How to make drinking water less boring .

By michelle2385 Latest Reply 2012-01-17 21:45:26 -0600
Started 2012-01-10 23:24:57 -0600

My grandmother was told that she drink lots of water, But after a while drinking plan water get old and bland. Is there anything that I can get her to flavor the water but not make it to high in sodium and that is sugar free ? She would really love to just drink her coffee, because she says well coffee is made from water. :) My grandmother is a trip, but i love the woman.

98 replies

jpegram 2012-01-14 23:48:41 -0600 Report

lemon or lime juice.

54 bravo
54 bravo 2012-01-15 04:54:50 -0600 Report

yes, lemon water, lime water, tea's, coffee, G2, all good…

jayabee52 2012-01-15 07:40:24 -0600 Report

Howdy Bravo. WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

Well maybe not ALL good. This original post was written by a non diabetes person searching for her grandmother with diabetes and chronic kidney disease. With the CKD her grandmother has some specific dietary needs. two of the ingredients she should not consume is sodium, potassium and phosphorus. Check out the ingredient list to see if those ingredients are there.

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-14 19:01:36 -0600 Report

I have a suggestion and I really think that I can help because I feel exactly like you. Buy NuStevia add it to water, ice and lemon juice. It is unbelievably good. I can't imagine that the carbo choir can question either ingredient.

All the best

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 19:10:26 -0600 Report

You got me, DDB, what is NuStevia?

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-14 19:19:30 -0600 Report

It is my preferred brand of Stevia (but I don't work for that company or any company associated with any of these products). I have tried lots of Stevia and some is bitter or have an after taste. NuStevia is great and no more expensive. I use it on Greek yogurt, lots of stuff. No effect on BG, natural and unlike the pink, blue and yellow packages, no potentially dangerous chemicals. But, to be fair, perhaps I should say try any brand of Stevia and select your preference.

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 19:45:16 -0600 Report

Oh, I use it regularly, but cautiously, because I've never even used much sugar. I do find Stevia is a bit bitter, but the best of the bunch.

I won't use the chemical stuff because I've had allergies for years to many things the FDA saud were harmless. So, much of the time I just skip the sweetener. I even drink water with lemon juice (not just a slice) without sweetening it.

I've not seen NuStevia. Shall have to look for it. The version I have right now is in packets and clumps so it's not effective in cold drinks.

digitaldoorbell 2012-01-14 19:51:15 -0600 Report

I buy it online. It works great in cold drinks, lemonade, iced tea…
I had bad luck with other brands too but I don't want to be accused
of marketing anything here…just info and trying to help.

Caroltoo 2012-01-14 20:10:51 -0600 Report

Thanks. Incidentally, when one of us comments about the sales issue it is usually because an individual has made a direct sales approach or has posted a link to a sales site. It's not really as willy-nilly as it may sound if you haven't already looked at the links.

Jeanae 2012-01-13 20:02:18 -0600 Report

My Mama used to slice cucumbers in a pitcher of water and keep it in her ice box (that is what she called her refrigerator). She also would put a pitcher of cold water and fresh mint leaves and let it sit for awhile. She would vary her water with lemon slices, lime slices, etc. she loved to combine warm water, cinema,on, cloves, and lemon and let it sit and drink that as well. She was Amish married to a Quaker so we never drank soda, kool aid or anything like that. My Mama lived to 110.

berrykins0 2012-01-13 08:25:55 -0600 Report

drink mixes like koolaid or crystal light you can get koolaid ones in sugarfree too.

michelle2385 2012-01-13 17:17:13 -0600 Report

great thank you

jayabee52 2012-01-13 17:56:45 -0600 Report

Here comes the "wet blanket" again. Check the ingredients of the Kool Aid for phosphoric acid!

JillStafford 2012-01-15 22:31:22 -0600 Report

And there are so many ways to hit a pothole with diabetes, it is great to have someone like you who knows about these things!!!! Thanks.

Young1s 2012-01-13 19:38:36 -0600 Report

It's not being a wet blanket to keep Michelle reminded of the strain some of these products can put on her grandmother's kidneys. I have a question. How about some simple honey? It can be warmed in the water, then consumed as is or cooled with ice.

michelle2385 2012-01-16 16:36:29 -0600 Report

thats right because i am not use to reading the back of all the packages, so its good to know all this, thank you

jayabee52 2012-01-13 19:44:37 -0600 Report

Sometimes I FEEL like a wet blanket or a "nagger", However, thanks for your kind words Patricia.

Michelle's grandmother also has diabetes so honey would make her BG rise. Perhaps not as bad as sugar in the water but it would have a glycemic effect because honey is basicly fructose.

Young1s 2012-01-13 19:47:00 -0600 Report

Duh!…Sorry about that. I should know better. I guess my morning fatigue is starting to rot my brain.

jayabee52 2012-01-13 19:50:29 -0600 Report

that's OK Pat. I frequently have brain fog too! From your other post on being tired all the time, you sound like ONE BUSY LADY!

