We all know we need to drink more water.
But what if you hate it?
What’s a girl to do?
Keep reading for some tips and tricks.
We know that we need 8 to 10 cups of fluid, each day. But it all doesn’t have to be water! We also learned that if we drink water before our meals it may help us lose weight.
I’ve made water my BFF and it is my beverage of choice. But I know some people who really hate to drink water. They would never choose water. Here are some tips and tricks I use and some I found on the internet.
Whenever you brush your teeth drink a small glass of water.
Buy yourself a really pretty water bottle. Take it with you.
Experiment with temperature. Maybe you’ll like ice-cold water or room temperature. Pick one!
Buy a fruit infusion water pitcher. Place frozen or fresh fruit in the insert and add water. The water is lightly flavored and colored.
Buy some sparkling water. It has some sodium added but no extra calories. It is a good substitute for soda, or pop as we call it in Canada.
Add lemon or lime slices to your water. Or try cucumber. This adds flavor and nutrients.
Drink herbal teas. Just limit the sugar you add.
Eat more fruits and vegetables that have a high water content. Watermelon, cucumber, celery and tomatoes are all good choices.
Try drinking with a straw. It is easier to sip and you will be surprised how quickly the glass empties.
You can get techy and try an app to track your consumption. cool app
Try diluting a strong flavored juice like grape or cranberry with water.
Filter your water to enhance the flavor. Purchase a filter pitcher like Brita.
Buy bottled water. It’s worth every penny if it helps you drink more.
Make it a habit. Associate drinking water with something you enjoy. When you watch TV, sip from a pretty water bottle. When you first get home have a glass of water. After your morning shower have a glass of water. You get the idea.
Reward yourself for drinking more water.
Remember our core Bible verse, “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation
This was a previous post that is worth reposting, and I’m on summer vacation and taking a much needed break.
TODAY’S little STEP: If you are a water hater, choose 4 of these tips to try this week. Remember this little change will make a difference!
Every mountain is climbed one little step at a time!
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Ever wish there was a perfect formula for how many cups of water we should drink?
Sorry, but there isn’t one! My research found the amount is very individual. It is based on our weight, our activity level and the climate we live in.
But keep reading right to the end to find the perfect way to know if you are drinking enough.
My research still suggested that 8 to 10 cups of fluid each day is still a good guide.
But read carefully.
That is all fluids, not just water.
About 20% of it comes from the food we eat. Many fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water by weight.
The other 80% comes from the beverages we drink.
Milk and juice, and tea and coffee can contribute to the 80%, as they are composed of mostly water.
Water is still your best bet because it’s calorie-free, caffeine free, inexpensive and readily available.
Let’s take the 10-cup rule because the math is really easy!
Let’s look at a typical day. 20% comes from our food and we’ll say that’s 2 cups.
That means we need 8 cups of fluids.
Tea or coffee are not the best choices but they do contribute, and almost everyone drinks them. The latest research suggests that caffeinated drinks in moderation are not as dehydrating as once thought.
Here is how I include 8 cups of fluid on a typical day.
1 glass of water as soon as I get up
1 glass of milk with cereal
2 cups of tea or coffee
1 glass of water with lunch
1 glass of water with mid-afternoon snack or sip from a water bottle during the afternoon
1 glass of water with dinner
1 cup of decaffeinated tea or coffee after dinner
You can see how the fluid level quickly adds up. I encourage you to take a look at what you drink. You may be pleasantly surprised!
If your fluid levels were lower than you expected you now have an easy example to follow!
Don’t overreact perfectionists!
Remember we are making small changes to our life. Take one little step or in this case one little sip.
Here’s the perfect way to decide if you are drinking enough. It’s easy and simple, but fairly private. “You can tell by checking your urine color and output. If you’re urinating every two to four hours, the output is light-colored, and there’s significant volume, then you’re probably well hydrated. If you go from 8 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon without peeing, then you’re dehydrated.” Nancy Clark, MS, RD, sports dietitian in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
TODAY’S little STEP: Drink one extra glass of water. If last week you drank 3 a day make it 4! Each day drink your new amount and you will have taken one more little step to be healthy!
Resources Mayo clinic recommendations
WebMd healthy beverages
Healthy hydration guide
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