Coffee and Tea:
In general, caffeinated coffee and tea are not healthy. In moderation (1-2 cups/day) they are just ok. Many people enjoy a good cup of coffee r tea in the morning. Choose a good Fair Trade Organic coffee and you are better off. For tea, Earl Grey ahs the most healthy properties of all the black teas.
Decaffeinated are usually no better, as the chemicals used in the decaffeinating process are as, or more, harmful then the caffeine. The Swiss Water Process of decaffeination is the cleanest. Swiss Water decaf can be purchased at most grocery stores. Herbal teas are naturally decaffeinated, and are your best choice in tea. You can customize your herbal tea purchases to various individual health needs as well; such as herbal diuretic, calming, energizing, even cleansing for specific organs. Green tea has a small amount of caffeine(unless you buy caffeine free, which is fine), and is by far the healthiest tea you can drink. It contains other healthful properties, such as anti-oxidants and metabolism enhancing ingredients! So, try to like it. We have available to us naturally flavored green tea. My personal favorite is peppermint. A nice evening/after dinner tea is naturally caffeine free Chai or Bengall Spice, with a little honey and milk it is flavorful and gives the palate the sensation of dessert!
Mio, Nestea juice flavored crystals, Crystal Lite, flavored waters…to name a few. These ALL contain chemicals that are harmful to us; artificial sweeteners and color (dye). I recommend avoiding them. Flavor your water naturally! Some ideas are fresh mint leaves, cucumber, lemon or lime…
Emergen-C is the exception to water flavorings. It is a powder that contains vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. It comes in a variety of flavors, and is available at most grocery and drug stores, as well as the Bulk Barn. My personal favorites are the lemon-lime and the pink lemonade. The bulk barn sells them individually; an opportunity for you to try a few flavors!
My absolute favorite drink, hot or cold, day or night, is a honey/lemon/ginger drink. Organic dried ginger can be purchased in bulk at the health food store. Put about 1 tsp in a small tea ball. Add this, along with 2 tsp honey (local, unpasteurized) and no more then ¼ c lemon ( I buy organic in the health food section of the grocery store) in a large cup filled with boiled water. This drink is cleansing, calming, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and very tasty!!
Drinking regular pop is like drinking a cup full of sugar, with added chemicals and dyes. It is without a doubt one of the worst things you can consume. Diet sodas are not much better, as they contain artificial sweeteners, as well as dyes. Really, just get off the pop! If you like a bubbly beverage, club soda is fine, as it is simply carbonated water. You can flavor it up with fresh lemon or lime slices, or even a touch of pure pressed cherry or cranberry juice and some stevia(natural sweetener). Zevia is soda pop sold at Sobeys. It is sweetened with stevia. If you find it too sweet, cut it with club soda! Tonic Water is pop, as much sugar as pepsi or sprite.
Fruit juice is loaded with calories and fructose (sugar). Fructose is natural fruit sugar, but sugar nonetheless. Sugar, when not burned for energy, gets stored as fat; fructose gets stored the fastest. You are far better off eating whole fruit, adn avoiding fruit juice.
Vegetable juice, as long as it is low sodium, is a good choice. Each ½ cup of vegetable juice is 1 serving of vegetable. You can even buy “high fibre” juices!
Pure pressed cranberry and cherry juice are very concentrated and have no added sugar, so are quite pungent and bitter. They are useful for gout (cherry) and urinary health (cranberry) and also for adding flavor to plain or carbonated water, but they are not calorie free.
One bottle of beer, one ounce of liquor, five ounces of wine, are all equivalent in calories. It is what you add to them that can make all the difference. Wine is easy, has some healthful properties, and can be diluted with carbonated water to make a spritzer (add ice and lemon too!)
Lite beer is easy, if you like beer, try to drink lite. Most of the imported beer is lite, although it is not labeled as such.
Vodka is versatile; Caesars or Mary’s are tasty and not over the top in calories. It is also good with water (carbonated or not) and lemon or lime. Any alcohol mixed with water and ice is obviously ok.
Liqueurs are OUT. High calorie, loaded with sugar.
PURE WATER, HERBAL TEA, GREEN TEA, HONEY LEMON GINGER DRINK, & SODA WATER ALL COUNT AS PART OF YOUR DAILY WATER INTAKE. ENSURE THAT YOU ARE GETTING ADEQUATE AMOUNTS. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS CANNOT BE OVERSTATED!!