How to Drink More Water (when you really don’t want to)

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Want to learn how to drink more water, when you really don't want to? Here are 4 simple ways.

I have to admit something: I hate drinking water. I really, really do. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. For some reason, I just never liked drinking water, and would make all kinds of stipulations around me consuming it. It needed to be bottled water only. It couldn’t be from the tap. It needed to be super cold and have ice. Blah blah blah. Now that I’m older, I truly see how silly that is, but yet I still have that same aversion. With this 3rd pregnancy, I’ve found myself extremely thirsty so I’ve had to resort to new ways to get myself to ingest water in this summer heat. 

Get the right cup and fill it up

I have a reusable cup of water available at all times now. I’ve even trained, I mean taught my kids to make sure mama has water with her at all times so she and the baby can drink and be healthy. I’ve learned that the type of cup is key. I use insulated tumblers as much as possible, as they are able to keep the water nice and cold.

Add fruits and veggies

Spa water recipes are all over the internet, especially Pinterest, so take advantage of in-season fruits and veggies by adding them to your water. I’ve discovered which infused waters I really enjoy (cucumber, lemon and strawberry is delectable), and I make sure to treat myself to these on the days when I just don’t want to drink water. I also make homemade fruit syrups, like strawberry syrup. I’ll add a tablespoon on days when I really need something sweet but don’t want to turn to juices.

Set a reminder 

We have no issues adding reminders in our phones or on our computers about important meetings, appointments and assignments. Why not do the same for your water intake? I set a timer to eat and snack and drink water at least every 2 hours now. This is due to the baby, but I hope to continue this trend once he’s here and I’ll need to remind myself of these things even more. If you are an app fanatic, there are water intake apps available that will alert you when it’s time to consume. Here’s a good tip: set a snack/water reminder right before any meetings or appointments you may have. It’s like killing two birds with one stone.

Night time is the right time

Some days, as hard as I try, I still don’t consume the proper amount of water. Since our bodies reset when we sleep, a few glasses of water about an hour before bedtime is a great way to catch up on your intake for the day. This will give your body enough time to take advantage of the nourishment, and enough time to *ahem* release what it doesn’t need. You can hit up the restroom right before you get in bed and not be bothered. Don’t forget to still leave a cup of water on your bedside for those middle of the night sips.

Do you have any tips on how to drink more water, when you really don’t want to? Please share with us in the comments below.

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  1. 7.16.14
    VaBreeze said:

    Countme among those who didn’t like to drink water. When I used to work, I used an infusion pitcher to make my spa water. It sat on my desk where it was a constant reminder. I drank the full pitcher over the course of the work day each day.

    My preference now is bottled water. I prefer water at room tempetature. Water with ice must retain a colder temp than other liquids with ice because only ice water gives me brain freeze. I sit 4 bottles on my dining table that I drink wth meals and any snacks. I will also place 2 bottles on my nighstand– one I’ll drink prior to going to sleep and one after awaking in the a.m.

    Since I recently discovered the clear soluble fiber powder (totally clear and TASTELESS), I add 2 tsps each to two of the bottles on my dining table so I know I’m getting the right amont of fiber each day. On really hot days out, I must confess that there’s nothing better than downing a bottle of water!!! Does that mean I now ‘like’ water?!!! :o)

  2. 7.18.14

    I am working to drink more water….it’s hard. I think that is why I’m dealing with some of the headaches I’m having too. Now that I’m exercising daily this is a priority for me.