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Weigh In Wednesday: Drinking Calories

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Last night I had a craving for hot cocoa and Bailey’s.  I’m not sure why– I rarely drink. Not because I don’t like drinking. I just don’t see the point in wasting calories (geesh and money) on alcohol when I’d much rather eat something yummy instead.

Now, of course there are special occasions like holiday parties and while I’m on vacation, but day-to-day I will choose water or unsweetened tea over any other beverage out there because, well frankly, it’s free.

I started my water habit a long time ago and I remember distinctly having the realization that we, as in human beings, should drink water. Period. I just didn’t and still don’t understand the attraction to soda. The only ingredient listed on a cola can I want to consume is water so why put all that other crap in my body?

Now, I get the whole “it tastes good” argument. Isn’t that why we eat almost everything?

BUT does it really taste good or has it just become a habit? And if it is a habit is it giving you any joy besides comfort of the familiar?

I have no desire to make anyone feel guilty about their choice of beverage. Drink whatever floats your boat, but I wonder if people took a more conscious look at their beverage habits they could make small changes that may make a big difference in their overall calorie consumption and health.

I don’t think we need to argue  soda (yes, even diet) just isn’t good for  you. And don’t get me started on juice, energy drinks, flavored waters. They are really all the same, sugar or artificial sweetener-laden beverages design to mask the taste of water and make someone else money. 

Drinking water, just like any other beverage, can also become a habit. Think about the first time took a sip of coffee or wine or even soda. Did you IMMEDIATELY like it? Did you think it was the best tasting stuff on earth right off the bat? Or did you just start drinking it because everyone else was drinking it? Because that’s what people do? Because it was available?

Then over time, a few sips or a couple of glasses you began to appreciate it. Enjoy it. Crave it.

A water drinking habit starts the same way! First you drink it and it’s blah. Plain. Boring. But after a few glasses, over a few days you start to want it. Your body craves it.  It starts to taste refreshing.

This recently happened to me with tea. I always kind of liked tea. It was my go-to drink when out with friends who drank coffee because I never liked coffee. So at Starbucks I’ll order tea just so I had something. Overall it was meh. Well now I WANT tea, like all the time. I really enjoy it and am getting snobby about types and temperature and how long the tea bag steeps. I’ve created a tea habit!

Now I cold brew green and mint tea bags almost daily.

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It’s so good! And if I’m being honest, it has replaced water as my go-to beverage when home. When I’m out I still choose water because I’m cheap and water is free. ;)

Anyway, for this Weigh In Wednesday I thought we’d talk about drinking habits. Are you a water drinker? Why? Why not? Do you find you drink a lot of calories on a regular basis or do you reserve calorie drinking for special occasions? Have your beverage habits changed over time? What about alcohol? Inquiring minds want to know! 

 



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There are 34 comments so far.

    Jessica

    December 18, 2013

    I typically drink a gallon of water a day. I do really well on the weekdays but kinda suck at it on the weekends. I do drink beer, wine, and liquor sometimes but mainly just water. The best way I do that is I don’t keep anything in the house except water and milk. I do drink coffee and/or tea too.

    Shannon

    December 18, 2013

    Green tea and mint tea combo-hot or cold- is my choice,too. We make it everyday before bed so it is ready.Try Tazo tea passion fruit cold or hot brew if you like a fruity taste. Once and awhile I add a Crystal Lite lemonade packet, but mostly I avoid “grown up sugar”, as my kids call it. Great post!

    Laurie

    December 18, 2013

    Drinking soda every day is a habit that I broke many years ago and it is probably one of the best choices I’ve made. I used to drink a 6-pack of Diet Dr. Pepper every day. Of course it was “diet” because I was always on a diet back then. Now, I’m a water girl and I absolutely hate the taste of soda. What was I thinking back then??? That choice to give up soda has led to other healthy choices and today, I eat a whole food, plant-based diet (vegan) and hike, climb, bike, ski, scuba dive, etc. At 53 years old, my BMI is 19 and I’ve never felt healthier or better.

