I Choose What to Drink

What I drink matters. I choose to hydrate with what replenishes my body.

I used to drink 6 Diet Coke’s a day.  I also used to drink alcohol most nights (not a lot but many nights a week).  I also had migraines a couple times a month and required a lot of Ibuprofen during exercise (I did also change my eating habits).  Now I drink water with lemon or lime regularly and my XM+ or SuperMix (my Moringa Oliefera based drinks by Isagenix).   I rarely get migraines anymore and rarely use Ibuprofen even when I was training for the Ironman.  What I drink matters.

What you drink can have significant impacts on your overall health and well-being. Here are some key impacts of different beverages:

  1. Hydration: Staying properly hydrated is essential for maintaining bodily functions, regulating body temperature, and supporting overall health. Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated, as it has no added sugars or calories. Other beverages like herbal teas and infused water can also contribute to hydration.
  2. Energy and metabolism: Beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and energy drinks, can provide a temporary energy boost and enhance alertness. However, it’s important to consume caffeine in moderation and be aware of its potential effects on sleep quality and overall health.
  3. Sugar intake: Sugary beverages like soda, sports drinks, and sweetened fruit juices can contribute to excessive sugar consumption. High sugar intake is linked to various health issues, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and dental problems. Opting for water, unsweetened beverages, or naturally flavored options can help reduce sugar intake.
  4. Alcohol and its effects: Alcohol can have both short-term and long-term impacts on health. While moderate alcohol consumption may have some potential health benefits, excessive or chronic alcohol intake can lead to addiction, liver damage, increased risk of certain cancers, and other health problems. It’s important to consume alcohol responsibly and be aware of its potential risks.

Remember, it’s important to make mindful choices about what you drink and consider the potential impacts on your health. Opting for water, herbal teas, and other healthier beverage choices can contribute to overall well-being and support a balanced and nutritious diet.

This Blog is part of our Choose for Yourself Challenge. Chick HERE to learn more.

 

Simple Acts to Stay Hydrated.

Incorporating healthy drinking habits into your day can have a positive impact on your overall well-being. Here are a couple of simple ways to do so:

  1. Start with Water in the Morning: Begin your day by drinking a glass of water. This helps rehydrate your body after a night of sleep and kickstarts your metabolism. You can add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar for added flavor and potential health benefits.
  2. Make Water Easily Accessible: Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day. Keep a reusable water bottle with you and sip on water regularly. Set reminders or use apps to track your water intake and ensure you are staying adequately hydrated.
  3. Limit Sugary Drinks: Reduce your consumption of sugary beverages such as soda, energy drinks, and sweetened juices. Opt for healthier alternatives like infused water, herbal teas, or unsweetened beverages. If you enjoy carbonated drinks, consider sparkling water as a refreshing and healthier option.
  4. Choose Healthier Alternatives: When craving a flavored beverage, opt for healthier alternatives like herbal teas, unsweetened iced tea, or infused water with fruits and herbs. These options provide flavor without the added sugars and artificial ingredients.
  5. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to your body’s signals of thirst and drink water when you feel thirsty. Sometimes, we mistake thirst for hunger, so staying hydrated can also help with managing appetite and maintaining a healthy weight.

Remember, healthy drinking habits are just one aspect of overall wellness. It’s important to maintain a balanced diet, engage in regular physical activity, and consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on your specific needs.

Your Turn:  Drink Habits

Even a small change in your drink habits can have a powerful impact on your well-being.

Become Aware

  • How does what you drink contribute to your overall health and well-being?
  • What benefits could be gained by improving your drink habits?
  • Have areas of your life been impacted negatively by your current drink habits?
  • Notice any observations (gaps, triggers, patterns, and situations) that impact your drink routine or benefits.
  • Acknowledge your (observation) and its (insert impact)

I am aware ______________________ and it’s _________________________.

Be Grateful

  • Identify one trigger, pattern or situation you want to become aware of and use as a reminder.
  • What is the mindset you want to have once you become aware.
  • Change your perspective, be grateful for (insert trigger), because it reminds you to (insert mindset).

I am grateful ________________________ and because I can __________________________.

Take Action

  • Name an action you will take next time you become aware or name something you choose to do to reinforce daily.

Next time I become aware I will _______________________________________________.

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.