One more thing. If you crave ice cream like I do, the fruit smoothies are the bomb! Just add your favorite fruit, yogurt, ice, vanilla, and a couple packs of splenda, run through the blender and you have a good for you smoothie milk shake. Pump it up a little with flaxseed or wheat germ and more ice put in freezer for about an hour and you have a great healthy ice cream substitute (fruit and cream icy treat).
Just recently read this article. It was very helpful. And from other articles that I have read before, caffine is so very not healthy. But it is in sodas and some teas. Since I started tracking my water; I realize that I am feeling better and full longer throughout the day. Diet sodas have sodium and after having 3 or 4 it adds up so I have backed off the sodas. When I want a "sweet" type drink - I go for the flavored tea bags with fruit flavors and make my own with splenda. No sodium, no calories, little or no caffine and very satifying. Herbal tea with fruit. If you need a caffine boost make it with a regular tea bag and you won't get as much, but remember to drink the water too. Sodas bad, herbal teas good.
Don't know what NEWWORLDVIEW has been reading, but it is a very well documented medical fact that caffeine is a diuretic. Diuretics cause the body to shed fluid...hence the possibility for dehydration, vitamin/mineral loss, etc. Caffeine also stimulates insulin production which can affect fat metabolism...not the healthiest thing to consume on a regular basis.
Just this morning on GMA they were touting coffee as a protection against liver cancer. Whaddayaknow?
5/5/2008 7:24:40 AM
I agree with you, Newworldview. You are dead on. Leave the advice for the experts. The benefits and or side effects of coffee are on an ever swinging pendulum. Leave it for the experts and use moderation if in question.
I also used to drink a lot of diet pepsi and caf-free diet pepsi or coke like 4 or 5 a day. I found that when I started making sure I got all 8 glasses of water - 6 of them by lunch time, I didn't drink all that soda. And i didn't even notice that I didn't have it. Amazing. Now I drink green tea or a chai tea latte instead of coffee or cappuccino.
4/21/2008 2:00:26 PM
I use to be a coffee drinker and have given it up completely for green tea and water....yummy!!!
4/21/2008 11:05:27 AM
I am a diet pepsi addict and need help breaking this habit. Can anyone help?
I've also heard that caffeine robs the body of potassium, which is why heavy coffee drinkers keep going back for more, when in fact, they'd be better off eating a banana to give themselves more energy. -Carli5
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