I’m almost positive that my love of Coca-Cola borders on addictive. My husband and I have definitely done our part to keep Coke in business.
And yes, I’ve read all of the articles about how bad it is for you, and while that had some effect on how much of the carbonated concoction I drink per day, I still can’t seem to give it up cold turkey.
But I can say that I don’t drink nearly as much of it as I used to, having switched to water being my mainstay beverage a little over a year ago. However, water and I just don’t get along as well in the afternoon.
I can drink water like a fish in the morning, but after lunch, my lips go all Gandalf the Grey on the glass and declare “None shall pass!”
That’s usually when I’m skulking around the break room looking for my secret stash of red cans in the fridge.
Since I’ve started this fitness journey though, I’ve been actively looking for healthy alternatives to my more egregious dietary choices.
After some experimenting, I may have found a suitable, if not perfect, swap for my afternoon soda addiction: Green Tea (especially iced with a squeeze of lemon).
According to my favorite food book, “The World’s Healthiest Foods,” by George Mateljan, this powerhouse of a drink protects you against everything from infections to coronary artery disease. He also states that it helps insulin sensitivity, protects against cancer and prevents osteoporosis and periodontal diseases (p. 716).
Seems a good bit healthier to drink a tall glass or two of that rather than soda.
So I’m experimenting with different brands to see which one I like the best and I’ll give it a whirl. I’ll let you know if it works for me. In the meantime, I’m open to other suggestions! What did you do to eliminate the “bad” from your diet? Feel free to share your tips in the comments!
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