Celebrating the arrival of 2013 with family and friends was incredible as always, but unfortunately quite a few friends of ours spent it caring for their children who were under the weather. As noted in a previous post, December tends to be peak flu season in Hawaii and I was sorry to hear some of our closest friends got bit by the bug.
Aside from the usual flu shots Ensen and Avery get, Kelly and I have been trying hard to keep their young bodies (and ours as well) healthy in other ways. We're thankful that the kids stayed in top shape this holiday season, and really for a good part of the year.
How did we pull this off? Luck has something to do with it, however, we firmly believe that good eating, ample sleep and drinking plenty of water have helped keep our family healthy this year. As the saying goes, “If it ain't broke, don't fix it,” so we're planning to continue the same lifestyle going into the new year.
But, back to the importance of drinking water and staying hydrated. I grew up playing sports, so the benefits of drinking water versus juice and soda were constantly preached to me. I also recall having a high school teacher who bought her own water dispensing system for the classroom because she knew good hydration led to better learning.
As long as I've known Kelly, water has always been her beverage of choice over soft drinks and other empty-calorie refreshments. As a result, Ensen and Avery have only enjoyed water, milk and, on rare occasions, juice. Call us prudes, but we won't give them soda or chocolate milk. They don't seem to mind, and they love a cold glass, or bottle, of water.
When referencing bottled water above, I'm talking about the sustainable and reusable varieties that can go everywhere with us. As a family, we like drinking our water cold and hate bottles that produce condensation on the outside, so Kelly has done some research in buying various types of containers for each of us. We highly recommend the following reusable bottles, which can be purchased for $15-20 at most stores, like Target, on Oahu:
- Aladdin Perfect Water Bottle – Kelly and I both use this 16-ounce, insulated, stainless steel bottle on a daily basis. It’s tough, looks great and most importantly keeps contents cold all day long. The screw-on cap with strap also keeps the opening clean. We fill this up with ice and water in the morning and miraculously the ice remains for the majority of the day. It’s a fantastic bottle for water or any beverage you’d like to keep cold.
- Thermos Vacuum Insulated Hydration Bottle – Similar to the Aladdin in concept, this is the bottle Ensen uses during the day at kindergarten. It’s a stylish 18-ounce, stainless steel, insulated bottle with a push button lid for easy drinking that keeps liquids cold up to 12 hours. I still remember the day Kelly gave it to him following his preschool graduation. We upgraded it from a smaller version with a straw. And, because it looked like ours, he was so proud to be a bigger boy now.
- Thermos FUNtainer Bottle – Although Avery is quite capable of drinking from the two bottles above, she’s still prone to spilling every now and then, which is why she still enjoys her cold water from this FUNtainer bottle. Its stainless steel, double insulated, easy-open push-button lid and silicone straw, keep our little princess hydrated all day. Plus, the bottles come in a variety of cute designs to fit the personality and interest of your child.
Doctors recommend drinking between six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water each day. These reusable bottles may be a little pricier than other types on the market. But, trust me, you and your kids will be more motivated to enjoy a cold drink of water more often with one of these in your hand.
Cheers to staying hydrated in 2013!
Nathan Kam is a Honolulu public-relations executive, husband and a proud daddy of two incredible kids, Ensen (5) and Avery (2), who enjoys cooking, gardening, traveling, blogging and golfing. You can reach him via email, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or via his personal Kam Family Blog.