I'm trying to make healthier (more paleo) food choices but I have a strong aversion to drinking water and its making a negative impact. Here's the situation:
-Water only sounds good after a good hard workout where I've sweat A LOT and am really hot. Even then, a nice bubbly kombucha sounds more appetizing but I figure if I can manage to gulp down a glass of h20 without disdain, I better do it.
-I can sometimes drink a glass of water with a lot of lemon: juice of half a lemon per ~6 oz of water.
-In the morning, I wake up with a bit of dry mouth and the feeling of being pretty dehydrated. I try and take a sip of water but I just have to spit it out. I just can't bear to swallow it.
-I definitely have the impulse to eat when I'm dehydrated, and do, especially in the mornings which is something I was trying to get away from anyway. It usually ends up being a session of overeating thats composed of cheese, yogurt or bacon-y something because beef, eggs and coconut oil just do NOT sound good in the morning. I generally have to stop myself from continuing to eat by reminding myself it is just thirst and not genuine hunger.
Might something be going on? Suggestions?
Added: I also have to spit a lot. probably related.
If I were you, I would go for a time drinking only water. Just decide that water is the only option ...be sure it's filtered, or the chemical taste will be a deferent. Chronic dehydration interferes with all of your body's processes, and can lead to major long term health issues. When water is your only choice, you will get used to it, and want to drink it. Eventually working up to drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily will be ideal. Good luck!
I hypothesize that your brain is expecting a food reward from the consumption of liquids.
When my fiance and I first started living together, she swore that water without sugar did not quench her thirst. Of course, what was really happening was that her brain was expecting a sugar-based reward to accompany the quenching of her thirst. She had to treat it like an addiction, and thus overcome it in the same way that she has overcome other small addictions (like social smoking).
So, you need to undergo the unpleasant experience of uncoupling the quenching of thirst from whatever else your brain is expecting to accompany it. That probably means that, as mentioned above, you have to spend a few weeks avoiding all flavored liquids.
The upside is that you will acquire the taste of water for the same reason that you are currently averse to it: your brain will associate water's taste with the quenching of thirst, a good thing, perhaps good enough to qualify as a reward, albeit a very mild and modest one.
I find that if I drink it through a straw it's MUCH easier to down. I too don't care for drinking water...actually i'm hardly ever "thirsty" so it's something I really have to work at. I carry a stainless steel bottle and bought a stainless steel straw from amazon and let me tell you what..it made all the difference. Hope that helps.
Try making your own flavored waters (or aromatic waters as they call them in s. america)
I make several different kinds, it helps to change the flavors up and get that water in.
My version of chai tea: 2 clove, 1 cardomon seed, 1 piece of cinnamon stick, 1 decaffinated tea bag or toss in some loose tea. I fill a 1 quart glass jug with boiled water, cover let sit and steep.
I just keep refilling it with hot water, I leave it on the counter. You can drink it hot or cold. I've filled water bottles up with it for on the go.
Other ways to flavor water is: toss in a few cut strawberries, add lemon grass, spearmint or any other fresh herb you like (or fruit-pineapple, apple slices)
I top it off with hot water and let steep. Also keep this on the counter and keep refilling it with hot water as I drink it. I never actually eat the fruit, it lasts about 4 days to flavor the water continually depending on how many times I've topped it up.
You can flavor it however you like with whatever you have.
Eat more salt and add tiny amounts to your water.
Paleo water had sodium in it. RO and distilled and most spring waters from the store don't.
You need salt to properly hydrate your cells, there is a book about it's called water cure.
Well unless there's something seriously off with your internal regulation, I don't think there's ANY need to drink water. You get a lot of water from food (even nuts have some water) and certainly any kind of beverage (including alcohol).
The idea that you need x glasses every day is a myth based on exaggerated estimates of how much water comatose patients need in their drip feed, where that is the ONLY source of fluid. Now, I've seen people report positive effects from extra water, so I'm open to more info here, but so far my understanding is that the body is exceptionally good at self regulation and will consume fluids as needed.
I doubt that early people had regular supplies of fresh pure water, and even where it rained or there were streams it probably wasn't available year around. We probably aren't biologically wired to need pure water for hydration. So not liking water is probably MORE "Paleo" not less :-)
But if you're looking for some fluid in the AM that isn't water, consider quality fermented drinks like kefir (especially home-made - that's my beverage of choice first thing) or teas and or coffee. Even a weak beer might work for some (not me though - operating heavy machinery - a car - and all that) - although beer might be more "Middle Ages" than "Paleo" :-)
Tough call. Biologically speaking, aversion to water = you die. So I agree with the others that it is more a mental vs physical thing. Those can be harder to deal with though. You're probably need to do some soul searching and try and figure out why you hate water (are you linking it with someone/something you hated in the past?). Look into some of the research on breaking habits as well. Not sure how much we can help past that.
I agree with RN. But try a few different things. MetroMint is a bottled water that is flavored with mint leaves only. You could try that as a segway. Perhaps if you break out of your chronic dehydration using Mint and Lemon water, your aversion will go away and you can go back to plain water. Also try mixing up the temperature. My girlfriend loves slightly warm tap water, which I maintain tastes awful. I prefer very cold.
You could also try mixing in a little unsweetened tea to give the water some flavor.
Lastly, forget sipping. You are just lengthening the unpleasant experience. Ever drink crappy tasting protein shakes? The easiest way is to suck it up and pound the whole thing. Try downing a large glass like you are a college senior and it is some luke warm PBR. Get it over with and get yourself hydrated.
Alex from PaleoPax
I have a somewhat similar problem. I rarely find myself wanting to drink any water. Even at times when my mouth is dry, any water i do sip ends up giving me a a grainy feeling in my throat(probably the fluoride and/or minerals in the water), and i usually end up with nasal congestion afterwards. I quench my thirst with fruits and my beloved young coconut water(mad expensive though) which leave me less bloated and do the trick. Whenever i do drink water though, as with you its either after a quick workout or late at night in total darkness. i find drinking water that is room temperature has helped ease the nasal congestion post-consumption. i sometimes look up the temperature of the water source where i live(Potomac River) and gauge my drinking water temp around the same range, but these might be a little extreme..
Maybe you are already hydrated enough as it is through the foods you are consuming and are putting your body water levels at an excess, which might be why your spitting so much.
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