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I just want a flat tummy. Why Is Everything a Secret?

25 Sep

Has this happened to you, too? You see a title of a cool article; let’s say one on how to get a flat tummy. This would be good knowledge to have, so you click on it.  And up pops this window involving you with an entire realm of window popping and requests for your information or maybe even a payment request.

Well, maybe you are not annoyed by this, but I am. In fact, I have gone through a whole bunch of hoops and then some just to help YOU get this information easier.  See how much I care?  As if it is not hard enough already for us as we get older to find out what we need to change to keep our youthful appearances. This window popping could have the opposite effect on my body and cause me to grow gray hair all over at lightning speed (as if my kids did not do enough of that already).

Now, I have read and compared a lot of articles on how to get a flat tummy over a period of probably 10 years, including information my personal trainer Mark Dodge (trainer and body-guard of THE POWER TEAM and TEAM IMPACT) used to smother me with. I searched and journeyed through the junk yard of dietary pop-ups. The majority I have tried on my own body, so you can look at this as my personal experience (Figure Competitions: 2007 through 2012 Venice Beach Armed Forces Competition; 2008 Orange County Classics, Anaheim; NESTA Personal Certified Trainer) and I can vouch for this with the results.

The first thing I learned was to always take in more protein than carbohydrates. A ratio of 40% protein, 35% carbohydrates, 25% fat is a good way to go.

Before I go any further, we need to take a better look at what carbohydrates are. Many people tell me they don’t know how to recognize each food group.  Here are a few examples:

  1. Protein –  meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt
  2. Carbohydrates      – starchy carbs = corn, potatoes, pasta, beans, rice                                 -– sugar carbs  =  fruits, candy, Juices, and                                                                 chocolate,                                                                                                      –  complex carbs= veggies,  salads, tomatoes                                                                    cucumber
  3. Fat (healthy) – all nuts, avocado, seeds, all nut butters, butter

To get to the point, the foods that have been changed the least from its natural state will be best for a flat stomach. So, yes, fat is good for you but as soon as you heat it, it becomes trans fat and it is very unhealthy and fattening. The heat changes its structure and molecular make up in a way that it is bad for our bodies.  So chicken and olive oil are only good combined in a salad. If you combine them in the frying pan, you created an unhealthy meal.

Another good idea is to keep healthy movement of food through your system and you can do that with fiber. Fiber is found in most carbohydrates and nuts. The best thing to do is to eat the complex carbs instead of grains (including bread). Other types of carbohydrates are weight gainers, or you can also call them “belly enhancers”.

Fat is important for our joints and it keeps us feeling full. Chose healthy fat, but since it has nine calories per one gram of fat, it is better to limit the intake. Fat stays in our system longer and lingers in the intestines and it is harder to digest.                             And last, what none of us wish it was true: Alcohol.

One ounce  of alcohol equals seven calories. We also tend to snack more when we enjoy a social beverage. But alcohol will also dehydrate us and make it harder for our foods to move through our system. All the foods that get “stuck” in the intestine will create a little “pooch” that we all are familiar with. Unless you are too attached to your little pooch but you’re ready to lose it, chose more water to drink and make good meal choices. If you are not, then what did you name Your little Pooch? Mine is Molly.                                                                                                    ONE OUNCE:  

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19 Sep

 You are lost – now what?

After we take a look at ourselves in retrospect of a long journey and see where we are in life, either with our diet, our health or any other area, a lot of times we are not happy with where we have arrived. Unsure of how we got to this point in the first place, it’s even harder to find our way back to the place we liked before.  Now we are lost and don’t know where to begin to find a way out. Per example when I was graduating high school the teacher asked us to write down where we see ourselves in the year 2000 (it was 1986). I thought I was going to be this competent business woman wearing a skirt suit with my hair in a bun. Instead, in the year 2000, I was actually graduating from the Police Academy.

One thing to remember is the happy picture we had in our minds in the first place. What did that picture look like? Where were you? How did it feel? And where are you instead today?                     

