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post #61 of 102
Water from the tap tastes like crap, to me. I has too much addes to be very healthy, in my opinion.

A side note on Cheetos -- their dairy cows are fed the Cheetos that are broken, or otherwise imperfect, before bagging. At least that's what their pamphlet said, 10 or so years ago. Just fyi.
post #62 of 102

Our massage therapist tells us that all winter we should be drinking water mixed with about 10% apple juice because that will help our dehydration better than plain water. My husbands hands no longer crack and bleed all winter so it does seem to be helpful. It's a baby step towards less sugar. :)

post #63 of 102
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Our massage therapist tells us that all winter we should be drinking water mixed with about 10% apple juice because that will help our dehydration better than plain water. My husbands hands no longer crack and bleed all winter so it does seem to be helpful. It's a baby step towards less sugar. smile.gif

Does your massage therapist have a recommendation for someone who hates apple juice? I have the problem with my hands, but can't stand apple juice!
post #64 of 102
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Does your massage therapist have a recommendation for someone who hates apple juice? I have the problem with my hands, but can't stand apple juice!

Any 100% fruit juice is ok. (Though the ratio of how much juice to water changes a bit because some juices taste *nasty* diluted down to 10% in my opinion) The point is to get just a little bit of sugar into the water because your body absorbs more of the sugar water. The plain water often flushes through when you are already too dehydrated.

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Any 100% fruit juice is ok. (Though the ratio of how much juice to water changes a bit because some juices taste *nasty* diluted down to 10% in my opinion) The point is to get just a little bit of sugar into the water because your body absorbs more of the sugar water. The plain water often flushes through when you are already too dehydrated.

Thanks!
post #66 of 102

In H.S. I was 5'4" and 140 lbs but far from overweight. However, your daughter's measurements do seem curvy but not necessarily overweight. Best thing I think is to lead by example. If you're going to buy crappy snacks and eat them in front of her, she's not going to stop eating the crappy snacks and jump up and eat an apple. I find it interesting that you do not know what a healthy snack is - makes me wonder what your actual meals look like then. If you dont' know that Cheetos and Cheez Its aren't healthy, do you know that refined white pasta, and tons of cheese loaded on top of your veggies isn't healthy either? What does a typical meal in your household look like?

 

How does one not know that an apple is healthier than a Cheeto? Regardless of the fact that you haven't had to worry about your weight and what you eat, come on, you know what is healthy - don't B.S. us! 

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Any 100% fruit juice is ok. (Though the ratio of how much juice to water changes a bit because some juices taste *nasty* diluted down to 10% in my opinion) The point is to get just a little bit of sugar into the water because your body absorbs more of the sugar water. The plain water often flushes through when you are already too dehydrated.

 

 

A bit of sea salt (it has to be sea salt, not refined) in water also does the trick.

post #68 of 102
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More great suggestions, thanks!

 

For the record, I don't buy potato chips or Cheetos, I think someone mentioned trying to find food that is as close to it's natural state as possible.

That's a good place to start. 

 

No, I'm not completely clueless when it comes to knowing what's healthy and what's not, but some things are very decieving.  For example, my daughter like Raisin Bran cereal and I was like, good, it has bran, raisins etc.  But then I noticed it had more grams of sugar per serving than Frosted Flakes!  Also, I have to admit I like Chef Boyardee, Cheeze its and Ramen noodles because they all have a long shelf life.  I can buy several and they can sit in the pantry for months without going bad.  Whereas if you don't eat fruits right away they'll go bad and then you've wasted your money.  But I just have to be more on top of it to make sure they don't go bad before they're eaten. 

 

And it's great to get ideas you haven't thought of from other parents!  I wouldn't have thought of rolled up deli meat or boiled eggs as snacks on my own.

 

I talked to my daughter the other night.  In addition to working full time I had been going to school two nights a week to get my associate's degree.  Well, I just finished that up in December so now I have more free time.  My daughter has done tennis and karate before the past and I asked if she would like to pick one of those back up since I now have the time to take her. 

 

I didn't say it like, 'well, you need to get active'.  I simply said, "Now that I've finished school I have more time to take you to things, would you be interested in taking karate or tennis again like you did in the past?"

