Growing up I drank tons of pop (or soda depending on where you’re from). I like the sugar and the fizzy feeling. But I’ve read so much about people losing anywhere from 5-30lbs in a year simply from cutting out sugary, canned soda beverages. Not to mention, all that sugar is not good for your skin. I’m all about easy, little changes, and now I only drink sparkling or soda water during the day. I still get all of the fun fizz but without the added sugar and if you compare costs, sparkling water isn’t really any more expensive than a can of Coke (which I only allow myself now and then as a treat). If I need some flavor in my water, I add citrus – usually lemon but sometimes lime or even orange.
Infused water is all the rage these days. Fresh mint leaves, cucumber, or even unsweetened black teas are all great ways to add freshness and flavor without calories. I used to work at an establishment with a soda gun, so at first it was a challenge but I’ve been doing it for most of the year and I notice the difference. Unfortunately I probably eat the difference in calories (working on that) but I can tell the difference in my skin and the way that I feel by incorporating more water in my life.
I also make sure I drink a full glass of water/soda water before or after morning coffee and then again with lunch. I also make sure to drink plenty of water if I’m drinking alcohol – even if it’s just a cocktail or 2. I try to keep it a 1:1 ratio, but definitely 1 glass of water per 2 alcoholic beverages. Even if I have a nice glass of wine in the evening, I aim to complement it with a glass of sparkling.
My Favorite Sparkling Waters
Trader Joe’s Sparkling Water (also comes in flavors)
What do you drink to stay healthy and hydrated?
— Jessica Dalka