Few drinks are as bland as water; however, water is vital to life as we know it. Due to the lack of taste in water, many people reach for drinks that are full of sugar and artificial ingredients to satisfy their thirst. Here are some ways to upgrade your beverages.
Day 1, you guessed it. Track what you drink and when you drink it. You want to start getting used to identifying when and why you drink what you drink. Did you drink that diet coke at 3pm for the caffeine or for the sweet?
Day 2, track again and highlight everything that contains artificial sweeteners, ingredients, or has added sugar in it.
Day 3 replaces a highlighted item with a better version of it. Example: you drink a diet coke at 3pm to get an energy boost. Swap it out for a coffee or tea. Loving the carbonation? Swap out the soda for a Zevia, or some other carbonated water that contains caffeine, but no artificial ingredients.
Day 3-14 make this change a habit and get comfortable with it. Once you do, upgrade it again. Swap the coffee with milk and sugar for milk and stevia. Swap out the Zevia or seltzer water. The goal is to continue upgrading until you are at just plain water. If the caffeine kick is still needed, we want it to be as close to plain coffee and tea as possible.
After a few weeks or months, you should have been able to get rid of that soda, now choose another drink and swap it out.
Quick tip. You can get a jump start on this by swapping out all the artificial and sugar filled drinks for natural and sugar free alternatives!
As mentioned above, the goal is to get you drinking enough water. You want to drink about 60% of your bodyweight pounds in ounces of water (100lb person drinks 60 ounces of water). If you are spending your time drinking sugar filled, artificial drinks, you are not only not hydrating yourself properly, you are also adding in excess calories and bodily functions that you may not have noticed. We have seen people struggle to lose weight and only cut out soda and see massive weight loss.
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