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What to drink instead of soft drinks?

I want to be honest with you right up front  – I will, on occasion, have a soft drink. It is a very rare occasion to be sure, but it happens. I had one the other day to celebrate the end of our formal classroom education before we head out to fieldwork. A colleague and I were chatting about nutrition and the reports that drinking a soda a day could add 15 pounds of weight to a person a year. He asked me what he could substitute besides just water and tea.  He asked about sweet tea.

Those two questions got me to thinking. Sometimes I get tired of plain water too. I often add lemon to my water. I know another colleague that adds cucumbers or strawberries. I drink coconut water and a drink pots and pots of tea – green tea, herbal tea and the like. But sometimes I want something more, and so I thought I would turn to the blogosphere and see what other people drink besides water.

In response to his question about sweet tea, I told him that if he wanted to sweeten his tea to use either local honey or agave. My thinking is that at least these types of sweeteners are possibly a little healthier than plain table sugar and fake sugar. I abhor all fake sugars. It is my personal opinion fake sugars are like poison, but that is from my personal experience. YMMV.

So I am interested in hearing what you have to say. What do you drink besides water? Do you flavor your water? How? I would love to have your comments and tips.

Till next time~

Health and Nutrition

Nutrition and Goal Setting

In the last couple of days I have been working on how to properly write my medical notes. The first thing I do is write down the potential client’s issues, assets and what he or she wants to accomplish. From there we develop long-term goals and short terms goals.  The short-term goals must pertain to the long-term goals. It suddenly dawned on me that I could use this same process! (I am just a little slow sometimes! Lol) I cannot tell you how many times I have taken classes on goal setting, taught goal setting and set goals! But yet somehow I forgot to do that in my quest to begin a better eating life style.

So – rewind – start over –  here goes.

What are the problems?

I feel that I eat too much fast food, too much processed food and not enough veggies and other healthy food! I am concerned about things in my food that shouldn’t be and other stuff like that.

So the who, what, where, when and how of my first long(ish) term goal:

By the end of the first quarter (3/31/12), I will be using preplanned menus for at least 5 of my meals weekly. I will eat breakfast Monday through Friday and have quick snacks on hand for daily pick-me-ups as needed. I will select one day every week or two to plan my weekly meals, make a grocery list and shop.

My first short-term goal will be to have my coupons in order and first week menu planned and grocery list written by this Monday, 1/16/2012.

Doable? What do you think?