Hydrate {A Fresh Start}

I know.  Believe me, I know that getting back to healthier eating after the holiday slope is not an easy one.  My lunch today?  Two bowls of the kids’ Santa Cereal.  Shhh, don’t tell!

A lot of New Year’s resolutions call for better eating.  Sugar detox, more fruits and veggies, no snacking, limit the grains.  I get that, and none of it’s a bad idea.  I’ll likely even hop on a temporary bandwagon or two, so knock yourself out!

The healthy habit that I encourage for all of us with a vengeance, though, is to hydrate.  We don’t drink enough water, friends!

Why bother?  Drinking plenty of water can…

  • prevent ugly alligator skin
  • make us more alert
  • prevent headaches
  • speed up metabolism (oh, yes it does!)
  • help us absorb nutrients
  • keep us um… moving
  • help us get rid of toxins

So yes.  Eating well is important.  I’ll be trying to do more of that this year.  But drinking lots of water?  A must.  I’m in.

How do you make sure to drink plenty of water?

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  1. I drink a full 20 oz cup every morning with my vitamin B complex. That helps the difestive track start up and the absorption of the vitamin which helps turn food into energy – among other benfits of B vitamins. Then I take a full sports bottle everywhere I go. I also limit diuretics such as tea and soda except coffee, it’s a must in my three ring circus.

    • *digestive (oops)

    • That’s a great plan. I hear water with lemon gets that digestive system going, too. Sure wish I liked lemon with my water…

      • How about cucumbers? They’re a bit of a different flavor but refreshing. Ive also heard of adding strawberries for a different flavor. I plan to try it when they’re back in season

        • You know, I haven’t tried cucumbers. I really LIKE plain water, so that’s a good thing, was just trying for the “digestive benefits” but maybe I’ll leave well enough alone. 🙂

  2. I bought a 32 oz Nalgene bottle. And then when I ‘lost’ it for a while, I bought another one. So now I fill these two bottles in the morning before going to work. I try to drink enough so that I HAVE to go when my break rolls around at 11:30. 🙂

    • I do this too! I only have 1 Nalgene 32 oz, but I added 2 daily tasks to my Motivated Mom’s android app to drink 1 then 2, and so far so good! I find when it’s on my to do list, I’m more likely to drink it all!

  3. Sheila Laurence says:

    For whatever reason, this is not something I struggle with at all. I don’t know if it’s that my body is just used to drinking a lot or what, but I feel thirsty a lot. What I do is keep an insulated glass of ice water next to me most all the time. I work from home, so it’s on my desk during the day, I bring it to the kitchen while I cook dinner, and then I refill it after dinner and sit it next to me whenever I get to sit down at night. Having it close is key for me. It’s also key for me for it to be filtered ice water – I don’t like tepid water at all and I cannot the water we have here, so I put everything through a Brita filter. I have an 24 oz insulated glass that I refill a few times during the day, and I also drink a 24 oz water bottle while I’m at the gym (4 days a week). I drink too much Diet Coke as well. And yes, I do go to the bathroom a lot. 🙂 I do still have horribly dry skin. (I do know that Diet Coke is not good for me, so nobody needs to say it.)

    • (I do know that Diet Coke is not good for me, so nobody needs to say it.) ~ That made me laugh out loud. 🙂 We all have our vices, friend. 😉

  4. I really struggle with drinking any water! There are days when I go to bed and realize that the only thing I had to drink was coffee. I’ve been trying to make sure I drink some water first thing in the morning – BEFORE my first cup of coffee (I fill my coffee cup and drink it, then make my coffee). I just don’t feel thirsty very often. Fewer headaches would be awesome though so I’m going to try harder!

    • Definitely give it a shot, Mona. I promise at least some of your headaches will go away and you’ll feel better! 🙂 Set a timer if you need to and drink water every time it goes off. Or drink a glass before every meal. Or both. 🙂 It’s easier for me if I down a whole glass at once rather than a little here and there.

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