Tips & Tricks: Tried and True Tips for Ultimate Water Consumption by a Self-Proclaimed Water Drinking Pro

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First of all, I’m not going to insult you by saying you should set a water goal. You guys are masters at setting goals (and then crushing them). So, here we go.

  • Bring all the water you want to drink throughout the day with you

I hoard water bottles like a dragon and its treasure. I swear I have more water bottles than I do actual dishware. So, I utilize them. I fill up 4 one liter bottles each night before bed, stick ‘em in the fridge and then grab them out and put them in my work bag the next morning. Then I remind myself how freaking heavy that bag was on my walk into work and that it would be super great to have it be considerably lighter on the walk out.

  • Drink water you actually like

I HATE the water at work. I think it’s disgusting. Before I moved into my own house, I used to fill up a gallon milk jug from my parents’ house and take that to work. To this day, their water is the best I’ve ever tasted. I don’t like Dasani water, or Aquafina. I’m not even super fond of the water at my house (that darn city water…I’m a simple country girl who likes well water, okay?). I have a Sodastream though and that has been my saving grace. I only drink it with the diet lemon lime flavoring and it’s AMAZING. It’s also good to put in smoothies with pineapple and blueberries. Anyway, I’ve found that when you have water that actually tastes good to you, it makes it a lot easier to chug-a-lug all day long.

  • Figure out HOW you like to drink your water

So this sounds a bit weird, but I’ve found that drink water much quicker through a straw. I like to just sit at my desk with the straw permanently in my mouth while I work on my laptop. In fact, I’m doing it right now. So I have a really cute 1 liter cup that looks like a mason jar and it has a straw, so I pour my lemon lime water from my hoarded water bottle into my cute cup and away I go. If you like drinking it from a cup with crushed ice, then get yourself a cup with crushed ice. If you like drinking straight from the water bottle, then do it.

  • Don’t have other options in the house

The only thing I have to drink in my house is water from the faucet. So even if I wanted a Diet Coke (and trust me, some days I think I might kill a man for one) I don’t even have the option. It’s not like I’m going to go all the way to the store for one pop (or soda, if you’re WRONG). Remove liquid temptations and eventually the urge to go for something else will dissipate.

  • Think of the benefits (of having to pee all the time)

I’m serious on this one, guys! When you drink a lot of water it seems like all you’re ever doing is going to the bathroom. But think about the benefits. For starters, it gets you away from your desk for at least a couple of minutes. You get some GD peace and quiet. And, if you get up to go as soon as the urge strikes, you can take the long way to the restroom in order to get some extra steps! Lastly, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure that holding your pee increases the risk of getting a UTI, so going frequently can only help, right? But seriously, water helps with weight loss, clear skin, increases energy, prevents cramps, regulate body temperatures, etc. etc. etc. Does pop do that? What about beer? Sugary juices? That’s what I thought.

Vegan, Baby

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One day while at work, I overheard a conversation regarding a supervisor’s recent and significant weight loss. Seeing as I am constantly on the lookout for tips and tricks to aid in weight loss my ears instantly perked up. He was describing how he switched to a whole foods plant-based diet after watching Forks over Knives, a documentary on Netflix. Intrigued, I decided to join in on the conversation. Talk turned to how since switching his diet/lifestyle he has lost fifty-some pounds, and has more energy than ever. His wife, who made the change with him has lost around forty pounds. They just eat a plant-based diet. That’s it. No crazy supplements, no intense workout schedule, just simply eating whole foods. It seemed too good to be true, but it was obviously working for them.

That night I decided to give the Forks over Knives documentary a watch. I was FLOORED. The Western diet is so excessive and unnecessary yet we never seem to question it. We eat meat, eggs, drink milk and have no idea that these things are actually causing more harm than good. The documentary is filled with so much fascinating information, I had to pause it at least 7 times to call my mom and gran to tell them the latest incredible discovery. They honestly got sick of talking to me and said they would just watch it on their own. I was totally inspired to learn more, and adopt a whole foods plant-based (vegan) diet for myself.

I spent the next week or so following vegan foodies on Instagram, reading blogs, watching more documentaries, investing in plant-based cook books, etc. I cleaned out my cupboards, fridge and freezer, throwing away some and giving away most. I felt as though I was totally prepared to take on this new lifestyle. I ate oil-free, salt-free French fries, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, black beans, all the broccoli, peas, green beans, corn, carrots, and cucumbers I could get my hands on. I had giant bowls of whole grain cereals with almond milk, veggie burgers, veggie hotdogs, I thought I was totally killing it…until I stepped on the scale. In about a two-week’s time I managed to gain a whopping ELEVEN pounds by eating a vegan diet. I was devastated.

So I went back to my previous diet using the Weight Watchers points system, and researched how the hell I managed to gain so much weight in such a short amount of time, consuming foods that are proven to be better for me. Turns out, I wasn’t alone. If you Google the phrase “gained weight on vegan diet” you’ll get back over 600,000 results. Apparently it’s pretty easy to go a bit overboard when switching to a vegan diet. I wasn’t ready to give up on transitioning to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle, but I was scared to death of continuing to gain weight.

Enter Jordan David of Conscious Muscle; a vegan bodybuilder and online vegan fitness coach. It was through pure luck, or perhaps some sort of Divine Intervention that I stumbled across his Instagram profile one day. I got the distinct feeling that maybe this guy held the answer to my failing vegan lifestyle transition. A fair bit of research and some positive input from my sister-in-law later and I was purchasing his “Transformation Package”; a package that contains a personalized nutrition guide/menu, a training routine to compliment the nutrition guide, and unlimited guidance and coaching for the first month of your program. I recently received my personalized nutrition guide and training program, and it is a bit daunting…I’m not going to lie. However, I’m confident that having structure and a coach for guidance will help me succeed in transitioning to a vegan lifestyle and ultimately lose weight and insure I have a long, healthy life ahead of me. I plan to begin the program on June 1st, and am spending today and tomorrow preparing myself –and my fridge- for this change.

I will be documenting this lifestyle change via this blog and my Instagram. I hope to inspire others to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet, and become knowledgeable enough to answer any questions people may have. For now, I’d be more than happy to point you to reputable sources of information 🙂