5 Simple Tips to Get You Drinking More Water Every Day!

Feeling thirsty all the time? This can be a sign that you’re not drinking enough water, and that your body isn’t getting enough of the fluids it needs to function optimally and remain healthy. Below are five simple tips to help you start drinking more water every day!

  1. Invest in a quality water bottle Invest in a quality water bottle. The worst thing about drinking water is that you have to drink it from something. If your current drinking vessel looks like a dirty, old coffee mug or if it’s covered in lint, you’re going to want to invest in a quality water bottle. There are tons of options on the market these days and they’re not just for hydration anymore – they can be used as an insulated lunch box, an ice pack, or even as a dishwasher-safe food container. Whether you’re looking for something simple and basic or something with added features like straws, loops, and handles there’s definitely one out there that will suit your needs. Just make sure to buy a high quality product so you don’t find yourself buying another one any time soon. Try filling up at least four bottles each day: One of the easiest ways to increase how much water you consume throughout the day is by simply carrying more than one bottle with you at all times. The key here is being realistic about what you expect and then working toward those goals incrementally. For example, if this week you only fill up three bottles per day but commit to filling up four bottles per day next week – then by month’s end, your goal will be met!
  2. Set daily goals The first step is to set some daily goals for yourself. Do you want to drink more than 10 glasses of water per day? Great! How about drinking 1 liter of water per day? That’s a whole lot of water, but it’s an achievable goal. What about having your own personal goal for the number of glasses you want to drink every day? Write this down on a piece of paper or use a note-taking app so that you can keep track of your progress. The next step is figuring out what time frame you want to drink all those glasses in. Do you have one hour in the morning, when you’re getting ready for work, or do you have hours in the evening when everyone else is asleep and it’s just you and Netflix? Whatever your preference is, choose something that works best with your schedule. Once you’ve figured out when you’ll be able to drink all of these glasses, write it down. When the time comes, try and drink the amount that you’ve planned out at least three times a week. One way to do this is by setting a timer on your phone . Whatever method works best for you, just make sure that you stay consistent with how often you’re drinking water so that it becomes habit! When doing something new, like making a change in our habits, we might find ourselves feeling discouraged because we don’t know where to start. But as soon as we get going and commit to that change then everything starts falling into place.
  3. Drink a glass of water with every meal It’s easy to forget about drinking water when you’re eating, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you get enough fluids. Drink a glass of water with every meal and snack, or at least 2 cups of water with each meal. If you’re feeling hungry between meals and need something refreshing, try sipping on some iced tea or fruit-infused waters. Try not to drink anything other than water for an hour before bedtime because liquids like coffee and soda can interrupt your sleep cycle and leave you feeling tired the next day. There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated during the day so be sure that it’s one of your top priorities! Don’t rely only on juices, sodas or teas as they don’t offer much in the way of nutrition and can have high amounts of sugar. Aim to have 8 glasses (or 8 ounces) per day in order to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – your body has already told you that it needs water by producing a dry mouth and giving off signals like red eyes and headaches.
  4. Add fruits or vegetables to your water #1. Add some fruits or vegetables to your water. Just add a slice of lemon, cucumber, or even apple (or fruit of your choice). Adding fruits and vegetables to water not only increases the taste, but it also adds in essential vitamins and minerals that are good for you. #2. Keep a jug at work. Sometimes we forget about how much water we drink throughout the day when we’re at work because we’re not drinking it from a glass like at home. It can be helpful to have a jug of water at your desk so you don’t have an excuse for not drinking enough water during the day. #3. Invest in a reusable bottle with an infuser filter insert and fruit inside it. The infuser filters allow you to choose which type of fruit you want infused into your water, giving you endless flavor possibilities. And as an added bonus, adding fruit into the mix provides antioxidants and other nutrients-including vitamin C-to your daily regimen.
  5. Keep track of your progress.
  • -Drink water before you eat your meal.
  • -Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
  • -Carry a refillable water bottle with you everywhere.
  • -Keep a bottle of water by your side at work, on your desk, and in the car.
  • -Take sips of plain water throughout the day whenever you feel hungry or thirsty.
  • -Drink a glass of warm lemon water before bedtime for improved digestion and better sleep quality.
  • -Beware of hidden sources of added sugar that can add unnecessary calories to your diet: carbonated drinks, juices, smoothies, sweetened coffee/tea drinks.
  • -Don’t drink fluids from plastic bottles if they contain BPA (check the bottom).

Avoid canned beverages like soda or juice because these beverages often contain high levels of sodium which can lead to fluid retention. Read labels carefully when buying bottled water. Some bottled waters are deceptively labeled as natural spring when they’re actually just filtered tap water so make sure you check the label before purchasing it.

If you have an especially hard time drinking the recommended amount of 8 glasses a day, try adding lime or cucumber slices to your cold water; this will not only help you reduce hunger pangs but also help curb cravings since both have anti-inflammatory properties.

But remember to stay hydrated during workouts too–drinking plenty of water after working out helps flush toxins out and cools the body down. To increase your intake, add fruit such as apples and berries into the mix to increase fiber content and include sparkling water in addition to plain old H2O for some bubbles!

I hope you found this helpful!

Misdiagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic at 18

March is 14 years that I have been a type 1 diabetic. In that timeframe, I have struggled. I didn’t always talk about the fact I had diabetes. But I didn’t hide it. There were times I did try to ignore it, but that didn’t work out. Then the times I worked hard, it would kick my butt. Also not having any health insurance did not help.

I was misdiagnosed in 2008 at 18 years old as a type 2 diabetic. I experienced extreme thirst, weight loss, urination, and fatigue. This went on for a few months. When I finally went to the urgent care, they asked me questions and did a finger poke to test my blood sugar. Only at that moment, I didn’t connect the dots. My blood sugar was in the 600’s.

I remember the nurse making the comment “Oh. That’s why you feel so sick.” and leaving the room. But no one said anything to me like “ Hey your blood sugar is high, looks like diabetes.” Again I was so very tired and not with it. They hooked me up with what I’m guessing, was an IV of fluids. Shortly after the dr came in and started talking about diet, lifestyle changes, medication, and testing my blood sugar as a type 2 . After that I got moved to a new room.

The next day the dietitian come up to my room and went over diet and carbs. I was told to keep meals under 60 carbs and a list of free foods that I know now, are not free. I spent a few more days in the hospital and was then sent on my way.

At the time I was working for Americorps NCCC, which is a ten-month commitment doing volunteer work across the U.S, where they fed, pay, and housed you. During that time they offered health insurance, but once it was time to go back home to WI I didn’t have any kind of health insurance anymore.

Sometime in 2009, I ended back in the hospital and DKA again. The first time was the year before when I was first diagnosed but we didn’t know it at the time. Diabetic ketoacidosis is when the body starts breaking down fat at a rate that is much too fast. The liver processes the fat into a fuel called ketones, which causes the blood to become acidic. My body was shutting down and was slowly dying.

Almost immediately after I was admitted they told me there was no way I was a type 2 and I was a type 1 diabetic and the first hospital misdiagnosed me. They gave me a slightly better education on diabetes but still gave me the same “free food “ list and to keep meals around 60 carbs and snacks at 15 carbs. They even helped me find a low-income clinic so I could get the insulin that I need to stay alive.

Sometimes the dr would be helpful but I did get a few that were just no help. There were times when my A1c, which is a blood test that measures your average blood sugar over the past 3 months, would be on the higher side and I would get a “lecture” on better blood sugar management but no actual help. Even when I was trying my hardest. Or I was simply burnt out and was not trying as hard. It was very frustrating at times.

I went to this clinic for about 10 years until I got married and my husband had a job that offered health insurance in 2018. During the 10 years that I went to a low-income clinic every month. They gave me everything I needed. Long and short-acting insulin pens, test strips, pen tips, and more. As great as the clinic was, there were too many hands. Paperwork would be missing and sometimes the commutation was not the best. I would also have a different dr every month.

But they did try their best. Every year they would help me apply for state insurance and every time single time I would be denied. But I had no problem getting forward health benefits for family planning, basically, I only qualified for birth control and nothing else.

