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My Thoughts on Lemon Water

I started to develop rituals and habits as I was learning how to heal my gut and nourish my body. I experimented with lemon or apple cider vinegar (ACV) in my water every morning. Although drinking I found that apple cider vinegar, as suggested by my nutritionist, works best with my particular digestion. However, when this option is not available, I LOVE to drink lemon water. I found that it helps kickstart my digestion, acts as a natural laxative, and gives me a glow.

Guess what! The high vitamin C content in lemons help the skin, neutralize free radicals (a.k.a. build immunity), and helps the function of other major organ systems in the body, so no wonder I stared to feel better once I incorporated it in my diet.

MORNING:

Every morning I either have ACV or squeeze half a lemon by hand or with a lemon squeezer in 32 oz of warm water and chug it first thing after I wake up.

AFTERNOON/ EVENING:

On mornings that I do not have lemon in my water, I like to have it in a hot cup of water before lunch or dinner. The reason for this is to aid my stomach in producing acids to help digest my food.

Whenever I go out to a restaurant, I ALWAYS ask for hot water and a slice of lemon. I always drink this throughout my meal, making sure it is at this temperature. Anything warm also helps your digestive system turn on and work more efficiently to breakdown your food. I have been doing this ever since I was a teenager (I am not even kidding)because I found that it settled my stomach.

TAKEAWAYS:

I am a fan of lemon water.

The only downside is that I find that if I have it too often or too much of it, then the acidity irritates my stomach. Sometimes I have it everyday (once a day) for a week or two at hand, and then take a break for a few weeks. Overall, I find that it helps, especially with a warm base.

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Food is Fuel and Heals You

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Hippocrates

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What you eat affects the way you show up on a day-to-day basis. Whatever you digest turns into energy for your body to use. Food is supposed to nourish you, and when your gut is not absorbing the right nutrients, you will not be able to perform and function at your greatest potential.

Finding a balance with food was something I battled with during my cancer journey. During treatment I lost all sense of taste and the foods I used to enjoy, and I was unable to eat any raw vegetables and fruits, foods that I usually opted for to give me energy. Everything made me nauseous, and between the bottles of steroids I had taken on a daily basis and my infusion cocktail, my gut biome was imbalanced and my body was unable to absorb the nutrients it needed.

It was not until I ended all treatment that I was able to reclaim my health and vitality through FRESH FOOD! Eating clean, organic food has been the best proponent in changing the way I show up every day. You are what you eat, and if you are eating well, then you are fueling the cells that fuel you.

In Power to Persevere, I share a story about how a fellow childhood cancer survivor and friend, Nicole Foster, used food to fuel her after she was done with chemotherapy. She was able to find the strengths in diet, transition her daily intake of food, and reclaim her health and well-being.

Nicole began to eat real, nourishing, whole, plant-based foods and began to incorporate exercise, such as yoga and running, into her daily routine. She started to feel more alive and comfortable in her own skin. With her daily practices of prayer, creative engagement, and positive affirmations, adding this lifestyle change was the missing ingredient to the recipe. She was able to finally persevere. Because of this, she was inspired to use this fuel to help share her grace with others.

“I was given the gift of survival, and two-years post-cancer treatment, I realized I wasn’t living up to my potential. I lost sixty pounds, and my healthier diet made me more…..”

You can read the rest in Chapter 14 here.

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With love,

AC

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