Dismantle The Waterarchy

So I hate water. I tell people I hate water and I always get the same excuses, “water is so refreshing it doesn’t even taste like anything nothing is better than icey cold water aren’t you worried you’re going to dehydrate and die” blah blah blah

LIES, ALL OF IT. Water does have a taste and that taste is “a giant waste of my time.” If i wanted to drink something that tastes like “nothing” I’d scoop some air into my cup and sip on that. And that’s just purified water, anything from tap that isn’t flavored in some way, shape or form straight up makes me sick.

But anyways, according to my doctor apparently I have been having dehydration problems, and I guess since water is “good for you” and “seriously Skylar you need to drink it or you will die” and whatever  I’m going to start drinking more of it. Here is my plan of action to keep me from dying:

Water drinking app

So I’m the type of person that likes to make everything in life a needless competition. What’s the point of living if you can’t be better at it than someone. Luckily there are apparently people that agree with that possibly unhealthy mentality and they have created an app (actually a few apps) for COMPETITIVE WATER DRINKIIIINNNGG (read that in the space jam announcer voice followed by that catchy electronic number) I’m using Hydro Coach for this which makes you sign in

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don’t leave sad balloon i promise to try harder

but there are a lot of other great water tracking apps that don’t require you to put anything in. I like this one since it let’s me post results to social media which is the best way for me to compare results with my friends, and also because it gives me ACHIEVEMENTS. I’ve been a dirty achievement whore since trophies were introduced on ps3, and I have to say, thank god for superfluous competitions and rewards.

Insulation Water Bottles

If there’s anything I hate more than water its room temperature water. Luckily refrigerators exist these days and you can live your life without ever having to put the disgusting substance anywhere near your mouth. Unfortunately self refrigerating glasses and water bottles don’t exist yet and I take way longer to drink my water than it takes to stop being cold and start being more urine-like in temperature. Instead of self refrigerating bottles I will take the next best thing, Insulated water bottles. The one I use is a Zojirushi, and it’s as cute as it is effective.
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It claims to be able to keep beverages hot or cold for 6 hours, but in my experience it works way longer than that. Maybe those are the hours it can keep your drinks super hot or super cold with no real temperature loss. I don’t know, all I know is I regularly go 12 hours or more with chilly water in this thing. It’s completely resistant to cooling or warming from outside too. I left this thing in the car for an hour on a balmy 103 July afternoon and when I got back in the bottle was really fucking hot and the drink was as cold as ever.

Not actually drinking water

Yeah don’t look at me. I hate water and I have made that abundantly clear; didn’t you think one of these entries was going to be about drinking things that aren’t completely water. I have been getting most of my water recently in the form of Gatorade powder mixes. I’d say probably 70% of my current water intake is in the form of Gatorade. I like the powder mixes because I can control how much Gatorade is actually in my water. I only use about 1/2 the regular amount when I mix so it’s not as bad as it could be.

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Look at how horrifically refreshing

Iced tea is responsible for a lot of my water intake too. I can’t keep a lot of it in the fridge since there’s not a ton of room, but it’s easily my favorite water substitute. And unlike Gatorade it doesn’t have any sugar in it since I prefer mine unsweetened. Green tea is my favorite, but there’s some awesome black tea flavors available like banana cream and peach pie.

I never liked those flavorings that you add to water. They all taste way too artificial so they’re not really an option for me. It sucks too because they’re really convenient to carry in your bag so you can flavor your horrifically boring water on the go.

Sparkling Water

This is my favorite option. It’s (arguably) the healthiest water avoiding option on the list since I’m not actually avoiding water at all when I use it. I have an unhealthy obsession with soda, and it’s not the necter of the gods syrup in soda that fuels this desire, but the fizziness. I love fiz, but obviously buying a ton of overpriced fizzy water wouldn’t be very cost effective. Instead I use a soda stream. Unfortunately, after 4 years of hard labor the base model I got for $50 broke and now I’m in the market for a new one.

I also love this option because when I’m sick and tired of water (always) I can add some juice to my carbonated water and suddenly it’s like a beautiful homeade soda that took 5 seconds of work. I usually juice my own fruits for this since they almost always taste better than the “100%” juices that you buy in stores that usually have other weird things in them. Pineapple is my absolute favorite, and when I do use store bought juice to mix it’s usually cranberry with some other increasingly weird fruit mixed in.

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Apparently called Italian Soda

So there you go, and incredibly long post about how I hate water, how I need to drink more and how I’m going to go about doing it. I hope I gave some of you water haters some ideas, and some of you boring water lovers some ways to spice up your vanilla drink existence.

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Updating and Tumblr and Updating Tumblr

After much trial and tribulation I have successfully connected my WordPress account to my tumblr account. Well, one of my tumblr accounts. I have a lot of them because I like to keep my interests separated and I’m too lazy to use tags. I linked this one to my fitness motivation tumblr and now you can see it on the side bar! I found out that you can pretty much only see pictures and the text only posts don’t show up so well so I’ll probably stick to tumbling only pictures on that blog from now on.

