My kids are out of school. Home all day long. Oh my gosh the snacks! The constant eating. Is anyone else dealing with this? The best advice ever is to not buy the foods that you are tempting to you. Well, cross that one off the list, I can’t NOT buy peanut butter when my kids love it (yes, they even love the organic unsalted – creamy or crunchy, they aren’t picky).
Another awesome piece of advice? Close the kitchen. Nope, not going to happen. Not with these three amigos. Kitchen never closes. I do my best to listen to my body. If I am truly hungry, I eat. If I am tired, bored, anxious, or if the food just plain looks good, I avoid eating. The number one way to increase your energy and keep the snacking at bay?
Water. Plain old water. And lots of it! At a minimum, you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces per day. Your body is made up of mostly water, so do yourself a favor and drink up!
Lately, I’m aiming for a gallon of water a day or at least 100 ounces. I feel better when I drink water and yes, I eat less! I enjoy working out, and now that it’s warmer outside, I naturally need more water.
You’ve likely heard it before… we often confuse thirst for hunger. Start drinking lots of water and you will find that you do naturally eat a little less. Or want to snack less often. Because you weren’t truly hungry!
So many people struggle with low energy. Drink more water! See how it helps with your energy levels throughout the day. It is truly amazing. When you are focusing on water, you will naturally drink less caffeinated beverages, because seriously, there isn’t room! When you drink less caffeine, your body can naturally regulate energy cycles and you will sleep better at night. Win-win.
Does drinking this much water seem overwhelming? Like you couldn’t possibly? Try it. Give it two days. That’s all it took me to start craving water. Please, just give it two days of at least half your body weight in ounces of water and let me know if you don’t develop a thirst for more!
Here are my tips to make water-drinking easier:
- Start your day with water. Every morning, drink 2 cups of warm water with lemon (I also add apple cider vinegar). We wake dehydrated, so the worst thing you can do is start out with coffee that further dehydrates you. Drink your water first! And you’ll already have 16 ounces down!
- Carry your water bottle with you everywhere. You won’t often see me without my glass water bottle. It’s like my purse. It goes everywhere with me. Bonus: a glass water bottle can sit in a hot car and still be safe to drink, unlike plastic.
- Add flavor. I love lemon and lime wedges and even cucumber. Herbs like mint can be great too. If you’re worried about your tooth enamel (which is a real concern with too much citrus), drink through a straw. Personally I love my essential oils and drop grapefruit, lemon, lime, peppermint and even orange into water for flavor and therapeutic benefit (caution: make sure your oils are safe to ingest).
- But skip the little packets of Crystal Light and similar powders. Unless you find a super clean one, they are usually loaded with artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. I used to down those things like crazy! No wonder I was always bloated, I was taking down huge amounts of artificial sweeteners!
- Take small sips all day long. Make it a habit. Drink water even when you’re not thirsty. And especially when you feel bloated!
- But don’t drink a lot of water with meals. Wait a half hour or so after eating to drink large amounts of water. You don’t want to dilute your stomach acids too much when you’re working on digesting. You know the old, don’t-swim-for-a-half-hour-after-eating-rule? Apply that to drinking water instead.
How else do you make sure you are getting enough water?