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Most people know they should be drinking more water, so why don't they? A recent survey showed that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. It's no coincidence that many of us feel tired, sluggish, and foggy as well. While nutrition and exercise play a large part in our overall health, many people neglect to prioritize hydration alongside their other wellness efforts or are drinking too many caffeinated or sugary beverages and diets high in sodium.

Here are some of the best reasons to drink more water and some of the ways you can easily improve your health through getting more H2O.

1. Keep it Balanced

About 60% of your body is made up of water, if you aren't drinking enough, your body doesn't have enough for basic functions like regulating your temperature and digesting food.

2. Weight Loss

Now that I have your attention, most often when people feel hungry, they are actually experiencing thirst. Next time you're hungry, try drinking a full glass of water and waiting around 15 minutes before eating a meal or snack. Water also has zero calories and when swapped with higher calorie drinks, can help you lose weight. Plus, water can increase your body's fat-burning ability and promotes the breakdown and elimination of fat cells. Are you sold yet?

3. More Energy

One major side effect of dehydration is fatigue, next time you have that afternoon energy slump and think about reaching for another cup of coffee, try having a cold glass of water and going for a short walk.

4. Better Focus

Dehydration has been shown to put stress on cognitive functioning and linked to decreases in concentration and short-term memory and even increase anxiety and irritability. Prolonged dehydration can cause persistent symptoms, meaning that cognitive function in some cases was compromised even after adequate hydration was reached.

5. Smooth moves

Drinking adequate water helps your digestive system work more smoothly. It will also help your body break down food more effectively and help boost your metabolism.

6. Clear complexion

Water can help flush toxins out of the body that can build up and lead to skin congestion and acne. Water will also help hydrate your skin from the inside out helping it look more plump and radiant.

7. Rock your workout

Intense cardio and weight lifting sessions can make you break a sweat, which means you are losing electrolytes and fluids that make it harder for your muscles to perform. By replenishing those fluids, your muscles, which are 75% water, won't fatigue as quickly and your body can recover faster meaning you can hit that next workout just as hard.

If that isn't enough to convince you, water is delicious! If you need to mix it up, non-caffeinated beverages can count towards your water total like sparkling water and herbal tea. For even more flavor or an extra boost, tablets like Nuun can help replenish electrolytes to give you that extra boost! Even choosing a fun water bottle, setting reminders on your phone and keeping your water in eyesight can help you stay on track.

Happy hydrating!

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Updated: a day ago

I really look forward to fall for the leaves changing, pumpkin everything, and all of the delicious and nutritious foods that are in season during this transition. Or at least that's what I tell myself to cope with the colder, shorter days :)

I love eating salads year round but I don't love just noshing on cold, raw veggies in the winter. There's a reason you crave cooling foods that are high in water in the summer like watermelon and cucumber and warming foods in the winter like soups and certain spices like cinnamon we commonly see in dishes and baked goods. There is also some evidence to show that by eating warming foods, less energy is required to create heat in the digestive tract and thus, leaves more energy for digestion and allows the body to better absorb it's nutrients.

From a nutrition standpoint, this salad achieves balance with a plant based protein (farro), a leafy green (kale), an acid for digestion (vinegar), healthy fats (oil and nuts), warming spices (cinnamon), and seasonal produce (kale, squash and apple). Yay!

This salad comes together easily and can be your main dish or an easy side. Serve this beauty right away or keep in the fridge for a few days. I recommend warming for a tiny bit in the microwave if taking directly out of the fridge (if you're ok with using this, a quick nuke shouldn't affect the nutrients too much) or just letting sit at room temperature for a bit before eating.

Let me know if you make it, and how you like it! Do you enjoy this time of year? What's your favorite squash?

Hearty Harvest Salad

Prep Time : 10 minutes | Total time : 20 minutes | 4 servings

Ingredients :

1 large bag of pre-washed kale or 2 heads of kale washed and de-stemmed

1/2 large butternut squash

1 honeycrisp or other seasonal apple

3/4 cup farro

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

1 teaspoon cinnamon

5 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1.5 tablespoons dijon mustard

Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions :

1. Preheat oven to 425. Peel and cube butternut squash into 1/2 inch pieces, toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, a dash of salt & pepper, and cinnamon. Place in oven for about 20 minutes until cooked and browned, stir once.

2. Fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil, add farro. Boil for 10 minutes and drain excess water, allow to cool.

3. While squash is cooking, place kale in a large bowl and drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and vinegar and begin to massage. Work the oil and vinegar into the leaves for a few minutes until they soften and darken in color.

4. Chop apple into 1/2 inch cubes and toss with kale. Add cooked farro to bowl and toss to combine. Add chopped walnuts.

5. Remove squash from oven, allow to cool slightly and combine with other salad ingredients.

6. Combine remaining olive oil, vinegar, mustard and salt & pepper to taste and pour over salad, stir to coat.

7. Enjoy!

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Fall is here ya'll and I am diving into the comforting, warm foods. Roasting is one of my favorite ways to cook veggies at this time of year because you can infuse a lot of flavor and use them in practically everything.

I love using butternut squash because not only is it delicious, but packed with vitamin A, with 1 cup boasting almost 300% of your daily dose! It also has vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, and manganese. This dish combines also uses a whole grain, nuts and some fruit for a vitamin packed, fiber full dish with just a hint of sweetness and some plant based protein. Enjoy!

Photo by Sara Dubler on Unsplash


1 butternut squash – peeled and cubed

2 cups brussels sprouts

1 cup quinoa

2 cups kale

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1 cup whole pecans

1/2 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 425. Halve brussels sprouts and cut off ends, combine with butternut squash and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper and spread across baking sheet roast for about 20-25 minutes, stirring once.

2. Bring water to a boil and add quinoa, cook for about 10 minutes or until al dente.

3. Combine quinoa, kale, roasted veggies, pecans and cranberries, toss with maple syrup serve immediately.

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