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Danger Drinks and Healthy Alternatives

Healthy Eating Goes Beyond the Food You Eat

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  • One good alternative for alcoholic beverages is to ask that they be made with Splenda or another sugar substitute. So if you're out with friends and MUST have a margarita (or mojito--my personal fave), ask the server to make it with Splenda. You'll save yourself TONS of calories, and lose none of the taste. Just be sure to stop at one--otherwise the alcohol will get you :) - 2/23/2009 8:15:06 AM
  • I used to drink regular soda many years ago, then I changed to diet soda. I used to have 1-2 glasses a day, but cut that back to 1 several times a week. The last few years I have hardly had any and am going to stop completely this year, as I have heard and read so many negative things about it.

    As for V8, though, I don't know as I don't like tomato juice (or tomato soup, for that matter) but I do like tomatoes - weird!

    I find I enjoy tea a whole lot. I have loose leaf tea I make and I have many varieties. I have it hot if I'd like to have coffee and iced if I want a cold drink like soda. It works for me thus far, and I've heard and read all sorts of good things about drinking tea. - 2/21/2009 3:35:01 PM
  • Ok I have a problem with the soda to V8 transition. Why not suggest naturally flavored seltzer in order to satisfy the need for that bubble on your tongue? The best ones come from Seagrams. - 2/15/2009 6:41:39 PM
  • Finally, an article of this type that didn't have all the healthy alternatives full of artificial sweetners! Seen way to many of those (not on Spark), lately, so it's nice to see one that has other alternatives. :) - 2/9/2009 7:37:49 PM
  • LIVINGBYGRACE
    Smoothie may seem healthy but can be very high calorie and when we "drink" food, our body has a harder time recognising when it is full. There are also concerns about the high levels of sugar causing tooth decay. - 1/16/2009 12:45:33 PM
  • 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
  • LILLYCHILD
    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
  • AIMEEMMA
    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
  • DHINSTL
    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
  • REBECCA25M
    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

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