H 2 the O!

Thought of this while drenching in my own sweat after yoga class today, waiting in line to fill up my tumbler with water. In between the big guy with shorter shorts than mine and a grandma that could crush my head with her biceps, I thought of water to write about in my blog… This is a sign I need to get out more. I’m blaming it on the slight dehydration. But then again, I can write about whatever I want. Haha :)

Almost every health tip site I stumble on there is a section on drinking water. Fact is it has a lot of benefits in weight management, training, and even your skin. Being hydrated makes you less bloated too, since your body doesn’t feel like holding/storing whatever water you take in. However, I do forget this or just be lazy to make sure I drink enough. To those working in an office, the water dispenser always seem to be too far so you’d opt to thirst the whole afternoon. Right?! Another excuse would be “if I keep on drinking I’ll have to pee more often, and I’m too busy to keep on stepping out the room”. I’m guilty to both. I’ve been working constantly to throw all the excuses out the window and just DRINK the stuff! Here are the ways I was able to pick up from friends, articles in magazines, online, books, as well as my own tricks on how to get more good ‘ol H2O in me!

Tip 1: Have at least a glass of water beside you before you sleep at night. Why? If you’re like me that wake up in the middle of the night, hungry, having a glass of water nearby most of the time (if not all) solves it. Remember: You might feel hungry but you might just be thirsty. So best have a glass and try sleeping again. In my case, it makes me stay away from sneaking in the kitchen to munch on leftovers I tried to stay away from from dinner. Don’t have those hunger pangs in the middle of the night? A glass of water right when you wake up in the morning is a good welcome drink for yourself for the day. It makes me say “1 down, 7 more to go!”. Plus, it stops me from binge eating during breakfast.

Tip 2: Make sure you have your own water jug/container that can hold about 2 glasses of water (around 500 mL). That way you only have to stand up at most 4 times (aiming for 8 glasses) throughout the day. Besides, if your container is too big, you won’t be able to finish the whole thing and the water would taste “bad” or not be cold enough. You’d end just up throwing and wasting it

Tip 3: Bring that container everywhere you go. I have mine that I carry around the house, at work, even on night outs (well I leave it in the car to drink driving home). When I have it with me, I remember to drink it.

Tip 4: Drink a glass of water before, a glass during, and a glass right after a meal. Makes me feel full fast, so it stops me from binge eating. One thing I learned about myself is that when food is in front of me, I’ll eat it-not a very good habit I admit. But, if I feel really full from water, I tend to order less and manage my portions better. I also notice I enjoy food more since I don’t stuff all of it in my mouth to satisfy my hunger. Saves me money, and the guilt.

Tip 5: Getting sick of tasteless water? Put a few lemon slices in a pitcher and store it in the fridge. Or you can eat fruits with high water content. I always bring 2 oranges and an apple to work for me to snack on. It stops me from going to the convenient store to buy junk food.

I love wattaaaaah!!!

<3 Karla

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