Just For Today: Swap One Drink For A Glass Of Water

photo: Jau Kay

 

Coffee has a lot of caffeine, juice has a lot of calories, soda has a lot of sugar. But they’re all fine to consume – in moderation. The important thing to remember is that you also want to make sure you’re getting enough water.

The Institute of Medicine determined that men should drink about 100 ounces of water per day, and women should drink about 75 ounces each day. To picture that, think of a two-liter bottle of soda. One two-liter bottle is about 75 ounces, so women need one of those, and men need about one and a half.

How much water do you think you drink in an average day? Is it enough? If not, my Just For Today challenge for you is to swap out just one of your drinks in the course of the day for a glass of water. If you usually have orange juice for breakfast, have a glass of water instead. If you normally like a diet coke with lunch, switch it – just once – with a glass of water.

I know it’s not as sweet or maybe even as satisfying as what you normally drink, but water is important. Every system in your body depends on water – to flush toxins, carry nutrients, to build muscle, to digest food, lubricate your joints, and on and on and on!

photo: TalayehS

Will just one glass of water on one day make a huge impact on your overall health? Probably not – but it’s a good place to start! After you try this Just For Today, you might start to see other times in your day when water is the better choice for you.

I keep a 32 ounce refillable water bottle on my desk and sip from it all day long. Actually, I carry it with me everywhere – around the house, when I’m out running errands, even at the movies. The other day I asked my husband if he could wash it for me while he did dishes, and he said, “Sure, if I can just get it away from you long enough!” I started out just trying to increase my intake, and now it’s a habit.

So switch out your drink Just For Today! You’ll save some calories, nourish your body, and probably feel better too!

Posted on July 27, 2012, in Just For Today and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Carolyn Hughes

    You have me convinced! I know that I should drink more water but I guess it's because I don't think about it during the day. Think I'll try your idea of a refillable bottle. Sounds good!

  2. inspiredbysteve

    Thank you so much for this reminder. I've been a dust-bowl recently and need to get back in the swing (or the swig) of things! : )

  3. moirahutchison

    I believe that once a person starts drinking the amount of water that their body needs (each body is a wee bit different!) – they'd find that they experience a lot less food cravings and avoid that energy slump in the afternoon! I drink a lot of water each day and always have my water bottle with me ;). Thanks for a great post!

    • I think you're totally right about hydration helping with energy levels and food cravings. I'll often see the suggestion to drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if you're really hungry or maybe just need more water!

  4. I'm up for the challenge! I actually have been drinking more water lately and I feel so much better. It's actually a reason why I get sleepy in the afternoon! Thanks, Nisha!

  5. Love this! I add lemon and lime to my water also and have just recently started to up my water intake. Its extremely humid here and need more fluids.

  6. I love my water. It's about all I drink anymore, and usually in the neighborhood of 3 to 4 liters a day.

    • That's awesome, Lena. It really is one of those habits that once you start, you can't imagine how you lived without it!

  7. Hello, I love your post. I'd like to share. Water is an essential component required for the effective working of our body since body parts including our brain and the various tissues are mostly composed of water. Considering this, water can significantly improve our ability to think and make us energetic too. Good day~ Laura W.

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