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.
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!