I have worked from home for over 6 years now. It took a long time to get used to and create the best working environment. I also found myself less active, so it was important for me to get more movement during my day.
A few months ago I was sitting at the dinner table pouring the remaining diet soda from a 2 liter bottle. I realized that I just opened this 2 liter at lunch time. I thought about how much water I had to drink that day and the answer was easy…. none.
I had a few cups of coffee and a bunch of soda throughout the day, but no water.
It’s no wonder why I felt sluggish all the time. The amount of water I was drinking was extremely low.
My wife would come home with the 12-packs of diet soda, 3 for $10 and they would be gone by the time the next shopping trip came the following week.
I’ve always forced water down just because I knew I needed it. Whether it’s because I am going to the gym and want to be hydrated or I am dealing with a high blood sugar and I need to hydrate and flush my system, I’ve just always had to force the water down.
I can’t remember the last time I thought to myself, “I could really go for a nice ice cold glass of water”.
Just last night I thought to myself, “I could really go for a bowl of ice cream”, but that’s a totally different story!
The story of how I came across hint water goes like this. Every Monday I receive the Gary Vaynerchuk Hustler’s Digest and for a while, he was allowing brands to do a giveaway or discount at the bottom of his newsletters. I just so happened to be sitting at the computer at that exact time on a Monday when hint was giving away a free case of water.
I was one of the first 200 or so people to sign up for the free case of water.
I actually won something from a newsletter, sort of.
I’ve tried plenty of different flavored water options. Flavored, soda water, powder mixes, liquid squeezers, everything. And nothing tasted right. So, at first, I was not sure if I was going to even like the hint water, but I figured I’d give a try.
My thoughts on flavored water changed when I tried hint for the first time.
Yes, this is a sponsored post, and yes, I really do drink hint and think that it’s amazing.
I love hint because it tastes natural and real. Because it is.
I’ve been drinking hint for a while now and drinking water is no longer something that I force. I love the taste of the watermelon infused water. It’s not overwhelming to the point that it tastes fake and artificially sweetened.
It actually tastes like water with a hint of strawberry.
Now, I must say that I haven’t fully substituted hint out for all water consumption in general. I still drink a glass of regular water in the morning, before and after the gym (when I actually go) and one at dinner. But, I have replaced soda, juices, and other sparkling water drinks with hint.
When I first tried hint after winning the GaryVee giveaway, I tried their original fruit infused water. I was then able to try their hintfizz water as well. The hintfizz is their version of sparkling water and has some carbonation to it. I like to drink this at dinner time because the carbonation gives it that feeling of drinking a diet soda, but without all the bad that comes along with it.
My wife and I have even started giving our daughter hint water. Her favorite is the watermelon. Which makes total sense since her favorite fruit to eat is watermelon. She now always asks “daddy, can I have some watermelon water please?”
Of course it’s impossible to say no when she says please…. right?
As I mentioned above and I will repeat it again here, this is a sponsored post, but these are my true feelings about hint. I wouldn’t promote something and share with you if I didn’t use it myself, and also love it myself.
That’s the main reason why I decided to do this sponsored post.
I’ve heard a lot of people with diabetes talk about not drinking enough water because they hate water. Well, this is a perfect reason to not hate water anymore and to increase your intake of water. Most diets that exist today would allow hint to be included in it. For example, hint was just recently accepted into the Whole30 diet.
I still enjoy a diet soda, or two….. Ok 3… when I’m eating out, but when I’m home, it’s all natural infused water.
Just a few facts about hint:
Zero diet sweeteners
Some of their flavors include:
You can check out all of their flavors and products at DrinkHint.com
Below is a guest post from Mindy talking about her book.
Over the years, I’ve adjusted my blog. I wanted to talk about it all together- the type 1 diabetes, PCOS, endometriosis, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, (other diagnoses), loss, and more- because like the title of my blog says- “There’s More to the Story”. I wanted to talk about it honestly- the good and the bad. I didn’t used to do this. I thought I had to pick a viewpoint and couldn’t change my mind. I had to either be positive or negative so I found myself not only lying to the world around me, but also to myself. I eventually changed this mindset and aimed to be honest.
Mental health is important- regardless if you have a mental health diagnoses or a chronic illness. Sadly mental health is taboo and a lot of people don’t see it as important. I used to not acknowledge it at all, but over time I realized how important it is. I also realized that I cannot just focus on one thing in life- one diagnosis- because that means that things can get missed.
