most. That is why I am making a list of all the things I want to do, things that make my soul happy. A simple list that I can go to pick a few things to do when I'm having a crazy moment something that will calm my soul.

  • painting
  • reading
  • writing
  • photography
  • running
  • yoga
  • listen to music
  • meditate
  • take a nature walk
  • unplug from the world
  • drink tea
  • pray
  • write a book
  • enjoy silence
  •  learn the act of not caring. Really it is freeing. 

The list is endless but this is my list. Life is too short to not treasure each minute because really whether it be good or bad each second we are alive its all a learning experience. Look for the good in all things. 

" She who is brave is free "

 

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse 

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As August comes to an end I have put together a delicious recipe that will make anyones taste buds dance! In celebration of our Avocados ripening within the next month I wanted to give out one of my most favorite recipes. 

Now I'm a little sad thinking about it because we are moving next July which means no more free avocados. We moved to our little home in September 2014 here in Southern California and to our surprise there was a giant avocado tree in the front yard. This tree has mostly been a blessing. We do have our crazy avocado thieves that come mid October load up their tiny truck bed with hundreds of avocados and pretend to not speak english when they're caught as well as plumbing issues because the trees roots grow into the pipes in the front yard. Its been a little crazy but it makes up for the fact that we get organic avocados! 

Now these are no haas avocados these bad boys grow to be the size of softballs they are called Hall Avocados! They are ginormous and delicious. 

They also stay this pretty green color they dont go green to black. Also! When you pick them if you leave the stems attached with a leaf they stay good longer. Usually we have to put the avocados in a Brown paper Trader Joes bag and put them in the cupboard for about 3-4 days to speed up the ripening process. All the time people say they're not ripe if you pick them and they're not ready to eat but that is not true. We have avocados on our tree clear until January and they're still this way. 

Did you know?

 

There are hundreds of avocado varieties!!! I believe only 7 types of avocados are grown commercially in California. 

 

This recipe is really simple but you need to make sure you do exact measurements on each ingredient otherwise it will throw off the taste. Too much avocado will have the mousse tasting more mild and not sweet like you want it. Too much cacao powder will make it bitter. Keep that in mind.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse 

 

  • 1 Ripe Avocado
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cashew, almond or coconut milk (coconut taste the best)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (Baker Imitation Vanilla is my favorite) 
  • 1/4 cup raw/local honey or maple syrup
  1. Put all your ingredients into a food processor (blender works fine but make sure all the avocado is completely blended up or you'll have chunks of avocado in your mousse).
  2. Refrigerate for 10 minutes before eating.
  3. Enjoy!
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This Vanilla!!!! I've tried other Vanilla extracts but feel this one makes all the difference. 

Let me know how yours taste or if you add anything different! 

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

So yesterday I had a major sweet tooth and needed to fix it some way or another. So I looked in the pantry for what I could use and literally I had these few ingredients on hand. --- Backstory we got back from Vacation a week ago today. So we pretty much only have staples in our house. Nothing out of your normal fruit, veggie, protein, cereal, almond milk grocery list. --- So it was Sunday and we don't believe in going out on Sundays just for the fact that we dont like working on Sundays so we don't feel like we should make others work on Sundays by going out and buying things. However if you do thats okay to each his own. 

This was the easiest and probably the healthiest pie I have ever made. Seriously. I am not joking there really isn't anything remotely close to being unhealthy for you in it. And actually after figuring out the servings 1 serving of this pie is the equivalent of 1 serving of fruit! So take that normal pumpkin pie that is amazing and delicious! 

Did I mention that you can eat this plain. Like the dough? Yea. Just the dough if you wanted too. There are no -- ZERO -- eggs in this recipe. I know your like thinking alright just tell me whats in it already. If your like me I sometimes totally just scroll to the bottom to get the recipe... * hides face * totally guilty.. Hey! But if you have 3 monkeys climbing all over you everyday all day long then sometimes scrolling through to get the recipe for what they're about to eat is A-Okay with me! :)

HERE IT IS!