Then in 2018, my husband qualified for the health insurance offered through his job. I was finally able to establish a primary dr, an endocrinologist, who specializes in the endocrine system and diabetes, and a diabetes educator/nutritionist. I now have a great team to help me manage my diabetes better.

In 2021 I finally moved from insulin pens and finger pokes to an insulin pump and cgm (continuous glucose monitor) which has been a game-changer for me. I did start on the Omnipod dash and Dexcom in March and April but after about 8 months I switched over to the Medtronic 770g System. The Medtronic’s 770g is a closed loop[ system where the guardian sensors talk to the insulin pump and make adjustments as needed. This time last year in march of 2021 my A1c was a 9.8 and right now it is a 6.6.

Since seeing my diabetes educator/nutritionist I have had updated education on diabetes. For example, coffee is NOT a free food. Caffeine can induce an adrenaline rush and can impact the blood sugar and make it rise. Or that fat and protein can also impact blood sugar. Those were a few things I didn’t know but only found out when I started using a CGM.

A lot has happened in the last 14 years for me and I have learned so much. Diabetes is a 24/7 job that you do not get to take a vacation from or get paid. At times it can be a lot and burnout is real. I hope you found this interesting or even helpful.

Diabetes Tech Review: Omnipod Dash Insulin Pump

For 8 month or so I had been using the insulin pump, Omnipod Dash with Dexcom to manage my Type 1 Diabetes. I thought it was time to review this diabetes device. I have been a diabetic for 13 years soon to be 14 in March/April. Before going on a insulin pump I was using insulin pens for the longest time. That is another story its self.

 

What is Omnipod?

Omnipod Dash is a tubeless wearable insulin pump that send a consistent amount of basel (background) insulin for up to 3 days. The  PDM (Personal Diabetes Manager) is a dumb down android phone that only runs the software by Omnipod. The PDM then connects to the insulin pump pods by bluetooth. The pods are water proof, so that means no disconnecting for a shower or jumping in the pool. The PDM is NOT water proof. Also the Omnipod Dash does not commutate with a CGM, like Dexcom.  

The Process

For me it was super simple. I had gone to a endocrinologist app and talked to my Dr about going on a pump and talked about some of the different options. I was given a list of  insulin pumps and was told to research each one myself. I could ether tell him which one I was interested in, so he could start the paperwork. Or to go on the pumps website and fill out the contact forms and start the process that way.

By the end of the week I had filled out forms online for omnipod and was contacted within 3-4 days. I filled out eberything on a Friday and was contacted by Monday to go over questions, like for insurance and what not. By that Friday I was inform what the cost would be with my insurance. I gave them the go ahead and within a week my order was shipped. It was really quick and a easy process overall.

Shortly after I received my pump supplies I was then contacted my a Omnipod Rep/Trainer to setup training to setup my new pump. The pump trainer sat with me and set up the PDM with settings tailored to my insulin needs. Since then I have changed almost everything she had set, there was a lot of trial and error to find out what works better for me on the pump. Normally the dr sets you on the  lower side  on the pump when you start, to avoid low blood sauger.  My appointment took about a hour since I read everything before hand in the handbook.  

Things I liked

No tubing, I honestly would forget I had it on me, unless I placed it on my outer upper arm and hit every doorway. I loved that I could decorate the pods with different stickers. Very easy to use, basically fill the pod, confirm everything on the PDM and stick it on and go.
You can go swimming or shower without having to worry about disconnecting and remembering to reconnect. Your pods info shows on your phone as along as it nearby.
I never had a problem keeping the PDM with me, it was no different then carrying my phone with me. I hardly had a failed pod.

Things I did not liked

At times the design of the pods could be a little bulky. You only get one cannula length. Both Fat and protein hit me very hard, if I have a meal that’s high in both and end up with high blood sauger. The Omnipod Dash just couldn’t keep up with me and I would consistency be chasing high blood saugers.  

Final thoughts

 Its a great pump that’s for sure. I did exactly what it was programed to do, that is to delver  a constant supply of basel background of insulin 24/7. But since it does not talk to Dexcom it just doesn’t work for me. Now that the Omnipod 5 has been FDA approved and works with Dexcom it might work better for me.  But I have moved to a different system in November and LOVING it.  I will write more about that in another post. 
Omnipod Dash Insulin Pump

7 Common House Plants That Clean the Air

The three main household toxins of concern are:

  • benzene
  • formaldahyde
  • trichloroethylene

These carcinogenic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of synthetic substances and materials and are off-gased from new materials for some time (up to several years, depending on the material of product in question). Benzene can also be emitted from gas ranges during use, making some types of houseplants below great for use in the kitchen.

