hydration

Tiffany, Week 8: How to Fall In Love With Drinking Water

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The Lehmans love water. This may sounds silly but water soothes me. When I feel stressed at work I love taking a drink of ice water. I don’t know what it is but the feeling just helps chill me out physically and emotionally.

Andy feels the same way about water as I do. He just needs it and neither one of us really understand why people are so fixed on all the sodas, energy drinks and coffees that are out there. (Don’t get me wrong, though. We love coffee. We just limit it to a cup or two). Cost is a big deterrent. Those babies are expensive and water virtually is free.

Our kids love water because they were never given a choice. I remember taking Anna to her well child visits when she was around a year old. Her doctor told us that juice is nothing but liquid candy–even 100% fruit juice–and that it will do more harm than good.

When Anna and Jack were both babies, if we ever served them juice I think it was 1 part juice to 3 parts water. Needless to say they never really desired the sweet drink. They always get milk and water. Juice and soda are a real treat and something that is not given often and they really don’t ask for it either. Jack is allergic to dairy and soy, so he drinks rice milk. Rice milk is expensive but you do what you have to for your child when he/she has severe food allergies.

Remember when you drink water, you’re nourishing your body. The majority of your body is made up of water. Do something good for yourself and drink up!

How have you gotten your kids to drink more water (and less soda and juice)? Post a comment and share!


Challenge Yourself: The Art of Making A Cup of Tea

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By Maria Masters

You’ve probably heard that wine is best when it’s allowed to breathe for ten or fifteen minutes before serving. Or perhaps you have your own tricks for making the perfect cup of coffee, like scrubbing that coffee maker down so residue doesn’t muddy up your brew. But did you know there are secrets for pouring the perfect cup of tea as well?

As Peggy and Tiffany mentioned, they received Lipton teas to help them stay hydrated. (Not only is tea delicious and calorie-free, but studies also suggest that it can speed up weight-loss and lower a person’s risk of type 2 diabetes.) So we asked Lipton for the inside scoop on preparing the perfect cup.  Follow their tips:

Get Fresh. Bottled is best for making tea. But if you’re going to the faucet, run the water for a few minutes. Doing so ensures that the water is as fresh as possible.

Watch The Clock. Green tea only needs about 1 to 4 minutes, but black tea generally takes about 3 to 5 minutes. For a stronger brew, let the tea steep longer.

Keep It Warm. If you tend to sip your tea slowly, use a tea cozy. Some of the brew’s flavor is lost when you reheat the drink.

What’s your favorite tea? Share in the comments below.


Challenge Yourself: 48 Ways to Drink More Water

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As you’ve seen this week, the Lehmans and Avaglianos are well on their way to upping their daily water intakes.

If you’re also looking to drink your way to a slimmer waistline and clearer skin, check out these 48 great ways to stay hydrated all day.

What helps you drink water all day? Share in the comments below.