When I was in middle and high school, I was capable of drinking a half gallon of milk a day. Skim milk was the only beverage I really liked (besides soda)…of course it wasn’t as expensive back then, but it was still pricey. And since I was homeschooled, it was common for me to raid the fridge as I was doing my math or history or whatever.
I disliked most other drinks, especially water. Hated the stuff.
Once I moved off to school, however, I found myself in a trickier situation. First, we only had a tiny dorm room fridge. Second, milk is pretty expensive when you’re a college student. And third, while I theoretically had an unlimited meal plan, getting it out of the cafeteria and into our fridge just wasn’t feasible. So though I drank it with meals, I had to start looking for substitutes.
While dancing, I’d learned that I don’t mind water from a fountain or a bottle, especially when I’m really thirsty. Since buying bottled water is expensive, I bought a single bottle of Dasani (which may just be tap water anyway) from the dorm vending machine and started refilling it with tap water. I washed it periodically and eventually recycled and replaced it (a couple months later).
I’ve kept that up ever since and it keeps our beverage spending extremely low. I still drink one cup/glass of milk a day because I enjoy it.
I think I’ve figured out why I was able to suddenly go from disliking water to loving it. At home, water was always a chilled beverage and always served in a glass. I find something fundamentally offputting about water in a glass and I don’t like it chilled. Cool is ok, like from the cold tap. But cold tap is a lot warmer than refrigerated.
And it’s in bottles, not a glass. The bottles are portable, they don’t put pressure on me to drink it all right away (though I often do). I don’t know what else makes me like them more, but it just feels right.
I know that those soda-type bottles are not optimal when it comes to reusable water bottles. For me, they had the comfort factor and I was used to drinking water from them and being ok with it. I think that was important to the transition. When it comes to buying water bottles for the long haul, here’s some advice to check out.