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Diet Action Steps





Day 1 this week, drink 1 (8oz) cup of water
Day 2 = 2 cups; and so on

Day 7 = 7 cups

Going from little or no water to 8 (8oz) cups a day may take some getting used to. This Action Step is to help you adjust in one week’s time. If you woke up tomorrow and said, "I have to drink 10 cups of water today," that may feel like you’re trying to climb a mountain. Instead, tell yourself to drink one cup. Just one. The next day, drink one more than the first day. The next day, drink one more. By the fourth day you’re already at 4 cups per day, halfway to the recommended amount. And you’ll probably hardly notice a difference from day one. By the end of the week, you’ll think 7 cups is a piece of cake, and you’ll wonder how you used to go through an entire day without one cup!


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Drink one of your cups of water first thing each morning

We’ve all been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? The name says it all. You’ve spent the past 8 hours without food or drink and now you’re breaking the fast. It’s not only food you need though. When you wake up, whether you feel like it or not, you’re also dehydrated. That is the perfect time for that first cup of water of the day. Your body could care less if that first drink is sweet or not, it’s craving liquids. If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep a cup by your sink. Or if you eat breakfast first, leave a reminder in the kitchen to have a cup of water with your toast. Milk, orange juice or decaf coffee are great substitutes if you’d like a little more flavor. One cup is all you need to kick dehydration to the curb.


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Make sure you have a water bottle or water cup at home, at work, and in the car

For some of us, drinking water at work is no problem. For others, we always make a point to drink water at home. We run into problems when there’s no easy access to water at work or at home, we drink soda instead. In other words, we’re not consistent. That’s why it’s important to take matters into your own hands. By filling up water bottles and keeping them at work, at home, everywhere practically, you’re only a moment away from some much needed H2O. The car is an unexpected opportunity for water, but a good one. You could drink an entire bottle and not even realize it. Simply fill up each bottle when you’re done (when you leave for work for the evening, when you go to bed) and it’ll be nice and cold the next day.


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