Young1s 2012-01-14 13:10:19 -0600 Report

Yeah but it's like playing the lottery. The only way to get a job (or win the lottery) is to keep trying and when you do finally get one it feels like you've won big.

Maja1959 2012-01-14 20:21:34 -0600 Report

I don't know if this will help in your job hunt. I've been in this lottery for a long time too. When I moved my vet rep told me to go get the industrial directory for the area that you would like to target I would go by county. The industrial directory I found at the Chamber of Commerce. It has the name of the company, a contact person, a address, phone number and what the company does. I moved here in 1995 so yes this worked for me twice. I then took MS Word and did a mass mail out of my resume. Not sure if you could find the industrial directories online or how you would target a paticular county on line. Maybe call your chamber of commerce and ask if they have such a directory online they may have it on their chamber's website if you can't find it on it's own website. I can't swear it will work but it worked for me twice. Just a thought. Good Luck!

Young1s 2012-01-15 00:17:55 -0600 Report

What a great suggestion. Thank you for that Maja. This will probably help others who are still in the hunt, as well.

watson4042 2012-01-12 00:29:37 -0600 Report

i drink flavored waters. no carbs,calories,sodium. it's carbonated though. it comes in so many flavors frin key lime to pomagranite. if you get them a safeway their brand even has some with antioxidants.

pixsidust 2012-01-11 23:59:25 -0600 Report

Try crystal light for grandma. Also put a lemon wedge in plain water. I think you drink water faster if you have icy bottled water. Caffeine has to be hard on your kidneys

jtorske 2012-01-11 14:44:25 -0600 Report

The almond milk we get has only 2 carbs per serving. also try "G2 " version of gatorade it is not carb free, but has about 5 carbs per serving

michelle2385 2012-01-11 20:09:14 -0600 Report

wow so its low in carbs and high in protein that will be great to try my kiddos on

pixsidust 2012-01-11 23:52:41 -0600 Report

It had more calcium than milk too. That Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk she is talking about. Its clearly marked on the package. Silk makes a version sold in you regular markets and Trader Joe's if you have one in your area

p@trick 2012-01-11 14:22:18 -0600 Report

what about almond milk? i just started using it, and it is mostly made from water. the kind i tried has around 7 carbs per cup. thoughts, anyone?

jayabee52 2012-01-11 14:50:54 -0600 Report

Howdy patrick,
This is for a lady who will be undergoing dialysis. I have done that too. (for 10 mos) One of the things for which we have to watch is very low protein. Almond milk has protein.

Additionally kidney patients are to avoid ALL nuts due to protein issues as well as they are high in potassium, which we must avoid also.

Good suggestion, but it would not be the best for her, unfortunately.

jayabee52 2012-01-11 13:42:49 -0600 Report

Before you get anything from the store in the way of drinks or drink powderslook at the ingredient listings. If it has phosphoric acid in it then avoid it.

She has to avoid potassium and phosphorus. When I was on dialysis, I ate a lot of Sugar-free Jello. I didn't look at the ingredient list, what do you know, when I did there was phosphoric acid in it (that's why you are to avoid dark cola type drinks — including the Dr peppers). Some (not all) Kool aid flavors have the phosphoric acid as an ingredient.

She might like something as simple as a squeeze of lemon or lime (or a splash of bottled lemon juice or lime juice) to flavor the water. I also sucked a lot of Ice cubes at the time, because I was on water restriction. That cut down on me just guzzling water.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-11 12:36:24 -0600 Report

Crystal light is my fav. After diagnosis and I had to drink sugar free, plan water was boring. My sister started using it after her heart attack so I started using it. I have found that the Hi-C and Great Value (Wal-Mart Brand) is cheaper but taste the same. They make the energy flavors and it has carbs so I stay away from those. They also have flavors sweetened with Stevia. So there are more ways to enjoy water other than plain and boring.

classof78 2012-01-11 21:16:46 -0600 Report

I like to use a larger (32oz) bottle and then add 2 of the single serve Crystal light type mixes. I especially like mixing a peachy one (peach tea or somesuch) and a lemonade. Get creative. It also means I drink moreat work, since I have a big bottle already made up.

squog master
squog master 2012-01-11 20:51:43 -0600 Report

DITTO!!!!! Great value also has some different flavors than CL so that gives you more variety.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-11 21:05:32 -0600 Report

I have tried Wylers and Shake and Go. They have limited flavors and they are either too tart or bitter.

squog master
squog master 2012-01-11 21:15:33 -0600 Report

I didn't care for Wylers either. don't know Shake and Go. But the best thing about Great value is like you said taste just as good as CL but is cheaper. Actually Kool-aid has a few other flavors I think and is no more than the CL in cost if that much.

michelle2385 2012-01-11 13:34:25 -0600 Report

I had thought about the crystal light packets, I had no idea that they made sugar free one or ones sweetened with stevia. Thank you so much I am goin to get some for my grandmother to try.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-01-11 17:26:30 -0600 Report

You are more than welcome. I use a 32oz water bottle and mix flavors together. Makes for a different taste and keeps drinking water fun.