Confession time: I think water is the most boring thing to write about, read about and think about. But it’s actually the most important thing we actively do for our bodies each and every day. I write in my book, Self-Care in the City, that I want you to Drink Water Like It's Your Job.
While I get in to the nitty gritty about water in the book, I'm going to keep this one light. After all, it's Friday!
I AM A WATERHOLIC
Here's the thing, I've always been a self-proclaimed "waterholic". I pee about every 45-60 minutes!
I've been eager to share ways I squeeze water in to my day and don't have to think about it. As my health coaching clients could tell you, once you automate a habit, it becomes effortlessly easy over time.
So! Let's start with a little science, then get in to the fun stuff.
Drink half your bodyweight in ounces every day.
Throw out the old "eight glasses a day rule," because everybody is different — and use this new rule of thumb. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you'll want to drink 150 divided by two, which equals 75 ounces of water at minimum per day. Add in 20 ounces for your sweaty workout, which brings your daily recommended amount of water to at least 95 ounces per day.
Pop Quiz: if you weigh 200 lbs, how much water do you need to drink in a day?
Answer: 100 ounces, at minimum. Plus an additional 20 ounces if you exercise. Which brings you to 120 ounces a day.
Glass Water Bottles - 6 PACK
My amazing Aunt sent Alex and I these water bottles after my visit to her place in Denver last summer (where I chugged so much water to avoid altitude sickness). Since then, we've got in the habit of filling up these bottles and keeping cold, crisp water in the fridge. It truly feels so fancy! The colored cap version six-pack are great for keeping track of multiple family members and avoiding shared germs.
Its just simply beautiful sipping water out of a mason jar. Next time you're at the grocery store, buy some salsa or marinara sauce that comes in a pretty jar, and then clean and repurpose the jar for beverages. (That's what we do!). But if you're eager to get your hands on this mason jar look ASAP, here's your link.
BPA-FREE Wine Glasses
Stop thinking about wine for a moment ;)
I swear, I use these for water too. In fact, we always keep one of these strong plastic glasses by the bathroom sink. First, they look beautiful and second, having the visual cue reminds me to drink a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. So go grab yourself a 4-pack and keep one by your sink. And use the rest for wine and picnics in the park!
HEALTHY HUMAN WATER BOTTLE
I know, I know, Swell Bottles get all the hype. And they're great! But I like to root for the underdog and I find these Healthy Human water bottles to be an easier shape to lug along in my tote bag or hold in the cupholder in my car. Not only do they keep your water icy cold, but who can beat a classy opaque white look? Great water bottle for at your desk, or at the gym.
Hand Blown Clear Blue Rim Glasses
When I worked in Finance, I'd hit up TJ Maxx about twice a year and treat myself to a new glass for water at my office desk. It was a fun way to remind myself to drink water and not drink out of the sad paper cups at the office. I'd bring my nice glass to meetings and felt confident having a good looking glass sitting on my desk. I had a similar hand blown glass form Mexico, which was my favorite!
BUCKET LIST ~ Berkey Water Filter System
This Berkey Water filter is the top of the line when it comes to high quality water . . . and you better believe it's on my wish list. I've heard the water tastes even better. We're pretty lucky living in NYC and having good tasting tap water, but if I lived elsewhere, I'd get a Berkey Water filter ASAP.
Pro Tip Sometimes we think we’re hungry but we’re really just thirsty.
So you’re telling me that if I drink more water, I’ll eat less food and lose weight? Yup, yes I am. If you’re dehydrated, your body sends you hunger signals as a ploy to to get you to eat food that has water content. So why not just have some water instead and wait 20 minutes? If you’re still hungry, by all means, go eat some food please.
PS: Want to know why I want you to Have a Crush On Your Water Bottle? Read this archived post for more.
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