Posted by: Judy | May 17, 2021

Health and Fluid Intake

I’m making healthier choices. Perhaps I should start at the beginning for those who are new to my blog.

My mother was obsessed with weight loss. It would be more accurate to say that she lived in fear and needed control over everything in her life. Food was an easy obvious answer and controlling me was more. I can’t remember a time when she wasn’t controlling what I ate. She also looked down on obesity, a sign of lack of control. Her weird thinking included the idea that if I was fat I would never marry, and attracting a man was paramount. She had no trouble feeding me food that made me sick or food I didn’t like because then I wouldn’t eat it. She could say she fed me, but I was picky. The insanity ran deep.

I try to not be like my mother, but I confess I know a great deal about nutrition, in part in self-defense. I know my relationship with food is a mess. I both reward and punish myself with food. I’ve worked hard to learn to be healthier. I am doing better.

From diets to exercise to sleep and a myriad of related subjects, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve tried new things and tossed them when they were less than helpful. I’ve tried other things that work, and I’ve permanently incorporated them.

Something I’ve heard about and dismissed has been drinking fluids based on your weight. The reason I’ve dismissed it is because you have to be careful to not drown yourself drinking too much. I worked for a neurologist who was irritated by those who bragged about drinking a gallon of water a day. You risk flooding your body with more water than it can process. Water washes away the electrolytes that help your body function.

Summer is coming. We’re already regularly in the 90s. My skin is dryer. I’ve wondered if increasing my fluids would help, as long as I don’t go overboard. So what’s overboard? Recently I read that the fluids should be a combination of all the fluids, including those found naturally in the food you eat, with 7-8 cups being water. I checked the chart, and supposedly I’m supposed to be taking in 22-23 cups a day. I’m going to try to be more aware of all the fluids I’m taking in. I’ve added it to my Gift List for June, even though I’m starting this week.

I’ll use different colored pens for the type of fluid. Blue for water, of course. My breakfast is a smoothie of 5-6 cups. Then there’s milk and coconut milk and water. I think it’ll be interesting.


Responses

  1. My mother has always been obsessed about weight gain in my case😂
    I think I would love to share that rainbow smoothie with you❤

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  2. Due to a history of intestinal blockages following a major surgery for colorectal cancer I have to severely limit the fiber in my diet. So to keep things moving I have to drink lots of liquids. I drink water, tea , juice and I think I drink just enough to keep everything working as it should. I have followed you for some time and so I know you have had struggles. But I think you are making progress. Just take it one day at a time.

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  3. I confess that I have a bad relationship with food too. As far as water is concerned, I did hear of someone once who died from drinking too much water. She was in a water drinking contest, similar to hotdog eating contests. I do try to drink plenty of water. But it has taken me a long time to get here and figure out how much is a good amount for me.


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