Feeling Fantastic!

Feeling Fantastic!  blog                       

I’ve decided to blog about my experiences and to road test this program for myself.

Last year death cast a long shadow over my life, and although my self-care didn’t completely go out of the window it became a lot harder to stay buoyant.

Although this isn’t a New Year resolution, somehow after all the excess of Christmas this seemed like a good time to put myself through the program and road test it, before it gets released.

As the year turns, and the day length starts to increase, there comes new hope for future life and growth, and being able to simply rejoice in the fact of existence.

I’m going to be sharing how I get on, some of the choices I make, what worked, what didn’t work, and also how I feel about the changes I am making. I’ll be also sharing some links to resources that I come across.

WEEK ONE

For me week one consists of addressing my liquid intake. This is something that I have addressed at various times over the last 20 or 30 years, and the more I find out about water, the more amazing its properties appear to me. I’ll be sharing some of my discoveries for the benefit of people who sign up to my program. My intention this week around addressing my liquid intake is to drink one and a half litres of Volvic water per day. I chose Volvic because it is high in silicates which can bind to any aluminium in your brain and body and detoxify it by elimination. There has been research carried out which shows that people with autism often have high levels of aluminium in the brain.  Since there is autism in my family I decided to give it a try.  It certainly can’t do any harm. Volvic is one of a few mineral waters with high levels of silicates; there are several other brands of spring water which have this property.

The idea is really for me to focus on this in such a way that I begin to build a habit around becoming better hydrated. I’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for myself to do, by getting in supplies of bottled water of a litre and a half each, and labelling them.

Day one

I did wonder whether 1 ½ litres per day was going to be too much water for me to handle. In the event I ran out and needed to open a spare bottle, which I will now keep to hand, in case the same thing happens tomorrow. I felt okay during and at the end of the day and was very pleased that I had achieved my aim.

Day two

After yesterday’s success I’m looking forward to continuing with this intention. I feel like it’s going to be very possible for me to achieve this. Today I had an amazing amount of energy, both mental and physical. I did several hours work in the morning in quite an effortless way, and was delighted to find there was a spring in my step when I needed to go out to do some errands. The other thing that happened was that I noticed while I was out, that my lips began to feel dry. This may partly have been because it is a very cold day, however my feeling is that my awareness of my state of hydration has been raised by this experiment. As I have got older it seems to me that I’m not so aware of when I feel thirsty, and sometimes get dehydrated without even realising it. Greater awareness of my hydration levels will be an additional benefit of doing this program. I felt thirsty when I got back home and drank to quench my thirst. Positive all round.

Because I’m keeping my bottle of water right next to the kettle, and have labelled each bottle for every day this week, and set them up in a prominent place right next to my sink, I am finding it quite easy to remember to keep going to the bottle & drinking. A visual and tangible reminder in a place where I can’t miss it, does seem to work for me.

I’m still having lots of herb teas as well as the water each day. I’m not getting too involved in the science of measuring exactly how much liquid I’m having every day, apart from the water. I want to make sure this is completely doable, and I need to remember there are eight more weeks to go – each week accumulating new intentions.

Day three

I am amazed at just how much water I can drink. I must have been mostly dehydrated before this I now realise. My mind seems to be sharper, I have more energy, I have more stamina both mental and physical. I am not feeling tired in the same way come the evening time. In fact, I am finding that my evening has been extended by several hours now. Quite an unexpected effect that I can only put down to the increase in water. Nothing else has changed in my life apart from this. I will be monitoring this, as I really value my sleep – and in fact sleep is a subject for future weeks.

