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1/31/19 5:41 A

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I am lucky in that the water here (Haute Vienne in France) is lovely. I hate sparkling water, so tap water is fine to me. To ring the changes I will add a slice of fresh lemon or lime, or sometimes a few pieces of frozen red berries. I don't drink tea, coffee or sodas, so water is my go to drink.

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1/2 cup of sugarless Ocean Spray cranberry juice & 1/2 cup water, The sugarless cranberry juice is 10 calories per. cup, so would be 5 calories each time, have 2 times a day for a treat instead of plain water when home.

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1/25/19 1:16 A

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I was on a well for so many years that "city water" tastes foul to me. It has a distinct chlorine odor. Ick! Bought a filter and it's much better. I usually add lemon or lime juice, but also add other fruit bits. I also drink a lot of tea and the occasional diet soda.

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1/23/19 6:53 P

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For just 15 calories you can make yourself some sugar-free Alpine apple cider from a packet mix. This is good hot or cold.
Non-caloric choices might include TrueLemon or TrueLime packets (also great for seasoning food), sugar-free Tang or sugar-free Crystal Light lemonade. The Stash teas are great and there are a lot of caffeine-free choices. My husband loves "Very Berry" and Celestial Seasonings' "Country Peach". I have a great fondness for Earl Grey. Of the coffees, we both love Green Mountain "Dark Magic".
I sometimes plunk a wedge of lemon into my drinking water - or orange slice or cucumber slices. This is quite refreshing. I grow mint and mint is a nice flavor. I slip an anise tea bag into my water when I want a licorice flavor - or put in some fresh fennel.
So....what is the flavor of the day? Let's go for it!

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1/21/19 1:38 P

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Try Smart Water and add diet lemonade powder to your water.



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1/21/19 11:09 A

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A friend of mine gave me Pure Inventions - Pure Hydration - Coconut Water Enhancer (30 Servings) 1 Oz and it was AMAZING! I have ordered the other flavors off of Amazon and am looking forward to trying them.



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1/20/19 9:01 A

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Fruit slices, cucumber slice, fresh herbs... get creative!

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1/19/19 9:31 P

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I use lemon juice, cucumbers, and ginger. I have used mint leaves. I also use lemon power with electrolytes especially since I'm doing Keto. I also do a lot of tea lemon zinger, green tea, and peppermint tea. emoticon



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1/18/19 11:32 A

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Add lemonade powder to your water.



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1/13/19 11:43 A

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Recent favorite: mandarin orange and finely sliced peel in water. Adding some ginger or diet ginger ale makes a great variation also!

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Cold weather. Hot water and cinnamon

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1/11/19 11:02 P

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I use lemons, limes, and frozen fruit in an infusion water bottle

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1/8/19 11:52 P

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I've made a mix of kombucha + water over ice
fresh lemon works in either hot, warm, or cold water
herbal teas are often a go-to when I need a warmer option


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1/8/19 9:02 P

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My wife and I grow and use Lemon Verbena

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I use lemons, limes and fruit.



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1/3/19 7:02 A

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I like lemon and limes

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love cucumber and melon



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1/2/19 7:49 A

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lemons and limes

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Thank you for the ideas!

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12/25/18 11:31 A

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I like cucumbers and mint leaves, sounds strange but very refreshing

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12/24/18 10:03 P

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Some great ideas, its colder and damp here and water is just not doing it for me, gonna try lukewarm herbal teas for a bit. Thanks for sharing.

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12/23/18 3:42 P



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This is something I like in the summer. Take a huge pitcher of water, add blue berries and fresh mint. Let it sit overnight. The mint adds a really nice flavor.

I will add a squirt of fresh lemon or lime for flavor.

What I really like are flavored sparkling waters like La Croix or Adirondak or Polar Seltzers. Polar Seltzers come in some really tasty flavors like champagne strawberry or tangerine cranberry.

You'll have to read the label. Some so called sparkling waters add artificial sweeteners, La Croix and Polar Seltzers do not.

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12/23/18 11:35 A

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I just make lemonade with the water, lemon juice and maybe some stevia to taste. Bam! Done! I make a whole pitcher and just fill my cup when needed lol.

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12/23/18 10:43 A

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cool post...

i love squirting fresh lime in sparkling water, reminds me of Mexico



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12/22/18 3:44 P

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Filter it. Add lemon or a bit of another fruit of your choice. Run it through a nutriblast. Make ahead of time and consume when ready.

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12/20/18 10:04 P

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Mint Leaves and Lemons together is usually what I go with.

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12/20/18 10:00 P

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I love lemon water whenever I work out. I also love adding ACV for some weight loss.

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I've sometimes pureed a little bit of a sweet/sour fruit and added it to me water. Watering down some pineapple juice might work for you. Remember, you CAN drink other things that count as water because it is really fluid .... ALL fluid that is important.

In the summer I often have an iced tea and add a splash of sweetened soda to it which lifts the enjoyment. It is also generally the only time of year I would meet/go over the 8 cups a day, but not every day. In the winter I often only get 5 cups of fluid. That is because in the winter I tend to eat more soups/casseroles than the summer. I eat a heap of fruit every day and a lot of fluid comes from them, as well as other foods.

Be guided by thirst and the colour of your urine ... if it is pale yellow or clear you are generally getting enough. If it is darker you may need to drink more.

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12/18/18 8:20 P

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What he said.

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12/18/18 12:45 P

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There are a few different things that you might experiment with:

1 - Temperature
While lots of folks prefer icy cold water, there are lots of us who detest it and prefer room temperature or heated. You might find that something you loathe cold - say, lemon infused - tastes good to you at room temperature, and is quite enjoyable at "coffee" temperature.

2 - Tissanes (herbal "teas")
Without using actual white / green / black tea leaves, there are tons of different tissanes that you might enjoy. If you prefer "sweeter" flavours, then look for mint or cinnamon or citrus blends --- or look for ginger or lemongrass if you like "sharper" flavours. Don't forget to try them at different temperatures, and at different strengths (for instance, I really enjoy a very light strength of lemon ginger at room temperature --- but can't swallow it if it is too strong, or if it is either hot or cold --- and I love hot water with a squeeze of lemon, but dislike it at room temperature or cold).

3- Teas or coffee
While some folks claim that these "don't count", your body will use the water from them just the same as it does water from any other source. If you really enjoy these - at any temperature - then keep having them. The only caveat is that you might want to seek out decaf versions, since there is a healthy upper limit to caffeine intake in a day.

4- Broth
Whether bone broth (meat based) or vegetable broth, the liquid content is absolutely used by your body as water --- and the extra nutrients are a bonus. If you enjoy the flavour, at whatever temperature, then sipping at a few cups of this during the day definitely "counts"

Finally - assess your thirst level and urine colour, and then decide whether you actually are already getting in enough fluids and don't need to worry about finding a way to "like" water! There is no scientific basis for the "8 cups per day", and many people don't need it since they get sufficient hydration from their food choices and other beverage choices.

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12/18/18 11:53 A

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I have heard and tried so many things nothing seems to do it for me, cucumber although I like it seems vile in my water. I will be trying grated ginger next.

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