July 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm #9784
Hi all, every since restricting my fluid intake I’ve been obsessively thinking about drinks. I feel like it’s when you diet or say you can’t have something and that’s all you think about. I am allowing myself to have sips of drinks and for the past few days some bigger sips but I notice that when I drink a little bit more that my temperature isn’t as high and I’m still thinking about fluids. I think it’s the restriction that is doing me in. I’m not sure what to do about it since I notice that my temperature has gone up and I assume my metabolism as a result of restricting my drinking.
I want the healthy effects of a fast metabolism and the vain ones of weight loss (as a secondary result, first I’d love to get pregnant) so I do want to keep my metabolism on fire but I’m just not sure to do about this preoccupation with liquids. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about chugging a huge thing of water. Oh my god that would be amazing. Just to drink and drink like a huge water binge. Heaven! I love taking baths more now, putting my feet in the water, just water in general now that it’s so limited in my life. There was some fluid leaking out a car in front of me this morning and I thought, “yum, water” (I’m sure if wasn’t water but that’s where my mind went).
I started increasing my calories over 2 months ago (according to the youreatopia guidelines of 2500+) and started watching my fluid intake then but really began eating for heat almost 3 weeks ago. My thirst has not let up and I think I’m even more obsessed with fluids as time goes by. I’m not sure how much longer I can take it. Is this normal? Does this pass? Any help is greatly appreciated!!July 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm #9788
If you’re getting so thirsty that you’re fantasizing about auto fluids (!), I’d say you need to drink. I may be mistaken, but I think Matt’s advice about fluids is to drink when you’re thirsty, but not to feel obligated to keep drinking beyond that point. Water’s not bad for you, but it’s unhealthy to keep drinking as if it’s a duty–like when people obsessively go through a gallon a day or something.
If you can’t stop thinking about water, I think that’s a clear indication your body needs some. So drink the water!July 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm #9793OldMateParticipant
Haha! Yes I felt a bit this way when I started restricting water. Fantasising bout being submerged in water. Found new joy in taking extra showers. Staring at puddles and dreaming of guzzling them up..
I think its easy to get carried away with the fluid restriction as we want our metabolism to rise over night, but I guess that wont happen.
I started drinking a bit more and since then I feel better. It does make my temp a little bit colder, but I think restricting fluids needs to be done in a sustainable fashion, otherwise you’ll likely crumble and go for that gallon of water and feel like crap. I think its better to take a few more sips here and there.. But yes I know how you feel!July 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm #9794
Thanks, David. I think I need to drink a little more too at least to not be this obsessed because it’s negatively impacting my life as I find myself thinking about drinking water and other fluids rather than being present.
I was one of those people that drank a gallon or more a day and so I really have cut down but I like seeing my temperature really high- like 99.9 and 100 in the afternoon but when I drink to thirst it’s not that high. Today it’s just been in the 98s and except for after lunch it was 99.2. After reading your post I felt like it was okay to drink some water so I had some more and now I imagine my temperature will be lower. Oh well. I guess restricting myself to the point of this obsession isn’t good either. Damn my perfectionist obsessive mind!July 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm #9796
After drinking about 1/2 a glass of water and a sip of a natural sports hydration drink I took my temperature 30 minutes later and it was 98.8! I was worried it was going to be 97 something. I had sushi for dinner so had some soy sauce and I think that helped. That makes me feel so much better because it wasn’t the worst thing ever for me do drink a larger amount of water. Hopefully I can be a little bit more relaxed about drinking from now on.July 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm #9798mighty mParticipant
Yeah, drink if you’re thirsty!!! :) I don’t think the idea is to “restrict” water but rather quit drinking buckets of water “just because,” and to learn to follow more natural cues to strike the right balance.July 23, 2013 at 12:47 am #9800
If the water had made you melt away, we would have known you were one of the Wicked Witches. :)
I wouldn’t obsess about the thermometer either. You’re trying to feel better and improve your health, not score the “correct” number for a test. But I can sympathize, because I’ve gone through my obsessive phases too. The truth is, I never did myself any good that way!July 23, 2013 at 1:03 am #9803CazParticipant
take an iron supplement if you have escessive thirst and hungerJuly 23, 2013 at 1:10 am #9806
Iron supplements can be damaging to your body, and I wouldn’t take them unless you have medically documented low iron levels (by blood test). Even then, I would only resort to the supplement if red meat didn’t bring your levels up.