 

This thought process can also be transferred to when we look at our health and our bodies. When we start working on ourselves to become the person we want to be, it is easy to get frustrated and lose sight of any victories we have gained so far. The changes that were planned are harder to implement than we think and we expect results much faster than we see them. “Rome was not built in one day” is the phrase that comes to mind. But why don’t these words make it any easier to accept the pace of our success rate?

                                                                Acceptance

                                                                First of all we need to forgive and accept ourselves.

  Second, we need to be patient with ourselves.

 

It’s funny how we expect other people to be patient and forgive us but we don’t give ourselves that courtesy.

If it is health that needs improvement, remember that it is a natural transformation.

  1. It takes approximately two weeks for your body to realize that a change is happening; either in diet and/or exercise. That means give your body at least two weeks time to notice what you are doing before you give up.
  2. Also, it is widely known that it takes 60 days to break a habit. If you are trying to break a habit of eating before bedtime, then you have to implement eliminating eating before bedtime for that amount of time before concluding that it is not working.
  3. The good news is that it only takes 21 days to create a new habit. Did you notice that programs or product companies give you a trial period of 21 days? It’s so that you have enough time to try it before you change your mind and find it’s not working for you.

To eliminate a bad habit is easier done when replacing it with a new habit, because it takes less time for us to get used to it. Does that make sense?

  • Don’t give up trying to find contentment after only two weeks or less.
  • Make a list of things that you want to eliminate or change.
  • Then write down what you want to do/be instead.
  • Think of the steps you need to take to get from A to B (e.g. to get from an unhealthy body to a healthy body, replace french fries with asparagus)

 Once you have the road map to health, create small milestones and check them off as you arrived there. Milestones can be anything like having gone one week without fried foods. Or arrived at  5 lbs less than when you started. As you focus on your map and your milestones of healthy steps, your focus is also shifting away from the unhealthy things that you don’t want in your life. The things we focus on in life manifest themselves and before you know it, you arrived at the goals you have set for yourself (e.g. looking like Barbie). Make yourself reminders if you need to. But mostly, after you conquered each milestone, reward yourself.

Preferably do it with non eatable things –                                                                           

but how about a new movie?

 

 

 

Feeding my brain good thoughts

9 Sep

Ever since I received my new Sketchers shape ups, I have been going out to the park by the beach for walks.Not only are my legs shaping up nicely, my entire body is feeling content. It’s amazing how good walking is for my mental health. I really am able to find the center of myself and focus on the good things I have been blessed with.

 

 

 

When we talk about a healthy body, we also include a healthy mind. With a healthy mind, we can do anything that we want to focus our attention on. That is why it is important to control where our mind takes us. Whatever we focus on, that’s what our minds think it’s what we want and circumstances and events will shift to make it happen to us as we think.

 

This goes  beyond exercising and eating healthy food. Don’t understand me wrong now, what we eat and how we keep ourselves fit does impact the body and is important. And whatever we eat is also brain food. But it is also important what we allow ourselves to see and hear. If we allow pollution such as violent movies and dirty songs to enter our minds, that’s what will come out also.

 

Whenever we have trouble and not feeling well, we look for something that can treat the symptoms. But the root of the problem will still exist. When we find the root to the problem and fix it, it will also take care of the symptoms. When we have negative thoughts about ourselves or we feel unmotivated, we need to ask ourselves where it comes from. Some people want to numb it and resort to alcohol or drugs. That will not fix the root of the problem. Our mind cries out for help and we need to focus on how we can help our mind and fix the root of the problem.

 

 

Walking has been a nice refreshing way to change up my day. My eyes see beauty and my ears hear birds. What an easy way to bring calmness and peace to our minds and body.

 

Not feeling motivated? Find out what else you can do about it here

 

 

 

Sleeping is such a waste of time. Or….is it?

23 Aug

….We do  not feel very productive while we are asleep. We are basically sleeping 1/3 of our lives away. But sometimes it is nicer to live in a dream than when you are awake. For some people, it is not such a good experience and they have nightmares or worst, night terrors.

Sleeping cat

Sleeping cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Never the less, we need it and not only because we cannot function mentally,  receiving proper sleep is 40% of our contribution  to weight loss and health results.

