Have you heard the Latin expression sine qua non? It can be translated as “without which, not” which may sound like gibberish, but it means “without (something), (something else) won’t be possible”. Water is a sine qua non for survival. It’s the most refreshing and bountiful of all things! And my healthy and easy New Year’s resolution for 2018.
We nourish our bodies, bathe, wash our clothes and homes with water. We swim in oceans and pools for exercise and enjoyment. We sail, surf, wade and frolic. We need rain for our gardens and to hydrate the food we consume. It is necessary. It is delicious.
If you’re like me, there’s a good chance you’re thinking of ways to live healthier in the new year.
Most of us have exercise or food-related New Year’s resolutions, but they’re not always easy to implement—which can lead to frustration or eventually not following through. I’ve found that one of the most easiest ways to live healthier is simply to drink more water.
According to the old rule of thumb, we’re supposed to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day, and some health experts recommend even more. CNN Health reports that being adequately hydrated can help to ward off fatigue, keep hunger at bay and boost metabolism. “It keeps your body running efficiently, allowing it to work smarter, not harder.”
I have consumed enough water in the past few months to attest to this. I upped my water intake back in October and had dramatic results. I love water so it was easy for me. The secret is to carry it with you!
It began when I visited Atlanta to tape an interview for AIB Network’s At the Table. I noticed my colleague Kristen carries a water bottle with her wherever she goes. Plus, she keeps a gallon jug of water in the back of her car. When she stops, she fills her water bottle. Efficient, Effective and Excellent in my book. So I started doing this and have loved it! I quickly lost 10 lbs and feel invigorated. More water in these past few months has also dramatically changed my skin.
Consider this: If you replace every 150-calorie can of soda consumed daily with a glass of water, you save more than 1,000 calories per week, which translates to 15 pounds lost over a year! I don’t even drink soda and lost 10 lbs in 2 months—most likely from the metabolism boost and keeping hunger at bay since sometimes we eat because we’re really thirsty!
To make this easy New Year’s resolution even easier, there are many foods that contain water.
Everything we eat contains some water, and water-rich foods like vegetables, fruits and soups may help tackle both thirst and hunger. Raw fruits and vegetables have a lot. Watermelons and zucchini, for example, are more than 90 percent water by weight, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Different foods naturally contain different amounts of water, but it adds up!
It makes me smile when I’m with my friends and we get a tall glass of water and say something like, GAHHH you know what? I LOVE water!
Not everyone shares this sentiment, so maybe you can try adding fruit or vegetable slices such as oranges, lemons or cucumber to boost flavor. Non-alcoholic drinks such as fresh veggie juices and caffeine-free tea contain mostly water, and all contribute to your hydration. Carbonated water is another option.
A poem from my latest book White Wild Indigo is about this single, most important ingredient to life. It was inspired by a recent trip to Cuba where fresh clean water was not plentiful. I was witness to the country’s lack of access to clean water and am incredibly grateful for modern plumbing, municipal water treatment and supply, water quality and strong water pressure for showering! It made me stop and think of its importance and to not be flippant about it.
There’s no magic formula for hydration. Everyone’s needs vary depending on age, weight, physical activity, general health and even the climate you live in.
So as you begin 2018, let thirst be your guide to jump start a new, healthy lifestyle. It may only be water, but it’s EVERYTHING.