Saturday, July 14, 2012

water

picture: ecowomen.net



water is something that fascinates me. it is part of our body and if we run low we feel ill. so here some great tips:

staying hydrated during exercise, and throughout our busy day

It can be difficult to remember to drink enough water every day, but it is even more difficult to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. Here are a few easy tips to help you reach your water intake:

start after waking up:

• Morning is when you are most dehydrated and full of toxins.
• After several hours of sleep, help your body flush out toxins by drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning.
• Soon after that, drink 4 more glasses.
• You can add to your water fresh lemon or ginger root for better taste and health.

we don`t rely on coffee, tea or sodas to provide for your fluids:

• If you are cold, drink warm water with herbs or lemon, ginger and honey instead of dehydrating coffee and tea.
• If you drink coffee, tea or sodas with caffeine, you will need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages "leech" from your system.

healthy habits:

Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water every one hour and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
• Drink a glass of water when you get up and another when you go to bed.
• Take regular water breaks.
• Use either bottled water or tap water, and carry it with you everywhere.
• Start by adding water to your daily regiment during the first week, and then incorporate more as needed.
• The point is not to wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
• Don't wait until you are thirsty to have a drink; you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.
water before and after meals:

• Ideally drink a glass of water half an hour before you eat your meal and half an hour after the meal.
• You can drink water with meals, and drink water anytime your body feels like it.
• You should always drink water prior to eating, and after eating, to support the digestive process.
• The stomach depends on water to help digest food, and lack of water makes it harder for nutrients to be broken down and used as energy.
The liver, which dictates where all nutrients go, also needs water to help convert stored fat into usable energy.
• If you are dehydrated, the kidneys turn to the liver for backup, diminishing the liver’s ability to metabolize stored fat.
• The resulting reduced blood volume will interfere with your body’s ability to remove toxins and supply your cells with adequate nutrients.

sodium balance:

• It is very important you balance your sodium intake with your water consumption.
• Take 1/4 teaspoon of salt per quart of water - every 4-5 glasses of water.
• Be sure to get sea salt. The best is Celtic sea salt or Himalayan sea salt, both of which are readily available at any health food store.

more water during workout:


• Keep water flowing before, during and after workout.
Buy a nice re-usable bottle for halv a litre, if you don`t drink the water, be sure to shift it after some hours.





• Remember to balance your water intake with sodium intake.
• Drink at least one liter of water for every 60 minutes of exercise.
Drink more if it’s hot. During exercise, such as playing sports on a hot summer day, you can lose up to 2 liters of fluid per hour. Water and a balanced salt intake is your best bet to keep healthy and hydrated.
During exercise, it is recommended to replenish fluid at least every 20 minutes.

from aqua4balance.com

have a great well-hydrated week! i`m gonna try to drink my best.
^nicole















Tuesday, July 10, 2012



after a loooong time i finally am back. everything that happened last year has changed me deeply and as a result i want to make some changes in my blog.
there will be the 4 new categories `food and health`, `my brandnew life`, `single mom tips`as well as `positive thinking`. i just needed to view more different aspects than just the materialistic and shallow ones.

i hope you`ll enjoy and want to follow my new life as a single mom!

hugs
^nicole



Saturday, February 18, 2012

uta`s place


i`m back:D
in one week i will start my new job at HTH as a consultant. already met my new co-workers.

these pictures were taken when i visited my very good friend uta in hannover, germany for new years.
she and her man had just moved into an amazing two storey penthouse.
just wanted to share these with you.
the pictures don`t really do the place justice since it was so incredibly dark that time of the year.









uta uses a warm, earthy, mediterranean color palette and mixes it with blacks and whites.










have a great week with spring storms;D
thanx again to uta and stefan that i got to stay at your beautiful new place :)

^nicole





Sunday, November 27, 2011

the end of a dark time?!

hello there!?

first of advent :D thought i could try to decorate christmasy without too much red this time. get a little tired of all the red;)

but, of course there`s always a little red sneaking in there... it just gives such a warmth that we need in winter:D

decorated the apartment with my son, that i was watching, since my ex husband was at his annual xmas party;)

okay my son was asking a lot of questions and touching everything, so...you know how it is...but it was nice anyway:D





fall at nicole`s house





advent at nicole`s house


oh my! while uploading this pictures i managed to do 11 chrunches;)



13! who knew that blogging can be such a good work out? ;)



enough with the crunches already;)





have a beautiful start of december, you lovelies:D
^nicole


Saturday, November 12, 2011

sad

                                picture: http://www.annuaire-mairie.fr/

will be going to Paris/Choisy-le-roi on monday.
my grandmother died and the family is gathering for the funeral.

in the park on the picture above i played with my sister when we were kids. we tried to climb the elephant by stepping into the tigers mouth...

i haven`t even had time to grieve since i was so busy this week... so i will be packing my bags on sunday and fly to Paris on monday to meet up with my sister and my dad.

it is weird and sad that parts of our lifes suddenly just disappear and turn into memories. when you don`t have anyone that shares your memories you must feel really lonely.

am so glad that i have my (big) family that shares all these beautiful memories of hourlong seven course meals and lots of whine and talk. Mémé...<3

hope to take some pictures while there...

love

^nicole

Sunday, October 30, 2011

"november" fog and mystic mood

     picture: Ikea.no, products: Åhlens
have been liking the nature style for almost a year now! from my new place i see all nature and green outside and i think that is really so calming:D

want that to be my new style really. it`s foggy outside, but still green. drinking my morning coffee and enjoying that nobody is here (besides me;-))
dealing so much with other people otherwise that i need some alone time once in a while:D

feel like i have 50.000 projects in my head, mostly invisible to others;-)


     picture: Ikea.no, products: Åhlens


started with this style slightly in the old house and want to make it my major theme in the new place.
keywords are nature, woods, light and dark browns, light greens, greys, natural materials, real photos...


     picture: Ikea.no, products: Åhlens





  picture: Ikea.no, products: Åhlens



do you like this style? what would be a good wallcolor to combine it with?

hugs

^nicole


Sunday, October 16, 2011

style your home with Nicole & H&M

linens

hiiii  :D

so good to write something again! got done a lot today, finally cleared out my entrance. now there is nothing in the way for a new visit at Ikea:)
how are you handeling the fall, sweethearts? isn`t it good to have a nice cup of tea after a walk in the cold,  
the sound dry leafs under your shoes? just love fall, it`s my favorite season.
everything in my new apartment is going sloooooow;-) but some day i will show you pictures!

surfing i found a lot of nice things at H&M home. here my favorites:


shower-curtain

towels


guesttowels
chair-pillow

bread-baskets


tablecloth


towels




bathmat

  tablecloth


showercurtain


tablecloth


bag


blanket
placemat



 pillow


pillow



blanket



linens


pillow



 napkins






tablecloth

linens


towel 
all pictures by HM Home



you can buy everthing here

have a great week!



^nicole







 
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