Here’s a question for you: how do you handle water drinking in your family? Do you drink it straight from the tap? Use a fridge door dispenser? Drink bottled water? Or maybe do you have a water cooler in your home? Does your family prefer milk, juice and/or soda and you skip frequent water drinking altogether? Do you like ice in your water? And lastly, how do you feel about sparkling water?
Here’s how we handle drinking water: I’m pretty obsessive about it. It’s my favourite drink and not because it’s healthy for me, but because I love it. If I had to estimate, I would guess that I drink anywhere from 48 to 80 oz. per day. For reals. I have one cup of tea a day (three, when I’m not pregnant), I never drink milk, I don’t like juice, only crave soda if I’m eating hamburgers and French fries, and usually save the wine for later in the evening. I take a water bottle to bed with me, and it’s the first thing I drink when I wake up in the morning. I also have a slight addiction to sparkling water of any kind, and usually consume a bottle a day, although lately it’s been a little less. Oh, I should also mention that I like ice-cold water. The colder the better as far as I’m concerned, but I do know a lot of people who prefer their water at room temperature.
The boys aren’t really all that different. Ben doesn’t drink soda at all and never has. I find it fascinating that at almost 15 years old, he’s never consumed pop, even when away from home. He only drinks milk if I force him to, he might have a glass of apple/orange juice once or twice a week, and he hasn’t started drinking coffee or tea yet. For him, it’s almost always water, although he does like sports drinks, like Gatorade.