It’s always important for everyone to drink plenty of fluids. But, when you have had weight-loss surgery, it’s more difficult to accomplish that task. Your stomach is teeny-tiny, and only holds so much at a time. Plus, you shouldn’t drink an hour after you eat. You want that food to stay in your stomach as long as possible, and drinking washes the food through more quickly.
I remember after my surgery (and after the initial healing time) I felt like I needed to write out on my calendar what time I should eat, what time I should drink water; continually sip sip sip – but wait – don’t sip 45 minutes before you eat, or the food will just slide right on through; wait an hour then drink some more. Since I didn’t have a history of eating, drinking, or exercising well, this was a brand new and frustrating lesson for me to learn. But, with a little time, I managed to set better habits for myself, and the eat/drink timing found its proper rhythm.
Having said all of that, let me now say this: I still really struggle with getting enough fluids each day. It still doesn’t come as second-nature to me. Will it ever? I don’t know. But here’s what I DO know. I’m the one responsible to make it happen. Whether that means writing it on my calendar, setting alarms on my cell phone or writing it in ink on my hand, IT’S UP TO ME. Period.
Armed with that knowledge, I’ve devised a few schemes to trick my mind (Bwaa-ha-ha-ha!)
- CRYSTAL LIGHT DRINK MIX!!!!! It comes in packets for a 2-quart pitcher and also in single-size packets; although it can’t claim to have zero calories, it has next-to-nothing calories. Yay!
- Slice some citrus and/or mint and put it in your water
- If you have a Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker, you can fill the brew basket up with spearmint and/or peppermint leaves and “brew” it. It makes DELICIOUS MINT WATER!
- I fill up a 2-Quart pitcher each day, and know that when I drink it, I’ve reached my “water minimum” for the day
- Another tactic is to use a 20-oz. cup (I use those Blender-Ball cups with a lid and a wire blending ball inside) and drink 3 to 4 of those a day.
So there you have it. My schemes. Try them, you may like them, too – even if you haven’t had surgery!