When my sister and I were younger, she was a candy fanatic, but I was a diehard soda drinker. Give me a glass of root beer over some Skittles any day.
That changed when I moved away to college and realized that if I didn’t take care of myself, no one else would. So, almost cold turkey, I stopped drinking soda and began drinking water. I never liked water growing up because I thought it tasted boring, but now I rarely drink anything else.
Wikihow has a very thorough article called “How to Love the Taste of Water”. One tip reads:
Drink only water for a while. This might seem counterintuitive, but when you drink super-sweet beverages like soda pop and juice all the time, it is hard for water to compete. Your affinity for sweetness can decrease if you expose yourself to less of it.
This is exactly the experience I had in college. When you drink soda, gatorade, or some other sweetened beverage regularly, there’s no way water will win out. The article has a host of practical tips for helping you change the way you think about H2O.
Everyone knows you should drink plenty of water, but if you’re still struggling develop the habit, a change in perspective might do the trick.