Saturday, April 28, 2012

Drink plenty of pure Water

How are you doing with your new Paleo habits? Are you steadily eating away at that elephant? Remember you need to keep reminding yourself until it becomes automatic.

Now that you have your food under control, it's time to work on the Primal Lifestyle habits.

You should work on these habits only once all the 10 easy steps to becoming a Permanent Paleo Eater  are an automatic part of your everyday life.  Don't try to do everything at once or you will feel overwhelmed.

When you feel comfortable, then it's time to work on the next step. But not before. Don't rush this. Remember Kaizen is about changing your life one tiny step at a time.

Check the list here. If you are still working on some of these habits then keep on doing that until you no longer need to think about them.  Only then are you ready to move on.  Nobody is rushing you and nobody is keeping track.  This is YOUR plan and you decide when you're ready.

"A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step"

. .... then another, and another.... Take your time, do it right, and you'll build a solid base for a lifetime of easy and healthy Paleo living.

So now on to the Lifestyle habits ......

Habit # 1 -  Get plenty of pure water

Our first lifestyle habit is about getting enough water because this is truly the most important thing we as humans need.  According to most experts your body is 60 to 70% water. You can live for a long time without food, but without water your body can only last a matter of hours.

However, contrary to popular opinion, this does NOT mean drinking 8 glasses of water a day.  This rule has now been proven to be wrong and drinking too much water can do more harm than good.

Water needs vary from individual to individual,  and when  you eat Paleo you are naturally getting a lot of water in  your foods, so as long as you drink water when you are thirsty you should be fine.  In his post on water which you can read here, Mark Sisson says that drinking a lot of water is greatly overrated. One of the reasons people who don't eat Paleo may require more water is because eating a lot of carbohydrates makes you thirstier.

Also it is a fallacy that coffee, tea and wine dehydrate you.  In fact they do actually count as part of your water intake as well, so if you don't care for drinking plain water drinking green or herbal teas is a good alternative.  These also have many health benefits as you can read in my post here.

What I think is more important than how much water you drink is where you get that water.

The first thing is to make sure you eat enough water containing foods, and if you eat a lot of vegetables and fruits you will have that covered.

The second thing is to make sure that the water you supplement with is not full of chlorine, which is why reverse osmosis water is recommended.  Do not go to the other extreme and drink distilled water because this has has a lot of beneficial minerals removed.

As for how you transport your water, this is another area of concern.  Plastic bottles are not only very harmful for the environment, they are also harmful for you. Drinking water that has spent any length of time in a plastic bottle has been shown to be affected adversely by the plastic.

So what do I suggest?

First of all, for travel get a good water container.  You can buy special plastic bottles that are safe for water at most sports stores now.  These are also refillable which is better for the environment.

I personally like the metal water bottle I got here.  It's not expensive ($15.49 for the large one) keeps my water cool for a long time even in hot weather, and best of all, doesn't get any condensation on it so it doesn't feel wet each time I pick it up. I was in the car for over eight hours driving in very hot weather one day, and when I went to empty my bottle after the trip there was still ice in it.  I find this bottle ideal for taking with me in my car or on my bike holder.

As for at home, there are two options.  The first is to get a good reverse osmosis water filter for your tap water.  You can now get small ones that will not cost you a fortune, and this will ensure that you will have all the water you need without having to buy any plastic jugs.

If you are lucky enough to have a good reverse osmosis water supplier in your town as I do, you can buy a water stand like mine that gives you ice cold water as well as hot water for your tea.  I buy my water in refillable 5 gallon glass water jugs which, though heavier than plastic, are much more environmentally friendly and better for me as well.  I admit that this was a bit of an investment to start with, but considering I have used it several times a day every day for over 5 years now, it has ended up being one of the best investments I've ever made.

So this first lifestyle habit is to look at your water intake.  Eat a lot of water rich foods, drink green or herbal tea each day, and make sure you have pure drinking water available at home as well as an environmentally friendly container for transporting it with you when you go out.

When you make sure that both you and your family have a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly water supply available, you can pat yourself on the back and say .......

 “Life isn't about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   - George Bernard Shaw

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