I’ve changed a lot of things about the way I live over the past four years. Some are now part of my every day life. I do them consistently, enthusiastically, and in most cases, unconsciously. I eat healthy, wholesome foods about 90-95% of the time. I exercise regularly and eagerly. I’ve learned to delegate stressors to their proper places and am pretty much a walking bundle of positivity. Aren’t I amazing?
Yeah. Ask me how much water I drank last week. (That hissing noise is my pomposity balloon bouncing around the room. The air is rushing out so quickly, I had to put a paperweight so all the Very Important documents strewn across my desk don’t blow away.)
Despite my repeated efforts, I just haven’t built a consistent, sustainable, and effortless habit of getting in the generally recommended (though currently debated) 64 oz. of water per day. It’s certainly not an availability issue as Memphis has really good tap water originating from artesian wells, and I have a fancy-schmancy refrigerator with a filtered water dispenser in the door.
So if it’s not an issue of access, that leaves…well, me. My own habits. I’ve tried a variety of things and most result in short-term success, but then fall by the wayside after a few weeks. And then I try again. My one consistency is before, during, and after exercise, but beyond that I’ve been, at best, a consistent sipper. I keep a small glass of H2O nearby and sip from time to time. It’s been a hit-and-miss project, one I’m determined to overcome in 2011. If I can only figure out how…
*cue: orchestra music*
And then suddenly, like a mirage in my self-inflicted dietary desert, the PR folks from 3M Filtrete™ Water Products appeared in my inbox, asking me to review their water pitcher. Sign me up!
Features of the Filtrete™ Water Pitcher, according to 3M:
-Helps reduce sediment and chlorine taste and odor from tap water in just seconds.
-Filters and fills five times faster than traditional pitcher filters
-Holds more water in less space; filters into a 12 cup pitcher
-Filter lasts longer, filtering two and a half times more water than traditional pitcher filters (up to 100 gallons or for approximately three months)
-Filter housings are recyclable!
That’s a lot of features, but none that would appear to be helpful in getting the water from the pitcher to my parched lips. Like maybe an option for an IV attachment. Yeah, this is gonna work.
Huh. For whatever reason, it IS working. I’ve been guzzling water all week. I had to switch from my little sippy glass to a full-sized glass, because I kept having to hop up from my chair to get a refill!
When I think about the why of it all, this immediate success is probably a result of two things:
1) Taste – As I said earlier, Memphis water is good on its own or through my fridge door, but the water from this pitcher has a crisp and almost sweet taste–or maybe it’s a feeling?–in the mouth. I can’t get enough of it!
2) Convenience – I thought my door water was convenient, but when I compare how long it takes to fill my little sippy glass through the door vs. filling a large-sized glass from my pitcher–well, the difference was amazing. (Not to mention that the trickle-trickle-trickle sound from the door dispenser always makes me have to make another stop on the way back to the office.)
– Cost. Currently priced at $37.99 with free shipping on Amazon, the pitcher might seem cost prohibitive to folks who aren’t paying for water or already have filtration systems. Plus, the replacement filters are around $15. Still, the cost may be well worth it you live in an area with water quality issues. And you would actually save money (and more positively impact the environment) if you’re buying bottled water.
– Size. The 12-cup pitcher is nice for convenience, but for gals who have just pushed their muscles to the limit at the gym, the filled pitcher is heavy. Seriously, younger kids or older types who don’t have my fine muscular make-up could find it difficult to use the pitcher when it’s filled to the top. It would be nice to have a smaller version of the pitcher available.
I have no idea whether this pitcher functions better or worse than similar products, but I do like the way it functions for ME. Your mileage may vary. (While I typed this entry, I drained another glass.)
This concludes the review portion of this post. Now I’m curious: are you drinking your desired amount of water? Filters, bottles, or straight through the tap? Tips/tricks?
FTC hoopla: 1) I received a pitcher to use for review purposes without any expectation or promise of a favorable review. No other compensation was offered, requested, or received; and 2) Amazon links are through my affiliate account from which I earn a miniscule commission.