For many people who are eating healthy, their beverages can be sabotaging their efforts to achieve the level of health and vibrancy they desire. Are you drinking empty c
alories that prevent you from losing weight? Are you putting excess sugar, toxic additives and chemicals into your body? Upgrading your beverage choices can be the key to taking yo
ur health and well-being to the next level. Consider these tips as you become more aware of your beverage choices:
Warm water with lemon. Instead of reaching for orange juice the moment you wake, try a cup of warm water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about two tablespoons). This invigorating beverage cleanses the liver and, with fewer toxins in the body, you have more energy. Juices are full of empty calories and added sugar and the processing removes much of the fiber and other nutrients that a whole orange can provide for fullness and satisfaction. I recommend eating whole fruits and vegetables instead of juice whenever possible for maximum nutrition.
Reduce caffeine. Coffee promotes blood sugar fluctuation and sugar cravings – both of which can send you on the spike-and-crash energy roller coaster. If you drink coffee throughout the day, consider reducing your caffeine intake or transitioning yourself off caffeine gradually with beverages that contain less caffeine (try black, white or green tea). Green tea and white tea, in particular, have much less caffeine and are rich in health-promoting antioxidants. For bottled iced tea beverages, watch the label for junky ingredients. If you don’t recognize the ingredients it’s best to leave the bottle in the cooler and make another selection.
Soda Pop. Sugar in soda can cause many health issues. Diet soda is no better – artificial sweeteners are toxic to our body, causing many health problems including weight gain and low energy, as well as food cravings. Instead of sugary soda, try mixing sparkling mineral water with pure fruit juice. Start with a 1:1 ratio and, as you get used to the less-sweet taste, increase the amount of sparkling water. Eventually, you will feel satisfied with just a splash of juice or a squeeze of lemon.
Special occasions. For parties and social occasions, alternate your alcoholic beverage with water or sparkling water (add a twist of lime and it looks like a gin and tonic!) to help you reduce your alcohol intake while staying hydrated.
Water is best! Clean, fresh water is always the best beverage. Dehydration can cause headaches, low energy and sugar cravings. Drink at least 64 ounces of fresh water each day to prevent these symptoms. Add some fresh fruit for a sweet treat and purchase a sassy new water bottle, carry it with you, and sip often. Cheers!
Sara Wolfsen is a Certified Health Coach who provides private health coaching, nutrition education and weight-loss support. Schedule your complimentary health coaching session and learn more online at www.sarawolfsen.com