What foods are considered fluids? All beverages (water, juice, coffee, milk, pop, alcoholic drinks, etc.), as well as soup and broth, but also refrigerated or frozen foods that would revert to liquid form at room temperature, such as jellies (Jell-O), yogurt, and ice cream.
Need a trick to help you stick to the limit set by your doctor? Each morning, pour into a container an amount of water equal to the amount of fluids your doctor asked you not to exceed (usually 1.5 to 2 litres). During the day, each time you drink or eat a liquid food, measure your portion and remove an equivalent amount of water from the container. For example, if you have a cup of soup for lunch, pour out one cup of water from the container. Don’t forget to include the water you drink to wash down your medication. If you empty the whole container before the end of the day, you will not be able to take in any more fluids that day. Don’t worry, with time you will learn to gauge your fluid intake more accurately!
To quench your thirst without taking any liquids, try chewing gum, sucking on hard candies, or eating small frozen fruits like grapes or strawberries. Sometimes simply rinsing your mouth can be enough.
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