Paleo Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pie

 

  • 1 can organic pumpkin
  • 2 bananas
  • 1.5 cups coconut flour
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup Dairy Free Chocolate Chips or cacao Chips

 

  • Parchment/ Wax Paper
  • 9x12 pan
  1. Set oven to 350 Degrees. 
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Mix Pumpkin, Bananas, Coconut flour and maple syrup together.
  4. Fold in Chocolate Chips
  5. Using your parchment paper press down pumpkin mixture into a glass pan so its even and reaches all edges of pan. 
  6. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. 
  7. After its done, cool for 10 Minutes. And Enjoy!

ALSO! If you want to get fancy you can add Paleo Whip Cream! 

  • 1 can full fat Coconut Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  1. Make sure to refrigerate Coconut Milk for at least 8 hours ahead of time. 
  2. Mix Coconut Milk, Vanilla and Coconut sugar together in a mixer at 8 speed for about 5 minutes so its stiff. 
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 
  4. Then serve. Make sure to refrigerate remaining.

Hope you enjoy it! 

Raw Power Salad

Raw Power Salad

Alright... its been way too long since my last blog post and I am totally sorry! To make up for that I want to give you my most favorite salad recipe! This last month has been totally crazy we vacationed in Idaho and Utah visiting family and it was a lot of fun, but I am SO relived to finally be home. 3 weeks is way too long to vacation with little ones. Its more work I would say. Living out of suitcase attempting to keep someone elses home clean while your kids destroy it all day long. Its tough work! They weren't joking when they said keeping your house clean with kids is like brushing your teeth with oreos it just doesn't work! With that being said we are home now and I've never missed SoCal more. (That says a lot for a girl who doesn't want to live here.) Living in a place where there are no seasons is tough on a girl who lives for Autumn :)  

- Also this picture is from dinner last night so if you are wondering what I had its called Sicilian Chicken Sausage from Trader Joes and yes. It was DELICIOUS. 

This salad is probably the best salad you'll ever eat for multiple reasons. But for the 2 biggest and major reasons its because 1. Its incredibly delicious. Its always important to me that food taste good and has good texture. My husband he loves good food but if something is nutritious and taste terrible he'll eat it anyways and I am just not like that at all. I love to savor the ingredients. Food definitely needs to be palatable  2. It has power foods. If you know me then you know that I am big into eating power foods. If I can eat anything that will ensure that I will get lots of vitamins via food then heck ya! I am bound to be eating it! Plus this salad has tons of ingredients that you can snack on alone! As a mom of three I am always on the go so I snack a lot of and eating power food snacks helps with just that. Being on the go. Plus I breastfeed too so I know my little dude is getting the best possible nutrition. Also this is paleo! I always like to say that although I do try to eat mostly paleo I do believe eating things in moderation is OK. 

 

Raw Power Salad

serves 3-4

  • 3 cups finely chopped kale ( stems removed and discarded)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley 
  • 2 T raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 T raw sesame seeds
  • 2-3 pitted Medjool dates, chopped
  • 2-3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 T Grade B Maple Syrup orhoney ( I like to do 1/2 tablespoon of both honey and syrup)
  • 1 T finely grated ginger root
  • Sea Salt to taste

In a large mixing bowl, combine the kale, broccoli, carrots, bell pepper, scallions, parsley, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds,  and dates. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive or coconut oil, maple syrup/honey and ginger to combine. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt. Let salad stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before serving. 

Also! I really love adding edamame and thin coconut chips to the salad. Like I said I love texture! 

 

Let me know what you think of the salad or if you add anything different! I love changing it up!

 

The best snacks to eat after midnight

First off I would like to say that if you are trying to lose weight and are an avid scale tracker meaning you religiously weigh yourself every morning the odds are that your weight will look like it has gone up a few pounds so if this is you stay away from the late night snacks. Especially after midnight. I dont personally eat after 7 unless my tummy is growling. And I always try drinking tea first if I do feel hungry. However if this is not you or you have a extremely fast metabolism, you had an early dinner, you forgot to eat all together something along those lines here are some great snacks that will tide you over till morning. 

