I know how important it is to stay hydrated, but drinking enough water has always been a struggle for me. I’ve tried starting each day with hot lemon water and stocking my fridge with fruit infused waters, but I couldn’t quite get the habit to stick.

Then, the other day, a friend shared this article documenting how drinking more water radically changed one woman’s appearance, making her look 10 years younger. Whether or not fancy lighting or makeup was used to make the change look more dramatic, it inspired me to try drinking more water again. So, I came up with a little trick to up my H20 intake…

My Water Drinking Rule

My goal was to drink at least 3 liters (about 100 ounces) of water a day. So the rule I came up with is that I must drink a liter of water before each meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). I have a big 1-liter bottle that I refill to make it easy to keep track.

I start drinking water right when I wake up in the morning and don’t eat breakfast until I’ve finished the first bottle. Since I’m usually pretty hungry when I wake up, this really motivates me to drink that H20. If I want a cup of coffee or tea with my morning meal, that’s OK, as long as I’ve had the water first. I start drinking my second bottle right after breakfast. I make myself finish it before moving onto lunch. And then it’s the same story after lunch—no dinner before the third bottle of water is finished. If I drink all three liters in a day, I also reward myself with a sweet treat like a couple squares of chocolate after dinner.

So far, it’s really working! I already feel better and have more energy too. And as an added bonus, I find myself less likely to overeat when I’m fully hydrated.

Do you struggle with drinking enough water too?

I hope my little trick helps!

XO Lauren

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