    Nicole

    December 18, 2013

    I started my water habit about 10 yrs ago when I was rowing, and training twice a day. At that point in time I was drinking 3L+ per day, and not drinking much else. I did have the occasional alcoholic bevvie on the weekend (I was in University, after all), but that’s about it. I’ve never liked pop, so it was never something I had to “quit”. Now I drink water all day long, with a coffee in the morning, and that’s about it. I can’t understand how some of my friends “don’t drink water”. I crave it, need it, and enjoy it! I love it plain or with lemon or cucumber slices. I think it has such a positive impact on health, yet it’s free, so why not load up on it?!

    Bitch on a Diet

    December 18, 2013

    I don’t remember how I got to drinking water. I think it started with having a water bottle (32 ounces) and forcing myself to gulp it down. There have been times where I forgot my water bottle at home and I almost cried bc I would have to rely on refilling a little dixie cup several times a day. Now I go through normally two 32-ounce bottles, but always try and shoot for three. I NEED water and I can tell when I’m dehydrated. I only drink water and tea, coffee sometimes in the morning, and I only have soda on very special occasions (i can probably count on one, maybe two hands, the number of times I’ve had soda this year)

    Dukebdc

    December 18, 2013

    Avoiding liquid calories is a top priority for keeping my weight in check. I do drink Diet Coke like it’s going out of style. It’s my vice. The longest I have gone without is 10 days last year for no real reason other than I ran out. I drink some plain water and unsweetened tea too, but can’t lie about my diet soda consumption. I rarely drink alcohol, eat a vegetarian diet, and am at a healthy weight with good blood work and BP, so frankly, I don’t sweat it too much. Many times a diet soda in the afternoon has kept my hand out of the cookie jar.

    Meredith

    December 18, 2013

    I’m a water drinker. Some coffee in the am but for the most part water. . A glass of wine every once and a while. But I’m with you-I’d rather have something yummy. As far as the WI today-I’m down another .5. I have been doing Paleo with a lil bit of cream in my coffee for 9 weeks now and I have lost almost 10 lbs.

    SuzanneU

    December 18, 2013

    How long do you cold brew the bags? A few minutes? Half an hour? Anyway, I am a big water drinker. Always have been. I drink a lot of tea also. My latest vice is carbonated water with lemon. I LOVE it. I used to be such a Diet soda drinker but it is so bad for you. Something about the fizzy water makes it feel like a treat.

      RoniNoone

      December 18, 2013

      Honestly I just leave them bags in the water on the counter all day and then pour it over ice when I want some. If there is still some left I pop it in the fridge.

    Martha Glantz

    December 18, 2013

    I love water and am a long time serious water drinker. I just drink it because it tastes good and it quenches my thirst. Rarely drink soda of any type of bottled anything except sparkling water. I don’t bother to track the water I drink because I do it all day and night.
    Now show me a glass of wine and that’s a whole other story! Love the stuff, but know it’s not good for me in excess for many reasons not to mention the extra calories and letting down the inhibitions.

    Happy to say my weight is holding steady over the holiday season proving to me I can enjoy eating out and not go crazy.

    nancyabc

    December 18, 2013

    I was told at the hospital that I need to drink 130 oz. of water a day—-the doctor just kinda laughed and said do your best. This is a new formula based on your weight and other factors. Well I did it from the end of August through September. I was not as hungry and was feeling better but am not drinking nearly enough now.

    Pia

    December 18, 2013

    Water and french pressed coffee is my thing. I love wine and consume it on a weekly basis. Im not too into sugary drinks unless its a really good one and it will usually replace dessert.

    RG

    December 18, 2013

    I know that wasn’t the point, but this post makes me want Bailey’s and cocoa. I’ll drink water in the spring and summer, but hot so much in the winter. I have a sodastream, and about 1/4 of the time I will drink carbonated water with orange juice concentrate, so delicious. I’ve tried hot water and it leaves me feeling weird, light-headed or bloated or something. I eat a lot of water in fruits and veg, and two cups of (light) tea, but also some wine at night when I want to warm up without caffeine. I tried hot cocoa with a mint teabag and some sugar/sweetener, which tastes great but it does a number on me.

    Tricia Coniglio

    December 18, 2013

    The first thing that caught my attention was the Bailey’s because a couple weeks ago I just kept feeling like I wanted some Bailey’s and coffee. It really was a joke with my co-workers because it is funny to say that alcohol helps the day go by.

