DIET FREE Habit 1: Drink Water and Think Before You Drink Anything Else
If you followed last week’s blog, you read about the DIET FREE program developed by American dietitian, Zonya Foco. This week I intend to embark on the 8-week program, by embracing one of Zonya’s healthy lifestyle habits each week. I hope some of you will join me. In case you haven’t guessed, the first habit concerns drinking more water.
Many North Americans mistake thirst for hunger. How many of us reach for food, when our bodies are really telling us that we are dehydrated? Did you know that just a 2% drop in body water can trigger headaches and fuzzy short-term memory? Studies also link under-hydration with:
• Asthma and allergies
• Elevated Blood Pressure
• Migraine Headaches
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
On the flip side, proper hydration allows the body to work better and it helps flush out toxins. Of course, we need to make conscious choices about how we quench our thirst, or we may find ourselves adding a lot of extra calories without even thinking. Do you go for soda when you’re thirsty? Did you know that a 1 litre bottle of pop has 31 teaspoons of sugar?! That’s 440 calories in one bottle! Even drinking just one CAN of soda a day can put 15 extra pounds on your body over a year, which can DOUBLE your chances of developing Type II Diabetes.
This week, Drink Water and Think Before You Drink Anything Else. Are you with me? Here are a few pointers to help keep us on track:
1.Drink water first. Before you eat anything, drink a glass of water (maybe you’re just thirsty, or if you really are hungry, this might curb an out of control appetite)
2.Jazz up your water with sliced lemons (or limes, or oranges!), or a tiny splash of fruit juice.
3.Keep a pitcher of cold water handy in your fridge.
4.Carry a refillable water bottle with you and drink often during the day.
5.Keep non-milk beverages to < 200 calories per day:
a.Instead of a glass of fruit juice, eat the actual fruit—it has fibre and more nutrients and is better for you.
b.Cut back on soda—or cut it out altogether.
c.Think about what you put in your coffee and tea—all that cream and sugar adds up!
d.If you enjoy an alcoholic beverage occasionally, have only one, and be conscious of the size of your drink.