When I was a kid, my favorite drink was water. I’m not kidding. Grownups would ask me what my favorite drink was and I would shout, “Water! I love water!” I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and given my mom’s profession as a nutritionist, water was just what I drank instead of other sweet drinks like soda (the latter beverages weren’t really allowed in our house, and my Mom even used to dilute the fruit juice my sister and I drank with water; thanks, Mom!). It tasted so sweet and refreshing to me, and I’m so glad that’s how I was raised.
Fast forward to today and my relationship with water has definitely soured quite a bit. In recent years I’ve had a really hard time drinking water straight. I always add something to it, whether it’s Emergen-C powder, a tea bag or a squeeze of lemon. As I work on creating a healthier lifestyle, I knew this had to change. The importance of water is just too great to ignore. I knew I had it in me to love plain, simple water as it was, I just had to inspire that relationship anew.
I started small, by trying to drink as many glasses of water as I could at work. I kept a tall glass of it at my desk so I could sip on it continually. I then started drinking it in the mornings to help me wake up (it actually really helps and I usually don’t need a cup of coffee to perk up after I’ve done this). Slowly but surely, over a few months of this kind of behavior, I’ve started craving water. And I especially notice this craving after having drank a beer or a glass of wine. It’s kind of nice to have this new awareness about my body. I can tell when I’m feeling dehydrated and my body needs water to replenish itself.
I used to have a really difficult time finishing a full glass. It would stare at me, nearly full, for at least an hour after I’d filled it up. Imagine my surprise now when I look over at the resident water glass at my desk and find it continually empty. I swear I must down the whole thing in three gulps or less without even noticing. I can tell there’s a huge difference in the way my body feels when I’m drinking more water, and I’m so much the better for it.
How do you make sure you drink all the water you need to on a daily basis? Any tips for me?