Why Water and Water Habits? December 7, 2018 This is my first email I sent to a group of 14 nurses at my place of employment. We all wanted to get healthier. Despite being nurses for decades, we all struggle with our weight. We feel we should know what to do but we just don’t do it. This blog is our work in the year 2019 to figure this out. Let’s get started!

Water is to humans as oil is to car engines – both are completely essential to keep all the working parts lubricated and prevent breakdowns.

Water is the PRIME reagent for our bodies to perform all metabolic activity, especially when we are trying to burn our own fat.

Many times dehydration is expressed as hunger; if we drink some water the hunger pangs go away!

Water with lemon or cucumbers in it replaces higher calorie drinks and gives our body the hydration it needs without the sugar.

Water can make us feel less hungry by physically filling our stomachs.

Your pee will be pale yellow when your body is well hydrated. The amount is different for each person.

Yes you will need to pee more but we are talking about BASIC self-care for you and we can always make time for someone to go pee at work!

You can easily create a water drinking habit by “stacking” your new drinking water habit with a habit you already do every day. For example I’ll tell you what I have done every morning since May 2018.

I get up at 4:15 am, pee, wash my hands, brush my teeth, get dressed in gym clothes I put out the night before and go to the kitchen to turn on my Keurig coffee maker. While I am waiting for the thing to heat up I drink down a 16-ounce bottle of room temperature water I always put by the coffeemaker the day before.

By the time my coffee is done brewing, I’ve hydrated my body, filled up the bottle for the next day and am ready to head off to the gym and work. By hitching my new water habit onto my old coffee making habit I now feel wrong not drinking my water first thing in the morning. It took me about a week to feel OK about swigging all this water in the morning but I haven’t had a problem in the 8 months since then☺

This week look at your morning and mealtime habits and find one, two, or three of your existing daily habits that you can stack onto your new drinking water habit! And next week lets share what works for us and what doesn’t!

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