I do most of this. The sweet tea thing was hard at first until I realized I like it only at my fav hole in the wall soul food place. Only go there as a treat right now of course & to be honest the sweet tea is not the biggest danger there ;)
I have read the same about the fat in milk but as I am getting plenty of fat in my diet, I stick to skim milk. I will say that the best dairy products I've ever had were in Ireland, many of the farm families we stayed with didn't paturize thier milk for personal consumption (& since they KNEW the conditions of the dairy...in their yard...they didn't have to!) Best stuff ever!!
Also, if you're going to drink milk, the best kind of milk to get isn't organic, surprisingly; most organic milk is ultra-pasteurized. Look for milk that comes from pastured or "grass-fed" dairy cows, and the lower the temp of pasteurization, the better. Go for regular pasteurized if you can't go for low-temp. The label will tell you which kind it is.
If you are not going to drink whole milk, don't drink milk at all. Drinking it without the fat does absolutely no good. You need the fat to absorb the vitamins A and D. You also need the fat to assimilate the calcium. Studies have shown that the more fiber you eat, and the less fat, the less calcium you absorb. I don't think the increasing rates of osteoporosis and the increasing adherence to lowfat diets are a coincidence. If any part of whole milk is bad for you it'd be the lactose, because if you have a weight problem you're likely overdoing sugar in your diet. Or if you're allergic to whey or casein, those can be problems too. But for someone without tolerance issues, there's no reason to drink reduced-fat or skim. Cut your calories somewhere else--for instance, you don't need to eat grains at all, much less six servings a day, even if three of those are whole-grain servings. Cut back the unnecessary before you cut back on the beneficial.
Iím pretty good in regard to this. 1. I donít drink soda; 2. I donít put cream in my coffee and only get sugar-free flavors (i.e., sugar-free caramel, sugar-free vanilla) and these are also calorie free; 3. I donít drink alcohol; 4. I donít drink milkshakes; 5. I donít drink whole milk; 6. I donít drink sweet tea; 7. and I donít drink juice, unless I make it at home with my juicer and add no sugar.
Beverages isn't my problem. Peanut butter is my weakness.
Whole milk is 4% fat. Unless you're drinking it by the gallon, then it's not bad for you. It's certainly better than the enriched water that is skimmed milk, where they skim off the fat and then add stuff back (kind like enriched flour).
... juices contain little more than artificial flavorings, corn syrup and water (aka empty calories). ...and the winner every time: water! This sounds practically contradictory. Water is listed with syrup to make fruit drinks sound unhealthy, but then water is called the beverage of choice.
Dang that McDonalds coming out with Sweet Tea! I never use to drink it - got it once by mistake and after the initial "aaaccckkkk" I was like oh this is good. Just recently learned it's an additional 220 or 230 calories or something like that. Am working at eliminating it on a daily basis.
WooHoo! I was glad to see that with each drink I was doing the right thing already! As it happens...my favorite drink IS water!
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I stopped drinking most sodas of all kinds back a few years ago and then 100% stopped the past year. As far as coffees, as a treat one of those fancy smancy ones are fine as long as it is not a super jumbo grande and maybe just once in a blue moon... I still enjoy tasting the actual coffee without covering it up with other flavors. The 2 best things I even bought years ago, an espresso maker and a Senseo coffee pod machine. With both I add a dash of almond milk and a drizzle of honey and that is it. Also, I have a love affair with unsweet iced tea.... I only drink my teas unsweet be it hot or cold and living in the south, I get funny looks because they love their tea down here with a pound of sugar in it...yuck!
As with everything, each individual has to figure out what works best for him/her. I'm not a soda drinker, I prepare my own flavored coffee, I always use artificial sweetener if I drink tea, I've rarely had whole milk in my nearly 45 years, I have almost always chosen 100% real juice over the others, and I keep water with me almost all the time. The hardest lesson I have ever had to learn about beverages though is that a serving of juice is only about 4 ounces, not 8. I have days when it seems like I just can't get enough orange juice - it can be REALLY tasty.
While I did not frequent Starbucks as a rule, I would put half n half in my coffee with 2 tsp sugar. When I stopped adding the sugar, and switched to lower fat milks, I lost weight immediately just by making the change.
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