Our body cannot grow, heal, or repair itself unless we get enough sleep. How much is enough. Experts recommend 8 hours, but some people function better on 5-6 hours of sleep per night. You have to decide how much sleep you need to feel energized and refreshed for a new day. If we are tired our body releases the hormone ghrelin, which also makes us feel hungry. That is a big reason why many people are eating when they are in fact tired and need rest.

During sleep, as mentioned before, your body repairs itself. You gain weight, or lose weight mostly while you are asleep. Muscle repair and restore all happens while you are sleeping. Sometimes after a hard workout, an amino acid pill before bed will help with the process of muscle repair. Amino pills are good because they do not have a lot of calories, but at the same time pills are harder to break down. Sometimes a couple of egg whites will do the same trick. If you have nutrients and vitamins in your body before you sleep, you body will have all the ingredients to repair torn muscle tissue, restore, and rebuild itself. New cells develop, your hair grows, and your body gets rid of the dead skin. The body was designed to repair itself but it cannot do it without the nutrients, and definitely not without sleep.

So you think “food” is your only enemy to weight loss? Think again….

15 Aug

Weight loss is the big topic. Everyone wants to keep up with the skinny and sexy standard that society sets for the ladies. I am more for the “feel good about yourself” method. We need to come to terms with our looks and our bodies and appreciate ourselves for the way we are. Why is it that people focus on the parts that they don’t like about themselves instead of the parts that they do like, or even love?!  We put so much pressure on ourselves to meet the standards of other people. Some of whom we don’t even like or worst, don’t even know! Nevertheless, we diet and exercise and have little to no results. Why is that?

We stress ourselves out about keeping up with the Joneses, not having enough time, not looking the way we want to…….this creates a lot of stress on our bodies. Not to mention the irregular mealtimes we inflict onto ourselves because we try to fit everything into one day. When we stress our bodies out, we produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is not very good for us and in addition elevates our estrogen level. When we have a higher estrogen level, our body holds on to fat. Our body uses this fat to protect ourselves from harmful fluids such as acid build up. This creates a long domino effect. So, in short terms: if you are stressed out, it is impossible to lose weight.

In order to get positive results in feeling and also looking better, taking a yoga class, meditating, or walking would be better choices.  The body can calm down and your brain can re-focus.  It is important for your mind to trigger happy feelings and release endorphins. You will attract more happy things to yourself. It really is the thought that counts. I know what you are thinking. You are already too busy to fit anything else into your day. There are other solutions: It is amazing how refreshing and rejuvenating 10 minutes of deep breathing exercises or meditation can be. It is almost like taking a 2-hour nap! If you don’t believe it, I would like to challenge you to try it for only one week. Please leave me a comment so I see how many people are giving it a try. On your next lunch break, go to a place where you are undisturbed (I use my car) and make yourself comfortable. Then for 10 minutes just focus on your breathing. Take long deep breaths through your nose, count to five, and let your breath out for a 10-second count through your mouth. Only think of your breathing. (You can find some good breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing and other relaxation exercises on tapes)  By taking in a lot of oxygen your body also burns fat and you breathe out more toxins. Plus, you also lower the amount of cortisol in your body, and you will be able to get a second wind and become more productive for the rest of the day. Sounds easy? Well, it is! 

Space-filling model of the cortisol molecule, ...

Space-filling model of the cortisol molecule, a steroid hormone that controls the body’s response to stress. Colour code (click to show) : Black: Carbon, C : White: Hydrogen, H : Red: Oxygen, O (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  

Get Shape Ups or get out of shape?

14 Aug
English: Diagram showing the parts of a shoe.

English: Diagram showing the parts of a shoe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I think it’s a shame when people sue companies because their cognition or their body did not cooperate with the manual instructions and ended up hurting themselves. I applaud when companies think of new ideas and good ways to work many muscles with one product to give consumers options and  flexibility with their work-outs while encouraging  healthier habits during a hectic day.  Walking is a great exercise that works more muscle groups than if you are running. You use a bigger range of your foot and you need to push off harder to execute the step. Walking also slims and tones your legs. Isn’t it fabulous that there is a shoe that actually can help your foot out by creating this whole heel to toe motion and  build your calf muscles and hamstrings? And it gives you enough cushion and support to make it possible to walk for a long time without pain.  

