We all don't need to go on crazy yo-yo diets to lose weight and be healthy. First, the basics must be established. Being aware of the sugar and calories in what I drink was one of the first steps in my journey to becoming healthier, stronger, and more confident. Half of Americans drink soda every day and I was one of them. I loved Dr. Pepper! I have many fond memories of lunches consisting of two items: Dr. Pepper and a bag of chips, Dr. Pepper and french fries, or some days Dr. Pepper and a chocolate chip cookie!
Soda is not the only guilty party sneaking into your day and adding calories that your body doesn't need. Empty calories culprits include fancy coffees (a grande white chocolate mocha has 59 grams of sugar!), energy drinks, sweetened iced teas, fruit juices, and alcohol. I'm not saying you CAN'T drink these occasionally, but you better believe you can't have them everyday and complain about needing to lose weight. We can't ignore these details!
I do have good news. There are lots of great options to substitute! My favorites include:
coffee with a splash of half & half
coffee with coconut oil
Americano with a splash of half & half
iced coffee (I looove coffee!)
iced tea (make your own and experiment with different teas until you find some you love)
fresh squeezed juice (this will be higher in calories, but is much more nutritious than the store-bought versions)
1/2 fresh squeezed juice, 1/2 sparkling water
water with fruit slices (lemon, orange, cucumber, etc)
As with food, it is great if you can prepare drinks yourself. That way you know what all the ingredients are. If you feel the need to add sugar do so, but do it sparingly :)
It's all about simple, good habits and being consistent. Good luck friends!
I love food and hope you do too! My recipes are simple - buy the highest quality ingredients you can afford and slow down to enjoy the food that is fueling you.
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