A banana is 105 calories, A shot of whiskey is 80 … Choose Wisely
As an equal opportunity lover of all things delicious whether hot, cold, frozen, blended or on the rocks I have come to realize that managing liquid calories is crucial to my weight loss journey. Those sneaky little lattes, refreshing teas, lemonades, and summertime wine spritzers are yummy but will pack on the pounds, or in my case, keep them from coming off.
In this next installment of my #truthbomb series, I’m going to blow the lid off the danger zone of liquid calories and offer up some great alternatives to keep you in a state of yummy without tipping the scales. We’re going to start small and I am going to share 3 fairly easy places to make a change and AVOID the DANGER ZONE.
1. How can I survive without my morning coffee?
TRUTH BOMB . . . You don’t need to give up your morning coffee you just need to tweak your coffee routine. Years ago when I commuted into an office every day I would go through 2 sometimes 3 cups of coffee per day. Everyone needs that afternoon pick me up right? I would load them up with sugar and that chalky powder creamer all office watering holes so graciously provide. Sugar, fake milk and God only knows what other preservatives and chemicals I would digest. A few years ago, I had to make a deal with myself when it came to coffee … if I could not drink it black I would need to make a new choice. I started with a smidge of flavored creamer, ditched the sugar, and these days I enjoy my coffee with just almond milk. Lesson learned: you get used to it…and I’m sorry to tell you but if you want to make change —> YOU GOTTA MAKE CHANGE. For me, the coffee routine was a big one.
2. But Red Wine is good for your heart so it’s healthy right?
TRUTH BOMB . . . While there is some truth to the health benefits of red wine it is also packed full of sugar, red dye, and preservatives to allow for mass production, consistent taste, and longer shelf life. Liquid Calories are also empty calories and won’t fill you up and nourish your body with essential vitamins and nutrients like food. Check out this fun yet slightly depressing fact … our bodies do not know the difference between liquid calories and solid calories. More importantly, your appetite does not know that you have just consumed hundreds of calories but it does recognize the sugar and it does spike your insulin and get your body ready to store it all up as FAT. The same goes for fruity cocktails. Ditch the sugary juice and mix your alcohol of choice with soda water, lemon, lime, or even berries.
3. I hate drinking WATER … it tastes like NOTHING
TRUTH BOMB . . . Our bodies are made up of mostly water and ideally, we should be drinking half our body weight in water daily. That’s right. If you weigh 200 lbs you should drink at least 100 oz of water per day. Some theories suggest that skyrocketing obesity rates are due to the increase in the consumption of sugary beverages like soda, juice, sports drinks, and energy drinks instead of H20. Normally when people indulge in something deemed a treat, they feel a sense of fullness or satisfaction and consume less throughout other parts of the day as a result. However, this is not the case with liquid calories. Liquid calories can be consumed by the thousands without ever really satisfying our hunger and then we’re left craving with plenty of room for more. Personally, I grew up in our house where we drank OJ with breakfast and milk with lunch and dinner. If you were thirsty any other time it was WATER. Merry Christmas to me and my poor deprived siblings, right? Not having a soda, fruit juice, or Kool-Aide seemed like a cruel form of torture as a child, but today, as an adult, I am so grateful my parents made me drink water because I really like water and crave it! I like to add lemon, cucumber or mint to my water and sometimes all three of them together if I want to spice things up. I even have this cool little water pitcher that has a tube you can fill with all kinds of yummy things like strawberries, lemons, limes, watermelon, oranges, mint etc . . . it infuses the water and makes it taste delicious. Not to mention, it makes me feel all fancy like I am at the spa and I’m all ZEN and shit, LOL. So, if you’re not into water, give it a fighting chance. If you are already into water, keep up the good work.
The real message I am trying to drive home here is that nothing must be off limits but everything must be in moderation if you want to make a change and find balance. If you’re like me this is, of course, easier said than done but something I will not give up trying to master. Now I’m not perfect. I do enjoy my vanilla lattes every now and then but when I treat myself I try to limit it to once a week and I like to save it for a Friday morning or weekend brunch. It’s a lot harder to cut out food calories so liquids are a super easy place to start with baby steps toward a healthier you. I believe in you! No go forth and conquer.
Love, Lashes, and Lipstick,