Trying to drink more water every day can seem at best a little boring. But with some simple tricks it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Here are some of my best tips and habits for drinking more water every day.
1. Sip before every meal.
If you are making dinner at home, sip while you prep and cook the meal. If you’re out at a restaurant, ask for water when the host/hostess seats you. If you’re waiting for your lunch to heat up, drink water while watching that watched pot or waiting for the microwave to ding. Even if you’re putting together a snack, drink water. It’s just a simple tip that will help you drink more water. Once you establish these little habits you’ll find that you’re doing it almost automatically without having to think about it or put much effort into it at all.
2. Use an app to track how many cups you drink each day.
I don’t know about you, but for me, if an activity involves using an app, it’s a lot easier for me to get into that activity, and maybe even get a little excited about it. Keeping up with how many glasses you’ve finished can be easy (and fun) with the help of a free app like Daily Water Free or Daily Water. Download them to your phone to set daily reminders and alarms. Anything that gives me an excuse to use a neat interface and gaze at a well-designed app has my vote!
You can even take it a step further with the high-tech water bottles that track what you drink right on the bottle. These nifty water bottles recommend your customized daily water intake, sends you notifications when it’s time to sip, and logs your intake. I love technology. The less I have to think about it, the more likely it will get done.
3. Add some flavor to your water
You can add a little bit of excitement and flavor by steeping fresh fruit (grapefruit, strawberries, lemon), veggie slices (cucumber, ginger, celery), or Essential Oils (basil, lemon, lavender) in your water.
Take it a step further and mix more than one together. I love doTERRA’s Lemon and Basil Oil in my water. Delish! Wondering what Essential Oils can actually be ingested? Check out this link for some helpful insights:
4. Eat water-enriched foods.
One sneaky way to increase the amount of water you consume on a daily basis: EAT your H2O. Add fruits and vegetables with a high water content to your grocery shopping list. Some top picks include cucumber (96% water), zucchini (95% water), watermelon (92% water), and grapefruit (91% water).
5. And finally, anytime you drain your water bottle or cup, fill it back up!
Every time I let my glass or bottle sit on my desk empty, it can stay that way for hours. Hours I could be filling with ounces logged. Sure, I keep telling myself I will get up and get more water any second. But if you make a habit that as soon as you finish a container you have to fill it back up again, well, I doubt you’ll have an empty glass or bottle in your midst for more than a minute or two. You’re just more likely to keep drinking if the glass is full. And we love it when the glass is always half full and not half empty!
Happy H2O sippin’!