Monday, May 23, 2011

Clean Eating Challenge: Step 1 -- Replace your beverages!

Drink water!! 

Simple enough for this week?  I think so, and yet, it was so hard for people like Anthony and me.  Anthony was absolutely dependent on Coca-Cola while I was a huge fan of milk with everything!  Milk and I were great friends.  But when I discovered clean eating, I realized that I needed to up my water intake and decrease the amount of calories I was drinking. 

So, week number one, make sure you are drinking your water!  How much should you be drinking?  The most common answer we hear to that question is 8-10 glasses per day, right?  Well, that's a great guideline but that might be way more than you actually need.  Or it could be much less than you need.  Another way to guesstimate the amount of water you need is to take your weight in pounds, divide it in half and that number is the amount of ounces in water you need to drink on a daily basis.  Make sense? 

If you weigh 150 lbs, half of that is 75.  You should be drinking 75 ounces of water. 

Basically, what you need to do is drink more water than you ever thought you could handle.  Yes, you'll be in the bathroom often.  But guess what that does... it gets rid of excess water weight you may be carrying! 

Does it seem odd to you that in order to get rid of water weight you actually need to drink MORE water?  Me too. 

But from what I gather, when you are carrying excess water, it's because your body isn't getting enough to begin with so it retains all it can for fear that you won't give it more.  Layman's terms.  I'm not a very technical person so that's as good as it gets.  Just a simple gal. 

So, here's the plan:

  • Drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning.
  • Drink a glass before/during every meal.  It will help you feel fuller and you might eat less.   
  • Drink water any time you think you are hungry.  Often times we mistake thirst for hunger.  If you're still hungry after a few minutes, grab a snack.
  • Pee often -- trust me, you will have no problem with this if you are drinking like you are supposed to.
  • Make sure you drink water inbetween all meals as well. 
  • If you feel you must have something to drink other than water during a meal or snack, cut it back to one drink per day.  


I don't really care HOW you drink your water, just drink it.  I happen to like mine with ice and a straw.  Yes, it really does taste better with a straw.  Yep, I'm a kid sometimes.  But if you like it room temperature, drink it room temperature.  If you like it with lemon, put some lemon in it.  If you like it with Crystal Light.... you're out of luck!  Those 'packet' things are all OUT!  No powdery substances allowed!  Lemons, limes, ice, celery (weird?), carrots (weirder?), etc... all allowed.  GO FOR IT!  

And that's it!  Not too bad for week one, right?  You can do this.  Don't worry about changing anything else for now. 

And if you're already drinking plenty of water, then you are just one step ahead of the game.  Good for you!  

Let me know if you lose any water weight by the end of this week.  I did when I replaced my beverages.  

Have a happy day (in the bathroom! ;)

Don't forget to comment on my INTRO to Clean Eating post to enter the giveaway. 


LeShel said...

week one, I'm in. I recognized awhile ago that I wasn't hydrated sufficiently. I've yet to completely solve the problem. This week I will.

ATH79 said...

I started drinking more water about a month ago because I was getting a lot of heartburn and I was thinking all the diet Pepsi was part of the problem. I do feel so much better drinking lots of water. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a plastic cups with built in plastic straws (my favorite kind is Cupco brand) and I keep it with me and filled all day. They go everywhere and don't spill. I find it easier to get my water drinking out of a straw too! It takes less effort I guess. Haha

Brooke said...

Yay for water! I know it seems so silly for the first step to only incorporate water. It's just that most people are dehydrated and don't even realize it. I was one of them!

And I don't know why it's easier through a straw. I just know I am able to drink more water that way than without one. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

And Angie, I am guessing that you are probably already eating pretty clean with your gluten-free diet. And I've actually heard (but not confirmed) that sprouting things, such as wheat, makes it so celiacs can actually eat it. Do you know if that's true? I need to do some more research.

Kortney said...

Brooke, you would be so proud of me! I drink only water... okay that's a lie. I drink Coffee too! HA!
BUT... I drink only water and I take my reusable 24oz water bottle with me EVERYWHERE!
I even own a purse JUST FOR MY WATER BOTTLE (and lipgloss).
I've been drinking 3-4 bottles a day. Meaning I am drinking what I am suppose to! :)

Brooke said...

Kortney, coffee is actually considered clean as long as you don't add sugar or some other manmade sweetener. So, you're good!