It’s currently 30 degrees Celsius outside here in Edmonton… meaning it’s actually 40-45 degrees Celsius inside of our food truck (where I write this as sweat is pouring off of my body).
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this, but it is HOT. So I guess we could say that summer is officially here and in full swing. I usually hesitate on saying that, as here in Alberta you can never be too sure– some summers are hot, some are cold, some are windy, some are dry, some are very, very wet.
But this year? I’m predicting a hot and dry summer.
Why? Well, simply knowing that we are just on the cusp of this season with temperatures like this already in June… and the rest of the week forecasting 30-35 Degree weather– I’d say it would be an accurate assessment.
Now, I personally have a hard time regulating heat. I always have! Being as fair skinned as I am, I can only take the sun or warm temperatures for so long– otherwise I am prone to heatstroke or heat exhaustion.
Knowing this, I make sure to take adequate steps to prepare myself for long durations in the sun or heat. Generally, the better prepared that I am, the less issues I will have. Pretty logical right?
Therefore, one of the BIGGEST tips that I love to talk about is proper water intake. I’ve previously done a post on how to figure out how much water you should be drinking as your minimum, which you can find HERE.
Today we won’t be covering that, but instead we will be talking specifically about three easy ways you can ensure you get your water intake in this summer- especially in the heat!
Let’s dive in, shall we?
TIP #1: Carry Water Everywhere
This tip may sound simple… and it is! But, it is also one of the things we tend to skip over the most.
Listen, I get it. We all have busy lives and sometimes we forget things- even things like hydrating our beautiful bodies! I too, used to fall short on this.
If there is one thing I have learned, it’s that carrying water with me everywhere is REQUIRED!
Whether I am going for a walk, a bike ride, to a friends BBQ, in town to run errands, or just simply heading into work- I CARRY WATER WITH ME EVERYWHERE.
You know why? Well, too many times I have stated the famous line ‘I’ll only be gone for ____ minutes’, which almost always turns into five hours later and suddenly I am parched with a migraine.
The better prepared you are, the easier it is to stick to your goals.
Even IF you only end up gone for 30 minutes, it’s not going to hurt you to have water with you. But, on the bigger chance you end up out and about for longer than you planned… you will have water with you and be able to easily stay hydrated.
BONUS: try setting an alarm! I also do this and it works wonders, especially on our busy food truck days. When it’s hot and we are slammed with customers, it can be so easy to get carried away and forget to drink anything.
Setting an alarm helps with this SO much. You could do every hour, every half hour, a couple times a day- however often you figure you need a reminder.
TIP #2: Eat High-Water Content Produce
Sometimes, despite how hard we try, we just CAN’T get enough water in. Therefore, my next tip is to couple your water-guzzling efforts with EATING your water instead!
Yep, you heard me right. If you can’t drink your water, eat it!
There are SO many different fruits and vegetables out there that are extremely high in water content. Think of things like watermelon, pineapple, celery, cucumbers, zucchini and more!
It may not seem like much, but adding these things into your plate several times a day can drastically increase the amount of water you are bringing into your system.
Plus, not only that, but you are of course getting additional nutrients, fiber and more.
My favourite ways to incorporate these are raw as snacks, added into smoothies, or juiced! Add a few of these to your next grocery list and plan to add them into your daily rotation moving forward.
TIP #3: Try Alternate Forms of Water
Personally, I love plain water. But, I recognize not everyone does- and sure, it can be boring! Therefore, what better way to increase your intake then to switch it up and try alternative water options?
In my previous blog post I mentioned above, I talk about adding natural flavour options- which can be a great idea! Think of things like raspberry, mint, lemon, ginger, rosemary, orange, etc. Adding these into your water can really change up the flavour and make it more interesting to chug-a-lug.
Here are some of my other favourites:
Try sun tea!
My grandma used to do this all the time growing up and I loved it. Her recipe is traditionally with Red Rose (orange pekoe) tea, which is a black tea and can be dehydrating, therefore instead I recommend choosing a herbal or white tea instead!
Basically all you do is take a big pitcher of water and add a few tea bags to it, and let it steep outside in the sun for a few hours. Bring it inside and place it in the fridge, and once it cools you can either drink it as is, or add a bit of natural sweetener to it (like honey or maple syrup).
I’ve been doing this lots and I personally LOVE it! It’s a great replacement for ice tea.
Try sparkling water!
Want to drink more water but craving some fizz or bubbles? Integrate a sparkling water instead.
There are a lot of different options available for canned or bottled varieties in stores- or you could even get your own at home with a unit like SodaStream or similar.
Personally, I love the La Croix brand and it’s also what we carry in our food truck. Out of all the flavors I’ve tried so far I’d have to say that Razz-Cranberry or Mango are my favourites and I thoroughly enjoy having 1-2 a day.
The trick is to find one with no or a natural sweetener rather than a refined or man-made one like aspartame. This is also part of the reason why I love the La Croix brand which has no sweetener in it!
Use water as mix!
Listen, it’s summer, I get it. I too, enjoy having an adult beverage every now and again.
However, it might just be the fact that I am getting older, but I no longer wish to feel hungover. This means that I will do everything in my power to make sure that I do not.
Using water as a mix has been a long-time trick of mine and it’s one I will forever stick too. I cut out pop and other sugary beverages years ago, and water at that time became a natural replacement for my drinks.
Now I recognize that it has lots of different benefits other than just replacing the sugar- a big one of that being extra hydration! My go to beverage is vodka water with a lime wedge- but you can do it with anything.
If straight water seems like too far of a stretch for you right now, you could always start by adding just a splash into your drink or doing it pressed (half and half), until you get used to it.
The other thing you could do, is set a rule for yourself where after every alcoholic beverage you have, you drink a big glass of water. This will help to slow you down, keep you feeling good, hydrate your beautiful bod, and prevent that nasty hangover!
There you have it babe! An easy way to increase your water intake and stay hydrated this summer.
You can also check out my video HERE that I made to explain this subject as well.
Best of luck babe!