#FromScratch: Thirs[tea]

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#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.

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-7-26-31-amSo, 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?!

[Baby Steps]

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.

Mission:

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]

How:

Creativity, swag, [and] baby steps, that’s how!

Creativity: making water more palatable

  1. Ginger Water [recipe from Stefanie Sacks below]
  2. Fruit Water
  3. Seltzer Water w/ fruit nectar [bubbles are important to me]
  4. Tea: green, matcha, tumeric/meadowsweet/ginger, chamomile and lavender
  5. Rice Milk in my breakfast smoothies

Swag: Beautiful glass pitchers, mugs that snug into my hands, and a kick ass on-the-go monogrammed Corksicle.

Progress:

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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Click here to download the recipe card.

For further reading on Hydration:

Hydration: Staying Hydrated by Kirstin Nussgruber

Refreshing Citrus Packed with Powerful Antioxidants by Rebecca Katz

 

 

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  1. Anti-Cancer Club
    Anti-Cancer Club / November 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm /Reply

    And let’s not forget Sun Tea! 🙂

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