If you’re on a fitness journey right now, one of the things you want to eliminate from your diet is soda. With empty calories in different types of soda ranging from 250 to over 400 depending on the sizing, you’re going to face an uphill battle getting to your goal weight.
I was once obsessed with Fanta strawberry. I drank 2 – 3 bottles per day. Every meal tasted better as long as there was some of that pink-red goodness included. As it became harder to breathe in my regular clothes, I knew something had to be done. I don’t eat too many unhealthy things so it was easy for me to pin point the culprit to Fanta strawberry.
However, it’s not always easy to kick addiction to soda and sweets cold turkey. You’ve trained your brain and body to long for the sugar rush and retraining them won’t be an easy task. Here’s where this great suggestion comes in – flavoured water.
Flavouring water isn’t a novel concept but not many people bother with it. Here are some reasons why you need to include flavoured water in your diet –
Why You Should Include Flavoured Water in Your Diet
- It combats sugar and soda cravings.
- It’s refreshing especially on a boiling summer day.
- It helps you get more water in your diet.
- It compliments your weight loss regimen and could possibly speed it along depending on the type of water.
So what type of flavoured water should you start with? I have tried many types of flavoured water and below are the best 4 so far:
Spice things up with a cinnamon stick. This has a bit of kick to it and helps with lowering cholesterol. Infuse 2 sticks of cinnamon in a small jar of water overnight. Mix the coloured liquid produced with your drinking water. Store in the fridge and make a fresh batch every week.
Infuse seasonal fruits such as oranges, lemons, cucumbers, grapefruit, and strawberries in water early in the morning and drink throughout the day. You can also sprinkle a few pinches of ginger powder or 2 slices of fresh ginger in the water.
Infuse herbs such as mint, basil and parsley for a punchy flavor. Steep same as above and drink throughout the day.
Puree the fruits and/or herbs, pour into ice cube trays and freeze overnight then drop as needed in a bottle of water over the course of the day.
You can use a regular old jar to make your flavoured water but a water infuser does make things a bit easier and less messy. I’ve recommended two popular brands of water infuser below:
Over time, I’d say 6 – 8 weeks, although it could be sooner or later, you will eventually combat the cravings but don’t stop there. Make flavoured water a habit in such a way that when you stop, your body and brain will crave the kick of this rather than sugar. Stay healthy!
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