Facts About Fluids (Recipe: Creamy Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella)

There are a lot of myths out there as to how much water we should be drinking.  For instance, it is not necessarily true that you need to drink 8 glasses of water a day.  How much water you need per day is an individual thing because everyone has different needs.  The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces per day for women and 120 ounces per day for men but notes that “the vast majority of healthy people adequately meet their hydration needs by letting thirst be their guide.” Thirst is a very strong predictor of hydration needs.

Another myth is that your pee does not need to be clear for you to be hydrated.  Clear urine is a bit excessive.  Pale yellow means you’re hydrated.

Knowing your sweat rate is crucial for knowing your fluid needs.  To calculate your sweat rate, weigh yourself naked before and after an hour run.  Keep track of how many ounces you consume during the run and factor that into your calculation post-run. Every pound you lose translated to about 16 ounces of fluid.

It is also true that you can drink too much water which can cause hyponatremia.  This is a condition where the sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low.  However, fewer than 1% of marathoners develop this condition

Another myth: drinking lots of water is a good way to “detox”.  False.  There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean.  If anything, drinking too much water can slightly impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood.


Food facts!  What percentage of these foods are water?

– Yogurt: 85% water

– Watermelon: 91% water

– Carrots: 92% water

– Spinach: 92% water

– Cucumbers: 96% water

Did you know all those?  Smarty pants.

Patty, the breeder, has been FABULOUS giving all of us “Pupdates”, so I am going to follow in her shoes as well as borrow her term.  But I am giving her full credit for it!

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Today’s Pupdate:  So, today I found out how all the pups got their litter names!  The two girls are Gypsy and Envy.  And the boys are Octane, Rev, Bolt and Kahoona.  Patty and Rob are big kiteboarders, and so the theme for all the puppy names was Kites!  Each pup is named after a different kite!

Of course, I had to look them all up!  Here they are in case you were wondering:













And a second Pupdate:  Words from Patty about Envy’s first time on a leash (this made Mom super excited!): Envy was next and she seemed to enjoy it! She just kept running next to me with me holding the leash. That little girl EATS up praise. She loves being told how clever she is.

Ah! I can’t wait to pick up my sweet girl!


Someone mentioned to me the other day that I was doing a great job experiencing Madison. From the Farmer’s Market to Concerts on the Terrace; from the Winery to Concerts on the Square; from the Dane County Fair to crazy ridiculous snow.  And I realized, that you all are getting to experience Madison with me!  Here is another Madison experience:  Memorial Union Terrace.  The terrace is on the lake with free music every evening and beer galore!  (They also have boxed wine for people like me who don’t drink beer or delicious UW ice-cream!)  It’s definitely a Madison experience and is so relaxing to go after work!

IMG_1280Speaking of ice-cream, I forgot to post my ice-cream from National Ice-Cream Day!  Cold Stone = DELISH.


Quote from Adulting:

“Be on each other’s team.  When you are dating someone, you should be on their team and they should be on yours.  Take their side, even if they’re maybe wrong.  If you find yourself unable to be on their team, that’s a good sign that it’s not meant to be, but at least give a good-faith effort.  Believe genuinely in them, and let them know it.”

Is anyone in need of a good but easy side dish?  Well this one is for you!  Creamy Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella!   I have also made it with feta before and it is just as tasty!  I recommend it!

Creamy Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella

–          1 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

–          ½ cup dry orzo pasta

–          2 tbsp minced oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

–          2 tbsp crumbled mozzarella or feta cheese (1 ounce)

–          Oregano, basil, pepper


–          Bring broth to a boil in a small saucepan; stir in orzo.  Return liquid to a boil.  Cook orzo, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed, 9 minutes.

–          Remove saucepan from heat

–          Stir in tomatoes and feta into orzo, mixing until feta melts slightly.  Season mixture with oregano, basil, pepper or other spices.


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1 Response to Facts About Fluids (Recipe: Creamy Orzo with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella)

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