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“I hate water”

20/01/2015 by Kate in Your Stories 2

Nicole wrote this post for everyone who, like her, struggles to drink a glass of water a day, let alone 8…

Every January I realise how much I dislike drinking water. Because January is the month of eating better, drinking less, getting fit and generally turning yourself into a superhero. And one vital part of turning your body into a temple is ‘DRINK MORE WATER’.

Truth is, I will drink Purdeys, juice, Vitamin water or coconut water, anything BUT just water. For the record, I am not a fan of the green juice either.

So, we just went to New York and came across this funky place called The Butcher’s Daughter. It was healthy and so cool; if you can make healthy into something cool then I’m in. On the menu there were incredible seasonal juices and elixir shots. On the table were glass bottles of water with fresh mint crammed in. These got me thinking that I could add natural flavours to water to make it far more interesting.

For example:

Pressed ginger
Lemon juice
Fresh herbs
Yuzu (another type of citrus flavour from Asia)


I also realised that when you look at the labels of drinks you can tell a lot about how good they are for you. If sugar is the second ingredient after water, even I have started to steer clear. I have discovered coconut water that has no added sugar and that I almost like sparkling water, especially with some fresh lime and ginger squeezed in. And in my efforts to make water something I could fall in love with, here are my two healthy cocktails with which I will be celebrating my body as a temple this January.



Coconut water (no added sugar)
Pineapple juice
Dash of yuzu
Pinch of chilli
evening primrose oil



Sparkling water
Pressed lemongrass
Pressed pear, cucumber and ginger
Fresh lime juiceĀ 


Kate is lucky because she just loves herbal tea, which all count as drinking water (I’ve never seen someone with so many teas: green, yerba mate, nettle, fennel, chai, the list goes on and on). She also thinks kombucha is nectar of the gods. I, on the other hand, need milk and sugar just to drink rooibos. So this is my year of natural flavoured water. How do you drink yours?

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2 Responses to ““I hate water””

  1. Rebecca says:

    I am with you on the ‘I don’t like water’ thing. I like some sparkling water – but learnt that it needs to be in moderation.. a 1ltr bottle over a few hours of a business meeting made me bloat like no tomorrow.

    I like hot water with a squished half lemon thrown in to sip in the mornings. I like water a la mint from my garden. Or with squished berries in as well.. Or even some lavender. Ginger, lime, cardamon.. anything but god dang water.

    Tea needs milk. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking something different. I have some spiced chai tea made up (homemade), love red bus tea, or their citrus version, lady grey and earl grey are another good one if I don’t fancy my ‘builders tea’. Tea is a British addiction though I guess. :/ I also have oolong, and all sorts in various packets.

    Kombucha – is that the thing that looks like a defrosted placenta and sounds like something that should smell very very bad? ;)

  2. Deb says:

    Lovely post, Nicole. Thank you!

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