Friday, June 20, 2014

Fit-Trish: Drink it up

Welcome back to another week of Fit-Trish. A weekly series where I talk about getting healthy and fitness on a budget! I have covered quite a few topics already so if this is your first time, check them out, here, here, and here!



This week I wanted to talk about another important necessity for a healthy lifestyle. Hydration. We need to drink in order to keep our body from dehydration. The most important beverage we should be consuming is water! Water is a not only important to any weight loss program, but it is something we need to live. Our bodies are made up of mostly water, and depriving it of water can often cause dehydration. It is often said that one must consume 64 ounces of water a day to help stay hydrated and to flush toxins from the body.

I hear a lot of complaints when it comes to drinking water. Most people say they don't like the taste and often skip it. This leads to drinking more sugary beverages like soda and juice. This week I want to bring you a few alternative options to help you consume more water and cut out the sugar.

My favorite go to alternative when I am craving soda is a flavored seltzer. Seltzer provides the carbonation you crave when you want a soda, but without all the sugar and calories. Seltzer comes in all kinds of flavors so there is something out there for everyone. My personal favorite is Polar. They have tons of standard flavors and they also come out with seasonal flavors.

I am just a little obsessed!

Seltzer can also be used to cut down the sugar in drinks such as orange juice or cranberry. I mix 1 part seltzer to 1 part juice and that cuts down the calories by half. My ultimate favorite is the virgin fuzzy navel. This is one part orange juice to one part peach seltzer. Speaking of fuzzy navel, you can also use seltzer in your alcoholic drinks. Replace the soda with seltzer and you will be cutting out all kinds of calories!

My next option for drinking less sugar is to use a water enhancer. These come in all sorts of flavors and formulas. Most of them are sugar free and are naturally sweetened. I have been using a brand called Stur. They have a handful of flavors and the taste is good. It helps me drink more water through the day.

No matter which way you do it, cut down on the sugary drinks and down some water. If you can't do water all the time, try these alternatives and see how you do. What is you ideal way to cut out the sugary drinks? Do you like seltzer? What about water enhancers? Let me know!




6 comments:

  1. I, personally, prefer water to the alternatives, but I do have a friend who's not big into just drinking a glass from the tap. She'll cut up fruit and put pieces in regular water to give it a little more flavor and mask the "Delaware taste."

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    1. I love water too. I never understood anyone who didn't like the "taste" of water. However when I do have that soda craving the seltzer really helps!

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  2. I love just plain old water. Tap water at my house isn't wonderful, though... so I stock up on cases on bottled water. Yum! I never understand how people don't like WATER. It's amazing. lol

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    1. I love water too. I have come across so many who don't though! Its funny when they say the don't like the taste and they are drinking something bottled. Oh well! Thank goodness for alternatives!

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  3. I like propel zero - but Inisually put super greens in my agua. May have to try these!!

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    1. I like propel zero too! There are so many good choices out there. The seltzers are my best friend though and they are cheap so you don't break the bank! Thanks for stopping by!

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