Water is basic stuff.
I mean we all know it- we cannot survive without it- but since daily life for most of us offers so many other thirst quenching options, there needs to be a reminder from time to time of this wonderful green, organic, healthy, frugal substance.
I’ve seen people where I work that manage to drink only coffee (many cups of it though) throughout a full 9-10 hours of work, and wonder why they are jumpy, their eyes twitch from time to time, their skin looks tired and they have head-aches or even migraines.
Some of my family lived for years on diet coke or Pepsi and forget that plain simple water even exists. this is not only a questionable choice health wise- but I think there is no place for questions and the answer is quite clear on the frugal side of this matter. this is why they stopped and began drinking water.
By the way- those family members understood that drinking too much soda is not exactly recommended for young children, but had a hard time trying to implement no diet soda rules on their children while they were deep into the habit of it…
So I gathered some of my tips and tricks- that work quite well at our home:
*The first tip I have to enhance your water consumption is quite simple – just carry water with you at all times.
When fresh water is accessible you will drink more.
If you are (like me) an ice-cold water drinker- then arrange for your refillable water bottle to be constantly filled with fresh cold water, and don’t be lazy about refilling it.
*In the winter time- get some fresh lemon-grass or mint leaves -or ginger with lemon- put in a glass near you and keep it filled with hot water all the time.
(mint leaves in my garden).
I found out that no matter how much I drink at work, I tend to finish my 1 liter bottle on my way back home, especially on hot days.
*This is why before going home, I make a stop at the water cooler and fill my refillable water bottle.
*By the way I carry my water bottle with me every where- on long- and even short rips.
You never know when you’ll be thirsty.
This tip has saved me from so many situations of being terribly thirsty/having to spend too much money on bottled water.
But isn’t it boring? water water water all the time?
I drink 2 cups of coffee a day, and no diet soda, ( I do drink an occasional glass of sparkling water -with or without lemon in it) ,but sometimes I want a change, something different to drink.
In the afternoon I always drink a glass of hot water with 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar– the organic type”with mother “(that sounds horrible by the way- who wants to drink the poor vinegar’s mother???).
This is something I read long ago in a book about “life after 50”. I only turned 50 now but I think you already understood that I like to be prepared, so I implemented some healthy changes to my diet before actually turning 50, and I must say that I think they work pretty well. the acv is supposed to be very healthy for you- read online if you wish.
Another one of the changes I made was -surprise- to drink more water.
This I believe to have helped my skin look better ( some might say “glowing” but I have no idea where those people are).
Drinking more water has helped me lose weight, feel good during and after exercise . I forgot to mention that before I start any exercise I fill my 1 liter bottle with ice-cold water and only then I start working out- and yes- that also applies to yoga sessions. some might think- why bother- I almost never sweat doing yoga so why fill my water bottle- but this is a huge mistake- yoga takes a toll on your body, a good one of course but still one that calls for a good drink of water during- and afterwards.
I mean this is my opinion- as usual- do whatever you want. but why not drink water? its healthy, tasty, frugal- what are the downsides of it?
There is another tip concerning water I found out.
*When I am stressed -on the verge of developing a panic attack or a stress headache I quickly go and grab a glass or two of water.
I’ve found this to be very helpful.
you are welcome.
Another tip I use- is when at home, after my shower getting settled to read – I pour 2 glasses of hot water infused with tea leaves or ginger&lemon to this glass bottle I got for myself, and sip those glasses ( I often fill it up a couple of times more) before going to bed.
Relaxing +a way to ensure I drank enough water and wasn’t distracted by anything or misled to think I am not thirsty by air condition in the summer or cold weather in the winter.
enjoy- the cooliflower.