I wanted to connect to my tumblr because I find a lot of things on there that I like but not enough to actually write about, especially since pretty much everything on tumblr has already been written about and that’s kind of the point- sharing it. So now with it sitting happily in my sidebar I can share it with you! This will have a lot of different things in it from good food to good recipes to good exercise to good quotes. There’s just a lot of good in it, kind of like what I hope your life is full of right now.

In terms of clean eating I’ve been doing great! A lot of people like to make new year resolutions but I really don’t like to do that. I think it’s always a good time to change yourself, and I also think not being able to achieve your resolutions puts a lot of people down and makes it harder to complete them. I think there’s also the problem of people dropping their resolutions once they achieve them, kind of like when people go on a diet bu gain the weight back as soon as they drop it. Significant health and self changes are something that you need to always work toward, and not just do it for a couple months and then decide that’s good enough. I do think New Years Resolutions are a good place for come people to finally jump into what they’ve been trying to do for a long time, but if it’s not going your way just don’t give up! Success can only be measured by you, so if you feel like it’s all too much just go a little slower and eventually you’ll get where you want to go.

Anyways, here’s a picture from Halloween that has nothing to do with any of this. Put it into your eye-holes.

Friend Halloween

Easy Homemade Peanut Butter

This documentary right here is currently on Kickstarter, and it’s something I’m very interested in and think other people should be too. I wanted to try to bring a little more attention to it, because there’s only 6 more days to the Kickstarter and it’s so close to being funded!

This documentary highlights the ridiculous amounts of sugars and carbohydrates that have been advertised to us and snuck into our foods for the last several decades. It focuses mainly on the diabetes epidemic that has been spreading and what it is, exactly, that’s causing it. Just click the link and read about it on the Kikcstarter page, they even have a preview of their documentary available!

Now that my weekly advertising is out of the way, I made peanut butter! From scratch! It was super easy too, it only took three ingredients. The recipe I followed called for peanut oil, but like everything in the world I can do it with I substituted coconut oil. I got a super sweet peanut butter that is amazing and 100% pure.

15 oz. unsalted peanuts

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 teaspoon honey (or agave nectar, whatever is your thing)

1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (or peanut oil)

Alright I lied it took four. Now that trust issues have been formed, put peanuts, salt, and honey in a processor (I use my amazing nutribullet) and blend for about a minute. If it gets stuck shake it around a little (probably don’t do this if you’re using a big blocky processor)

Now add your delicious coconut oil a little at a time. I usually add it in half a tablespoon intervals and blend in between. Soon you will have creamy and delicious peanut buttery confection to add to bananas, breads, oatmeals, smoothies, or everything you eat for the next week.

Blending Everything In Sight With My Nutribullet

So I got a new kitchen utensil (which, conversely, means I have a new favorite thing!) It’s a Nutribullet, and if the name sounds like a familiar, and super awesome infomercial item, it’s because it is! It’s made by the same people that made the magic bullet, but it comes at a price that’s  almost twice as much. Luckily it’s also three times as strong and can blend nuts and seeds into dust. Literally.

Put me in your smoothies I’m nutritious

I’ve been thinking about making almond or apple butter in the nutribullet, since it can apparently do that, but let’s not go crazy yet.

I mostly just wanted something simpler to make smoothies with. My smoothie maker was large, second hand, cumbersome, and a pain to wash. If you remember from my earlier post I’ve been having a ton of unsweetened, natural smoothies. Nutribullet you just blend and rinse and you’re ready for the next smoothie. It’s so much better than the old, ginormous smoothie maker I was using. I just didn’t need that much smoothie at a time; I like to keep my stuff as fresh as possible.

The best way to eat seeds is uncooked, so what better way to implement them into my diet than through the magic of smoothies? That wasn’t a real question, there is no better way. Did you know Chia Seeds 3 times more iron than spinach, 6 times more calcium than milk, and 7 times more vitamin C than oranges? Now you know all those things.

That’s a lot of nutrition in a tiny amount of seeds. If you’re curious what other seeds are a good idea to incorporate into your diet, I used the post and this other post when I went shopping around for seeds to grind up into a fine powder.

“I secretly have more protein than an entire horse” – smoothie mix on right

I also put kale into every single one of my smoothies, because apparently that’s what healthy people are supposed to do. Have I mentioned before that I’m just winging this? My entire life these past two years has been pepsi and tacos, and before that I was living with a mother that was a chef/nutritionist. I was fed the right things, but I never paid any attention to what they were.

I kind of just buy fruits and vegetables that I think would taste good and blend them into my own abominations. I make a list of the “fruits with most nutritious benefits” or “vegetables that will make you almighty” that I find on the internet/ask my mom about. Then I just grab shit from it and blend. If something is universally accept as nutritious AND delicious I try to throw that in to whatever it is I’m blending at the time.

I’d blend the plate and spoon if my mom told me it would add fiber.

Soda Stream Into a Healthier Life

Man, do I love coconut oil. I debated talking about the amazing breakfast that I fry in coconut oil and it is my new favorite thing, or my soda streamer that is my lifesblood. I really want to talk about my new favorite breakfast, but my camera is not in hands reach so soda streamer it is!

