Hydraton Experiment Month 1

hydration before and afterOne of my resolutions for the year was to get proper hydration.  I have seen others try this and post their results, but I wanted to see for myself if drinking enough water throughout the day could truly lead to a more youthful appearance and weight loss.  Here is my beginning photograph (a closeup of the eye area) as a baseline for where we started.  I will post a new photo and weight update in one month’s time.  If I notice any other health effects from this experiment I will note those as well.  I have decided to do this experiment for 4 months reporting the difference after each month, instead of for only doing this for one month posting after each week.  Hopefully by the end of the 4 months, proper hydration will become a habit.

I decided to start this experiment at the end of January because I started a new exercise and food regimen at the start of the year.  I needed to learn what the results of doing that for a month were first so I could know what the difference is from the water alone.

I was inspired to try this experiment from this article:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2480491/How-drinking-litres-water-day-took-years-face.html

Garden Salad Pizza

gluten free pizzaIngredients:
1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. sugar free pizza sauce
garlic and basil to taste
8 dandelion leaves
*any other vegetables
that you desire.
1 tbsp psyllium (optional)

This is a lighter version of our regular crustless pizza. I enjoyed the regular version so much that I found myself eating it almost every day and I wanted to figure out a way to still enjoy it while getting more vegetables into my diet. Use organic ingredients wherever you can of course! This makes a great low carb lunch or dinner.

Preheat griddle (very important or the cheese will stick). Place 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella in a circle in the center of the griddle and cover with a tablespoon of psyllium husks. Add the sugar free pizza sauce in an even layer on top. Add additional garlic and basil as desired. Check the pizza frequently to ensure that the bottom layer of cheese forms a crust, but does not burn (it should turn a nice golden brown). Begin to push in the sides, making a more even edge and freeing the pizza from the griddle. Remove to a plate and top with raw dandelion leaves and any of your other favorite vegetables. Top with the remaining mozzarella. Allow to cool slightly before cutting and serving. Enjoy!

P.S. Drink plenty of water with this so that the psyllium can do its job. Just read the directions on the package of psyllium to find out what their recommended water intake is to take with 1 tbsp.

This recipe for a grain free and gluten free pizza is based on our regular crustless pizza recipe here: http://liskabora.com/grain-free-pizza/

Vitamin C Body Spray

Tightening body sprayIngredients:
2 tbsp. Vitamin C powder
2 tbsp. Everclear
6 drops Lemon Essential Oil
6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
6 drops Cypress Essential Oil
6 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
Water (as needed to fill bottle)

Vitamin C is well known for its skin tightening abilities. Since I intend to lose some weight this year, I made this spray to help the skin on my stomach stay tight as the weight comes off.

Mix together the vitamin C powder and Everclear with a small amount of water. Allow the Vitamin C to completely dissolve before adding any of the other ingredients. Add six drops each of the lemon (contains d-Limonene which helps your body convert its fat to energy), grapefruit (also contains d-Limonene), cypress (improves circulation, helps with cellulite) and rosemary (improves circulation, helps with cellulite) essential oils to your vitamin C base. Pour into a spray bottle (maybe 8 oz size) and fill to the top with water. Shake to mix before each use. Spray onto body areas of concern after showering.

Warning: Do not use this spray if you are pregnant. Do not use on skin that may be exposed to sunlight as the Vitamin C and some of the essential oils may make you photosensitive after use. Do not use on broken skin. Make sure you test on a small area of skin prior to use to make sure you don’t react badly to any of the ingredients. Do not use on skin being treated with Retinol or any other treatments. People with darker skin should be careful of any bleaching effects this mixture might have. Also be careful not to get this on any darker colored fabrics as the Vitamin C can bleach them.

DIY Body Wrap

diy body wrapIngredients:
6″ ace bandages
Plastic wrap
1 tbsp. Bentonite Clay
1 tbsp. Epsom Salt
1 tbsp. Shea Butter
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Witch Hazel
1 tbsp. Water (for dissolving Epsom)
6 drops Vitamin E
3 drops Lemon Essential Oil
3 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
3 drops Cypress Essential Oil
3 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Put the Epsom salt, water and witch hazel together in a small sauce pan and heat while mixing until the Epsom has completely dissolved. Add in the bentonite clay, shea butter and olive oil to this mixture and combine until smooth. Add three drops each of the lemon (contains d-Limonene which helps your body convert its fat to energy), grapefruit (also contains d-Limonene), cypress (improves circulation, helps with cellulite) and rosemary (improves circulation, helps with cellulite) essential oils and mix thoroughly.

Slather the finished mixture on the areas you would like to wrap and cover with the plastic wrap. Apply the ace bandages on top of the plastic wrap to keep everything in place and add some gentle (keep it gentle, don’t over-do it) compression. I like using the ace bandages with the Velcro ends so I don’t get stabbed by the hooks. The 6″ wide bandages work better for this application than the thinner ones. Leave on for about an hour, making sure to drink plenty of filtered water. Any left over mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer term storage.

Warning: Do not use these wraps if you are pregnant. Do not use on skin that may be exposed to sunlight as some of the essential oils may make you photosensitive after use. Do not use on broken skin. Make sure you test on a small area of skin prior to use to make sure you don’t react badly to any of the ingredients.


Credit for the idea of making these at home goes to the folks at craftbits.com

Blood Type Diet

We just ordered some books on the blood type diet and although we haven’t had a chance to read though everything fully yet, from what we have read so far some of the guidelines make sense based on things our family members cannot eat. We will explore this further in the coming months and post our results (a modified version of course since it doesn’t match perfectly for a vegetarian diet).

Elimination Diet


This is a great explanation of how gluten can affect the body and how to do an elimination diet. Knowing how your body reacts to different foods can be very empowering, especially when it helps you regain your good health. Elimination diets have helped me discover other foods that I need to avoid in addition to just gluten. By keeping my diet clean I feel more in control of my health, comfort and well being. Of course, do not do anything like this without consulting your doctor first.

I have no plans on eating gluten in Europe however… it has taken far too long for my body to heal from all of the damage to risk eating it just to see what happens. Why would he suggest that? Why?!