The next step I recommend for Clean Eating for Beginners is to drink water instead of soda or other sugary drinks. You can do it!
Two years ago I gave up all soda. I was totally addicted and had to have it every day. One day, I just decided that I needed to stop. I knew it was full of chemicals and I just wanted to eliminate it from my diet. It was another ‘get healthy’ step for me after my time with cancer.
And I’m not gonna lie…. it was hard at first!
But I stuck with it and after the first 3 days, the headaches went away. After a week, I stopped craving it. Six months later, it tasted terrible to me!
It can take awhile to detox your body from the artificial sweeteners, flavors and chemicals in soda and pop and then you feel so.much.better.
Next take a look at your juices and sports drinks. Read the labels! Most of them are chock full of sugar and chemicals. You don’t need them. Your kids don’t need them. Really. Pure water fuels them properly. Think of the money you could save?! If you have a sports or fitness champion in the family (or you) I recommend drinking a hydration drink that is artificial free. They can be hard to find but I like this one to keep on hand.
I swapped the soda for water. Water is SO good for you!
Check these 5 advantages below.
Making your own natural flavor infused water is super easy too!
I got this pitcher at Target and can fill it with lemons, limes, cucumbers or strawberries and it tastes really refreshing. This one is 85 oz and I try to drink that much everyday! We are blessed with an RO water system in our house, but when we travel, especially road trips, I filter my water through this pitcher because it’s the only one that removes toxins AND lead.
A good rule to follow is to drink half of your body weight daily.
You can make your own lemonade too by squeezing fresh lemons and adding stevia, a natural sweeter.
I also swapped the nasty caffeine choice of soda for natural caffeine. Green tea is a great choice! Full of benefits and you don’t have a crash afterward. My favorite is this one because I know it doesn’t have any artificial additives. I drink it hot and iced. My usual plan is one hot cup in the morning and one iced in the afternoon for a natural ‘pick me up’.
For more water tips read this post : Drink More Water
How much water do you drink daily? Make the swap to water today and let me know how it goes for you in the comments 🙂