How to #RethinkyourdrinkOK and Choose Water

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and TSET blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. 

If you’ve been reading my blog you know that I have a lot of fun summer plans, and a lot of those plans involve spending time outside on my patio. It gets hot here in Oklahoma and staying hydrated is incredibly important. I’ve taught my kids to understand the signs of dehydration:

  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache

There’s also the most obvious sign, being thirsty. I think a lot of times we forget that feeling thirsty is actually our bodies’ way of telling us that we don’t just want to drink, we need to drink.

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It’s tempting when you’re tired and thirsty to reach for something like a soda. I have no problem with an occasional soda or juice as a treat, but the only thing that really truly helps with dehydration and thirst is water. That’s why I always encourage my family to “rethink your drink” and choose water instead of a sugary beverage.

That’s also why one of the things I’m including on my new patio is a cooler filled with refillable water bottles. It’s easier to ask my kids to “rethink the drink” if they can grab some water just as easily as they could grab a juice box or a soda, but I don’t want the waste of a lot of disposable bottles.

If your kid is thirsty and craving something sweet, a great way to handle both issues at once is to encourage your kids to eat fruits like watermelon and grapes that have high water content. You can even keep some grapes in the freezer and let your guys have a natural freeze pop at any time.

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Of course, water isn’t just for kids.

I drink water non-stop during the day both to keep hydrated, and to help me keep my weight down. It’s absolutely the easiest thing you can do to keep the pounds off. Ever since I read that sometimes your body mistakes dehydration for a sweet craving I always have a glass of water before I have a cookie or other sweet, just in case I’m not really Jonesing for that sugar as much as I am thirsty. I also drink a glass of water before every meal to make sure that I feel full just a little quicker.

If you’re wondering how much water you actually need, check out the helpful chart on the “Shape Your Future” page. There’s a lot of other great info on the page as well about the benefits of drinking water and healthy ways to encourage water for your family.

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What about you? What’s your favorite summertime drink? Are you a water drinker or do you need convincing? Share your thoughts in the comments.

“This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and TSET blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”