Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rethink Your Drink

Yesterday I had the pleasure of counseling a newly diagnosed diabetic. At 34 years old, he drank more sweetened beverages than ever. Trust me when I say, sugared beverages can be the culprit to increased weight and potentially develop into diabetes. Sure, energy balance and caloric intake is important but rethinking your drink should always be step 1 since it's usually the simplest form of excess calories and carbohydrate to identify.
When rethinking your drinks, here are 4 tips to quench your thirst without packing the pounds.
1. Water. Drink it. Our bodies are about 60% water as adults, and with good reason. Water helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for optimal physical and mental performance. It also helps transmit neurons and provide cushioning. If your urine isn't mostly colorless and odor-free, you need to be throwing it back more often.

2. Oh, you're one of those people....so you don't like the taste of water?? Try bubbly mineral water. Or, add citrus (lemon, lime, orange), basil or mint to the water for an infused treat. If you like it cold, keep a gallon in the fridge so it's ready to go. Thermos makes a water bottle with a counter if you're not sure how much you drink - try to increase it slowly.

3. Drink a maximum of 4 ounces of juice per day (if you are drinking juice). While 100% juice does provide nutrients, you'll get so much more bang for your nutrition buck with the whole fruit. Actual food tends to be more satisfying, plus you get the added value of fiber and phytonutrients.

4. Slow your sips of other beverages. Sodas, sweetened teas, fruit drinks, vitamin waters, sports and "energy" drinks can be loaded with calories, all from added sugar. See my last post about added sugar for quantities you should stick to. We all know Starbucks and Caribou taste fabulous, but again, keep in mind you are downing a lot more calories, sugar, and fat than you probably imagine. Moderation is always a good idea, so treat yourself to the smallest portion available.

1 comment:

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