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The Dewpoint Whisperer

July 6, 2010

I don’t mean to be such a pain in the butt. You guys are trying to help me with your artificial sweetener advice. But ever since I started listening to a nutritionist on a local radio talk show, I’ve gotten more afraid of any artifical sweeteners. (If you click on the link, it’ll take you to Dar’s show page and you can listen to her broadcasts – the artificial sweetener topic was aired June 12th. Wait patiently for it to upload.) Then when my doctor told me that when I was done with this cancer, he’d be dealing with my pre-diabetic, borderline hypertensive self, I really want to eat and drink healthier.

Don’t worry about me not getting anything to drink.  I really like iced tea. Without any sweetener whatsoever. Me and the Lipton’s Iced Tea are good friends. I also want to find some other teas that would taste good iced. Do you have any suggestions for that? Any tasty, unsweetened teas, that are good cold?

The problem with me is that I have an addictive personality (have you seen my bead studio that replaced my rubberstamping studio?) and I didn’t just drink one  Diet Coke a day. No. I’ve been drinking 4 Diet Cokes a day, every day (maybe more on some days) for decades! I used to drink Coke the same way. Which is funny, if you realize that during the Coke days, I was skinny but during the Diet Coke days, I am not skinny.

My plan is to allow for one regular Coke a day, as a reward for not drinking any diet cokes. If I can keep the real Coke under control, it shouldn’t hurt my blood sugar too much. As long as I’m eating healthy the rest of the day. Which I’ve been doing ever since the stupid cancer’s chemo buddy. When under the influences of chemo, I wanted to make sure that when I could actually eat something, it was a healthy something. And I just haven’t gone back to the crap. Hence the smaller pants. Also? My blood pressure is starting to move downward!

Of course, my husband just pointed out that it has been ridiculously humid for the past couple of weeks which, according to the lymphedema specialists, leads to swollen lymph-node-impaired limbs (I just made up that “lymph-node-impaired” limbs description – which is Genius! Look at me with the aspartame-free creativity!)

Nugget: What’s the dew point?

Me: I’d say it’s 69 or 70.

Nugget: (looks it up on the internets)  It’s 66.

Me: Sort of close. (I’m usually spot-on or one dewpoint off) I know my dewpoints because my wedding band gets tight when the dewpoint is in the 50s or higher. I am the Dewpoint Whisperer. Who is probably suffering lymphedema due to the chemo plus the dewpoint alone but is still going to experiment with the aspartame. My head feels clearer already!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. lap permalink
    July 6, 2010 2:35 pm

    I can almost quit drinking soda every summer because I love unsweetened iced tea so much. I’m a Lipton’s brewed on ice girl myself, but I adore Earl Grey iced, it’s super refreshing, and I love Red Zinger iced too.

    • July 6, 2010 5:45 pm

      Do you see why I love you people? I just ran and got 3 types of tea – that I will brew and drink on ice without a bit of sweetener. I’ll save my sweet-space for good baked stuff on the weekends! Xox

  2. Jean permalink
    July 6, 2010 3:21 pm

    Pick yourself up some Raspberry, blackberry or mint tea bags (no sugar! no sweetners!) and add one or two to your sun tea jar. I love love love these! The mint is especially good, icy cold.

    I’m with you about the artificial sweeteners. I saw a presentation about them a few years ago and it scared me to death. Your body doesn’t recognize the chemical make up of them AT ALL. No one knows for sure how each of our bodies react to them.

    If I want sweet, I get me some sugar. Or honey. My insides recognize those!!

  3. July 6, 2010 3:30 pm

    My hands-down absolute favorite iced tea is home made from Stash Peach Black Tea. I fill up a saucepan with water and heat it to boiling, then remove it from the heat and put in four tea bags. Let it steep for a good 20 minutes, then pour it into a 2 liter jug. I add a third of a cup of sugar to the jug, but it’s good unsweetened, too. Then I fill the jug up with ice to the top, give it a good stir so that the cubes melt, stick it in the fridge to chill, and usually drink it within a day or two.

  4. July 6, 2010 4:19 pm

    I agree on the peppermint and peach tea suggestions and if you need something ready made Honest Tea makes a great peach tea that is not over sweetened and has a picture of Opus (remember that penguin cartoon character?!) which adds a laugh to your refreshment. btw, love the blue nail polish in the last post 🙂

  5. July 6, 2010 7:23 pm

    Sun tea is the best! I’ve used plain Lipton tea bags, in a pitcher with water, and set out in the hot sun for hours. Delish!

  6. July 7, 2010 10:14 am

    Great going on the one regular coke a day. My dr. took me off of every kind of artificial sweetner, especially splenda. He said he would rather see me use regular sugar than those sweetners. I drink my tea sugarless as well and for some reason it quenches my thirst better than anything else I drink.
    I am a water person and I squeeze a tad of lime or lemon in it when I need a change. Also I throw some kind of berries in the blender, swirl them around a bit and strain a little over my glass and pour cold water thru the strainer. I get a fruity water when I need something extra and not all of the pulverized fruit.
    Sorry I don’t have any cold ice tea’s to share. I am a food addict, and I have lived with diabetes for 20 years now and I say prevention now is the best medicine ever. You can have what you want, just in moderation and it sounds to me that you are on the right track there. Great job on the blood pressure going down. My battle right now is salt. I have just gotta give that up completely, but it is harder for me to cut the salt than the sugar. Take care.

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