Detox Waters

I know we’ve all woken up feeling gross, no energy, and super bloated. For me, most of these kinda of mornings are when I drank just a little too much the night before. Today was just one of those mornings, so I decided to sit down and share my tips. I have a few secrets for feeling 1000 times better the next morning and this is just one of them. Detox water is so good for you because it helps flush out all the toxins and “bad” food or drinks from the day or week before. I’m going to show you guys 4 of my favorite detox waters, all with yummy fruits and things to spice up your mornings! *Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, this is just what works for ME, and if you’re allergic to any of these please find alternatives that work for you.*

Lemon & Cayenne 

I’m sure you have all heard of this “cleanse” or detox before. It is not a secret, this is a very well-known detox water because of all of its benefits. Cayenne is basically a kick starter to your metabolism, instantly you can feel less bloated and honestly everything you eat throughout the day passes quicker through your system. Now, let’s be honest, some days I just cannot convince myself to put that extra cayenne in and I do plain lemon water. It happens, don’t beat yourself up, lemon water by itself also makes for a great detox and honestly a debloater (I think i just made up a word, but that’s okay LOL).

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Okay, maybe I just love lemon in my water, but it’s also good for you so who cares. The raspberry adds sweetness to this water but it’s not overpowering. I love this water on a day that I’m feeling very low energy. It helps push me throughout the day honestly. Mint is a great stress reliever, so I’ve also had this at night before bed to just kind of wind down my day.

Spa Water

This so rehydrating! I cannot stress this enough, when your body is dehydrated is doesn’t function as well as it should. Cucumber’s hydrating properties just makes your body and your skin look so much better. More importantly it helps your tummy feel its best. Just a few slices in your water and you’re good to go. Why is it called spa water? Think about a relaxing trip to a spa. Probably one the first things you will see when you walk in will be cucumber water. It’s relaxing, helping your skin, and making your tummy feel its best all in one.

Strawberry, Mint, Lemon, Cucumber, and Apples

I know this sounds like a lot but just hear me out. We’ve already talked about cucumber, lemon, and mint so I wont talk too much about those. I will tell you about strawberries. This is probably th easiest fruit to add to your water. I mean, who doesn’t like strawberries? They’re sweet and packed with Vitamin C, it’s the best of both worlds. Apples, personally I like to go for green apples, have amazing antioxidants. I like the green ones because they’re a little less sweet and add a bit of tart. This balances out with the sweetness of the strawberries.

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Road Trip Do’s and Don’ts

Traveling to a new city seems so exciting, until you begin thinking about all the details. Will you fly? Is it close enough to drive? How many hours am I willing to travel? Or, like in my case, the budget just isn’t big enough for a last-minute flight. My latest road trip took 17 HOURS. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of road trips. I love stopping and being able to take the “scenic route”, but what happens when your 10 hour trip turns into 17?  You start to get a little moody and tired.

These are my tips to make your trip fun but not take too long.

DO Bring pillows & blankets. 

Trust me, no one can drive for 10 straight hours by themselves. Whether it is your spouse, friends, or family, it IS okay to say you need a break. You don’t have to fall asleep but being cozy and comfy is definitely a plus. This is especially necessary if you’re driving somewhere cold.

DONT Stop every hour.

Plan out your stops, check your gas tank, and don’t drink a gallon of water in the car. Especially if you’re traveling with a group of friends who may not need to stop so much. This will probably cause tension during the rest of the ride. If there are sightseeing spots, plan them out and make sure EVERYONE is on board.

DO Take a million pictures.

Even if people make fun of you for it, keep taking them. When you look back at your trip, you and everyone else will love those memories.

DONT Leave your personal belongings behind. 

Please make sure before you leave the rest stop that you have EVERYTHING. It’s inconvenient to everyone with you and especially annoying when you realize three hours later and you have to turn around. This is why my trip became 17 hours long by the way.

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(My boyfriend Richard/ Destination: Jacksonville, North Carolina)