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Old 05-06-2013, 05:33 PM
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My friends essentially had a mini-intervention on me when they discovered how little water I drink. All right, so maybe not actually an intervention, but they did freak out a little and act as if they'd never heard of something so abnormal in their lives.


I regularly go for a few days without drinking more than a few sips of liquid. I eat a lot of fruit, raw vegetables, and other moisture rich foods, which is probably what has kept me alive for 21 years... but I just don't get the compulsion to drink water regularly. When I hike, when I run, when I'm on my feet outside in the summer - sure, I get thirsty like any other person. But just day to day, not so much. Trying to chug down water when I'm not thirsty is an absolute pain and makes my stomach hurt (probably a placebo effect from my mental irritation, but still).

But alas, after my "intervention" I decided that I should at least try to change my ways. I'm pretty chronically tired in the evenings even after sleeping for 8-10 hours nights in a row... I have low blood pressure. I get dizzy sometimes and have orthostatic hypotension when I stand up occasionally. And to go into the TMI, let's just say my pee doesn't look like sprite. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to conclude that I'm probably chronically dehydrated.

Now the catch 22. I don't like water really, but I need to drink something as was made evidently apparent two days ago. Yet I really don't want to substitute water intake for something unhealthy. I like fruity drinks, but don't like the exorbitant amount of sugar per serving, especially since I already eat a ton of fruit. Yet "sugar free" drinks and drink additives freak me out. No way in hell will I drink soda more than a sip if it's offered at a party. Milk is yummy occasionally, but it can't be my staple fluid. I like decaf tea, but not enough to want to drink more than a cup of it a day.

I bought myself some crystal light liquid additive to add to water and it is very yummy, but alas, it's a sugarless sweetener which really isn't my ideal. I know I *should* just suck it up and drink 8 glasses of water a day. But I've known that I *should* be doing this for years and yet I probably average out to .5-1 cups per day. Yesterday I actually drank like 5 cups of the sweetened water (yay!) but HOLY CRAP how are you supposed to function - I felt like I water faucet - I had to pee like every 30 minutes.

What to do, what to do?
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:35 PM
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I would just get a big 32oz water bottle and keep it with you at all times. I've found that when you get into a groove of drinking a ton of water, you want to drink it so much more. But the first couple days are kind of like...omg I pee so much.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:46 PM
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I would just get a big 32oz water bottle and keep it with you at all times. I've found that when you get into a groove of drinking a ton of water, you want to drink it so much more. But the first couple days are kind of like...omg I pee so much.
I try to always have a glass of water going (filtered, to decrease the chlorine-ee taste). If I just tell myself "DRINK THIS WATER" it will never work lol. But I tend to do repetitive things, like nibbling on snacks or wiggling my foot or whatever. I just redirect this.

Sip.

Hmm let's watch this.

A zebra!

Sip.

A lion!

Sip sip.

Turn up the volume.

Sip sip.

The tension!!

Sip sip.

And before you know it, the water's gone! and then you go get another glass. I went through a period were a big glass of cold water was just gross, I found cool-room temperature more palatable for a while.


As far as a non-water healthy drink, I think coconut water is supposed to be pretty healthy, and it's natural. Tastes like pee to me, but my mom and supposedly many others like it.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:49 PM
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I cut lemons in half and freeze them, then I grate them on a cheese grater and dump the shredded rinds and everything in the water. I love lemon drink, no sugar. Kind of a pain, but not terrible. Better than diabetes from all that sugar in the other ****.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:53 PM
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I suck at drinking plain water, too.

What I've found helps:

- keep a water bottle in the car - just having it in arms reach means I drink more just for something to do, especially on long drives.
- Use a bottle with a carbon filter - I hate the taste of some tap waters, but the carbon filter makes it taste like spring water, which is more palatable.
- Mint water! I just found several mint waters at Whole Foods and they are awesome - no sweeteners of any sort, but the mint essence really makes them more appealing than plain water. There are a few similarly sweetner-free flavored waters, but they still taste odd to me.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:12 PM
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You can use all kinds of natural things to flavour your water!

http://smarterfitter.com/2008/06/09/...-flavor-water/


Personally I like Camelbaks. I had heard that people drink more with a Camelbak so I bought one for the gym and two for home, and I definitely notice that I drink more water with them. I can't tell you why but it does happen. I use the 1L bottles at home and the small .5L at the gym. I easily drink 3L just in the evenings alone.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:28 PM
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You may also want to try a filter water bottle, like the Bobble or I think Brita makes them. I pretty much don't drink any non-filtered water anymore, I just don't like the taste. My bobble is my BFF. It makes water enjoyable, take it from someone who also hates just plain water. I also drink a LOT of Arizona Diet Green Tea and Snapple Tea.

I would just get into the habit of it.
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I can't imagine not liking water. I love it, especially ice cold from my water cooler!

The fitness program I'm doing suggests that you drink as many ounces as half your body weight (measured in pounds). So for example 160lbs = 80oz a day. That's a baseline, your body and brain doesn't function optimally if you're dehydrated. I tend to drink 100-150oz of water a day which is right on or above my recommended baseline.

I always have a bottle of water on me. Just plain as that's how I like it. You can try things like lemon water or something else I really enjoy is iced green tea, not very strong, with some lemon juice.

Oh and I don't pee that often. Every few hours or so.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:53 AM
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I LOVE water. I used to not drink alot - but I then I started taking a water bottel with me every day and now I drink about 1.5 liters or more just water. I usually drink coffee and maybe a cup of juice a well.

I only drink sparkeling water though... it's like almost all you can buy here? No one drinks still water here. (Jessie, you'd feel right at home. )
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I never used to drink water because I didn't care for the taste, it was just boring. Plus I found drinking it very filling, like uncomfortably so. Then in college that's all there was to drink in my room. So I bought a water bottle (a Bobble). Now it's like a freaking blankie that I can't go anywhere without. It's always within reach, goes in my bag to class and sits on my desk, lays next to me on the couch, comes with me in the car. I just take a few sips from it here and there. I like it better than a glass because with a glass I feel like I need to finish it quickly. I still don't drink as much as is recommended I don't think, but I go through probably three water bottle fulls on an average day. I do think the peeing is a bit annoying, but I find it only really happens if I drink the bottle faster than normal, like finish one over the course of an hour. Then I have to pee VERY badly in like 30 minutes.
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