Monday, October 17, 2011

Just add water

Confession: I'm so bad at drinking water. It's a daily battle for me and most days I fail miserably. Most Dr's want us drinking 64 oz. of H20 daily. Well I drink that much but it's usually hot and brown. Mmmm I love my coffee.

I know water has countless health benefits... it assists in weight loss and helps with hunger issues (sometimes what we think is hunger is actually thirst), it hydrates your skin making you look younger (I can use all the help I can get), it flushes impurities and bad stuff out of your body. I was a pre-op kidney stone sufferer and I have had a few post-op too and anyone who has felt that kind of mind numbing pain never wants to experience it again. Water can help fend those off.

So why don't I drink more? Well, because next to my yummy cup o' Joe it's just not that interesting. I am trying to do better so here are a few things I've been adding to my water to make it a bit more exciting to drink...

Fruit – Just wash, slice and toss it in. I've tried lemon and lime wedges, orange slices, sliced strawberries, cucumbers, raspberries. My current favs are raspberries. 1 bottle of water with about 4 fresh juicy raspberries floating in it is a delicious treat.

Mint - I grow mint in a pot in my yard and a few springs in a bottle of water makes it less of a snooze fest. Lemon & mint are a great combo.

Juice Cubes – Fill an ice tray with your favorite 100% No Sugar Added Juice and put it in the freezer. I pop one or two cubes in a glass of water. It gives the water a hint of yum without too many added cals or sugars. Apple is my fav.

Drink Sticks - Sugar Free flavored drink sticks. Whenever I find a new flavor I put them in this Ziploc bag and when I'm thirsty I reach into the mystery grab bag of flavors. I've had some winners I've loved and some that were yuk but it's been fun to try them. They are great for traveling.

Celebrate ENS - I add one of these sticks to my water and not only does it make it taste more interesting (comes in Wild Cherry, Citrus Splash, and Cranberry-Grape) but I'm getting vitamins and minerals, plus 500 mg of calcium citrate in each stick. Also great for traveling.

Now I'll never give up my cups of Joe (that's just crazy talk) but I am trying to create more balance and moderation in my day.

"Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance." ~Epicurus

What do you do to jazz up your water?

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14 comments:

Ordinary Girl said...

I really enjoy water and drink 24 oz first thing of a morning before I eat that first bite. I do prefer tea, but I drink most of my water at work.

mm said...

I add beans to my water and make it brown, it has this funny effect of making it WORK! I get in at least 64 ounces this way. Otherwise -- some oz get down with added carbonation -- or some tea bags -- or a stick pack of orange SF flavor.

Heather said...

The thing that helps me are the little ice chips that have traditionally been at hospitals...well, now they're all over the place! Luckily my job has one of these machines, I drink A LOT of water every day, then munch on the ice :) gives me my crunch fix too.

Sandy said...

Oh, I am probably worse at getting my water in. I really have a hard time. When I remember, I do use drink sticks throughout the day, especially at work. My favorite brand is "Great Value" (Walmart brand). Their blueberry acai and cherry limeade (YUM!) are especially good. I also make a water bottle full of this and a few hours later it is like a slushie... better than a Sonic cherry limeade :)

Amy said...

These days, I'm digging Ocean Spray sugar free, Cran-Cherry Limeade, drink sticks. But after you post, I'm thinking that I may try a few frozen cherries in my water.

Queen of Snark said...

You & me both sister!! most generally I have to have some sort of flavor in my H2O. And it has to be REALLY cold!!

Lehnanne G. Kidd said...

Vitamin Water Zero has some nommy flavors (has some crap flavors as well), True Lemon packets with a bit of Splenda are good as well. Iced tea is my go to drink right now with the crunchy ice from Sonic. They sell the ice by the big bag full here. Love that crunch.

3 Of A Kind Transport said...

I am a water hater too...I have been adding Mio to my water. Tastes great and zero calories...It does help me get my h2O down ...wishing you the best of luck

Tamara said...

I'm a water-weenie as well. I just can't force myself. The only thing I can easily tolerate is SoBe Fuji Apple Pear. So yummy but it gets expensive and troublesome chasing down the sales. Your idea of freezing juice is perfect because this is something I can attempt to create on my own. Thanks!

Kitty said...

Pooh - just ate my comment...

Anyway - a slice of cucumber in a glass of water is refreshing.

MarcyB said...

By the time I passed my 6th kidney stone (years before WLS), I came to see the value of drinking lots of water so I've learned to enjoy the taste of plain ice water. My first choice, though, is SF Margarita-flavored ice water. It's from Walmart's Best Value line and only comes in pitcher-sized sticks, or at least that's all we get here. I make a pitcher in the AM and finish it by dinnertime. It's not salty - just a zippier lime flavor. I never get tired of it. (And no more kidney stones since I've been drinking at least 64 oz of water a day.)

Anonymous said...

Try freezing fresh pineapple chunks then adding 1-2 chunks per glass. It adds a nice flavor without being too sweet.

www.mytinytank.net said...

Oh Shelly! Water is an issue for me too! I drink alot of tea but water is tough. What I have one 1 liter Smart water a day and I carry it around and when its done I can drink tea. If no smart waters in the house I use my refillable Starbucks tumbler for my water!

Milton said...

Since surgery I can't deal with plain water, even from a bottle, so I always add 'something', my favorite being a packet of True Lemon, True Orange, or True Grapefruit.

I also go through boxes of the drink stick packets and found the Propel variety to be the best (less sweet) tasting.