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joules
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   Posted 2/7/2007 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope I am not a nuisance to you all - but still seem to have tons of questions.   How much water do you drink in a day.   This is all part of my New Year's Resolution to live a healthier lifestyle......    I am struggling with this a bit - tend not to drink too much in the evening cos I just hate hate hate getting up numerous times during the night to go to bathroom!!!!   Any tips on how to make water a little more paletable without raising sugars - or will I just get used to it.  Does the amount of water you should drink depend on your size?

4sons
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   Posted 2/7/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I've found an easy way to gauge my water intake. I make CERTAIN I drink half of it by noon, and the other half when the kids leave school at around 3:30. That way I'm pretty 'empty' by bedtime! I will admit to being a HUGE fan of Crystal Light ... and have even been known to put Splenda in my water. I know, I know ... it will rot my brain. nono

Sometimes I drink a couple of glasses of tea at school and then one at home.

It's really not as hard as it sounds ... it's just getting into a comfortable habit.

I love that you're so excited about being healthy, Joules ... it's contagious!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


joules
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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks Ruth - you are great - always giving me the right advice - Another change I instituted today was to buy some decaff coffee. I will allow myself my java fix first thing in the morning and from then on - decaff only -- Hopefully this will be a positive change. I went on the first of my three food courses this afternoon - learnt a lot. I thought I was being good by only having small portion of meat and steamed veggies for dinner - got told off - they said they had allocated carbs with every meal and it was important to balance my intake. That it great cos I love a small baked potato or yam and hubby said it was bad for me so I cut it out. Now it is back in the picture. Still havent got the entire picture yet but the pieces are coming together. Still have the big big challenge ahead of me next Wednesday. Trouble is everyone is trying to talk me out of going cold turkey - telling me that I am setting myself up for failure and that I should try and reduce my cigarettes by half and then half again. I don't like that idea cos I think you either smoke or you dont and I can see how easy it would be to increase again after cutting down by half. The problem is that they have set the seeds of doubt in mind. Yesterday I was so confident that I could do this - after all I am a Taurus and very very stubborn!!!!!!!

4sons
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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW ... you got told off for the meat and steamed veggies? I just got told to DO THAT! LOL. I guess there are a lot of different opinions out there, eh?

You can do the ciggie thing ... you really can. I vote for cold turkey with the water class filled with butts/water. GROSS.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 2/7/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Joules, besides the diet drinks and Crystal Light, you can squeeze half a lemon or lime into your water.  We've been doing that in our house for a few years now, and even in restaurants we order water with lemon.   It makes the water tasty and if you don't want to have a lot of artificial sweeteners in your drinks, it's a good substitute.  Most everything I read says 8 8-oz. glasses of water a day but I believe they don't count coffee as part of that.  I know I don't drink 64 oz. of water a day but I do drink several glasses, or half glasses here and there, which might be close to 40 oz. if I measured it.

Lanie


Jeannie143
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   Posted 2/8/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
If I'm not mistaken the new take on the 64 oz thing is including your morning coffee, beverages and all water. Hydration is hydration.. The only problem arises when you ONLY drink coffee or soda or drinks containing caffeine. They take fluid from the body as you excrete them so you kind of are running in the red. Coffee and diet soda can actually make you more thirsty because they are diuretics.

I'm all about sugar-free Crystal Light Imitation orange juice, 100% of my vitamin C and a sweet treat when I'm wanting something. Sugar-free Koolaid is also one of my best friends. Anything that isn't just plain water all the time is good for you. Green tea is full of anti-oxidents, regular tea, in moderation, can calm your nerves, coffee can elevate blood sugars if drunk in huge quantities but it also helps start the day. I say whatever gets the liquids into the kidneys is good. (no alcohol, of course!)

Remember that your body needs a river of fluid to operate at its peak. For myself after years of living with kidney stones, I would rather get up in the night and go potty than suffer stones or kidney damage. The secret to getting up at night is to not turn on any lights. Keeping yourself in the dark will actually help you fall right back asleep because it doesn't upset the sleep rhythm of the body.

I have found that using larger drinking glasses for water in the bathroom and at table increase my intake dramatically.
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A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 2/9/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
don't forget that when you have lemon in your water you can squeese it and add a packet or two of "Sweet'n'Low" and WOOHOO! You got yourself some FREE lemonaid! (I'm cheap)

gelchick
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   Posted 2/9/2007 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a product that comes in packets called True Lemon and True Lime. They are sized like a sugar packet for coffee. I throw one of those in my 24 oz water bottle and drink my water like that- slightly tart and very refreshing.
If I am dying for something sweeter, I put 2 or 3 drops of flavored Stevia liqud (Chocolate Raspberry, Vanilla, Apricot Mango, Mint) in my water. You can also float a teabag (like Celestial Seasonings) in your water bottle and you get a bit of flavor- it doesn't really steep in the cold water fast enough to become tea. I might refill thae bottle 3 or 4 times before I use a new bag.
 
My doctor told me to drink about 1/2 of my body weight in oz of water each day. That 8-8oz glasses thing is based on a 130 pound woman. But that includes the natural water in fruits, veggies, coffee, teas., broths and other drinks.  I don't usually make that- I am a large woman- but some days I come close.
 
MY doctor is very much against artificial sweetners.
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett


JGriffin
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   Posted 2/9/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently heard that you should take your weight, divide it by 2 and that is the number of ounces of water you need to cleanse your body daily.

4sons
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   Posted 2/10/2007 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sandy, where do you find that True Lemon and True Lime stuff? Sounds great!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


gelchick
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   Posted 2/10/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ruth
 
Yes- they are so convenient. I even keep them in my handbag when I'm on the road. I have found them at WalMart and groceries (Kroger, Giant Eagle, Hannaford's, Wegman's, Cub Foods) all over the place. They are usually in the baking aisle where they have those bottles of artifical lemon juice or by the teas and coffees where they have the powdered creamers, splenda, and equal packets. 
I think the box has 40 packets- I can never use up the fresh fruits fast enough- but with these I can vary the flavors and not have to worry about waste ( or fruit flies :-) ). I plan to experiment with them for Stevia lemon/limeades when it warms up.
 
sandy
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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