Drinking more Water Changed My Life
I have never really been a huge water fan. From the time I was a young teen, I latched onto coffee and never looked back. I used to laugh when people told me caffeine stunts your growth — not being too short myself, I could only imagine how tall I “would’ve turned out” had I not been addicted to the hot, black substance.
One afternoon last year, I held my hot 12-ounce cup and sipped it slowly as I conversed with a co-worker. They suddenly looked at my hands then back up at me and asked, “How many coffees have you had today?” I thought about it for a second and replied, “7… or 8, why?” It seems pretty insane thinking about it now but then I was just irritated someone was questioning my caffeine intake. “You’re really hurting yourself…” was their only comment. I gave them a look that told them I wasn't interested in their advice and they never brought it up again.
I brushed it off for a while but that statement played in my mind constantly. “You’re hurting yourself…” Was I? I couldn’t stop thinking about it and eventually, I had to know if caffeine was really the problem people portrayed it to be.
An article on Office Coffee states that “Typical office workers drink about 20 cups of coffee during the workweek. At 20 cups per week for 50 weeks per year, that’s 1,000 cups in a year!” I thought that sounded outrageous, and quickly did the math: 7 cups, 5 days, 35 cups of coffee... Ah! I drink the same if not more cups of coffee than the average office worker.
Well, it definitely wasn’t the intake of caffeine that I was going to focus on. Obviously, I loved my cappuccinos too much to start by cutting them out of my diet! I instead read a little bit about the benefits of plain, everyday water consumption and realized this was something I needed to at least try.
And thus, since the end of 2020, I’ve tried to incorporate more “clear coffee” into my habits and I am amazed by just how much it changed my life.
I Feel Better in the Morning
When I started drinking water I made it a point to start my day with it. The concept of swallowing the frog first got me off on the right foot each morning, and a frog it was. At first, I hated it. I was all warm inside from sleeping and to wake up and douse myself with cool, crisp water seemed like a bit of a slap in the face.
After about a month though I began to enjoy the daily routine and noticed that I actually felt better getting up and preparing for my day.
I Think more Clearly at Work
This is where the majority of my caffeine intake came from — sitting at a desk typing out random data entries all day long. I always felt like I needed something to keep me energized as the hours slowly ticked by.
The surprising truth was the more water I drank, the clearer my mind was. I slowly started noticing I was faster with my calculations and started voluntarily reaching for my water bottle instead of my coffee mug. I was more alert and it felt good.
Flavors are more Apparent
“I like cappuccino, actually. But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.” David Lynch
That used to be my motto in life. Now I find when I actually get a cup of coffee, I immediately notice the flavor. It’s hard to explain but coffee seems to be more distinct the less I drink it. Maybe I was just an automatic consumer and never noticed before, but lately, it’s exciting like a special treat every time I make a cup.
I find that even the flavor of water makes a difference. I have an RO remineralizing system at home. Many times I have a glass of water when I’m out and the flavor can be overwhelming and different. I didn’t even know that water tasted like something before, but believe me — it does! Now I carry extra bottles of water with me so the taste is fresh and clean.
I still enjoy my cappuccino, I just naturally started drinking it less and enjoying the flavor so much more when I do.
I Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices
The biggest change for me was all the other areas in my life that changed due to drinking more water. The little alterations I ended up making throughout the months were impacted by my one healthy choice. More water - felt better. Felt better - exercised more. Exercised more - gained an incentive to eat better… one thing led to another and soon my entire lifestyle transformed in ways I didn’t even plan.
“If you pick the right small behavior and sequence it right, then you won’t have to motivate yourself to have it grow. It will just happen naturally, like a good seed planted in a good spot.” ―BJ Fogg
This quote from Success Magazine is a great illustration of my water-drinking journey. I started with a good habit and it naturally grew out into other areas and changed my life.