Friday, September 9, 2011

True Citrus - Drink More Water... And Like It!

     As many who interact with me often know, I am always striving to improve. One thing I always struggled with (among many!) is drinking enough water. FDA and nutritionists and doctors and trainers and people off the street will tell you, "Drink eight cups of water a day." Well, eight cups is 64-ounces and for a long time I'd be lucky if I reached even half that amount.

     With my workouts increasing in intensity and frequency, I find that my body naturally craves more water. Not at first, mind you, but over time. When you're working out for 45 to 75 minutes a day, 6 to 7 days a week, you start listening to your body when it tells you it needs something because when you ignore it, you FEEL the punishment during your next workout.



    When I don't get enough water, it's not just my body that struggles, it's the numbers on the scale. My weight can fluctuate more than 5 lbs in a single day when I skimp on water!!! I know a lot of people don't believe that water-weight stuff, and the numbers may vary for everyone, but for me it's pretty noticeable.
    I get tired of water though. And I can't stand the taste of sugar-free drink mixes... they're all too sweet and full of weird colors and flavors I just don't find appealing. Adding lemon or lime wedges to water isn't quite enough for me either.... but it seemed like there was nothing in between. Everything was either too much or not enough.
     I originally tried this with Splenda w/Fiber but I have since cut that out of my regular diet, except for a little I add to fruit. I tried different kinds of Stevia, and I tend to find Truvia the most appealing. Now, I know a lot of people have problems with Truvia and argue for the use of straight, natural Stevia... and I hear their arguments and acknowledge them. But I like Truvia so I use it. (I do use natural Stevia drops in coffee, though, and to sweeten yogurt.)

    I came across these packets of crystallized lemon juice one day at the grocery store called True Lemon. I had bought them for a while to use in iced tea, but then the company started making more flavors and I decided to step it up a notch. The True Citrus Company now makes True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange, and True Grapefruit... plus a lemonade and raspberry lemonade sweetened drink mix using Stevia. They're not all available everywhere, and they generally run about $4-$5 a box (of 32 packets) in the area I live in right now. That gets pricey over time, but I'll come back to that in a moment.
     So I started experimenting and eventually decided I like to use a 20-ounce cup and one packet of any of the True Citrus flavors. I sweeten to taste with 1 to 3 packets of Truvia, depending on how I feel at that moment and I find that by doing this I'm able to consume well over 100-ounce of water a day. On average, I fill my 20-ounce cup about eight times a day, so that's about 160-ounces of water. Can you do the math?  That's almost 300% the "daily recommended" amount, and I'll tell ya -- it makes a difference!
     Anyway, back to the price. Truvia is also WICKED expensive so I'm still working on cutting costs there. But I found that the True Citrus Company sells packets right from their website and in bulk quantities they're cheaper than buying from the grocery store. They also have a special offer code to add a free box of lemon, lime, or orange to your order. So I finally placed an order! I got 150 packets of True Lime in a neat box that opens like a display, 100 packets of True Lemon in a similar display box, an I ordered a lemonade kit with two boxes each lemonade and raspberry lemonade. I saw the True Grapefruit and decided to try one box of that as well, and used the code to get a free box of True Orange. Shipping was reasonable and the package came within the week.
     But the real surprise was when the package arrived. I do a LOT of online shopping and I have only been impressed by the way something was packaged and shipped to me one time before this. A couple of years ago when I placed my first order with TheJapanShop.com, the books were wrapped and shipped to me as if they held personal significance to the person who packed and shipped them, and I thanked the company for such care. The True Citrus Order came in a box filled with quality packing material to keep everything safe. There was a letter from the VP of Customer Relations telling me more about their products (in case I was new, I imagine) and a second sheet of 20 tips for using the True Citrus packets. They also included two sample packets of the True Grapefruit to try, since that is their newest flavor.
     I was so surprised at the care that went into packing that order, I think I spent about 30 minutes telling my husband about it. I couldn't find the words to describe it, so for lack of a better phrase -- it seemed truly packed with love! I not only saved money by buying from the company's website, I received my order fast and it was packed and shipped with such care that you would have thought it a fine China set.... not packets of crystallized fruit juice. It's just one of those things that made me stop and think, and it made me happy that  my purchases, though somewhat small, help support a company that really cares about their products.