Going Back to Simple: Water

Lemon Water

I used to consider myself a “terrible water drinker”, which is to say that I was drinking far below the recommended eight cups a day. This, of course, resulted in dehydration and frequent headaches and was particularly annoying because it was all self-imposed. I’m weird about water and think most of it tastes “funny” straight from the tap.

A year or so ago I finally stopped being silly and committed to drinking water throughout the day. I began my morning with a giant glass with fresh lemon juice to set the tone and bought a big BPA-free plastic bottle to keep me on track. I felt a million times better, and my headaches went away.

But I still get sick of plain water. I need lemon or lime wedges, cucumber slices, or mint to jazz it up. And I’d much rather be drinking coconut water – raw and organic, if possible. Fizzy mineral water is also nice.

Last week, as I was sipping on my fancy, filtered, flavored water, doing a mental check of whether I was on track to drink my eight glasses, and leisurely reading the latest Travel Junkette post, I saw this video:

That’s a reality check right there. I’m embarrassed that I ever acted like drinking water is such a chore.

Every time I turn on my faucets and have immediate, unlimited access to clean water, hot or cold, I’m reminded to be consciously thankful.

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