Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Water Each Day Keeps The Doctor Away: Post #1

This is sponsored content from BlogHer and Crystal Light.

On March 2nd 2010 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

It's a day I'll never forget as it changed my life forever. And amazingly, not in the tragic way I originally thought when the doctor said those three little words, "You are diabetic."

I used to be the most unhealthy eater. I thought nothing of eating half a bag of sour cream and cheddar chips followed by Starburts at 10am.

Needless to say my ways changed dramatic immediately. I no longer eat sugar of any kind. Gone are the days of ice cream (unless it's sugar free ice cream) no cake, no brownies and I even had to say goodbye to my favorite, Peeps.

In addition, as much as I can I stay away from white bread, white pasta, white rice and really anything white; I do.

I also drink lots of water.

Ironically, one of the symptoms of diabetes is excessive thirst. When my blood sugar was super high (unbeknown to me) I was always thirsty. I just played it off with, "Hey, I'm a thirsty person." Glug glug glug.

Now that my blood sugar is low and my diabetes are very much in control, I not only feel a million times better, I'm not constantly looking for my water glass.

However, water and other low calorie drinks are vital to my new healthy lifestyle.

I find the list of things I CAN'T drink are growing.
I no longer can have any sort of juice (way too high in sugar), don't even think about regular soda (it's like dumping truckloads of sugar down your throat) and I can't even really drink caffeinated drinks. For some reason diet cola makes feel super hungry, which isn't part of the "losing weight" agenda.

So I was thrilled to not only find Crystal Light with it's tiny 15 calories per serving but I love these little to go containers.

I throw a pack in my lunch for a treat during that long afternoon stretch. At night after dinner with tons of ice is my pink lemonade dessert.
In addition they help to remind me to get my water in. I see those packs in my purse or lunch bag and know I have to drink my water.

I also make sure I have a cute 16 oz BIG cup (hey it has to be cute, otherwise why drink out of it) at both home and work everywhere I go. That way it also serves as a reminder to DRINK DRINK DRINK!

Not only does it taste awesome it's just one more way to get my daily water in without having it always be just boring water.

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