Over the past week, I’ve made a new challenge for myself. To drink a gallon of water every single day.
Seems a bit much but it’s really not as hard as I thought it would be.
Allow me to explain. I drink water often. I really don’t drink any other beverages during the day expect for coffee, seltzer, or (wine). Oh and maybe an occasional Kombucha from time to time. In the summer, I drink a lot more than I do in the winter. Drinking cold liquid when I am cold is something I don’t care to do so I find that my water consumption from November to April is significantly lower.
I’ve been meaning to add “drink more water” to my to-do list for about a month now but it didn’t become a priority until I started to get bad headaches almost every day for nearly two weeks. (Don’t worry, they are a side effect of a new medication, there’s nothing wrong with me.) I’m not about to pop advil multiple times a day so I figured now was as good of a time as any to bottoms up in hopes to bring me some natural relief.
Here are a few tips that I’ve found works for me in making sure I get in my daily gallon:
1. Invest in a large water bottle (24 oz) and carry it with you everywhere. – I carry my Camelbak with me everywhere and make it a point to fill it 5 times during the corse of my day. If it’s always in my site, it’s always in my reach and I think about it a lot more when it’s starring at me.
2. Mix it with lemon - I like the taste of plain water, but sometimes you need just a little flavor. I squirt some lemon juice in a cup and fill it up with h2o. The lemon is refreshing and adds some taste.
3. Drink before your meal - I never used to drink water in the morning but now I make it a point to drink a full glass with breakfast. Not only does this prolong my favorite meal of the day, but it helps me digest what I eat and fills me up.
Along with my lemon water and apple cider vinegar cocktail, I also enjoyed a bowl of pre-made pumpkin oats.
I basically downed this bowl in 5 minutes. Thursday mornings are always a rush because I teach spin at 5:30am and I make it to work by 7:30am. Pre-made breakfasts are a must on this day of the week.
I think I spoke too soon about being slow at work this week because today I was slammed. Funny how that happens.
Anyways, after a meeting, I had time to come home and grab lunch.
The last of my turkey meatball muffins over kale, nooch, sprouts and tahini.
Along with a cup of sprouts.
Anyone else love the crispy leaves? I think they are my favorite part.
I realize I’ve eaten the same things this week but I’m on a fix and it works.
By the time I got home and did my Jamie Eason’s Live Fit workout (shoulders and abs), it was time to start dinner.
This salad used up every vegetable I had left in the fridge. Roasted broccoli, eggplant, sun dried tomatoes, spinach, sun dried tomato chicken sausage, hummus and balsamic.
Now that I’ve consumed all of the food in the house, the question is….what we will eat for dinner tomorrow? Hmmm…time to get creative.
How much water do you drink a day?
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