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Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives

Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat


  • I stopped drinking soda three weeks ago, and I've only had about one soda since then! I don't even crave it anymore... I just use it to mix drinks occasionally! - 1/2/2009 3:31:16 PM
  • Just wanted to throw in my smoothie recipe. 1-1.5 cups of silk vanilla soymilk, 1 whole banana, 1 -2 cups of frozen berries ie strawberries, blackberries or blueberries. Tasty, the banana and the vanilla ensure that you don't need any added sugar. This actually makes enough for 2 servings but I usually drink it all myself but don't eat anything else for breakfast to compensate. Easy way to get 3 cups of fruit in my diet. - 12/6/2008 6:30:34 PM
    Ummm. Green tea is not as strong as a diuretic as coffee, but it is still a diuretic. Also, excessive ingestio of tannins can cause serious health problems. I know because I just wen tthrough this, and am still recovering. So, I guess, like everything else, the key is moderation. - 12/6/2008 4:56:13 PM
  • i thought i would go through some major withdrawl when i quit the soda habit, but i barely noticed! i realized that it was all habit and comfort. it was a habit to drink soda with meals or in the evenings. instead i just started drinking all my water and having green tea every day. i miss the feel of the bubbles sometimes, but i tried a glass about a month after quitting and it really didn't tast that good anymore! - 12/6/2008 4:15:23 PM
  • I used to be a soda addict, I usually had at least two 20 ounce bottles plus the huge big gulps from the convenience stores a day. I quit cold turkey, and let me tell you I wasn't a fun person to be around for at least a week. That was the best thing I ever did for myself,my main drink now is water and the occasional iced tea. - 12/6/2008 12:54:39 PM
  • One thing that helped me give up diet coke was reading about artificial sugars. I switched to unsweet iced tea. I then started brewing my own and gradually substituted decaf for regular. I really stepped it up when I was planning on hernia surgery as I am a caffeine addict and get severe headaches with withdrawal. I am now sugar and caffeine free.

    Although this is a bit late, maybe telling yourself you must first drink a glass of water before having a can of soda might help to cut the soda intake. For me, finding a substitute to for what I am trying to cut from my lifestyle helps make the transition. Also slowly reducing the amount. Like share the soda with someone, similar to sharing a desert when you eat out. Now if I could just find a healthy substitute for food--lol. Guess I have to stick with the idea of slowly cutting portions. Smaller and smaller sized plates each week. - 12/6/2008 7:57:11 AM
    i am such a coffee lover in any form..this weekend i challenged myself and i actually stayed without coffee the whole weekend whilst still attending a family gathering and a baby shower where coffee was freely available. im extremely motivated to set a new food challenge because i now know i can do it - 11/2/2008 1:48:27 PM
    Great idea on the fruit, 100% juice smoothie. I've been trying to get in more berries for antioxidants but, I've never been a big berry fan. I don't want the extra sugar of most smoothies. - 10/30/2008 11:11:27 AM
    I love that this article spoke about smoothies. I love them! But if I want to drink a smoothie, I go all fruit. As in frozen fruit and 100% fruit juice with no sugar added. But that is because I am trying to get the fruits and vegs in. I'll drink it with a spinach and egg beaters omelette to get in fruit servings, and with a whole wheat and lean meat sandwich for lunch. I guess since I can't eat much at a time but I can always drink, it works to get in my calories and vitamins and minerals. - 10/24/2008 4:53:52 PM
  • I live for my cappaccino in the morning its my one treat but i know it is bad for me and i only have it 3 times a week! I just recently bought that v8 fusion juice for my kids so they can get at least one serving of fuits and veggies but i havent had the courage to try it myself! - 10/24/2008 12:06:39 PM
  • I used to be a big soda drinker. Then gradually went to diet soda. Once again I started gradually drinking green tea along with plenty of water and now have no craving for soda at all. - 9/30/2008 9:21:39 AM
  • Cappuccino + sugar is my biggest problem here.... - 9/19/2008 7:06:42 AM
  • I hear you, JIBBIE49! Cherry Coke is my beverage pitfall. Currently, I'm just working on trying not to drink a can every day! ;) - 9/18/2008 1:29:57 PM
  • I used to drink diet coke, mt. dew, just about any carbonated drink. I gave all that up without a fight. Only things I drink now is about water and lots of it...not because I am thirsty all the time either but just because it makes me feel refreshed. I will also have one or two cups of coffee a week and once in a while I will have iced tea (no sugar or sweetners). - 9/14/2008 9:27:33 AM
    I don't drink soda much at all, but I do love my Fresca, coffee and V8! - 8/25/2008 12:15:15 PM

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