By the end of today I certainly drank more than my one and a half litres, alongside several cups of herb tea, two coffees, and ginger beer at lunchtime, something I do not usually indulge in. Sugary drinks are usually out as far as I’m concerned, and I watched an episode of Trust me I’m a Doctor recently where they do bit of research into the effects of four different kinds of drinks, and how they affect appetite. The drinks compared were, carbonated juice, still juice, carbonated water, and Still water. People ate more after drinking the carbonated sweet drink, and the least after drinking Still water. It was a double-blind trial as the people taking part had no idea of the true purpose of the research until afterwards.  Here is the link if you are interested https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09l50zg/trust-me-im-a-doctor-series-7-episode-1

Day four

Today I continued with drinking this water, and do feel well on it. I decided to find out a little bit more about how to know whether you’re well hydrated or not, and discovered that there are really three ways. One is body weight, which is tricky to be exact about, the other is urine colour, i.e. the darker it is the more dehydrated you are, and it should really be a light straw colour. The third is thirst, and I was really intrigued to discover that if you are thirsty it means you are already slightly dehydrated. In other words, the body’s response to dehydration is to make you feel thirsty. So, my concern about not feeling thirsty very much may be unfounded.

This article from the Natural Hydration Council states the amount of water that people may need to drink per day is as follows;

“The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends an intake of 2.5 litres of water for men and 2.0 litres of water for women per day, via food and drink consumption.

Of this, they suggest that 70-80% of the daily water intake should come from drinks, and the remaining 20-30% should come from food. The British Nutrition Foundation gives guidelines for the types of fluid to drink, and water is the only fluid which they recommend drinking “plenty” of as it contains no sugar, calories or additives. In spite of this, research shows we still don’t drink enough of it.”

Day five

I am also drinking herb teas throughout the day, and a coffee in the morning as well, so I feel like my liquid intake has really gone up.

However, I think there is something about awareness as well, because I am feeling much more like drinking water as the days go on. I seem to be becoming more sensitive to noticing when I need to top up my water intake. I am now drinking two glasses of water on waking, whereas before this it was usually a couple of sips.

I am wondering whether to try starting my day with a sole drink. This is a drink made from a teaspoon of supersaturated salt solution made with pink Himalayan salt. Pink Himalayan salt has 84 different minerals in it and can apparently help to re-mineralise the body.  I’m not a doctor, so research this thoroughly and be cautious if you are going to start drinking salty water.

I’m not sure whether drinking salty water would be quite my thing on first waking up. I may try it when I am fully awake instead. Also, it’s a lot easier to pour a couple of glasses of water out of a bottle, than fiddling about with teaspoons and jars when I’m liable to drop everything through not being fully awake.

Day six

I did try a couple of glasses with some Himalayan pink salt in. I don’t think I could take it any stronger than a couple of pinches though. It was surprisingly refreshing.

Today went well, I am very much more aware of when I’m needing liquid. The weather is gone very cold, so I’m having the heating on from time to time, and that does mean I need to be more aware of keeping my liquids up.

Plenty of spicy herb teas, lemon and ginger, as well as the water. I had my tap class tonight, and always drink a bottle of water during that, so I ended up drinking more than 2 L today. Amazing!

Day seven

I’m rather pleased with my progress this week. This is the seventh day I’ve been doing this – and my system of having a water bottle next to the kettle has really helped to remind me. I will continue to label them for each day, as I am needing a spare to go with each day, and a really need to keep them separate so I don’t get confused.

I am enjoying drinking water more than I was. I’m drinking water more frequently than I was. I have noticed a huge increase in energy, and the increase in my enthusiasm for doing things has been a very welcome side benefit. Overall, it’s been an extremely enjoyable experience which I am now going to continue, although I won’t be recording it in full anymore on this blog, as I will be moving onto the next stage.

I may at the end of next week, just summarise how it’s going with the water as well as the results from part two of the programme, which will be an adjustment under the heading of exercise/movement.

My personal choice for this is an exercise to increase my strength and flexibility, as I am already doing a fair amount of movement in the form of jog walking nearly every day. I’m also going to add in some high-intensity vigorous movement at the beginning and end of each day, as I have found that vigorous movement just before I go to sleep means I have a much clearer head in the morning! Who knew?

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