If I had a dollar for the number of times I’ve heard someone say that we/I/they need to drink more water, I would have a lot of dollars. It is the number one health advice that I hear consistently (right along with eat less and exercise more). In fact, drinking more water makes it easier to both eat less and exercise more.
I think everyone agrees that drinking more water is healthy (within reason – water intoxication is scary too) but at least for me, getting 3-4 liters of water in a day is hard!
Over the past few months, I have tried a lot of ways to encourage myself to drink more water. These are the tips that are working for me right now.
1. Drink at least 1 liter of water before breakfast
I’m not going to lie, this is hard! I usually fill up a big 1.5 liter bottle and carry it with me while I get ready. Then, every time I take a “break” I have to take a big drink of water. “Breaks” include everything from finishing straightening or curling a section of hair to switching from concealer to mascara. Most days I end up having to drink a little less than half a liter at the end before breakfast but spacing it out makes it easier on my stomach.
It took me 24 years to figure out just how great homemade broth really is. I hadn’t even considered making my own vegetable broth before then. Why would I? It is so easy to go to the store, pick up a carton and pour it into my soup or pasta dish. Then I became a little bit wiser and realized that vegetable broth is easy to make and homemade tastes SO MUCH better than anything you can buy from the store.
To make my life easier, I keep a bag in my freezer full of vegetable scraps. It has everything from carrots that were getting a little too old to use on their own, to radish leaves, to celery tops. As I cook, instead of throwing away those scraps, I just add them to my freezer bag. Then, when it gets full, I use that as a base for my vegetable broth.
Sundays are for breakfast in bed, wearing pajamas all day, Netflix marathons, and internet entertainment. Here are some of my favorite internet finds of the week.
this study/work playlist is perfect.
this “breakfast” salad is everything I want to eat right now.
these homemade Twix cookies. yes please.
this olive oil gelato is begging to be made.
this tutorial on how to wear glitter for the holidays. adorable.
this gummy bear sangria. is it festive if I only use red and green?
this bagel loaf combines my two favorite things.
this quiz on everything that happened in 2014. 13/14 – just saying…
this college major in beer. can I go back?
this bacon and egg ramen. breakfast foods for the win.
I am a morning person. It’s annoying. Growing up I was soooo jealous of all of my friends that could sleep in (especially at sleepovers – do you know how boring it is to be the one that always wakes up first?!). I’ve slowly come to appreciate my body’s desire to wake up before the sun as I’ve gotten older. It really does come in handy now that I have to do grownup stuff like go to work.
Despite my newfound appreciation for mornings, I’m really not a breakfast person. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good omelet or cinnamon roll (or omelet AND cinnamon roll) but my average weekday breakfast is a lot less elaborate. I usually go for cereal, or a granola bar, or a smoothie, or more recently, overnight oatmeal.
It’s no secret that eating healthy costs money. I am extremely fortunate to live in an area that doesn’t have much fast food (although there is still plenty of opportunity to eat poorly). I also am lucky to live 3 city blocks away from a Whole Foods. The next closest grocery store is just under a mile away so it tends to be my grocery store of choice. There are many benefits to this: easy access to healthy foods, every ingredient I could think of, bulk bins and bulk spices! There is a major drawback though…money. Grocery shopping exclusively at Whole Foods adds up. Here are a few ways that I have figured out to make my dollar go a little further when it comes to groceries.
1. Meal Plan…
You’ve heard it a million times before – plan out your meals. I try to come up with a loose plan for my meals for the week each Saturday. Then, I can grocery shop on Sunday and prep anything that needs to be easy to use for the week. Rather than buying a bunch of things that sound good as I walk through the grocery store, you shop with entire meals in mind. This makes it a lot easier to resist the chips and cookies and other things that just sound good in the moment. This also helps you figure out how to use up the last of the cheese or broccoli you have to use up soon. Rather than waste them by throwing them out – you can incorporate them into tomorrow night’s dinner.
2. …But Be Flexible
Meal planning is a great way to eat healthier, but does it really save you money? Yes, you are wasting less food, but it isn’t going to save you money if you buy an entire jar of tahini and only use a quarter. I have found the most success in having a loose meal plan. My grocery list will look something like this
- Fruit to mix with yogurt
- Veggies for dipping in hummus
- Veggies for soup
- White beans for soup
- Butter if it is on sale
- Nut milk
If I limited myself to buying carrots and navy beans for my soup, I risk missing out on a sale on celery and cannellini beans. Obviously there is always the option to change your list at the store but I’ve found more success in thinking about opportunities to adapt a recipe before I leave home. Your recipe may call for coconut milk, but would the almond milk you have on hand work instead? This lets you use foods that are in season (healthier and cheaper) and makes it easier to eat local.