Tea

 

  • tea
  • nuts or nut butters
  • string cheese
  • warmed almond milk with a dash of cinnamon 
  • Fruit - mainly berries or apples for the low sugar content 
  • Veggies 
  • Cottage cheese

Now if your like me and a sweet tooth craving strikes either fight it or eat dark cacao chocolate! I really love Trader Joes cacao bars that they have at the registers. I usually buy the bars with highest cacao percentage. The higher you go the more bitter tasting the chocolate becomes. I want to mention that Dark Cacao Chocolate is full of antioxidants and is actually really beneficial. 85% is the highest I've ever tried it was bitter but I also added them in with a homemade trail mix of chopped almonds, medajool dates, young coconut and pretzel. 

Trail Mix

If you love ice cream I would suggest freezing a banana then putting it through a food processor. I love adding cacao powder to it for chocolate. And if you want to get fancy melt down coconut oil mix cacao powder in it then drizzle it over your banana ice cream and it turns into a chocolate shell!  One of my personal faves is using frozen berries and blending it in a food processor. It comes out ice cream consistency and totally hits the spot! Theres always a healthier alternative. 

Strawberry Ice Cream

xoxo Alexa Pettengill 

Benefits of drinking hot lemon water

Every morning after I wake up I like to fill up my tea kettle and heat up water and drink Hot Lemon water. I try to drink it as hot as I can because of the amazing benefits that come with it which I will get to in a second. I started drinking Hot Lemon water almost 8 years ago after I had talked with one of my co-workers who shared this same healthy habit. She came into work her skin was stunning I'm not just saying that either she was practically glowing! Did I mention she wore ZERO makeup!? I mean seriously! I had to ask her what her skincare regimen was and she said actually didn't use anything besides a mild soap from Clinique which had me curious if she actually had some secret skincare product that she wasn't telling anyone else about or she had phenomenal genetics. Later on I saw her filling up her water with hot water and putting lemons in it. Immediately I thought oh my gosh that sounds horrendous. I like lemons but I couldn't imagine drinking anything lemon that was hot. So I asked her what was the deal with her hot lemon water. She then told me all these awesome benefits that come with drinking hot lemon water.

At this time in my life I was just then making healthy changes to my lifestyle. My junior year of high school and also my last year because I had graduated a year early I had just started paying attention to the things I was putting into my body. I went to a high school that did not have a normal hot lunch cafeteria. They mostly offered foods full of sugar but there was the occasional fruit bowl left out. I also didn't go to a normal high school either. I went to an Art High school that was literally only a few years new. Anyways my co-worker told me one of the main reason she drank hot lemon water was because it incredibly beneficial for flushing toxins out of your body. Back then I had no idea that what you ate was a contributing factor when it came to acne. And well.. Its true the old saying  " You are what you eat " because seriously eating unhealthy is a huge result of acne. Of course genetics to play a big role as well but I know that when I ate cleaner my skin cleared up immensely. 

 

Now for the good stuff! Drinking 8 ounces of hot water with a whole squeezed lemon which you can do a half lemon if your not fond of lemon will not only flush out toxins but also does so much more for you than just that but also drinking 8 ounces of water after waking up also helps aid in digestion. 

  • Fat Flushing 
  • Hydration
  • Aid in digestion
  • Helps build alkaline 
  • Balances pH levels 
  • Can reduce wrinkles
  • Improves oral health
  • Increases weight loss
  • High amounts of Vitamin C

You can also add coconut oil to your hot lemon water, ginger, raw honey, ACV (apple cider vinegar), cayenne pepper for a good metabolism boost. Also a cool tip! The more alkaline you have in your body the less sick you will be. Bacteria, sickness, germs cannot survive in an environment that has high levels of alkaline. Thats why they say when you are sick to drink lemon and honey. I find this incredibly helpful as a mom of 3 there is no time to be sick. And if something as simple as drink hot lemon water in the morning can assist me in making sure that I am healthy then I am willing to take the time out of mornings to do this. My favorite thing about drinking hot lemon water is that when I do I do not want sugar as much.

 

Starting your day will give you the boost your body needs even if you only try this for just a couple of days I know you'll notice the benefits of such a healthy habit! 

xoxo Alexa Pettengill 

Benefits of drinking hot lemon water