Even during a global pandemic, the longer days of summer have a certain magic. I love the celebratory feeling that comes with more relaxed living and every day feeling a little like Saturday. Too many Saturday nights, however, leave me feeling over-served and sporting a Covid-19 muffin top.
That’s why it’s so important to choose our beverages wisely; starting with the first beverage of each day. Many of the beverages we consume are dehydrating. Coffee, tea, soda, and alcohol are all dehydrating. Drinks containing added sugar or artificial ingredients are even worse for us. Complicating things further, for each dehydrating beverage we consume, we need to compensate by drinking 12-15 ounces of water. You can see how this could lead to living in a state of dehydration. If we start each day with a dehydrating beverage, we are in a deficit from the get-go. If we don’t replenish with water, the condition is compounded.
This is where my 10/10 rule comes into play. It’s a simple formula to help us stay properly hydrated — an essential form of well-care.
Wake up and sip the water
When we are asleep, our body is in a state of fast. The best way to end the fast is by rehydrating with 8-10oz of warm, or room temperature, water. Every morning our first beverage should be water.
Drink 10 oz of water an hour for 10 hours each day.
Our bodies are approximately 70% water. Set a timer on your phone to remind you to hydrate and sip water throughout the day to maintain proper hydration.
Besides staying well hydrated, we can clean-up our other liquid habits.
At The Culinary Cure™, I teach people how to take their habits and make them healthier. Summer sipping is no exception. When we drink sweet cocktails, sweetened teas, sugary coffee drinks, and sodas, the liquid sugars light up the pleasure centers in our brain. Sugar is addictive — kind of like opium; when we drink sweet, we crave sweet.
Liquid sugars are the worst because they quickly jack up our blood sugar and lead to weight gain and a host of other negative side effects. That’s why it’s so important to identify and ditch the sneaky sugars lurking in our beverages.
Let’s face it, during the summer, and especially during a global pandemic, we want to enjoy our adult beverages. We should also want to minimize their negative side effects. Proper hydration is the first step; knowing the right ingredients and sources for healthier options is the second.
We can take control of our sipping to look and feel our best.
- Choosing delicious natural wines with zero added sugar and none of the 250 allowable additives is a great choice that also supports sustainable agriculture. Wine lovers rejoice in wines that are better for us and better for the planet.
- Stressful times call for simple solutions. Banana peel sleep tea can help promote more restorative rest. This quirky recipe is a sleep tonic for a world turned upside down.
- By using the freshest and most flavorful ingredients we can create cocktails that are refreshing and healthier! Try my favorite cocktail, “The Chihuahua.”
This is our house drink. Tequila is unique among alcohols because its sugars are agavins. These sugars are non-digestible and act as a dietary fiber in the gastrointestinal tract. Because agavins are non-digestible, they do not spike blood glucose levels and can help regulate insulin production. Yay tequila! You are my friend!
- 2 oz Blanco Tequila organic if possible
- 1 oz fresh squeezed pink grapefruit juice
- 2 oz seltzer water
- 1 slice of Jalapeño or Serrano chili
- 1 lime wedge squeezed
- Mix first 3 ingredients in a glass with ice and stir.
- Add chili pepper and lime and enjoy!
Low in calories, high in vitamin C, loaded with electrolytes, potassium and bioflavonoids, grapefruit juice is a delicious and nutritious addition to healthier cocktails. The spicy addition of a Serrano or Jalapeño slices add the health benefitting alkaloid compound, capsaicin. Capsaicin has antibacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. This simple cocktail is refreshing and complex, making it the perfect all season sipper.