May 28, 2016

Trying a Detox Concoction

I have to admit I am a Pinterest junkie. Every morning I wake up, get the family moving, and head to Pinterest to see what's new on my feed. The other day there was a pin about a drink you make from a wide variety of ingredients. The title boasted that it would rid you of your "Boring" drooping belly.

Well, I ran right out and picked up the ingredients I didn't already have stashed in my cabinet.

I have had two kids. My stomach is not what it used to be. And, to be perfectly honest, I have not been exercising like I used to. I just got over a bout of bursitis in my hip that has been quite the pain in the butt.

This detox recipe pin was from another blogger here on blogspot, Water-Detox. But it seems they got the recipe from another site called Home Healthy Recipes. I actually found the recipe, or a version of it, a lot of places, so forgive me if I don't give everyone a little credit.

Today, May 28, 2016, I'm trying it for the first time. I'm posting this because when I did my due diligence to research the concoction, no one posted any results or even if they tried the drink.

Here's the recipe:

1/2 tbsp Tumeric powder
1/2 tbsp Ginger powder
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
5 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Stevia
1 liter water

Boil the water. Let it sit 5 minutes to cool. While it cools put the other ingredients in a container then pour the water over them. Mix. Drink over the course of the day.

Here's what it looks like:

Now you're supposed to drink this every day for ten days. I read varying accounts about how you drink it over the course of the day. One reply to the Water-Detox blog said drink one cup a day. I don't think that's right. Unless they were telling how they did it. The original posting says to drink the mix over the course of the day.

I'm going to do it over the day. In the morning I'm going to drink it warm, like hot coffee or tea. In fact, I'm drinking it as I write this. I'm thinking of replacing my morning coffee with it because I rather like the flavor over bitter coffee.

About the flavor. It's spicy. I like spicy food, so that's a good thing for me. You can also taste the lemon very well. To be honest, I only put in 1/2 tsp, instead of 1 tbsp, of the Stevia because I don't like those sweeteners. But I can taste a hint of the sweetness.

When I first tasted the drink, it reminded me of the hot and sour soup you get a a really good old Chinese restaurant (just the broth). It does have a bit of texture because of the amount of spices you put in there.

After the first few sips I started feeling a warming sensation in my stomach. This feeling gradually increased as I drank. Toward the end I started feeling really full. In fact, I don't think I want to eat any breakfast.

Just for the sake of shortening this post, I linked the ingredients in the recipe to the benefits of each. You should do your due diligence to research before you try something like this. I am not a doctor, so I can't give you any health information or diagnose anything. I'm just posting my thoughts here.

Speaking of which, I am starting this over Memorial Day weekend. My husband is home all weekend, plus Monday, just in case anything happens to me.

I'll post an update in 10 days or so...UPDATE HERE.

May 3, 2016

Hail Storms Across Texas

Texas has been getting plummeted by weather lately. Between floods and hail, insurance companies are bogged down with claims. Up until last Saturday we had a run of good luck avoiding damage.

Early Saturday morning my husband bolted from our bed. I could hear thunder and hail pounding our home. Then crashing and cracking noises filled my ears. It was evident when lightening lit up the sky, our home was suffering.

In the daylight we found both skylights cracked. Three sides of our vinyl siding destroyed. And the roofs on all three structures on our property are done for. All three cars got pelted and we lost two windshields.

The insurance adjuster came out yesterday. Homeowners does not cover the damage to the vehicles. Guess what? We just canceled the full coverage auto a few months ago. Go figure. 

Well, the next few weeks there's going to be a lot of construction activity around here. But that's okay because our home deserves to continue to look good. I just hope the contractor we hire does a good job.

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