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Water is so important in our family. Every night my husband takes at least three bottles of water with him to bed. I always have one close by too and sometimes my son has one next to his bed. He’s only four and still has accidents so I don’t encourage this yet. But there is never a shortage of water in our house. Everyone drinks water. It is a priority. We work out and we live in Florida where it’s hot at least eleven months out of the year. I also grew up in Arizona where temperature would hit 120 degrees. If you didn’t have water with you all the time, it was considered dangerous. Many people get dehydrated there (especially the elderly) so I have always known the importance of drinking water. It wasn’t until I changed my diet that I really understood it’s importance though. Not only does it help hydrate the body, it helps with weight loss too. Water boosts your metabolic weight. It’s hard to believe that this colorless, transparent, odorless and tasteless liquid which is called water could be so important.
I stay clear from fountain drinks and sodas. If I want something bubbly, I drink sparkling water with a slice of lemon. Sometimes I use a water enhancer for a little flavor.
So how do I get my two and four year old to drink more water? “Is water good for you?” he asks. That’s all they really know. Water is a necessity and always available for them over snacks or sugary drinks. My four year old gets one juice box a day for school. Otherwise, he also drinks milk in the morning and at night. Whenever he is thirsty, he knows he needs to drink water. He knows that he can’t poop without drinking water, haha because if you don’t drink enough water, you are constipated. Yes, my four year old knows about constipation. It all goes together. He also knows the downfalls of sugar already. Sugar makes them crazy! Mommy not happy. Water is good for you! So drink water! Drink up!
Fresh Baby is part of the Drink Up initiative and is spreading the word about drinking more water. One way they do this is by adding it on their Drink Up My Plate Dinnerware. It gives a blueprint for healthy eating at each meal. The plate has four divided sections that have the perfect sized portion sections for fruits, vegetable, proteins and grains. It’s a great reminder for me to watch what I feed my boys every night. But it also has a place to remind you to Drink Up. The plates are FDA food-safe, lead and BP-A & Phthalate – FREE. A portion of the sales is donated to the Partnership For Healthier America’s Drink Up Initiative to help encourage everyone to drink more water.
For help on learning about how important drinking water is check out MyPlate MyWins Messaging. Here you will find out why everything you eat and drink matters. Limit your sodium, added fat and sugars. For myself, I know that sugar makes me energetic for about five minutes then tired and lethargic. When I don’t drink water I get bloated and constipated. When I don’t drink water I am tired. When I am tired I don’t feel like working out. It’s a cycle. So I try to do things to remind myself that I need to drink more water.
I always keep bottled water available and a pitcher on the counter. When I get in the car there is always a bottle water next to me. I don’t leave bottled water in the car because it’s not safe. If I do it’s used for dirty hands. But when I leave the house, I take my keys, wallet and a water. It’s almost like a seat belt. I need it to protect myself. An alarm goes off in my head if I don’t have water with me. I also buy the mini bottle’s of water for the kids as well as keep a Fresh Baby Collapsible Water Bottle with me in my backpack. It’s empty but if I get into a situation, like running around Disney or the Zoo and we run out of water temporarily, I can run to a fountain and fill it up. Water might be an odorless and tasteless liquid but it sure makes a difference!
For more information on drinking more water visit MyPlate MyWins Messaging.
For more information on water vs. sugary drinks visit Free Drink Water instead of Sugary Drinks Lesson Plans.