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Distracted Drinking

Sunday, December 05, 2010

We all know that distracted eating - eating mindlessly in front of the TV - is a bad thing. Distracted drinking, however, can be a great thing! Sixty-four ounces of water is A LOT and every day it's a struggle for me to take in that much water. I've found it helpful to fill a pitcher with all the water I need for the day, keep a large glass next to the pitcher, continually refilling the glass throughout the day. If I go to another room to watch TV, ride the stationary bicycle, read a book, or use the internet, I take my water with me and sip it while I concentrate on another activity. You would be surprised at how fast the water goes! There you have it. Distracted eating, bad. Distracted drinking (water), good.

I'm in Stage 2 of the Spark Diet, and the strategy I'm focusing on this week is drinking water, so I'm thinking of ways to make it easier. Something else I've found to be helpful is bringing the pitcher with me to meals. If you're eating something salty or spicy, it's easy to drink a lot of milk or juice, both of which are healthy in single-servings, but can add calories quickly if you're not careful. After you've finished a glass of your first beverage, drink water. How many times have you gotten to the bottom of the glass and still been thirsty, but not wanted to get up to get more water? It's easy because the pitcher is on the table next to you.
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