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I find myself running so non-stop all day long that when I am finally crashing into bed at night, I’m parched. Sometimes I’ll down a couple glasses then, only to wake up throughout the night to use the bathroom– and the last thing a Mom needs is one more thing to wake her up!
I feel so much better when I am hydrated. My mind is clearer (one of the biggest culprits in brain fog is dehydration). I can manage my hunger and make better food choices when I’m hydrated (our minds have a hard time differentiating between the thirst and hunger signals). Every biochemical function in our bodies happens in the medium of water– so we simply need enough in order to keep running well.
Knowing all this didn’t change the challenge of getting enough water every day, though – so here are some strategies that have really helped me.
1. Set Up for Success.
I set four pint-sized glasses full of water on the kitchen counter the night before. They are ready for me from the moment I get up in the morning. This is beneficial for two reasons -
- I am able to sip water throughout the day which is much better than gulping it down in one or two sittings, and
- because they are right there in front of me I am reminded to take a swig now and then. No more having to remember to pour myself a glass throughout the day.
I cannot express how much this step has helped me– very often I finish all glasses by 2 in the afternoon, and then I get the added benefit of feeling like a superstar.
2. Let Your Snacks Hydrate You.
Another idea is the consider what kinds of foods you snack on all day. I was getting into the routine of eating mostly dry foods– lots of pretzels, crackers, popcorn, chips. These foods are not high in water content. Foods like fresh fruits and veggies are high in water content– which is one (of many) reasons they are so instrumental in a healthy diet and weight loss. Because I simply needed quick foods to eat during the day, I began setting up a snack tray the night before I went to bed. The next day I would have sliced, chopped, and bite-sized fruits and veggies available in the fridge when I needed to grab a munchie. I could connect this one strategy to a host of other wellness benefits – but staying hydrating is one of them.
My normal plate consists of one apple sliced, baby carrots, one cucumber sliced, berries (normally blueberries), one red pepper sliced and a couple broccoli florets. — Depending on what’s in the fridge, I sometimes rotate in grapes, cauliflower, pears, or oranges.
3. Spread Out Your Supplements.
I began using my vitamins as an additional way to hydrate. I split my vitamins into three piles and take them during the normal meal times of the day. Unfortunately, I don’t always succeed at getting all three meals in myself, but, I do sit my children down for breakfast, lunch and dinner- so I capitalize on this time to take my supplements. I make sure that each time I pour a large glass of water and drink it while taking the pills.
Sometimes when a message is heard too often it is easy for us to pass it over – but focusing on simple ways toward wellness often produces the most significant changes to our health.
Consider increasing your water intake today and observe if it impacts the way you feel.
Do you struggle with drinking enough water? What are some of the reasons you have a hard time getting enough in daily?