My personal beverage plan is changing to better choices, rather quickly. Based on another member's post in Pop's original YAWYE thread regarding carbonated beverages, and my own regular 3 - 4 (sometimes more) serving per day intake of said culprit to bone health, I decided to research more on that subject as well as some alternatives. I also was curious about coffee, processed sugars, and teas while checking into some other options to replace my 18-cup per work day habit of weaker/milder brewed coffee.
Coffee isn't soo bad, as the Harvard page below reads, and may be beneficial towards reducing risks for diabetes, among other things...some things here that I never, nor cared to find out about back in the days when I didn't care what I ate or drank (not that long ago).
I haven't read this one yet, but will as soon I post this thread:
On the brighter side of things for my personal plan, I will continue with some coffee, but not as much (maybe 50% for now, then reduce more later), and suppliment my coffee with black tea in the morning, decaf green tea for mid-day/early afternoon, then white tea for late afternoon/evening. The variety of the three varients of tea gives a somewhat broader range of the beneficial effects while giving a varied flavor to enjoy throughout the day. Also, I can drastically reduce my caffiene intake over the last 8 hours of wake time...should be a snap. Right now, for hot or iced brewing tea, all we have in the house is black tea, but I'm ordering some more black, and of course the green decaf and white, which is naturally very low in caffeine. EDIT: found some contradictory info to the caffiene content in white tea...see the link attached to post #5.
Oh, and to eliminated another of my biggest culprits, being processed sugar, I'll no longer use sugar in my coffee but will opt for splenda instead, at least for now...started this already a couple days ago and I felt my hunger changing within just 2 days at work. I actually wanted to eat in the middle of the day because I'm not living on sugar anymore. This should reduce my risk for type 2 diabetes by an enormous amount, as I'll no longer be pumping my arteries full of sugar. Maybe my pancrease is still salvagable? Hope so...fingers crossed, anyway.
No more binge chocolate or candy eating, even though one of my favorites, dark chocolate, has antioxidants. I'll break out a bag of chocolate candy and put away 3 - 4K in calories in just one night. Or, another favorite (not quite as much sugar, but...) 1/2 - 3/4lb of twizzlers. I probably do this about 3 times per month, on average. No, I don't have a weight problem, it's the blood sugar spikes I'm worried about. The processed sugars are becoming highly suspect of some of my symptoms, as I'm feeling a bit like pre-diabetic more and more, now that I understand what I've been doing to myself is really is leading to. So, more regular meals, little to no junk food (especially sugar), no sugared or carbonated beverages. Fresh fruit or even a peanut butter sandwich for a late-night snack has held me over nicely and kept me away from the sweets, including the various (fake, preserved and somewhat un-appetizing) ice creams and other confections. So, yeah, kicking the sweets out of my life...may not be the easiest part, but the part with the most impact on my health.
On the subject of caffiene, I'll slowly work into the low-no caffiene beverages in the mid-afternoon/evening...should make for easier night's sleep, or more to the point, being able to fall asleep without tossing and turning for hours.
I know there are other changes I can make to eat healthier as well, but my historical choices for beverages appear to have been very bad for overall health. Being a change to better choices for beverages will have the largest impact on my health at this point, that's what my main goals will be for now. Eating a bit more of the healthier foods will come soon as well, but I want to make the most impact I can on my health ASAP, and that would be change of beverages. I cut way back on sodas a couple days ago and only had one tonight...the last one in a 12-pk...I instructed my wife not to buy me anymore when she's out and about, so they're done tearing me apart, for good.
BTW, I stopped all alcohol consumption 2 - 1/2 years ago, so that's all behind me now, and I don't regret one minute of going dry.
Moderation with all things, again being the main key, but for me at this stage, I feel a more drastic approach is order. Out with the bad, in with the good. My food intake needs some improvement, but is not as huge of a health factor right now...I'll work into that more, very soon.
So, that's a bit more of my story and where I'm taking it from here.
Now, I have to ask you all this question: is everyone else happy with what you drink, or could you do better? No saying you have to go with a bunch of tea like I'm opting for, but is there something you'd be better off without (like my sugar habit/carbonated soda) and replacing with something that has just a bit more health-provoking properties and still tastes good to you, too?
Off my soap-box now...your turn!
EDIT: just found this on caffiene contents of common beverages, effects and recommended consumption, etc: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/AN01211
Edited by forluvofsmoke - 11/20/11 at 3:00pm