Healthy Drink Choices

We each make hundreds of choices every day. In the morning I wake up with the alarm and have to choose if I am going to push the snooze button or get up. I then have to choose what and if to eat, what to wear, etc… Life is full of choices. I think deep down we all know what choices we should make. The hard part comes when we have to choose between something we really love to eat, drink or do and something that is a healthier option.

For example, a friend of mine loves to drink Coke. She drinks a minimum of 5 cans a day. She recently went to the doctor because she wasn’t feeling well and the doctor told her that she has insulin resistance and is on her way to diabetes. Her doctor told her that she had to start eating a low carb diet. She told me that she didn’t tell her doctor that she drank Coke because she knew her doctor would tell her she has to stop. We talked about food choices and came to the conclusion that she really doesn’t eat a lot of carbs, just drinks a lot of Coke. I asked her if she would be willing to give up Coke or drink diet Coke instead of regular Coke to cut out the carbs. She said “no, I will not stop drinking Coke”.

This example is to show how, even if we don’t realize it, we are making choices about our health all the time. If my friend chose to give up drinking Coke or just switched to Diet Coke her blood sugar problem would correct itself very quickly. But she won’t and so when it comes down to it, she is choosing diabetes and all the problems associated with it instead of giving up drinking Coke. Essentially choosing a lesser quality of life for something she loves to drink. (And maybe to her a shorter Coke filled life is worth more than a longer healthier non-Coke life. Only she can decide that).

I am sure that I also have similar things in my life, that I haven’t realized yet, that if I changed or chose a different option I would be healthier. I need to evaluate my choices and make sure I am choosing what is better for me over what I want at the moment.

Wellnessmama wrote a great article called 10 Reasons to Avoid Soda. In the article she states:

The average American drinks approximately 56 GALLONS of soda a year. Some people even admit to drinking more soda than water each day, or no water at all. Soft drinks are a multi-billion dollar product, and they account for a quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.

With Americans consuming this large amount of soft drinks each year, it becomes important to evaluate how soft drinks can influence a person’s health. With a little research, it becomes clear that even moderate consumption of soda can be dangerous.

To read her 10 reasons click on this link.

This conversation with my friend got me thinking about all of the options there are to drinking soda. Here is a list of alternatives to drinking sugary non healthy drinks with recipes and benefits.

Water–Benefits
Cucumber Water–BenefitsRecipe
Lemon Water–BenefitsRecipe
Green Tea–Benefits
Sparkling water with Juice–BenefitsRecipe
Coconut Water–Benefits
Kombucha–Benefits

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Cucumber Water
A refreshing change to normal water!
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  1. In a large pitcher place the cucumber slices, ice and water. Let steep for at least one hour to mix the flavors.
  2. You can make this into a sparkling drink by using 1 quart of sparkling water to start and 1 quart of sparkling water right before serving.
  3. If you don't drink the water within 12 hours, discard the cucumber.
  4. For a refreshing twist add mint, lemon or limes!
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If you eat the cucumber add, 34 calories and 1 net carb.


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Lemon Water
Refreshing, healthy and easy to make, Lemon water is a great way to start your day!
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  1. I like to make this in a large clear glass because it looks so refreshing!
  2. Squeeze 1/2 of a large lemon into 8 oz water. Add 1-3 lemon slices if desired.
  3. You can enjoy this drink at any temperature. I like it at room temperature in the morning.
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Sparkling Fruit Water
You can really use whatever fruit or fruit juice you want to. Just make sure that the juice is fresh or only juice with no added high fructose corn syrup or other sweeteners.
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  1. Pour the fresh fruit juice Into a large glass with ice. Pour the sparkling water over the top. Stir and garnish with slices of fruit or mint/basil leaves.
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