    Water is my thing and I started drinking water at restaurants for the same reason as you…. it is free…. and I am cheap! LOL. Really, I don’t drink much else and I just love it.

    I always use beer as an example for an acquired taste. Most people did not like beer the first time they drank it but they did it anyway and eventually grew to like it.

    Paula

    December 18, 2013

    I have been a water drinker since I was a kid. Our only choices were water or milk and I hated milk. Today my 3 beverages are water, black coffee or green tea. I rarely drink soda as it just doesn’t satisfy thirst like water.

    Kimberly Anne

    December 18, 2013

    I opt for water and tea too. Have you ever tried loose teas from Teavana? They are a bit pricey but sooooo good. I love the Satura Green Tea and one of the fruity blueberry teas.

    Sammy Hantman

    December 18, 2013

    Weight watchers for many years – proud to say I’m a water drinker!!

    Emily

    December 18, 2013

    My husband is a big Teavana fan! There are a few in MD, have you been?

    ItsMeVsMe

    December 19, 2013

    I’m a water girl, except for the liquid I use for my smoothies which is different types of milk. I tell my husband that I could never drink alcohol again and be o.k. with that. I don’t like the way too much of it makes me feel.

    Lynne

    December 19, 2013

    I am not a water girl; I’ve tried, but it always seems like a tortuous chore. I am a coffee girl. I make my own in a french press; 32 oz every single morning, and I usually have a large, venti, yummy black coffee (or splurge skim latte) every afternoon. It is my drug of choice.

    Fiona

    December 19, 2013

    I am totally on board with what you are saying. I am a huge water fanatic, but didn’t used to be. About 10 years ago I was drinking on average 2L of Diet Coke per day, I called it “the nectar of the gods”, then I joined WW and started forcing myself to drink water (AND the diet Coke), and slowly I have almost completely eliminated my pop habit. I still occassionally have a pop, but I LOVE my water and drink a minimum of 2 L per day now. I recommend to anyone trying to start the habit, get yourself an AWSOME water bottle (e.g. Nathan makes a great one), and start sipping on the delicious Natural wonder that is water :)

    Jess

    December 19, 2013

    I’m a water drinker from little up. As a kid I used to dip my Oreos in it! Really grossed my parents out with that. I do have one caffeinated beverage a day (tea now since I’m pregnant but typically coffee) but water the rest of the time. Soda just never really worked for me and don’t get me started on juice, yuck!

    Beth M.

    December 19, 2013

    My last real drink of soda was June 1, 2012 (yep, big day in my books!). I used to be one of those “I could never give up soda!” people….but decided to try because I knew it wasn’t good for me. The first big change I noticed was that I didn’t snack near as much (because the artificial sweeteners in sodas make you feel hungry). Since then I had one accidental sip (the husband’s and my drink got mixed up…and it was so gross I had to spit it out!)….and then on purpose about a month ago I got a small Diet Dr. Pepper (my drug of choice back then!) to try to see if it was really as good as I remembered….so awful!! I had one sip to try and then another to be sure and then gave the rest to my husband. Now I’m with you….water and unsweet tea are my drinks of choice!

    Janice

    December 19, 2013

    I have always liked water better. I never liked pop/soda at all. I did not like the carbonation. I drank crystal light drinks for a while but got bored with the artificial flavorings. Now, like you, I drink iced tea and water.

    J @cozyontheprairies

    December 19, 2013

    I am definitely a water drinker though I was not always one. Growing up we always had juice or some sort of iced tea crystal mix drink or pop (in Canada we call “soda”, “pop” no idea why!) as well as milk. After I grew up and moved out of my parents’ house I kept up those habits for a short while until I decided I wanted to start losing weight. That was the beginning of my love affair with water. It by no means started as a love affair, it started as me trying to force myself to guzzle more of this really blah liquid that had no flavour. But over time, as you said, it became almost an addiction.

