Happy Monday friends! Just finished up a work stretch and I’m off until Friday! Overnight, one of the wonderful float nurses commented that she noticed our unit by far eats the best out of any unit she has floated to. I was SO happy to hear this positive feedback. Healthy eating can become the cultural norm at work, do your part to make work a healthy place 🙂
A recent thought that has been running through my head for blog posts is: Amy, go back to the basics. There are many healthy fixes people can make before they are ready to a full blown lifestyle change. In the fitness industry, we can have a tendency to get 10 steps ahead of ourselves and the client. Small changes can start really great momentum toward a healthier lifestyle.
America’s addiction to sugary drinks is real.
This one hits close to home as my dad + my father-in-law have a love for soda. I’m also always working on my husband, who recently purchased Capri Suns (for real Drew?) 😉
My dad’s soda addiction is so bad, that I recently had a 1 person intervention with him. Lord help me change his ways! He currently drinks about 2-4/day (per his report) and I talked to him about weening down. I did tell him I was going to write this blog, so it’s not a secret + he thought it was a great idea…I think he knows a lot of people are in the same boat! In the past, when he has cut soda out completely he has lost 10 pounds just from that 1 change.
A lot of the articles that I’ve been reading about heart disease have been pointing to sugar as a major culprit. Read this. My dad + father-in-law have had heart issues already. This is one reason it is very hard for me to sit on the sidelines and watch them guzzle them down + eat McDonald’s (another subject, but please don’t). Truly, in my heart I just want them (+everyone) to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. I wish I could just manage their diets for them, but that is just not possible. The best I can do is give them the information, have frank conversations with them, and lead by example.
Soda + sugar are addicting, that’s for sure. It won’t be easy to give up your soda, fruit juice, caramel macchiatos, energy drinks, etc…but, cutting back will improve your health.
Check out this Harvard School of Public Health article about sugary drinks.
A few take away messages from the article:
People do not feel full after consuming sugary drinks (as most do not compensate for the extra calories by eating less food).
These drinks are a major contributor to the obesity epidemic.
Fruit juice is NOT a better option.
Most soda has as much or more sugar than cookies people think of soda as a beverage and cookies as dessert.
The best drink is water!
If you need to spice is up you can add lemon, kiwi, or any other fresh fruit. Drinks that also fall into the “green” category according to the article are sparkling water, tea, and coffee (keep in mind this means black coffee, not your favorite Starbucks drink).
One of my best strategies is to simply not ever have it in the house! If you don’t have it, you won’t turn to it in a weak moment. I save my Starbucks trips for the weekend or vacation.
I do my best to avoid sugary drinks altogether. I drink plenty of water, sparkling water, and Spark. If you are looking to swap out your favorite, sugary caffeinated beverage…Spark could be a good option. Why Spark? It’s sugar free and contains caffeine, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to boost your energy level. Here is a full blog about it, and here is where to order. Mango strawberry is my very favorite, followed by Grape….yum!
I gave my dad a couple samples of Spark to see if he liked it. I’ll have to report back about that 🙂
What are your go to drinks?
I hope your week is starting on a positive note!