There are so many different ways we can chose from in order to get or stay in shape. The shape up shoe is just one of them. We can also put on our most comfortable shoes which we already own and add ankle weights and walk. We can make wide strides, or high knees; speed walk or lunge. So many options to pick a walking style. And it costs little  money or nothing. Walking for a couple of hours twice a week or an hour four times a week could help us feel better already. Deep breathing also helps with calorie burn and stress management. Just a few changes in this direction makes a large psychological impact on the body. It is amazing how the body reacts to nature, fresh air and body movement.  

Last night, I picked up my jump rope and every half lap I walked I did 50 jumps with my jump rope. It felt awesome! Of course it is a bonus that I live on Hawaii and the little walk park I go to is right by the beach. Nevertheless, I am sure there is a beautiful area where you live, too. I love walking before sunset. Then I get to watch the sun go down and enjoy a nice brisk temperature while I see all the beautiful flowers, trees, and animals.

It’s up to you. You can shape up your life with a beautiful experience and a nice end of a day. Or you can stay home and try to drown the stress of the day with chocolate covered pretzel, loud TV, and argue with others in your home. (Stress will do that to you)  The most important part we need to try to accomplish is to manage our stress and focus on what really is important. Isn’t it our health and good relationships? Well, then that’s what we should spend more time with.  The people you deal and argue with are not the real enemy. But stress is a killer!

Stress can become Disease

Stress can become Disease (Photo credit: Mrityunjaya Yoga Studio)

 

But I don’t have time for my health ….. WHAT?

12 Aug

Like every Sunday, I attended church last Sunday and carried my  container of alkaline water around with me. (Yes, I do that) I am very interested in helping people how to stay or become healthy. I really do feel compassion when I see troubled people  searching for answers. So I was carrying my container of alkaline water and decided to start a workshop about staying healthy or becoming healthy. I could start a workshop or a health information meeting and share information with people that doctors don’t tell us. So I asked a woman if she would be interested in attending. She told me she did not have any time. REALLY??? Wow!   Here is my thought process: When will you have time? When you are sick? Or someone you love is sick? No one on this world knows how much time we have, but don’t we all want to have quality time as long as we are here? I, for instance, do not want to be bed ridden and have to have someone change my diapers when I get older. I have plans after I retire, like climb mountains, go sky diving, skiing, and travel.

Anywho, there were some people who were interested. Most people who try my water keep coming back and want more. They really do taste and feel a difference. My Kangen alkaline water is truly amazing. My friend actually is concerned now when she travels, where is she going to get her Kangen water? Well, fortunately there are headquarters and other users who gladly share the water.  But what really concerns me is that doctors do not give us this important information. Instead they rather prescribe medication that sends them on a drug roller coaster causing a domino effect of failing organs and eliminating mobility.  I actually heard that it is child abuse if your child was diagnosed with leukemia and you refuse to do chemo therapy. Isn’t that insane? I would rather explore natural ways to help my child instead of killing all of her healthy cells along with her cancer cells. But if you are honest and look at reality, it’s all about money, not how to get you healthy! Doctors are not getting paid when you are healthy. But if they use expensive pharmaceuticals to “cure” you, then there are big rewards for them.  If you look around in this world, decide which people live the longest. The Japanese! And, do you know that doctors in Japan are paid when you are healthy? Yes. And that is exactly where the Kangen water comes from. The machine that makes that water is actually a medical device in Japan and has seals and endorsements from the Japanese Government.

Besides, I learned prevention is better than intervention. Would you rather avoid the hassle of trying to get better or not even get sick in the first place?
I believe the answer is pretty easy. And if one starts thinking about it after organs start failing, he or she missed the bus.

Check out this little demonstration. Only takes about 40 minutes. Is that worth your health?

http://www.Kangendemo.com

Even the Gyms are getting smarter =)

What Can Kangen Water Do For Me?

