Dear Home Ec 101,
I know we’re supposed to drink eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but I hate it and can never make myself do it.
Parched in Parkersville
Interestingly enough the whole sixty-four ounces of water may be a myth. Like you, I don’t enjoy drinking plain water. That said, when I drink lots of water during the day I find myself reaching for other drinks, like sweet tea, much less.
I have my water consumption on my to do list. Just like any other thing I don’t enjoy doing, I suck it up and get it over with. When I first wake up, I have a glass of water before I let myself have my coffee. Then I have one before breakfast, snack, lunch, and dinner. Perhaps I’m a little, OK a lot, on the OCD side but when I’m forcing myself to drink, I find that counting swallows takes my mind off the water itself.
If your water is particularly unappetizing consider investing in a filter. The water in Ivy’s area is notoriously bad, but after it has been filtered it tastes just fine.
Not every aspect of life is fun, like paying the bills, taking care of yourself is just something that must be done. There are those who insist they feel a million times better when they are well hydrated. Personally I find it to be one of those gradual changes. I find I have fewer headaches, but it goes unnoticed until I find myself reaching for the ibuprofen a little too often.
As far as flavored water goes, I personally cannot tolerate aspartame and cannot recommend it. Sometimes a twist of lemon, lime, or even cucumber is a nice change of pace.
Remember it takes around twenty-one days to build a habit. It won’t be long before it seems less of a chore.
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