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My name is Mindy and I am a wife and mother of 2 boys, Ages 20 and 12. I recently started on the path of becoming a nurse something i have wanted to do since i was 11 !

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Drinking While You Eat

 I have noticed some other people have some issues kicking this habit. (this might be a repeat somewhere else on my blog if it is sorry )
This was something I worked on before surgery . Here are some tips that someone gave me and some tricks I picked up on my own that might help . Keep in mind I am allowed to drink up until I eat and then an hour after my meals. If your docs orders are different than go by what they say .

Eating at home :
1. Drink while you cook . I think while im cooking . It hydrates you so your not so hungry during meals.
2. Do not even bring a cup to the table with you with your meal.
3. Set a kitchen timer for 30 mintues at first . Once it goes off then get something to drink. Then try 45 mintues and then 60 . The longer you can wait to drink the longer you will stay full .

Eating out :
1. Drink up until the meal comes.
2. Once the meal gets there Tell the waiter " Please do not bring me any more beverages and you can take this one " have them take your drink away , out of sight out of mind .
3. Later on I started having them make me a to go cup . I would write the time i could drink ( an hour out ) on the cup .
4. If you do the to go cup thing DO NOT Get a straw. Its easy to just grab it and drink out of habit, So the straw reminds you " No cant drink it yet "

Hope this helps some . If anyone else has some tips for Newbies Or not so newbies please leave them !


  1. Thank You! I'm in the learning stages so any tips are greatly appreciated! I love reading up others blogs and it totally gives me the determination and drive that I need. Although I do find myself falling into my old ways sometimes.... but I think it will only take time to learn "new" habits. Love your blog... Keep it up!

  2. I hope you found it helpful.
    I hope i did not offend you by directing it towards you . Your post gave me the idea to post it.
    I love reading others blogs as well. Its helpful to someone a yr out like myself to read others experiences.


  3. Thank you so much for posting this! This is one of my biggest fears about having the surgery... I know it's silly!

  4. Mindy, This is a really great blog post. The tips are excellent. I too started working on not drinking long before surgery but it is tempting and you give great tips. It is great to have someone like you who has been doing this for a while to learn from. Love your blog!

  5. I agree with all your advice. I haven't had trouble with this transition much at all. I didn't give it much thought, but I do most of the things you mentioned; drinking while cooking, no glass at the table, drinking before food comes in restaurant. I haven't yet asked the waiter to take the glass, I usually just move it across the table.

  6. I move it across the table now . Initially when i was still "learning" or making sure i got the hang of it , until i could resist I guess, I asked them to take it . Now i just move it away . I still ask for to go cups. Because generally before the meal gets there i dont even drink half a glass , so i get a to go cup so I have something to drink for later.