Your day in drinks - Cheers!

Your Day in Drinks

I am not only talking about that glass of wine - or 2 - you have with supper every night. I am talking about EVERYTHING you drink from the moment you wake up until the time you go to bed.
  • Have you ever thought about what you drink?
  • Do you drink enough?
  • Do you drink too much?
  • Do your drinks contribute to your weight problem?
  • Do your drinks keep you healthy?
  • Do your drinks cause insomnia?

I am not only talking about that glass of wine - or 2 - you have with supper every night. I am talking about EVERYTHING you drink from the moment you wake up until the time you go to bed.
  • Have you ever thought about what you drink?
  • Do you drink enough?
  • Do you drink too much?
  • Do your drinks contribute to your weight problem?
  • Do your drinks keep you healthy?
  • Do your drinks cause insomnia?

We drink to stay hydrated. We need to consume enough fluid everyday to make sure that our bodies are working as well as they should. Considering that 2 thirds of our body is made up of water, it makes sense that we need to maintain the fluid balance in order to stay healthy.

So, what does your typical day in drinks look like?

I am going to paint a picture. A worst case scenario. Unfortunately, this is something I see often in my practice due to the fact that we tend to forget that our drinks contribute to our nutrition and calorie intake for the day.

Your Day in Drinks

  • 6am - Coffee with milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 7am - A glass of orange juice before running out of the house
  • 8am - Coffee with milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 10am - Cappuccino with 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 12pm - A can of fizzy cola
  • 2pm - Tea with milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3pm - A can of fizzy cola
  • 5pm - A bottle of water
  • 6pm - The first glass of wine
  • 7pm - Another glass of wine
  • 8pm - More wine
  • 10pm - A sip of water when you brush your teeth

If your day looks anything like this, it is time to "rethink your drink".

I think that drinks fill a gap in our day. They give a little comfort and pleasure. They help us to take a break from time to time and relax.

But, drinking what I have described here, also gives you caffeine, sugar and alcohol. The caffeine and sugar give you an artificial boost which leaves you feeling tired again soon afterwards, meaning that you reach for another sugary, caffeine-filled drink. The alcohol may help you to relax initially, but it also reduces your resistance to over eating. Although you may fall asleep more quickly after drinking a couple of glasses of wine (or beer, or whiskey…), your quality of sleep is usually diminished, leaving you feeling tired again the next day, starting the caffeine, sugar, alcohol cycle all over again.

Next week is National Nutrition Week. The theme for this year is:

Rethink your drink - drink water.


So, in next week's article I will revamp your day in drinks!

Cheers!

Wendy Signature

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