Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quenching your thirst

Like many people, I really enjoy the bubbly, syrupy taste of a cold soda.  In fact, I used to drink a lot of soda, mainly diet coke.   I preferred diet coke because regular coke was just too sweet.  At the time, I never gave much thought to the ridiculous amount of chemicals and additives I consumed with each can.  I also didn’t pay much attention to the amount of calories in orange juice, another favorite beverage of mine.  

However, a few years ago, when I realized that I really needed to lose weight, AGAIN, I began the process of examining exactly what I ate and drank.  I looked for little things that could produce big changes, quick ways to improve my overall health and cut out unnecessary calories.  Since I had already switched to black coffee (following the plan discussed in this post), I bid farewell to all other beverages except for water.  

Now I know that this may sound a bit drastic, but I am telling you, that it really worked.  Not only is it healthier and cheaper, but it really helped to reduce the calories I consumed each day.  By eliminating the can of soda, I also cut down on the foods that I usually bought to go with it.  Now, I carry a one liter sized, washable, refillable water bottle with me wherever I go, and I always have what I need to quench my thirst.  And in case you are wondering what I do if I ever crave orange juice…well, I eat an orange of course! 

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