{lemony} love

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I've mentioned a couple of times on here that I like to try to kick off my morning with a jar full of lemon water {thinly slice a lemon, drop it into a large mason jar, fill with water, leave it on your bedside table over night and enjoy first thing when you wake up} and I thought I'd share with all of you the rational behind this little morning ritual.

So, why is lemon water on an empty stomach so great?

Here are a few of my top picks:

1) Vitamin and Mineral Boost

Lemons are loaded, obviously, with vitamin C {immune booster} and, maybe a little less obviously, potassium {google this one...huge role in our bodies' health}, vitamin B {energy boost}, riboflavins {tissue repair, growth and development} and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium {important for strong bones}.

2) Detox

Lemon juice supports liver function by strengthening liver enzymes, regulating carbohydrate levels in our blood and aiding new enzyme creation. I don't think I need to tell you how crazy important our livers are, so give it a boost...especially in light of the recent Stampede debauchery our fair city was witness to!

3) Alkalize

Oddly enough, lemons are very alkalizing to the body and blood. And, man oh man, alkalizing foods are so good for us. Seriously, this could be a whole other, huge post. If you have some free time, it's worth reading up on, but in the mean time I will leave you with one MAJOR point to consider:
- our bodies function best in an alkaline state and, here it comes, cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment...so, yeah, neutralizing the pH in our bodies is a pretty decent idea

4) Digestive Aid

Lemon juice helps the digestive system to flush out unwanted crap {haha!}. Lemon juice also encourages the production of bile which is necessary for the digestion of fats.

5) More Vitamin C

Vitamin C is SO good but is often only known for being an immune booster. Here's what else it does for our bodies:

- acts as an anti-oxidant

- helps production of neurotransmitters and hormones

- forms collagen

- helps prevent cardiovascular disease

6) The way we start each day is incredibly important and when I have my jar of lemon water right there next to my bed, I am guaranteed that my very first act each morning is a healthy and beneficial one. I find I also just wake up a little bit slower and more gently as I don't rush around the moment I roll out of bed...I just prop myself up, sip my lemon water and enjoy some moments of peace and quiet.

Also good for the body/soul? Not one, but TWO trips to the ranch last week!

The following two pictures do not meet the gator's safety code of conduct!

This is what they do when we ask them to "smile big for Grama".

Rush hour at the ranch.

Cutting hay with Cowpa.

My dad's so handsome!


  1. Wow, some really amazing pics there! I love the one of B with just cowpa's hand on his head. And, the kids look demented when they "smile for grama".

  2. wonderful photos!
    i gotta try this lemon thing!

  3. Dude, you're a brilliant writer and photographer!!! I gotta ask...what lens are you using for the photos in this post? I need something with a wider angle than my 30 mm 1:1.4. What would you suggest?
    ps. i really don't know shit about taking photos - all trial and error so this is me attempting to sound cool and in-the-know. ;)
    Love your blog. Janita

    1. Oh man. Thank you SO much for your kind words! I love this whole little blogging scene, so it's good to hear that other people {beyond my mom} are enjoying it too!

      Almost all of my photos are shot with my 18-200mm Nikon lens...it's pretty much perfect for every situation. And here's a highly technical photography trick I like to use...drop your camera super low for an extra wide angle-ish look, like, laying-on-my-tummy-on-the-ground low. And, honestly? Some of my very favourite shots have been taken when I am too lazy to even look through my viewfinder and just kind of prop my camera on the ground and shoot in the general direction of the wee men!

      Thanks again!



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