I was majorly addicted to sugar, dairy and carbs when I started the Whole30 program! I would drink a ton of diet soda, regular soda, specialty fruit drinks like Izze’s from Whole Foods that were packed with fake sugar and real sugar. This would give me a temporary pleasure but now I see, after 5 days, 8 pounds lost, that my insulin levels and weight gain were mainly due to the drinks I was drinking. I didn’t really eat much but was just drinking the wrong things!
So grateful for the Whole30 diet, and wanted to share the allowed and permitted drinks to drink while changing your diet over the next 30 days.
- Black Coffee
Guys, I am a HUGE coffee fan and surprisingly never drank coffee prior to having children. Now that I have two twin boys that are 4 and working full time, my coffee is my saving grace! I used to go to Starbucks and get the fancy pumpkin spiced coffee or the caramel macchiato coffee, and they were just packed with dairy and sugar. No bueno for my overall weight and well being. Although I was getting a temporary rush, my highs and lows during the day were super rough. The black coffee without milk and sugar or heavy creamer really is a BIG change from what I was doing before. Happy that I am still able to have caffeine in this manner as I love coffee!
2. Infused Water
Sweetness here is the best! It is naturally flavored with the orange and with a little ice and fresh water, this will hydrate me all day. I just keep adding ice and water throughout the day as I drink each glass and it is stellar. I would suggest either filling up a water bottle if you have one or even getting a straw in a paper cup to chug this down.
3. Green Tea
There are so many good benefits to green tea that have been explained in many different books and articles here on the web. I would suggest that if you are in the mood for an energy boost and are not satisfied with a coffee, try green tea instead. It has bioactive compounds that are good for the brain and body, increasing physical and mental performance as well. It also has been known to help prevent cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, diabetes, Parkinson’s, obesity AND overall extends your lifespan. Especially now that I have children it is important to me to make sure that I take care of myself even better than before as I want to see them grow old too, graduate school, marry, grandchildren, etc.
4. Coconut water
Living in Los Angeles now, when me and my family go to the beach on the weekends and drive on the PCH, there is this truck that offers coconut water right from the coconut with a straw just like in this picture! We try and stop there often, but if you do not have access to fresh coconuts at your local grocery then I would make sure you read the ingredients on the back of any coconut water bottle to make sure there is no added sugar as this would set you back all to day 1 of the Whole30 diet again.
OK so I haven’t tried LaCroix Seltzer yet myself, but my sister in DC loves this brand and swears by it! Since no alcohol is allowed during the 30 days, this with ice is a great alternative to it! There are many other brands that are compliant, along with Canada Dry and the no-name brand you may have in your supermarket.
HAPPY DRINKING! 🙂 🙂 🙂