Over in OktoberFIT this week we are talking about making “Healthy Swaps”. You know replacing the garbage we tend to eat with healthier versions. Yesterday we talked about how most commercial salad dressings are loaded in sugar. You think you are making a healthier decision to have a salad, but then load it up with basically PURE SUGAR! Kind of defeats the purpose of the salad, yes? I l swap out salad dressings with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Better yet, make your own healthy dressings. There are tons of recipes online that are so quick and easy to do.
Today is Day 2 of “Healthy Swaps” and we are discussing one of the biggest culprits in a unhealthy diet/lifestyle: Diet Soda! I’ll be honest and admit that years ago I was a Diet Coke addict. I would drink a two liter a day or more. I didn’t drink coffee…I would wake up and grab a diet coke first thing. Once I learned how sodas of any kind wreak havoc on the body, and the dangers of aspartame (check out the inforgraphic), I gave them up completely. Its hard to give up sodas though, am I right?! Why is that? Because you are ADDICTED! Your body responds to sodas like it does to drugs…you crave it.
And a “Diet” Coke with no calories doesn’t mean its healthy just because it has the word “diet”. Healthy swaps to replace soda are water, but plain water can be boring, so I like flavored sparkling waters from Poland. They have all sorts of flavors with no added sugars, etc. I actually heard from a Poland person that they use essential oils and natural flavorings to make the flavored waters. It’s not an artificial flavoring or chemical from a lab. Make sure any flavored waters you get are all natural, with no added sugars or chemicals. Or better yet…make your own Healthy Sangria!!
Add slices of lemons, limes, and frozen or fresh fruits to a sparkling water. My favorite is mint leaves and slices of lemons. You can do so many different flavors of water this way. I have a big jug with a spout that I make my waters in, having a big batch to last me all week. I just fill up my water bottle on the go, and feel great that I have pure clean water, flavored with natural fruit flavorings straight from Mother Earth.