#FromScratch chronicles Stephie’s nutrition [r]evolution as she switches her thought process from “where should I eat” to “what should I eat”. Follow her series as she braves the supermarket, starts to cook and explore a new way of eating.
In my inaugural #FromScratch Post, I shared that a medical event [kidney stones] prompted me to get serious about tightening up my diet. A key aspect in the management of kidney stones is hydration, thus my play on the word, thirsty, which in the south means sweet tea, thirs[tea]!
After those kidney stones were removed, my urologist presented her recommendations. My jaw dropped when she said, ‘you need to drink 4 liters of water with lemon per day.’
[4 LITERS, people!]
I quipped back, “you’re kidding, right?!”
She replied matter of factly, “no, not at all.”
Friends, I am not a water fan [and] I am REALLY not a lemon fan!
Good news is she agreed to lime instead of lemon; bad news she wouldn’t come down from 4 liters.
So, here I am sitting with a seemingly extreme [and] unattainable recommendation that I know I’m currently not meeting.
What’s a girl to do?!
It has been said that sweet tea is the table wine of the south [and] when I am thirsty, I am thirs[tea]!
[Talk about elevating sweet tea; we do it well here in the south]
Seriously, my version of PMS is Pour Me Some: sweet tea, followed by glass bottled Dr. Pepper [slap my wrists now], a glass of Chardonnay, [or] a Mimosa with friends.
That being said, I am committed to striving toward the 4 liter goal sans the every day sweet tea and soda; however, even reaching 2 liters per has been challenging for me. Apparently, I am mildly dehydrated in a chronic kind of way.
To increase my fluid intake to 2 liters per day by the end of the year with an end game of 4 liters per day by March of 2017 [specific, measurable, and achievable within the time frame: all the makings of a good goal]
Creativity, swag, [and] baby steps, that’s how!
Creativity: making water more palatable
Swag: Beautiful glass pitchers, mugs that snug into my hands, and a kick ass on-the-go monogrammed Corksicle.
Sadly, I am having to measure the amount of fluid I drink each day until I get the feel for it; it just not a habit yet.
Presently, I am at roughly 1.5 liters per day with 2 months to go, [and yes], I’ve known about this recommendation since August. The important thing is I am acting on it now with intention. This will soon be habit though 4 liters still seems like an ocean to me!
If you’re following along and have some creative hydration ideas, please leave me a note in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you and be encouraged by you and the ways you stay hydrated.
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For further reading on Hydration:
Hydration: Staying Hydrated by Kirstin Nussgruber
Refreshing Citrus Packed with Powerful Antioxidants by Rebecca Katz
She has been a cancer patient, survivor, heart transplant recipient and documentary film producer.
As a child, she was successfully treated for Ewing’s Sarcoma. Her experience led her to become a nurse serving the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children, adolescents, and their families along the cancer trajectory.
Stephanie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Furman University, and a B.S., and M.S in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Florida. At Dartmouth, Stephanie helped establish the Survivorship Clinic with Eric Larsen, MD and Sara Chaffee, MD. This clinic provided ongoing personal support and education for childhood cancer survivors and their families.
In April 2008, Stephanie’s heart failed as a result of the radiation and Doxorubicin used to cure her Ewing’s Sarcoma as a child. She received a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
As a result of this experience, she co-produced an award winning documentary ‘Resilient: the Story of Late Effects of Cancer Treatment’, highlighting the challenges faced by survivors, families, and friends.
Stephanie resides in the metro Atlanta area with her husband and their 12-year-old-son. The Zimmermans enjoy everything from Formula One Racing and college & NFL football to go carting, ziplining, and cycling.
Please feel free to contact Stephanie at email@example.com.
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