I am ashamed to admit that until 2 weeks ago, I was chronically dehydrated. I would have my coffee in the morning (8 ounces), maybe 16 ounces of water throughout the day (including any water with my lunch), and possibly some water or Crystal Light with dinner (max, 8-10 ounces). On days I workout, I drink more water, but otherwise, I was consuming no more than 35 ounces of fluid a day. Eep! 😦
I attribute a lot of my low fluid intake to giving up diet soda. When I stopped drinking diet soda a year or so ago, I never replaced it with anything…and I had a 2-3 can-a-day habit. Besides, drinking water has never “tasted” good to me. It’s inconvenient to be well-hydrated with the frequent potty breaks, and I would always forget to bring water to work or elsewhere. Most importantly, I never got thirsty. I have no idea why, but I didn’t get thirsty.
The answer to my dehydration was in the form of a plastic tumbler with a straw…a pink straw 🙂 It was cute, I bought it…and I’ve used it. A lot! I happily drink 80+ ounces of water a day now 😀 ! I love that the tumbler is eco-friendly, cheap, practical (it keeps things cold a LONG time!), and super cute, too 😉 I fill it up with ice in the morning (7am) and the ice doesn’t melt until about 1pm. We have a water cooler at work that I’ve been using at least 3x a day, and I refill my tumbler again at least once in the evening, and 2-4 times if I workout.
At 20 ounces per fill, 6 fills gets me to 80 ounce a day, and most days are closer to 100-120 ounces. This may not be a big deal to people who are good water-drinkers, but this is huge for me. I even held off on blogging about my new found love for water and hydration because I wanted to be sure it would last. I am proud to report that I now get thirsty, I feel better, I exercise better, and my bathroom visits are slowly decreasing in frequency!
I purchased one of these tumblers for several people for Christmas and I hope they enjoy it as much as I am. If you’re looking for a last minute gift, or a practical stocking stuffer, I recommend one of these!
And for the LAST cookie recipe for this Christmas season, a rendition of a peanut butter cookie my Grannie always made. Classic, delicious, and perfect for the peanut butter AND chocolate lover!
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg white
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup sugar
~65 Hershey’s Kisses
Preheat the oven to 350° F.
In a large bowl cream the butter, peanut butter, and the applesauce. Add in the sugars and mix well. Beat in the egg and egg white until well combined.
In a small bowl mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, stirring until it’s mixed well.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges and bottom begins to brown. Take the cookies out of the oven and immediately push a Hershey’s kiss into the center of the cookie. Remove cookies and set on a wire rack to cool. Yield: 4 dozen cookies.
Nutrition Information (per cookie): 101 calories; 5 g. fat; 5 mg. cholesterol; 66 mg. sodium; 12.6 g. carbohydrate; 0.4 g. fiber; 8.1 g. sugar; 1.9 g. protein
Result: These are a classic Christmas cookie (version of) in our house. Always have been, and they really are perfect for the person who loves both peanut butter and chocolate. Plus, they’re really cute 🙂 Who doesn’t love kisses?!
Question: Do you drink enough water? If so, what helps you get in enough water each day? If you don’t drink enough, how can you help ensure you get enough fluids each day?