This means these types of houseplants may just decrease your risk of cancers, asthma, allergies, auto-immune disorders and other diseases.

Tips for Choosing and Caring for Your Plants

Below you’ll find the common name  and its benefit to you and your home and a few ideas of the type of care it needs. 

Along with a corresponding photo and the following tips, you can decide which plant is best for your home.

  • Choose one 10- to 12-inch potted plant per 100 square foot of your home for the most effective air purification.
  • Cross-reference several care guides to check for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
  • Because common names can very, be sure to cross-reference the botanical name of any plant you get to ensure it will do the job you need it to do.
  • Consider where you might place your plants and the amount of sun they will receive to ensure your plant will thrive in that area.
  • Make note of the water needed and write it on a calendar so that you can keep the watering schedules balanced.
  • Periodically dust the leaves of each plant with a damp cloth to ensure proper absorption of air particles and toxins.
  • Keep their soil replenished with rich compost or compost tea. Avoid non-organic or synthetic fertilizers.
  • Whenever possible, capture rainwater for your plants. All types of houseplants thrive best with natural sources of water.

IMPORTANT: Please note that these houseplants are good for purifying air, but that doesn’t mean they are safe for pets or kids who like to put things in their mouth. Check out this list for more details, read the descriptions of each plant, and do some research on any plant you bring into your home.

 

The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,

One of the most recommended plants for improving air quality. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is known as “the bedroom plant.” While most plants take away oxygen at night, this one gives off oxygen at night. The plant also filters formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air.

Corn plant

Known for removing formaldahyde and known generally as one of the houseplants that clean the air.

Aloe

Not only can it be used for burns on the skin, it is also known to remove formaldahyde from the air.

English Ivy 

It’s known for removing the chemical benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and the off-gasing of other synthetic materials, is said to be fantastic for asthma and allergies and also removes formaldehyde.

Golden Pothos 

 NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants great for removing formaldhyde. Also known for removing carbon monoxide and increasing general indoor air quality.

Philodendron

 Also noted by NASA among the best tyoes of houseplants for removing formaldahyde, especially higher concentrations.

Spider Plant

NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldahyde. Also removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities.

 

22 Easy Ways To Be Happier This Year

At some point or another we start feeling drained and burned out or maybe picked up some bad habits that can cause you to feel tired and worn out. It’s best to take a pause and give yourself a good look, so you can try to improve your energy and happiness levels every day.

Here are some ways to help you from having your energy drained (both spiritually and physically) and to be happier throughout the year.

  • Put your devices away for an hour.
  • Be more grateful.
  • Go to sleep a little earlier. Allow yourself enough sleep to wake up refreshed.
  • Doing to much.
  • Spend more time outside. Take walks. Stand in the sun. More nature, more life!
  • Let yourself be sad without guilt. Don’t wish you felt better right away. Sometimes you need to be sad.
  • Write down your goals. Track your progress and make adjustment to your goals as needed.
  • Make a vision board. 
  • Spend some time alone. Sometime alone is good for you.
  • Start a journal.  Write about the day.
  • Read more books. 
  • Eat a healthy.
  • Move your body more.  Lift weights, try yoga , do Zumba, dance. Get moving. 
  • Learn something.  Learning is good for you. Never stop. 
  • Take daily quiet time. Try meditation.
  • Get rid of some things. Don’t let yourself be buried in clutter. If it doesn’t make bring you joy, you probably don’t need it. 
  • Spending unnecessary money.
  • Celebrate victories. Big or small.
  • Make people smile. One of the fastest ways to feel happy is by making someone else happy. Do a good deed. Smile at a stranger. Volunteer your time. Buy someone a meal. 
  • Say no. Stop saying yes and feeling obligated to do things that you don’t want to do.
  • Focus on the long term goals. 
  • Have more fun.