She told me she liked when she played tennis and would like to pursue that more, so I'm looking into some local places that offer clinics that would be in my budget.

post #69 of 102
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I tried drinking water with my lunch today, (Marie Calendar microwave meal) and it was luke warm water temp.  I only took a few sips with the meal, but I feel so bloated now I am going to have to get a soda so I can burp out the extra air!  greensad.gif

 

I did notice my daughter is starting to drink water with her meals, though, so maybe it doesn't bother her the way it does me.  And NO, I did not force her to drink water, she decided to do it all on her own, yay.

 

I wish I could drink water with my meals, but it makes me so bloated it hurts!  Someone else had once suggested just taking sips of it throughout the day, that so I'll keep doing that, wish it didn't have this affect on me when I eat.

post #70 of 102

How about tea?  Not iced tea - but hot tea with a normal amount of sugar.  It has to be better than soda….

post #71 of 102
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How about tea?  Not iced tea - but hot tea with a normal amount of sugar.  It has to be better than soda….


Doh! I forgot about tea.

 

I'll test that next time, see if that doesn't make me as gassy.

 

txs

post #72 of 102
Have you checked out www.100daysofrealfood.com? There is lots of information about eating more healthfully as well as meal ideas and resources here: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-food-resources/.
post #73 of 102
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A side note on Cheetos -- their dairy cows are fed the Cheetos that are broken, or otherwise imperfect, before bagging. At least that's what their pamphlet said, 10 or so years ago. Just fyi.
Yes, I went on a potato chip factory tour and they proudly talked about how they donated all the chips swept up from the floor or otherwise unsellable and gave them to local farms for cow feed. They told us how much and how quickly the cows gained weight from this... I guess I should reprioritize buying grass fed beef!
post #74 of 102
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post #75 of 102
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I didn't say it like, 'well, you need to get active'.  I simply said, "Now that I've finished school I have more time to take you to things, would you be interested in taking karate or tennis again like you did in the past?"

 

Right on.  Well said. 

 

Sort of off topic: working full time and going to school two nights a week, your daughter is getting a *great* lesson seeing her mom prioritize education. You're a good role model. 

 

Forget dieting and exercising.  NO ONE likes going on a diet and exercising.  What people like is eating good food and the over all great feeling of being physically fit.  Diet and exercise.  Eat good food and be physically active.  It's a lifestyle for the whole family, regardless of their body type.

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  Also, I have to admit I like Chef Boyardee, Cheeze its and Ramen noodles because they all have a long shelf life.  I can buy several and they can sit in the pantry for months without going bad.  Whereas if you don't eat fruits right away they'll go bad and then you've wasted your money.  But I just have to be more on top of it to make sure they don't go bad before they're eaten. 

 

YES!!!  I can totally relate to this. I work hard to see that my family eats healthy, and this is defiantly one of the challenges. Another challenges for me is that healthier foods tend to take longer to prepare. There are so, so many options that can just be grabbed and heated, but to have a healthy diet with variety, I spend more time peeling, chopping, and cooking.

 

None the less, it's worth the effort. thumb.gif

 

What happens if you drink water with a very light, unprocessed meal -- for example, a tossed green salad with grilled chicken (no croutons, tortilla chips, or junky dressings -- just veggies, meat, and oil and vinegar)?  I doubt that its the water that makes you bloated -- I think that the processed foods you eat are messing with you, and that it is more noticeable when you give you body enough water to try to process it.

 

Does your body show signs of mild dehydration?

 

 

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One of the best indicators of dehydration is the color of your urine, according to MayoClinic.com. Dark yellow urine indicates that your body needs more fluid. Other symptoms of mild or moderate dehydration include a dry mouth, tiredness or fatigue, thirst, dry skin, headache, constipation or dizziness.
post #80 of 102
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Thanks for the additional tips re: water.

 

I'm looking into programs at the YMCA - most of the programs I've seen stop at age 12. 

At one time she did karate, but it got too expensive for me - it was $95 a month and

I had to stop it.  But I'll keep looking around to see what I can find.

 

When we were members at the YMCA, they told me that the programs for adults were open to teens also.  You two could pick one to do together.  The best thing about the 'adult' programs is that your membership covers the drop in classes. . . no additional fees.

 

Amy

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