And let me start by saying the makers of the UP bracelets have never heard of me or my blog…this is my own unvarnished experience with mine. Anyway, the UP is basically a rubber bracelet that tracks your movement and your sleep patterns. It syncs with an app on your Iphone where you can also input everything you are eating by either scanning the barcode or searching their food database. Then it takes all this information and puts it together in one cheerful analysis on your phone. You can see how well you slept (my favorite part – I am extremely good at sleeping).
You can see how much you moved. I’m less good at this part. The Southern husband is fabulous at moving, on the other hand. The first morning that we wore them, I checked our movement after being up for an hour. I had moved 96 steps…he had moved 1,513 steps.
This pretty much sums up the differences in our personalities. It’s also motivated me to start doing things like unloading the dishwasher (usually good for a few hundred steps) and getting the mail (ditto) just to keep competitive. And since the dog goes wherever I go, she’s getting more active as well. She’s slightly confused about the whole thing, since she usually spends her day like this…
But she’s more active, so that’s good.
But then there is the whole food input thing. You gotta do it if you are going to get the most out of your bracelet, and so I’ve been doing it. And I have to tell you, scanning everything you eat into your phone will make you think twice about having that fourth chocolate chip cookie. And not wanting to scan that cookie into my phone immediately makes me feel like I am STARVING. So I started figuring out what I could ingest lots of that would make it okay if I only walk 96 steps for every 1,513 that the Southern husband walks, and that still satisfies my sweet tooth.
Hello, sweet and delicious apple lemon tea. I love you. You make it by boiling up water, apple juice, cloves, allspice and lemon juice, and then you use that instead of water to steep a bunch of English breakfast tea (or good old Lipton will work just fine too.) Once the tea is brewed, pour it through a strainer to collect all the solids and there you have it – sweet, spicy, satisfying deliciousness that will keep your hand (mostly) out of the cookie jar.
So on that note, Happy, Healthy New Year to you! And I’m thinking if I spend an extra 15 minutes on the treadmill I’m going to be totally fine with scanning some bacon into my phone.
Serves: 8-10 servings
- 8 cups water
- Juice from one freshly squeezed lemon
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 pieces whole allspice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 twelve ounce can apple juice concentrate
- 10 tea bags (English breakfast or other black tea)
- Place all ingredients except tea bags into a large pot and bring to a boil. Stir until juice melts and remove from heat.
- Add tea bags and brew for 5 minutes. Discard bags and pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer to remove the solids. Enjoy!
Adapted just a bit from CHRISTMAS WITH SOUTHERN LIVING 2012