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What can I drink besides water?


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What can I drink besides water that doesn't have a negative effect on me? It seems like everything has sugar or aspartame in it. Since I've gotten to college, I've been drinking a lot of diet soda. I think it is making me hungrier and maybe it is making me crave sweets too? All I know is I lost some weight, and now my entire tastes for foods have changed. Last summer I couldn't put down more than a few bites of salad. Now I can eat as much as I can fit in me. I also like other vegetables and fruits way more. However, I've developed a sweet tooth. My favorite foods used to be the fatty ones with lots of cheese and butter. Now my favorite stuff is sweets. Cake, chocolate, and ice cream I like so much more than before. It used to think it was good, but I never had a huge desire to eat it. Whenever I used to eat cake, I would go for a center piece because too much frosting is too strong for me. Now, I say give me that corner piece! I could eat the frosting by itself. Also, I'm putting splenda on my cheerios because I don't want to eat the honey nut kind. I could cut this out, but cutting the diet soda would be difficult. Even crystal light and stuff has aspartame in it. I'm becoming convinced this stuff is making me crave, but I need something else to drink. I'm already getting a minimum of 100 fl oz of water a day.

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Tea, if you like it.

I have the same problem, try adding some lemon to your water. But also...what I do, is I water down crystal light and drink it like that, so instead of putting a serving of crystal light in the tub, i put half a serving. works for me!

Original Post by looseymoose:

Tea, if you like it.

I love tea! ...when I have sweet'n low to put in it...

 

Hmmm, I really don't find just using half a serving of crystal light a solution. How much can that actually be helping? I would think it would mainly just be making your drink taste garbagey.

I use to drink a lot of soda and now I drink sodium-free club soda; it has the carbonation and no calories.

Have you tried any of the loose leaf teas at health food stores?  Some are good enough not to need sweetening.  I have a raspberry green tea that's wonderful. 

I add lemon or lime to my water.  I have completly cut out soda from my diet years ago.  Once you get it out of your system you will not miss it.  Try honey for a sweetener in tea instead of the sweet and low.  Honey has some calories (60/ tbsp) but it is all natrual which has to be better for you than aspartame.

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Original Post by looseymoose:

Tea, if you like it.

I love tea! ...when I have sweet'n low to put in it...

 

Hmmm, I really don't find just using half a serving of crystal light a solution. How much can that actually be helping? I would think it would mainly just be making your drink taste garbagey.

well, i do it because i can't stand drinking just water...nor can i stand tea. so i water down crystal light so it's healthier, sure it's not as tasty...but i'd rather that than plain ole water. south beach diet actually recommends crystal light since it helps you drink more if you have trouble drinking water plain. :)

Flavored or plain seltzers or mineral waters.  Or make spritzers with a little cranberry juice and lime, then top it off with seltzer. 

Tea (as said above and you said you enjoy).  I add either nothing, a little stevia, a little honey, or some agave nectar.  The stevia is an a natural extract that you can find at Trader Joe's.  There is the main-stream brand, Truvia, but that has additional plant extracted alcohols.  Stevia has a mild liquorice taste to it, but you can get past it, or use it in strong tea and you will barely notice.  I find agave to be ok, but sometimes it makes things taste different after I eat it.  Both are sweeter than sugar, so you can use less.  Honey is my favorite.  It is like a smile in a bottle/jar!

I love putting fruits and even veggies in my water.  Sometimes I chop up watermelon and cucumber and add that to water and have cucumber-melon water.  Put a huge jug of that in the refrigerator, and it's a cool, refreshing, low-calorie option.  I also really like mint in there.  I've tried mint flavored calorie-free waters, and they taste like somebody ate a mint and spit into the bottle a bunch of times.  It's totally gross, but adding real mint to water is fantastic!  There are so many options since you can add pretty much whatever you can imagine.

Great brand of Iced Tea if you are on the go: Honest Tea.  They use less sugar, and their Peach Iced Tea is really yummy!

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