One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2018 is to drink more water! I’m sure you know how it goes: you wake up feeling dehydrated, and then you think to yourself, “I’m going to drink a bunch of water today!” And then, life happens. Most of the time, it feels like I barely have time to breathe—let alone drink the correct amount of water. But, I’ve decided to stop making excuses and start making a serious effort to drink more water. Here are 7 easy things you and I can do to make water a habit in our daily routine:
Bottle it up.
Invest in a good (and cute) reusable water bottle, and keep it filled up. Yeti’s Rambler 20 oz Tumbler is one of my favorites (even though it isn’t a traditional water bottle) because I can use it for my coffee in the morning, and then rinse it out and use it for water during the rest of the day. Plus, it comes in several different colors and finishes, and doesn’t leave those annoying “water bottle sweat” rings.
Water & Dine.
Drink a glass of water every time you eat! As a starting point, the National Institute of Medicine recommends women consume 91 ounces of water per day (which is about 8 glasses of water). So, you can get 24 ounces out of the way by just drinking a glass of water with your meals. Drinking before you eat also helps you get into the habit of drinking water more frequently, and can actually help you eat less, too!
Get a little fruity.
Infuse your water with some fruits, vegetables, or herbs for some natural flavor (without a bunch of added sugar). Mixing lemon wedges, cucumber slices, and mint leaves is one of my personal faves, because it’s just so light and refreshing! (And some Pinterest posts even claim this mix will detox the body—though those claims are can’t be scientifically proven.)
Eat water-rich foods, like cucumbers, watermelon, strawberries, tomatoes, and zucchinis. These light and refreshing foods have a high water content; so, not only are they healthy and delicious, but they will help you meet your daily water goal!
Don’t forget ice!
We aren’t quite there yet (it actually just snowed where I live), but eating ice cubes is a great way to cool down—especially in the summer. You can even make water based popsicles with fruit or vegetables frozen inside for a yummy treat that works towards your goals. And popsicles are in-season year-round, in my opinion!
Get fizzy with it.
If plain water just isn’t cutting it, drink sparkling water, instead. It’s an excellent way to spice things up, while still drinking water. Make your own, or buy it from your grocery store. But remember to make/get one without added sugar!
Set an alarm.
If all else fails, set an alarm. This is the perfect solution for those of you who simply forget about drinking water throughout the day. (I am definitely guilty of this.) Set an alarm to go off every hour to help remind yourself to take a drink, or finish off your current glass. Almost everyone has a smart phone equipped with alarms, so there’s simply no excuse not to drink enough water in 2018!