    Now I cannot go anywhere, especially in the summer, without a water bottle or I get completely parched! I still drink the occasional glass of pop if we go out for dinner but it’s usually iced tea. Tea I was not always a fan of either and had to only drink fruity teas and put sugar in them to get it down but now I prefer it plain with nothing in it. I do not drink alcohol except on the rare occasion that we’re having people over and I have a beer maybe if I’m in the mood for it. But for the most part I reach for water, I crave it!

    Loved this post!

    Christy

    December 19, 2013

    I love my 2 cups of coffee in the morning and have for a long time. I also love tea but not as much as coffee. I drink regular, green and herbals. Never been big on soda. I didn’t want my kids to drink it, so just didn’t have it in the house. Besides the calories and the bad health; it’s darn expensive! And I’m a HUGE water drinker. Drink more water than anything else. I also really love wine and have a glass almost everyday. Yep, I’ll never be dehydrated! :)

    Imacrazymomof4

    December 20, 2013

    Definitely a water drinker. Usually 3L a day. I do have one Kcup in the AM, and maybe a decaf tea later in the day just to slow down. I rarely drink soda…if I have a migraine I may use it as a last resort to try to get my headache to go away. I do love beer though and just like some with weaknesses to ice cream and chocolate, I love the idea of an iced cold beer. I’m not much of a dessert person, I will usually swap my dessert for a drink of choice and it’s definitely not everyday. 20 years ago I can remember my husband and I having diet coke on our nightstands!!! That’s just craziness for me to think of! I quit drinking diet coke 15 years ago because I was starting to have kids and it was giving me horrid headaches. I’m convinced that 20 years from now they are going to say that drinking water cures everything!

    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    December 22, 2013

    Years ago, I drank a lot of diet soda, and I still cringe when I think about it…

    Jen

    December 22, 2013

    I love coffee, coke zero and Jack Daniels. Lots of vices! I know the artificial sweeteners aren’t good for me, but right now, it’s helping me transition from drinking the sugary drinks, so I’m going to go with the flow for a while. I definitely notice that if I drink too many diet sodas in a day, I get anxious and grumpy. So I know they’re not good

    Robby/FatGirlvsWorld

    December 23, 2013

    I’m not good at being moderate. This is very bad when it comes to alcohol, and something that i’m looking to address/fix ASAP.

    Alice

    December 27, 2013

    I’m a water drinker since i was a child. love it! http://goo.gl/OgbUpR

    Angie Andersen

    January 1, 2014

    I REALLY REALLY wish I was a water drinker. I’m currently hooked on diet sodas which I am perfectly aware is not good for me. The trobule for me is that I’m so addicted to the caffeine that as soon as I stop drinking it I get horrible headaches. I do plan to remove that source of unhealthiness from my diet and your comment about your body starting to crave the water is actually quite motivational for me. So thanks for sharing that.

    Char

    February 24, 2014

    Never did have to worry about drinking calories. In fact I really do not drink anything at all. I kid you not. It has only been recently that I even put a glass on the table for meals. At my old job I used to bring bottled water because it was trendy. But I ended up with a collection of unopened bottles & co workers would come by to borrow a bottle. So I stopped lugging them. They say you cannot last 3 days without water–I say I am the exception to that (my body must extract what it needs from food–Lord knows I get enough of that).
    However, due to the overwhelming data about the necessity and benefits of drinking water I now set a timer and drink water when it goes off.

    Ashley Hubbard

    September 13, 2014

    I think drinking lots of water on a day to day basis is essential for better health and to help promote weight-loss.Water is important for many different reasons , this will help clean your system, keep you well hydrated and lets not forget that a large percentage of the body is water.

    I would also like to mention, I enjoy drinking carbonated drinks like coca cola / and various other fizz drinks but I will only drink these sparingly , say once or twice a wee, where as the average person may drink these daily.

    I think smoothies and shakes are also a great drink to have to get extra vitamins and minerals into your diet . The great thing about smoothies and shakes is that they can be what ever you want them toy be , the variations you can have completely depends on your imagination and taste buds, which I think is great to change things up from time to time , because not only does it get boring drinking the same liquids every day , but you enjoy change.

    I think protein shakes deserve a mention , but I would advise these as more of a supplement and not a day to day regular drink , like we use water for. These are great to help build muscle , and act as a meal replacement in some situations.

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