You Are What You Drink

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I started my 2nd 21-Day Personal Challenge, which is drinking only water, 11 days ago. Here’s what’s new in the land of liquid.

Now, I hope those of you who are following along with this series don’t mind, but I changed the rules a little. Instead of drinking only water, I decided to drink only vodka because they’re the same color.

Seriously though, after the first week of withdrawal from caffeine, juice, and aspartame, I’m truly LOVING this water only deal. Here’s why:

Less Decision-Making

Man, who knew that we actually think and make decisions about what we drink? It makes things so much  easier to drink only water. At a restaurant I don’t have to mull over what to order to go with my meal, and my husband doesn’t even have to ask what I would like to wash down the dinner he just made me ;) !

Less Food Cravings

Here’s something else I’ve discovered these past 11 days. Drinking only water lessens my food cravings. You see, I use to unwittingly associate food and drink with each other when deciding what to eat. For example, I don’t really want cookies anymore because without milk, what’s the point? Also, what good is it to sit down with a bowl of cookie batter (I know, I know…) if I don’t have a fizzing cold can of diet pop to accompany it?

It’s Cheaper

Let’s face it, groceries aren’t getting any cheaper these days and not having the extra body drinking milk and juice in the house saves a few bucks. To top it all off, I was the only one drinking diet pop (3-4 a day) in the family and now we don’t have to buy it at all.

It’s Natural

As you may already know, up to 70% of the human body is made up of water. It’s seems only natural then, to replenish our fluids with nature’s own.

I don’t drink bottled water (not good for the environment) or tap water (tastes awful with all the chemicals) . I drink filtered water straight from the fridge. So good!

Everything Tastes Better

Another unexpected benefit of drinking only water. Without the additional tongue clutter dulling my taste buds, my mouth is free to fully appreciate what I’m eating.

More Pleasant Surprises

When I pulled this “water only” challenge out of my hat my heart sank as I thought of all I’d have to give up. But as it turns out, I don’t feel deprived in any way.

For example, I didn’t really have to give up any breakfast item because I don’t usually eat cold cereal (which obviously needs milk). I’m an oatmeal person. And when I say that, I mean it quite literally – I’m actually made out of oatmeal. It makes driving a car really difficult – and messy.

And like I mentioned earlier, I had only about 7 days of withdrawal symptoms, and now I don’t miss a thing.

My Plans for the Next 10 Days of the Challenge

I have to admit I’m feeling rather guilty and somewhat antsy. Guilty because it no longer really seems like a challenge to drink only water, and antsy because I’m super keen to start a new trial. But, my next challenge will just have to wait until the end of this one.

And by the way, I’ll fill you in on my long-term “drinking” plans next week.

What do you think, do the benefits I’ve outlined here tempt you to give the challenge a try?

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