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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The BEST "fast-food" tips I got : pre-sliced/packaged fruits and veggies. (My daughter kept getting into the pre-sliced apples today, I think she ate about four packs, which is SO AWESOME) We LOVE THOSE! SO convenient! And the lean cuisine/smartones/healthy choice frozen meals. Here I am, eating more than I thought I would, and still staying within all my ranges. I went over on nothing today! I was under on protein, potassium, and magnesium... but that seems to be a given for me. I'm just proud of myself for MEETING all the other goals that I usually go waaayy overboard on (esp. calories and sodium). So, thanks guys, for the tips, they are already having an obvious effect on my family members and I. Now...ways to sneak in water...coming from someone who never drinks any water whatsoever, I have already found a few ways...chug a bottle first thing in the morning before I can even think about it, and take one with me on my afternoon stroller walk/park visit (it is usually gone before we head home so maybe I should take two). They are only 20oz bottles though..and I am aiming for at least 64oz a day, so, especially on rainy days when we don't walk, I am not getting enough. And I don't want to feel like I am forcing myself to drink it. That won't last as a habit. I need to find a way to enjoy it...Does flavored seltzer water count? Because I could totally mow down on that stuff...
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  • v DARKSAPPHYRE
    I carry a 16 ounce water bottle around with me. I know I generally swallow about half an ounce to an ounce at a time, so 8 big swallows is one cup for me. At home and work, I usually aim for a cup an hour (half my bottle!). At clinicals, I have to cut back a bit since we don't get much time to run to the restroom. I use flavor drops occassionally, since I don't much like plain water. I figure that it's better than not drinking my water at all, and I tend to drink a lot more if I allow myself one plain bottle, then a flavored bottle. You'll be amazed at how much more you'll crave your water as you drink more every day.

    As for the chugging water when you first wake up: that's great advice! I'm already trying that, since we "fast" for up to eight hours a night. Rehydrating first thing has got to be good for metabolism, right?
    861 days ago
  • v TIKITAMI

    One of the best pieced of advice I was given was use a straw. I find I drink much more water that way without even realizing it.

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  • v NEVERORNOW
    So glad you're finding ways to make things a little easier for you, and healthier! As for water, I have a 32 oz water bottle, I think I found it at WalMart . I fill that first thing in the morning and try to remember to keep it nearby throughout the day. If I empty it by noon or shortly after, and refill it, I easily get my 64 oz by evening. There are, of course, days when I don't quite make that goal but often I've had enough black coffee or tea to feel like I've gotten plenty of fluids anyway.
    866 days ago
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    I count drinks as water that doesn't have calories and no artificial sweeteners. So I count fresh brewed, unsweet tea, but wouldn't count Vitamin Water Zero.



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  • v PATRICIAAK
    I add a little flavoring to water - lemon, lime and cucumber are examples.
    I also have a quart water bottle that I keep with me to sip during the day. Phone rings, I take a sip, turn the page in a book, I take a sip, etc.
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  • v ONECALMMOM
    Good job!! Don't know about seltzer water. I don't like the bubbles.
    867 days ago
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