My fiancé has poked fun at me for a while now over my recent
love addiction to sparkling water. I wasn’t always a fan of sparkling water and actually found it quite repulsive for the longest time. My mom drinks a lot of it though and last summer she had me try some one day when we were out and about and I was thirsty (I should add this was during the time she helped me move to New Mexico (long story, will eventually talk about that)). I remember curling my lip in disgust as I unscrewed the cap and took a swig. Much to my surprise though it actually.. tasted.. really good! It was a bottle of Arrowhead sparkling water flavored with lemon juice. From that moment, I was hooked. So I began drinking some here and there and soon started drinking 4+ of their 32oz bottles every single day, until my stomach turned sour one afternoon (I think due to all the carbonation). After that I stuck to about a bottle a day and thus began a period during which I consumed a decent amount of both sparkling and regular (or as the fiancé calls it, “REAL” water). My job at the time wasn’t exactly labor intensive, but I would still work up a bit of a sweat and I found myself chugging bottled water in addition to the sparkling water.
After I moved (back) to Oregon, I.. well, I stopped drinking water. In general. I gave up the sparkling water to save on grocery bills for the time being (yes, I can drink that much and spending $60-$120 a month on sparkling water is a bit much, don’t you think?) but haven’t really been consuming water at all.
My level of water consumption has fluctuated throughout my life based on the types of jobs I have had or how active I am each day.. but this is the least that I have consumed, on average each day, in a very long time. I don’t really know why. I often wonder if it is somehow tied to my overconsumption of food and sweet foods. Perhaps I eat so much that I don’t feel the need to drink water between meals? Or perhaps because it is so unbelievably humid here my body doesn’t become as thirsty as it normally does? I have to remind myself too that once you are actually feeling thirst you have passed into the realm of dehydration. So does that mean I am never dehydrated? I’m not sure that’s actually true, considering I have felt worse on days that I drink hardly any water at all.
I have toyed with the idea of downloading an app to my phone that will remind me to drink water throughout the day. I did this a couple years ago and the app drove me crazy over time, but it also got me into the habit of regularly drinking water throughout the day and I realized that over time I started to feel better.
The other benefit to this is that water can help me feel full. My fiancé keeps reminding me of this and it’s not the first time I have heard it.