I’m curious. Why would you recommend iron for hunger and thirst? It seems to me that eating and drinking would be a more appropriate response.July 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm #9843FinngarianParticipant
I’m going to follow this thread because I was constantly drinking just to drink and not because I was thirsty, and that was a big part of my original problem. Now that my temps are up in the 98’s consistently (even 99’s, wow!) I am finding I need to drink a lot more. I put up a big thread last week about how I didn’t drink enough during a heat wave and felt horrible – had a high blood pressure-like feeling in my head that hurt, my pulse was very full and bounding and would occasionally skip a beat, yet my hands and feet were icy cold. Once I figured out what was going on I really pounded the water the following day. Once the heat wave ended we had to work outside in the sun all day, and some gatorade really helped whenever I’d start to feel woozy. Interestingly enough my pee was only completely clear once during my rehydration attempts.
It feels good to be on the other side of the mountain so to speak, I really feel like my body is functioning as it should now… sleep is generally fine unless I happen to not eat enough to compensate for extra activity, digestion is great, temps are good, I even noticed that my leg hair is growing more… all of this is pretty cool :)July 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm #9852
I feel much better today after drinking a little more yesterday. I haven’t had any water today but that’s not because I’ve been restricting it I just haven’t been thirsty. I had a bowl of cereal with raw whole milk this morning so there was some fluid. Thank you all for clarifying and I think I got carried away with wanting to be the best at eating for heat. Need to let go of the perfectionist thing big time.
finngarian, I remember your thread and took it to heart as I’ll be heading to NY and Massachusetts tomorrow. I don’t think it’s as hot as it was but I will drink when I’m thirsty. I’m happy that you’re over the mountain and are feeling properly hydrated:) Hope your house building is going smoothly!July 29, 2013 at 7:22 am #10360
Just wanted to update that I’m no longer obsessed with fluids or dream of drinking water. Maybe it’s because I’m out of town and am less focused on myself and my recovery? Who knows, but the day after I wrote that it seemed to disappear. I now drink to thirst, which isn’t often but when I do feel thirsty I’ll have some water but don’t dream of chugging it like I used to.July 30, 2013 at 1:22 am #10448
Great to hear. It seems to me, if you have to fight your body to do something, it’s unlikely it will be sustainable over the long term. It sounds like you’ve found a happy medium that’s workable and fits your goals.July 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm #10541juliebwParticipant
At first I got constipated from too little fluid, you don’t want that. If you increase fluid you should increase salt, I believe that’s Matt’s recommendation.September 16, 2014 at 11:01 am #17314SlowBroParticipant
This is good info. I was wondering about this yesterday; I drank only a little bit when thirsty but kept obsessing about liquids. Followed rules 1, 2, and 3 from Eat for Heat but still peeing (what I think is) clear yellow. (See this other forum post.)
But I’d say I drank much more than 6 ounces. About 18oz of salted and honeyed “Emergen-C”, about 12oz of plain water, about 12oz salted orange juice, about 8oz raw whole fat goat milk in the morning. The water was when I got tired of the salted drink and was craving sweet, pure water. I swished it around in my mouth to try to lubricate and reduce the cravings.
Even with all this, I still wasn’t drinking more than for thirst, and I still was obsessing about liquids. But today it’s better.
Is it possible that excess water can take days to flush? The liquid obsession didn’t begin with this diet; Before this I was chugging constantly, and not because I had to, either. Further, about a week-and-a-half ago I had a colonic. I began this diet Friday evening (today is Tuesday).
So is it possible I have an excess that will take time to flush out?
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