Holistic Life Hack : 7 In Season Foods to Eat Yourself Hydrated!

Water is the essence of life. How long can we survive without it? A mere 3-5 days! It is vital to every organ, every cell, every function of our bodies. You know how essential water is, but are you getting your recommended 8-10 glasses of water a day?

melon slice

~ Big Hard Sun ~

In the sweltering heat of summer, we never seem to get enough water. In fact, studies show that we can lose up to 1.5L of water through sweat alone in intense heat. This is why 8-10 glasses in summer may not suffice some days, especially if you’re active….
ACTIVE-ist month: the combination of summer’s heat and outdoor activity level may leave you sweating much of the water out of your system and in need of proper replenishment. In this case, water needs will increase. Water should be consumed in abundance before your workout to sustain hydration levels, during long or intense workouts and after a workout, for adequate replenishment. It is critical to note that electrolyte balance is essential to getting this water into your cells. When we sweat, we displace this delicate electrolyte balance. During a sweaty workout and afterwards, we should be drinking the electrolyte elixir (a junk free energy drink to be featured this Friday! Stay tuned). After this, our cells are prepped and thirsty and ready to soak in all the refreshing water.
watermelon bowl
As if it wasn’t enough to fit in 8-10 glasses of water into our day, we should not be drinking within 30 minutes of eating and should wait another hour after our meal. So when are we supposed to drink?! Well there’s a sneaky trick and with that, here comes your holistic life hack: hump day edition: Here’s how to EAT yourself hydrated with the season!
Water, Water, Everywhere: 
1) watermelon! 
  • Take a juicy slice of this 92% water summer superfood while it remains in season, but just remember the rule of thumb for melons: eat alone or leave alone.
2) Cucumber 
  • 96% water
3) Tomatoes 
  • About 93% water
4) cantaloupe 
  • 90% water
5) Peaches! 
  • 88% water
6) Apricots 
  • 86% water
7) plums 
  • 85% water

What you’re left with is no excuse not to be hydrated this summer. These local foods are my breakfast fruit bowl staples. I think by the pictures it’s easy to tell which fruit may just be my favourite…  They are all light foods, easily digestible, have natural sugars for a burst of energy while coupled with fibre to balance blood sugar, are alkalinizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and of course, super packed with water! But hurry: while supplies last.

Biting into this seasons hydration,

Suzanne Eden

When Fruit Becomes Toxic: The One Time To NEVER Eat Fruit

Fruit, in my biased opinion, is one of the most wonderful foods nature has to offer. If I could eat it all day, everyday, believe me, I would! Not only is it delicious but fruit is incredibly nutritious offering a fantastic source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and hydrating water. It is easy for your body to digest, freeing lots of your body’s energy for other functions. Fruit is alkaline and is a fantastic detoxifier. So you can imagine my surprise to find out that when you eat fruit is critical. There is, in fact, a time when this wonder food becomes toxic and very harmful to your body! It’s true, and this is the culprit for that uncomfortable gas, bloating, and other digestive issues after eating fruit. What I am about to share may shock you as it did me. So enjoy the slight jaw dropping experience and reap the benefits, not the toxins, of nature’s vibrant candy!

melon
What time should you avoid fruit?

The truth is, there is really only one time you should be eating fruit: on an empty stomach. This usually means first thing in the morning.

NOTE: If you feel discomfort from eating fruit even on an empty stomach, this is a sign of something more than poor food combining.

Why?
Fruit travels through your system so quickly that if trapped behind other food it will ferment in the high heat if your body. By the time it reaches your digestive tract (where you absorb the nutrients), the fruit will have become a rotting, toxic mess, devoid of nutrients. You won’t get all the good properties of fruit and instead get a whole lot of toxins, exactly what we are trying to avoid!


What does this mean for you?

This means that fruit should only be eaten on an empty stomach. And I know what you may be thinking; what about fruit as a healthy dessert? Turns out that isn’t such a healthy idea after all! But what better way to start your day than with a nice big bowl of delicious fruit? 🙂

fruit

The exceptions!

1) MELONS ARE AN EAT ALONE OR LEAVE ALONE: melons are mostly water and should be eaten away from other fruit. They pass through your system even faster and so they will also become toxic if caught behind other fruit.

2) Bananas, apples, coconut and dried fruit: these are heartier fruits which take a little longer to digest and are therefore typically okay to pair with other food (just not animal protein).
NOTE: dried fruit should be consumed in moderation. It has different properties than most fruit and will easily spike your blood sugar. Make it a special date for those dates 😉

So the order of eating fruit ranks like this:

  • Empty stomach
  • Melons
  • Most other fruit
  • Bananas, apples, coconut, dried fruit

I am still a self confessed fruit-aholic, just refined. Is it any wonder why I’m such a morning person? 😉