What Can Kangen Water Do For Me? (Photo credit: mgerskup)

 

Something to think about: a vicious cycle

25 Jul

Did you know this about Sugar Addiction?                                                             

You may have noticed feeling cravings soon after starting a diet plan. As you begin to take in more alkaline foods you start to leave highly acidic and sugary foods behind. Since your body has become so accustomed to these substances, it feels it needs them and thus begins to signal this through food cravings. You will notice from studying your alkaline food chart that sugar is extremely acidic. This creates a nightmare within your body by messing with the body’s normal way of using sugars.

A Toxic Cycle

Sugar and glucose are essential to providing immediate energy needs and vital energy for your brain. The body’s normal response to a drop in blood sugar levels is to tell the liver to use its reserves to make glucose and to tell the brain to trigger the hunger mechanism. But when the environment within the body is too acidic this cause certain yeasts to quickly multiply. These little yeasts have huge appetites and start to eat and ferment the glucose, robbing from your body for its own use. This cycle repeats itself as the yeast excrete toxic wastes and contribute to even more acidity, which in turn keeps allowing more yeast to be produced and so on. This is an unending cycle as long as one continues to consume too much sugar.

Soft Drink Addiction

One craving you may have difficulty with comes from letting go of colas. If you were use to having one with every meal you have definitely thrown off your body’s PH level and encouraged the yeast cycle to develop. Along with being loaded with sugar, soft drinks also contain phosphoric acid which is highly acidifying. Taking in a lot of empty calories with no nutritional value is another reason to cut out soft drinks from your daily diet. Many feel that sports drinks, energy drinks and vitamin waters are a healthy alternative but these too are just as acidifying as colas. Even more harmful are diet and zero calorie drinks as these are full of artificial sweeteners, which do more harm than good.

A Natural and Alkalizing Alternative

Stevia is a natural alternative sweetener unlike chemical sweeteners such as aspartame. It comes from an herbal plant and is available in dried leaf, powder, or liquid form. It is significantly sweeter than sugar and is practically calorie free. The least refined powder forms are brown or green in color. White powder can also be found and is more refined. When choosing to use the liquid form make sure that it is not an alcohol based dilution but a water based extract or concentrate as these have better concentrations of nutrients. The best quality of Stevia leaves are the ones imported from Mexico and South America. Along with helping alkalize your body, several studies have proven that Stevia naturally regulates blood sugar levels.

System Recovery

Basing your diet needs according to an acid and alkaline food chart can help your system recover from a damaging acidic environment and lead to a more balance alkaline one. As you begin to alkalize your system with alkaline water, juices, and foods, you will begin to create an atmosphere that is detrimental to the growth of harmful yeasts. This is not a one-time crash course but a way of living that must be maintained. We should constantly be alkalizing our bodies to keep on drawing out the toxins and acidic wastes.

Your high alkaline food chart can help guide you to optimal health by prompting you to recover from your sugar and soft drink addiction and search for genuinely healthier alternatives. Along with Stevia choosing fruit as snack can help you combat sugar cravings. There are also a variety of fruit drink recipes you can find with alkalizing benefits. Begin your search today for these better alkaline food choices and experience all the ways your body will respond to being healthier.                                                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                           balance your diet

Mind over Matter?

21 Jul
lactose intolerance

lactose intolerance (Photo credit: Rakka)

I went out running this morning. I love running because a lot of things go through my mind and I retrieve my best ideas and am able to solve a lot of problems.  This morning I was remembering how I feel when I eat dairy products. I am lactose intolerant. When I consume dairy food, I am physically in pain even though I love eating milk chocolate and cottage cheese. Well, pain is a great motivator to stop doing the things that cause it.  I was thinking what a waste that would be to toss it into the trash. A friend reminded me that it would all end up in the trash anyhow. Just the passage to get there was not through my body. I should not have bought it in the first place. When I like food but can’t have it, there is a battle between my head (mind) and my body cravings (matter).  Mind over Matter, right?

