Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
When we’re trying to eat healthier and lose weight, most of us focus on improving the quality of the food on our plates.
But what we consume from cans, bottles, mugs, wineglasses, and to-go cups has just as much of an impact on our waistlines.
The truth is, most of the bottles and canned drinks on the market are pitfalls for anyone looking to control his or her calorie intake.
And few of them provide any true health benefits, though many claim to.
Just a few of the dangers lurking in your glass:
Most of us know by now sodas are packed with sugar, but so are supposedly “healthier” options like fruit juices, iced teas (including many green teas), and enhanced water beverages offering vitamins and other healthy-sounding benefits.
Overhyped sports drinks
Unless you’re exercising at high intensity for more than 1 hour, you don’t need to replace electrolytes, carbs, and potassium using sports drinks.
You’ll get enough of these nutrients in the course of your regular meals, and you don’t need the extra calories these drinks have.
Instead, drink plenty of water, and if you need a recovery boost, consider a protein-rich drink like a smoothie.
The morning drive-thru
The good news is coffee has natural antioxidants that may protect against cancer and type 2 diabetes – so drinking it in moderation is perfectly acceptable.
But we run into trouble when we enhance our morning joe with whole milk, half-and-half, sugar, cream, “shots” of sweet flavorings, syrups, and whipped cream.
Many morning beverages have more calories than your dinner.
Recipe of the Day: Amber Ginger Ale
This pungent extract is an easy way to get an antioxidant fix between meals.
For a supercharged drink, replace the sparkling water with iced green tea.
And for a health-conscious cocktail, try mixing 2 tablespoons of ginger syrup with 1 ounce of dark rum.
Top with a splash of sparkling water and serve over ice with a lime wedge.
Makes 3 cups syrup, or 12 (10-ounce) drinks
3 cups water
8 ounces unpeeled fresh ginger, grated in a food processor
1/2 cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Ginger syrup (above)
2 quarts chilled sparkling water
*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.
To make the syrup: In a 1-1/2-quart saucepan, bring the water and ginger to a rapid boil over medium-high heat.
Boil for 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes.
Strain the syrup through a fine sieve and pour into a 1-quart jar.
Stir in the agave nectar, lime juice, and vanilla extract.
Store the syrup in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
To make ginger ale: To make a pitcherful, combine the syrup and sparkling water in a 2-1/2- to 3-quart pitcher.
Add ice and stir.
For a single serving, add 1/4 cup ginger syrup to 8 ounces sparkling water.
Per drink: 50 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 12 g total carbohydrates (11 g sugars), 0 g fiber, 0 g protein.
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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD