Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HEAL Tips: Drink This, Not That

by Allie Marie Smith

One of my favorite things about HEAL: Healthy Eating & Abundant Living is that it's not a diet or a rigid get-fit plan, but a lifestyle - a continuous journey of inward transformation and lasting change. If you're familiar with the HEAL Pyramid (in the book), you know that one of the goals on the HEAL Journey is to choose beneficial food choices out of emotionally and spiritually healthy motives.

Lately I've been thinking a lot about some of the beverages (besides water) I regularly consume and believe it's time for me to make some changes in order to be a better steward of my health. I rarely, if ever, drink Diet Coke (I get an instant headache after one sip!), but my affinity for working in coffee shops has fueled a semi sugary-coffee addiction. I can't help but think how much better I'd be treating my body if I stopped having all that sugar and cream in my coffee.

So I'm going to make more of an effort to start replacing this:

with this (green tea)

For you girls in the aspartame club, I highly recommend you consider swapping this:

for this (coconut water):

Are you addicted to coffee, soda or sugary drinks? What beverages do you drink throughout the day?and what are some other beneficial options?

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