*Update: Shortly after I wrote the post below, I ended my gallon of water a day challenge. It was just much too much. I actually started to get nauseated from forcing myself to finish the gallon a day. I think the lesson here is to listen to your body and mine was NOT having it. Do you know anybody who consistently drinks a gallon of water a day? It was unwieldy. I tried. I’ll still be more conscious of drinking more water, but a half a gallon is more reasonable for me. Bottoms up!
Did you start 2014 with a bunch of resolutions? I didn’t. I had a couple of financial goals and that’s it. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks into the year that I decided to adopt some new habits. I’d love to say it was based in pure willpower, but it was not. Around Christmas, my face started freaking out. I wasn’t hydrating or eating properly. I was drinking and eating whatever. It had gotten so bad that I either had to cake on my makeup a la full drag or else just stay home.
I heard about some celebrities drinking a gallon of water a day. I decided to do a Google search on it and found out that celebrities like Gabrielle Union, Beyonce, and Adrianna Lima partake in the gallon a day practice. Now, having met Gabrielle Union in person, I can say that her skin is flawless and was shocked by seeing the beauty of her skin up close. So, I thought I’d give it a shot for 30 days just to see what happens. A gallon is about 128 ounces, I drink 8 of those 16.9 ounce water bottles every day. I end up drinking a little over a gallon, but the more the merrier and I don’t have time to measure out a gallon and it’s much too much to carry around a whole gallon of water.
Well, at the writing of this post, it’s been 1 week since I started the challenge, trial, or whatever and I am already starting to notice some things. As I said earlier in this post, when I started this trial, my face was freaking out. Every day when I woke up some other issue was appearing on my face. Since I started, I haven’t gotten any new blemishes. I missed a day on Sunday and would you believe that I woke up with something on my forehead? Now, this could be a coincidence or it could be the extra water intake. Well, since I missed that day, I made up for it by drinking an extra half gallon for 2 days after and so far no new face issues.
I also noticed another huge benefit for increasing my water intake. I read somewhere that most people are dehydrated and we tend to eat when we’re really just thirsty. I decided to drink 1 or 2 of my bottles before I eat. If I’m hungry or craving a snack, I have a bottle or two, wait 15-20 minutes and see if I’m still hungry. I used to get really horrible night snacking craving until I upped my water intake. Now I stop drinking and eating at about 7 p.m. I go to sleep at around 11 most nights and I don’t want anything interrupting my sleep, so I have to stop the water intake by 7. I might have a cup of something after 7, but never copious amounts like I do during the day.
It’s not practical for the average person. I work from home so it’s convenient for me to drink a gallon a day, but I can’t imagine doing this if I were on the go all the time. My homegirl finds it hard to believe that Gabrielle, Beyonce, and Adrianna drink a gallon a day. She says they are all lying. I’ll admit, it is really challenging. I just always keep a bottle by my side. I had to put myself on a schedule to make sure I would be able to drink it all by 7. Drinking it isn’t the biggest issue, I always need to be very close to a lady’s restroom at all times. I just can’t see Bey stopping her rehearsals or recording sessions for a bathroom break every 30 minutes. I definitely can’t see Ms. Union stopping a scene to make several potty runs. At this point, I think a gallon a day is great for a short term detox or when I know I’m going to be able to deal with it, but it’s not at all practical for me as a long term daily habit. I think it will be more practical to do half a gallon a day once I’m done with this 30 day trial.
I am excited to see what new benefits become of this challenge and I’ll try to report back weekly. Any of you drink loads of water on a daily basis? How much are you drinking? What changes do you notice when you stop? What benefits have you noticed?