I have this awesome thing called a soda streamer. You may have heard of it before, it’s pretty popular- especially in  Elder Bearman. This is the one I have!

I have the first and cheapest model. I got it pretty much the year it came out. Actually, in a spur of pure genius, my mom got it for me as a graduation gift. She knew I had an obsession with soda and got this for me as a healthier alternative. I’ve considered getting a nicer one since I’ve been using it for three years, but I don’t really have a need to. This one does everything it needs to perfectly: it makes water fizzy.

What you’re supposed to do with the soda streamer is carbonate your water then add one of their 60 or so flavors to the bottle that you fizz it in. I find their bottled flavors a little too processed and a little too gross. Honestly you might as well just be drinking regular soda, except this soda is grosser.

What I like to do is fizz up my water and pour it into a glass. I use about 2/3rd carbonated water, then I add some 100% fruit juice. I’ve mixed unsweetened tea into too, and really I’m going to think pretty much anything carbonated is great so I’m a little biased.

I think I mentioned my soda addiction before. I usually had about three or four cans of it a day minimum. I knew if I wanted to feel better I was going to have to stop drinking it all the time. So I did, I stopped cold turkey. Luckily I had this lovely beauty to keep me from dying of dehydration.

I have never been good at drinking water. Tap water makes me gag. It might have to do with some seriously bad tap water fro our city I experienced a lot when I was little. I can drink filtered water, but I hate it and it needs to be ice cold or I am supremely unhappy. However, I am completely capable of drinking seltzer water. I am especially capable of drinking seltzer water with juice mixed in.

If you find yourself having trouble cutting soda from your diet, this is the way to go. This completely satiates every craving I have for soda. It’s a great alternative, and a healthy alternative. Not just for you but for the environment too. I would fill garbage bags with cans and plastic bottles, but I don’t anymore!

My friend told me mixing syrups and juices with the seltzer water was called Italian Soda. I’d never heard this term before, but I sound so gourmet now.

My Life is Smoothies

I tried to get a donut on my way to work. In a moment of weakness I couldn’t take the lack of baked goods any longer. Justin was driving, and I asked him to make the turn off to the exit that leads to soft, delicious donuts. He proceeded to shout “I’LL BE YOUR ROCK” over my pleas for donuts until we passed the exit. He’s a good man.

But that is not the theme of today. The theme of today is smoothies, and how they have pretty much replaced everything else in my life recently. They’re so easy to make and they fill me up. I just drop in some peaches, yogurt and ice in a blender then chop it up until it’s all liquid. Can life be any easier?

I made a tropical blend too out of frozen fruits. It was mango, pineapple, strawberries, and delicious. I pretty much poured everything in the fridge into this one; yogurt, orange juice, almond milk. It was really good but significantly more difficult to make than the one that’s just peaches and yogurt.

Yesterday my friend showed me an ice cream maker that was exactly the same one I had been looking at before while I was in Target. You just put some fruits in and it makes a sorbet. I want one. Especially with how obsessed I’ve been with smoothies recently. I’ve been trying to cure my sweet tooth and smoothies was a great idea, but this will also help me cure my ice cream craving.

I’ve been considering just getting a multi-purpose juicer that also makes sorbets from fruits. A juicer is something I have recently felt needs to be in my life, so this would be a great way to kill two birds with one stone.

Straw ba ba ba ba berry….strawberry shortcake

My keurig came in the mail (a day earlier than expected!) and I found out the refillable cup I bough so that I could use my own beans didn’t fit. Hmmm. My boyfriend’s mom has a Keurig, so we’ll probably end up giving it to her. We ran up to Target where they, luckily, had a very highly rated one in stock. I also got some mocha coconut and some strawberry shortcake beans. Holy shit you guys, the strawberry shortcake coffee is sooooo good. It’s apparently one of Starbucks seasonal brews. There are three of them(?), and they look like they have little smiley faces on the bags.

Too cute and too delicious not to drink. I loved the flavor so much I ended up drinking it black. I’m probably going to end up getting the coconut flavor to try to. I’m a huge fan of coconut. It’s just such a common flavor compared to Strawberry Shortcake that there wasn’t even a real decision on which one I should get. To boot, my new Keurig made this flavor amazingly. The coffee was as good at my Tassimo or french press. There was no plastic-y smell like one other model I have used in the past; just the delicious smell of what could easily be mistaken as strawberry shortcake baking in the oven. Or whatever you do to make strawberry shortcake. I don’t actually know. Though considering I know what parts make it up it’s probably not baked at all.

But this smells like baked strawberry shortcake.

I’m going to make some iced coffee with it soon, and I can’t wait! I always start by freezing some coffee into an ice cube tray so I can have my iced coffee anytime I want it. I always use fresh brewed coffee, but this is a good way to get rid of excess coffee you might have in the pot. I like to flavor it with almond milk and vanilla. Vanilla extract is actually pretty alright for you. Vanilla extract is just vanilla beans soaked in alcahol, so you can even make your own. My grandmothers and aunts make some pretty banging vanilla extract. The smell helps to calm nerves, relieve stress, and cure nausea. It can also help women regulate their periods a bit better. Vanilla extract is like my family.