Cristina Ferrare always keeps a pitcher of flavored water in the refrigerator and makes it fresh everyday.
With the weather so hot and muggy, staying hydrated and eating light will help you stay focused. No one really feels like eating heavy meals anyway, when the weather is so oppressive. It will make you feel even more lethargic and uncomfortable. Stay away from sugary drinks and diet sodas; the chemicals in diet soda are not your friend, and the sugar in soda beverages will only make you more thirsty and raise your blood sugar levels quickly, only to come crashing down 20 minutes later, making you feel awful. I usually end up with a headache and cranky so I don’t go there any more. (My family is much happier.)
Water and plenty of it is the healthiest choice. I flavor my water with fresh slices of cucumber, lemon and fresh mint. I also make pitchers of water with sliced fresh watermelon, strawberries, oranges mint and ice to give my water a wonderful fruity flavor. I always keep a pitcher of flavored water in the refrigerator. I make it fresh everyday. If I want to add a bit of bubbly fizz I add some Perrier water!
Printed from Oprah.com on Thursday, December 5, 2013