As I’m sure you know, drinking an appropriate amount of water every day is very important for your overall health. Most Americans, however, don’t drink enough water. And with so many delicious sweet options available why would one opt for the flavorless one? Well, because it’s good for you. It makes your body function better and it helps you feel better overall. Not to mention if you drink water instead of sodas or juices or sweetened drinks, you’ll be cutting out a lot of empty calories!
I drink at least 2 liters of water per day, black coffee and occasionally unsweetened tea. My drinks don’t add calories to my day, so I can eat more food! I wasn’t always this good though. I didn’t drink plain water at all until I was 16 years old. I couldn’t do it! It made me noxious. It seriously made me feel like I was going to throw up! Mine was a Coca-Cola family. There was always Coke and Diet Coke (for mom), sometimes a Sprite or Fanta (for the kids). We sometimes had kool-aid or other powdered drinks of the sort. I only started drinking water at 16 when, after recurring urinary tract infections since childhood, the doctor put me on a 3 month-long treatment during which I wasn’t allowed to drink anything but water! Imagine my despair! It was awful. Cold turkey I had to do this! But UTIs are extremely painful and I wanted them to permanently go away so I obeyed. It was amazing how much weight I lost and how much my acne improved within the first month just by switching out all my drinks with water!
Still, once the treatment ended, I went back to drinking flavored beverages, though I kept drinking water as well as soda, flavored drinks and everything else. After a few years I did realize, however, that my drink choices were not the healthiest, so I started by switching regular sodas with diet sodas (knowing what we know now about artificial sweeteners, I wouldn’t recommend it. You can just skip that step). After that, I switched diet sodas to sweetened iced teas. After that, I started ordering unsweetened iced teas and adding a bit of lemon, until I could just drink completely unsweetened tea. I’m honestly not a big fan of black tea though, so the jump from unsweetened iced tea to water was pretty easy. Over the course of a few months, I was drinking all water, all the time! My family all had soda in their glasses, and I had a tall glass of water. I didn’t even miss it!
My coffee habits changed more slowly. Over the last 13 years, it has gone like this: 16 oz. vanilla latte (every morning! eek!) -> 12 oz. vanilla latte (this was too small and wasn’t cutting it so…) -> 16 oz. americano/drip coffee with 1 pump of syrup and non fat milk (less sugar and less dairy!) -> americano/coffee with almond milk and stevia (this was when stevia was thought to be safe. Also, almond milk doesn’t last very long so…)-> americano/coffee, black 1 tsp raw sugar (When I learned that it’s best to eat limited amounts of real sugar than eating artificial sweeteners)-> black americano/coffee (when I thought I’d give it a try and liked it!).
If you love super flavored coffees it’s probably because you don’t like it plain. But you probably are a fan of coffee in general. So find one you like on its own and you won’t need to dress it up with creams and sweeteners!
Once you wean yourself from sodas and sugary drinks (and see the results!), it becomes easy not to drink them.