Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Daily Challenge

Inspired by Nessy at lipstick, perfume, and too many pills, I've decided to join the Daily Challenge. Everyday they will send me a small, health-based challenge to improve my daily life and overall health. And it's not a big thing to commit to doing one small thing to improve your health every day. So let's see how it goes!

Here is today's challenge:

How to do it

What's your favorite healthy go-to drink? A glass of sparkling water with a slice of lemon or lime? A cup of a delicious herbal tea? A cold glass of low-fat or skim milk? Whatever makes you savor your sips, share it!

Why it matters

Staying hydrated is key! Every system in our bodies needs water, and without enough of it, we can feel sluggish or headachey. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to hydrate ourselves with drinks that are high in sugar and calories. By sharing a healthy drink, it may motivate you to think of other good-for-you drinks to guzzle - and you may get some good ideas from others!

Fun Fact

The average person in the United Kingdom will drink about 80,000 cups of tea during his or her lifetime.
For me, especially since I got pregnant, I have been a whole lot more conscious about what I drink and trying to stay hydrated. However, I have to admit that eliminating sugary (and caffeinated) drinks has not been easy for me. In fact, as far as the caffeine category goes, I will admit to not being entirely successful in that department - every once in a while I can't resist sneaking in a Coke or Dr. Pepper, and, since aspartame gives me a major headache, I don't drink the diet ones either (sorry, kid!!).

But, for the most part, I have replaced soda with wonderful Boulder tap water. When I need a little bit of bubbles I've been drinking Pellegrino with a little lemon or lime juice in it. And, to make sure I get the calcium I need (so the kid doesn't steal what he needs from my bones) I've been drinking a lot more non-fat milk - we get ours from a local dairy! It gets delivered to us every Monday in glass bottles and everything, fresh from the cow and delicious!!

And my friend MK shared this awesome idea: "I love tap water with homemade ice cubes that have blue berries or strawberries frozen in them!" Those ice cubes would be nice in my Pellegrino too!!

So that's Day 1 of the Daily Challenge - and so far so good!


Mandy said...

Sounds pretty cool... is it still going well?

hope you and baby boy are doing well!

~Mariah~ said...

MANDY: Yeah! I've been having fun with it and my friends have too! You should give it a try!