Saturday, January 21, 2012
okay, so i'm a points junkie. which is good, cuz it's keeping me motivated. I decided to do a spark search for my one point. My question? What counts as Water? I mean there is water in almost everything, especially everything we drink. If I have 2 coffees, a tea, and a glass of milk, do I still need to consume 8 cups of plain h2o? A fitting question, as I hate the idea of bottled water and cant' stand the taste of the water in the city I have chosen to live...and until Brita or another filter company makes a glass pitcher system, I won't be using that either...
Up until now, i've been drinking myself to pain getting all my water on top of my other beverages in a day... I drink a lot (not alcohol), always have...just not always plain water. Sadly, in the last years, pop has replaced most of my healthy liquid intake. Hence joining sparkpeople with an amazing 60 lbs to lose...amongst other bad habits... ;P
back to the points junkie thing. What counts as water?
A LOT. Tea counts as water, Coffee counts as water, Juice counts as water, Water counts as water....MOST BEVERAGES count as water. Anything that hydrates! I bet 8 ounces of soup broth counts as water too! The difference between these items and just plain water? Calories/nutrition. It makes way more sense to drink 0 calorie items if you are counting on 64oz in a dayjust think about how much less you are able to eat if you drink 64 oz of apple cider or orange juice.......and conversely, if you're sick and can't eat much, knowing that the 4 bowls of chicken soup, 2 cups of juice, and 2 cups of tea still get you to your liquid goals...and keep you relatively nutritionally balanced as well...
But at least I know now that when I choose to have a beverage with calories, I can still click on that dreaded water glass at least once.
And get my 5 points for 8 cups consumed.
As I said.
have a day - make it great!