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Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives

Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat


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  • 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.
  • Well, as with most foods, read the label. If something is touted as juice, it must be juice. If it contains corn syrup and sweeteners, it is called a fruit drink.
  • WooHoo! I was glad to see that with each drink I was doing the right thing already! As it favorite drink IS water!
  • DAISY2203
    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.
  • WOW the part of the ALC drinks is very "sobering" i figured out that i am exerciseing and losing weight to drink it back on during the weekend. ouch!!!! from now on this is a drink free house!!
    I used to drink 3-4 diet sodas a day, so I was not looking forward to giving it up, but surprisingly, it was very easy for me. I started paying attention to how my body felt when I had diet soda. I felt SO bloated and uncomfortable, that I just didn't want it anymore. Now, I still have one every once in awhile, but I always regret it afterward :) If I really want something more than water, I reach for Crystal Light.
  • I stopped drinking pop and switched to water. I do have 2 cups of coffee every morning. But, I much prefer drinking my water. I have about 1-2 pops per year. But, water has really been my choice for awhile. I love it!!!
  • Trying so hard to get rid of the diet cola, but it is the one indulgence I still allow myself on husband drinks two a day and I can't get him to even cut back....
    Indeed, it was hard for me to give up diet colas. I especially like the Coke Zero. More than other diet sodas, I have read that this kind is very unhealthy. In fact, in one Spanish speaking country, I read a report that it is "banned" . . .
    Is it true that ALL sodas, diet or not, are bad for the bones?
    Under Danger Drink #1 Soda it states: "Even diet sodas can adversely affect weight loss; the artificial sweeteners can leave you craving more sweets, which may sabotage your efforts to eat healthier. "

    The same logic would then apply to those "On The Go" drink packets that are made to put into water bottles. And I just stocked up on them as a way to help me drink my eight.
  • Intersting that diet-soda wasn't addressed. Diet-soda is a big NO NO ! All it is, is chemicals...fake can your body even recognize how to metabolize it when there is nothing real to it? It can't. Skip it all together.
  • After I calculated the calories in the one coffee drink I do enjoy - a while chocolate americano - I had to give them up for a while and each day I take into consideration whether or not I can or even want to fit one in to my meal plan for the day. I miss them, but not enough to drink down 190 calories when I could be enjoying a delicious and filling snack of greek yogurt and strawberries. And I'm saving money, too, by not buying the coffee drinks. Now, they are a special treat - which means they also taste a lot better than when I drank them every day (and sometimes twice a day). Now it's just coffee with n/f creamer and sugar (each tsp tracked) once a day. And my body is happy.
  • I read this and thought.... argh! I just came back from diabetic education training and we were told the benefits of having 2 drinks of wine a week, coffee to help metabolism, milk.... it seems that there is a lot of contradictory research and it is so hard to know which is the right reason to base your choices on. Sugar drinks though like soda don't seem to have any place in a diet.

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