As I continue to challenge my own water in-take, I thought I would share with you my top tips.
When it comes to drinking water, I have gone through phases in the past where I am an angelic waterholic but once something has disrupted that routine, I have found it can be hard to get on track.
Water is available in foods and have read that buying bottled water is more of a fashion statement created by the industry itself. According to the same reports, British tap water is perfectly safe and “tastes good”. Depending on your definition of good, I don’t find plain water much of an incentive so like to spice it up.
We all know how important water is – for cleaning our system, but I have found now that I am in my early 30’s and have lost some weight, I want a fuller face and need to keep drinking for healthy glowing skin to minimise dehydration lines on my forehead and eyes.
Here are my tips and if you have any to share yourself, please do comment below!
1. Invest in a special favourite me-time mug or drinking container and work out its volume.
You will associate this time with a special positive reward time. I finding a fun mug with your favourite print or colour is more exciting. I have recently been using my free Sports Direct mug as I relate it to keeping fit and holds 600ml of fluid – just 3 of these is a day is mentally easier to digest than 8 glasses of water or hearing 2 litres of water.
2. Treat yourself to your favourite selection caffeine free teas or healthy cordials.
I like to keep a variety or healthy herbal teas and add plant milk to fool my brain, mimicking a regular black tea with milk. I find them warming and habitually have one by my desk at all times. Once it is empty, I fill it up again so I can subconsciously reach for something to drink. It is also a great idea to keep some ice in the fridge and serve with a wedge of lemon, imaging I am enjoying a spa-like experience with relaxing spa music – available for free on YouTube.
3. Try to opt for different fresh flavoured soups during lunchtime.
When I create fresh soups using my favourite kitchen appliance, the Morphy Richards Soup Maker, I create a large portion of soup to last me 4 days. Tinned soups have a high sodium content so you are better to make your own or a fresh store-bought range. Not only do you add water to create the stock for your soup, you are focusing on plentiful vegetables with high water content. I always opt for a thick, filling soup recipe and vary my soups every week to prevent boredom. Also, for a range of my free favourite soup recipes, you can find them here.
4. Get a Water-Intake Monitoring App.
Water Balance is a great free app for your smart phone which is helpful if you need a helping hand, or write it down! It is also worth noting that the more exercise you do, you will need to drink more.
5. Try creating smoothies that you can add water or juicing some raw vegetables.
If you have the money, buying a new toy such as the nutribullet is a great way to keep up your interest. This is on my Christmas list already for this year as I have struggled to use raw and firmer fruit and veg with my Morphy Richards Soup Maker.
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