About two years ago, I made the decision to start a project. I decided to write a book about chronic illness and mental health. I’m aiming to balance the positive and the negative together on growing up in general but also with chronic illness and mental health along for the ride.
Over the past two years, writing this book has pushed me to process a lot of my past. All of it. I’ve seen how far I’ve come and realized the importance of so many situations.
I’m pursuing self-publishing and utilizing crowdfunding to make this dream happen!
A couple of weeks ago I was back up in Pennsylvania visiting family. After coming home from my brother’s house where my daughter and two nieces and one nephew were playing for a few hours, I felt extremely tired. I wasn’t sure if it was just the exhaustion of watching 4 kids play and runaround or the lack of sleep was just catching up to me.
I ended up falling asleep around 9-10 p.m. that night. I know that might sound late to some people, but to me, that is early.
The next day I was still a little sluggish but decided to go to the park to meet up with my friend’s kids and I just felt like crap. I was just sitting on the bench watching the kids have fun, but didn’t feel like getting up to do anything.
My first thought was ketones. Definitely ketones.
Now, let me give a little history here. In my 14 years of living with diabetes, I have never, ever, checked for ketones at home.
My mentality has always been to just drink a lot of water when I had a high blood sugar or just felt sluggish with a “normal” blood sugar.
My brother was coming to the park too, so he was going to bring my some ketone sticks to check. Well, as soon as I got home, I checked and I had trace ketones.
I guessed right. That’s why I was sluggish and tired.
But then several hours later I felt warm.
So I checked my temperature.
That’s not normal.
I went for the Tylenol and hope that the fever broke and I would be ok.
Well, this went on for 2 days. Fever would go away, then come back, then go away and come back with the help of Tylenol.
I didn’t want to take Tylenol for more than 2-3 days so I knew that come Monday morning I was going to the doctor.
Now I know that with type 1 diabetes, you shouldn’t mess around with a fever, but here’s why I did.
No Out of State Insurance
My ACA insurance plan is only good in the state of Florida. I didn’t know that when I chose the plan, but if I went to the doctor or ER in PA, I would be set back a couple hundred dollars, if not more.
I was willing to go to the doctor or ER on the 3rd day if I had to, but I wanted to try and beat the fever.
Luckily, on the 3rd day I woke up and the fever was below 99.1. A few times it crept to about 99.3 that day, but nothing higher than that.
Now, I thought this was weird because I had an appetite, I wasn’t vomiting or feeling like I had to. Just a fever and tired.
I also had trace ketones the whole time this was occurring as well.
I am the type of person that coughs once and freaks out and thinks that something horribly wrong is happening. So I kept freaking myself out that something more serious was or still is going on.
Now that I am back in Florida I have set up a doctor’s appointment for next week to just get a check up and make sure everything is working inside of me.
I know that if you are reading this you are probably screaming through the computer screen or smart phone, that I should have went to the hospital or saw a doctor.
And you are 100% correct. I should have.
But I chose not to, so now I am hoping that it wasn’t anything serious that had long lasting effects on my body.
The other night I was up late working and needed to rewind my pump and fill up a new reservoir. I knew the battery was low, but I was hoping I could just make it to the morning because I was in my office where I didn’t have any spare batteries.
While in the middle of rewinding the pump alerted me that the battery was dead and the pump needed to be restarted. Once I restarted, I tried to rewind the pump again, but I could tell that it already finished rewinding.
I attempted to rewind and it would get another area and need to be restarted.
This just kept happening over and over and over.
At that time, I knew the pump was having some sort of motor issue and was done.
This was at about 1:45 AM.
The back up plan was needed.
Luckily, I always try and keep some form of long-acting insulin at home. I usually get this from my endo as samples that haven’t been used and she needs to get rid of.
I took a lower dose of what I would normally take for basal insulin because I knew I had a lot of insulin on board at the time.
First thing in the morning, I called Medtronic and went through the troubleshooting and determined that indeed the pump was not going to work. Since the pump is under warranty a new one would be sent out to me overnight and I would receive it by noon the next day. That’s almost a 24 hour turnaround time.
The point of the story here is that we all must have a backup plan if using an insulin pump.
Do you have one?
Do you have any long-acting insulin? Do you have your pump settings saved? Do you know how much basal insulin you need?
If you don’t have a plan yet, then I highly recommend speaking with your doctor or healthcare professional in order to create an insulin pump failure backup plan.
As I was finishing this up, I heard the horn.
There was the big brown truck with my replacement pump.