Drinking water is so good for me. It fills me up, keeps me from being dehydrated (and thus keeps my metabolism going), keeps my joints lubricated and flushes toxins from my body. It is just about the easiest thing I can do to keep well.
I try to drink 6 glasses (cups) of water per day. The Dietitians of Canada website (http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Miscellaneous/Why-is-water-so-important-for-my-body—Know-when-.aspx) suggests that women drink 9 cups of fluid a day! Some of the fluid can be supplied from milk, tea and coffee, juice and so on. I limit tea and coffee since they contain caffeine. I rarely drink soft drinks since they contain loads of sugar. I go through bouts when I drink sugar-free soft drinks non-stop, but I always wonder what the sweeteners are doing to my body. I also rarely drink juice since it makes my blood glucose too high.
I usually have one cup of tea per day and at least two cups of milk, so on an ideal day, I am at 9 cups per day. On an ideal day… well, there are certainly days when I don’t drink the fluids I should. For some reason, I also have a hard time drinking fluids early in the day. So I can always use some encouragement and a few reminders.
Over the next five days, I am going to keep track of my fluid intake. I can do this with both of my I-Pad tracker apps, ‘MyFitnessPal‘ (http://www.myfitnesspal.com/) and ‘CheckOff Diet Tracker’ (New Angle Technologies LLC). However, I also made a page in my notebook to keep track of the water and other fluids I am drinking. Since I can keep my notebook nearby, I can keep my goal of drinking fluids literally ‘in sight’.
Goal #7: to drink nine cups of fluids each day for five days, including at least two cups of milk, one cup of tea and no juice or regular/diet soda.
In five days, I’ll tell you if I achieved my goal of nine cups of fluid per day.
Follow along with me if you like. Let me know how you do!
Best always, Alexandra