I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and behavior and cognition have always been fascinating to me. Maybe I could make an experiment: When people want to eat food but know it’s not making their body feel good, would they eat it anyways?   Is that what may be the problem with obesity? Oh, and then there is a third variable: the person has to KNOW it’s not making their body feel good and have to have that awareness knowing what caused them not to feel good. In my experiment I would need to control for that third variable. If I ask people before the experiment if they know which foods don’t make them feel good, I would be able to control who participates. But, then I would draw awareness to them knowing which foods will be making them feel bad and they might be able to control their consumption. Hmm, maybe that experiment would need better planning. But, is that really all it takes? Do we just need to heighten our awareness to consciously knowing which foods we should eat more of to feel better? One factor involved in which foods make your body feel better is your blood type. I am blood type O positive. That means my body feels better when I eat vegetables. That may be the reason I don’t like eating meat, let alone fish. But some people may have developed a taste for foods they should not be eating because that’s what was on the table when they were children. With our conscious awareness and knowing our blood type, we might be able to control the cravings we have. After I learned that cravings go away after a couple of months not eating the food, it made it possible to just set a short-term goal not eating the food and I noticed how my body felt without it. That sounds like a good way to master Mind over Matter. If we believe we can eat it, but choose not to, we think that we are in control and just chose not to eat something. If we think we “can’t” eat a certain food, the temptation get’s stronger and as humans we like a challenge.  I chose to believe that I can eat this food if I wanted to. But I didn’t want to and I tossed my M&M’s and cottage cheese into the trash.  My Mind won. And with that, my body also won. That’s what you call a  win/win situation.

I just read this article which confirms it all and more…..by Zoltan P. Rona MD, MSc

9 Jul

Our Wellness is affected by the food eaten & the water we drink. All water is not the same. Here is a balanced article on drinking water. Later I’ll look at using water for cleaning & disinfecting.

Why Purified Water and Distilled Water are Bad For You
by Zoltan P. Rona MD, MSc
During nearly 19 years of clinical practice I have had the opportunity to observe the health effects of drinking different types of water. Most of you would agree that drinking unfiltered tap water could be hazardous to your health because of things like parasites, chlorine, fluoride and dioxins. Many health fanatics, however, are often surprised to hear me say that drinking distilled water or purified water on a regular, daily basis is potentially dangerous.
Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapor condensed. Reverse osmosis or purified water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. Studies validate the benefits of drinking purified water when one is seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few weeks at a time). Fasting using purified water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure.
Purified water is an active absorber and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more purified water a person drinks, the higher the body acidity becomes. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Purified” water, being essentially mineral-free, is very aggressive, in that it tends to dissolve substances with which it is in contact. Notably, carbon dioxide from the air is rapidly absorbed, making the water acidic and even more aggressive. Many metals are dissolved by distilled water.
Most toxic commercial beverages that people consume (i.e. cola beverages and other soft drinks) are made from purified water. Studies have consistently shown that heavy consumers of soft drinks (with or without sugar) spill huge amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals into the urine. The more mineral loss, the greater the risk for osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypothyroidism, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and a long list of degenerative diseases generally associated with premature aging.
A growing number of health care practitioners and scientists from around the world have been advocating the theory that aging and disease is the direct result of the accumulation of acid waste products in the body. There is a great deal of scientific documentation that supports such a theory. A poor diet may be partially to blame for the waste accumulation. Stress, whether mental or physical can lead to acid deposits in the body. There is a correlation between the consumption of soft water (purified water is extremely soft) and the incidence of cardiovascular disease. Cells, tissues and organs do not like to be dipped in acid and will do anything to buffer this acidity including the removal of minerals from the skeleton and the manufacture of bicarbonate in the blood. I have done well over 3000 mineral evaluations using a combination of blood, urine and hair tests in my practice. Almost without exception, people who consume purified water exclusively, eventually develop multiple mineral deficiencies. Those who supplement their purified or distilled water intake with trace minerals are not as deficient but still not as adequately nourished in minerals as their non-purified water drinking counterparts even after several years of mineral supplementation. Purified water tends to be acidic and can only be recommended as a way of drawing poisons out of the body. Once this is accomplished, the continued drinking of purified water is a bad idea. Alkaline ionized Water is the best possible drinking water. Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long-term drinking of purified or distilled water. Avoid it except in special circumstances (that means if you have gone  already 3 days without water).

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