Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Water: Natural Goodness Made Even Better

Several years ago, I drank A LOT of diet coke. I LOVED diet coke. While I knew that all the "stuff" in it was probably not the best for me, I rationalized that I ate otherwise pretty healthy meals and exercised, so I was okay. However, I never felt truly good about this habit.

In addition to my two or three cans of diet coke a day, I have always drunk lots of water. I like water. I have always liked water even when I LOVED diet coke. About a year ago, I completely stopped drinking diet coke at home and limited myself to only drinking it when we went out or when we were at my in-laws, not more than a can or so a week. At first, it was hard not having my beloved diet coke around anymore. But after a few weeks, I had lost all desire for it and didn't even drink it when we went out anymore!

As I said, I like water, but it can get a bit boring, so I have tried to come up with ways to make it more interesting in a natural way. The following are things that I add to my water to make it more interesting:
  1. Lemon slices - I just love lemons.
  2. Cucumber slices - I always have a cucumber around to snack on and to add to my salad or to put on my sandwiches.
  3. Lemon & cucumber slices - I feel like I am at a spa when I drink this. Plus it looks so pretty when you add lemon and cucumber slices to a glass pitcher with water.
  4. Orange slices - I just recently tried this one when we didn't have any lemons around. It's good!
  5. Asian pear slices - I tried this during another desperate moment when the above items weren't available. It was really good!
So, what is your beverage of choice? Do you drink lots of water? If so, do you add anything to it? What do you add?

Be well,


  1. Anonymous4/22/2009

    that's an interesting idea to jazz up plain water! I have to say I'm guilty of not drinking enough water...the liquids I drink are mostly in the form of iced tea, diet soda, and coffee! bad, I know...

  2. I try to change up what I'm drinking as the day progresses so I don't get bored and leave it sitting. I find I drink water best when I've refrigerated it and drink it without ice so I do that for several glasses a day. I also like lemon, lime, or orange slices in glasses of club soda. And Arizona Diet Peach Tea!

  3. Your post made me think how I've successfully transitioned from bottled water to using Brita. I add just a bit of orange juice to my glasses of water. Maybe I'm just too lazy to actually cut slices of fruit. Ha!

  4. coffee, milk, propel, and the occasional dr. pepper!

    i do love water, but sometimes it still takes effort to get so much of it in one day. i figure coffee and tea are flavored water, so that counts right? ;)

  5. I enjoy club soda too!

    And yes, I think flavored water in the form of coffee and tea totally counts. :) I couldn't live without my morning (and afternoon) coffee... And you have to drink what you enjoy! I think in the end it's all about doing what's right for you and being conscious of getting enough fluids... :)

  6. Anonymous4/23/2009

    Great idea. I sliced some oranges and lemons and put them in the freezer. Now when I need them, I just pull the bag out of the freezer and pop some slices in a glass of water; it chills the water and adds great flavor.

  7. Freezing the fruit is a great idea! I never thought of that. I'll have to try it...