Best Sugar-Free Drinks

Often when people are looking to lose weight it is easier to start with something small. One of the easiest small steps you can take is to eliminate sugary drinks like sodas, juice and sweet tea.  Several years ago before I even started my Keto lifestyle, I gave up sodas. As a bonus, I quickly dropped about 10 pounds. But more importantly, I felt much better overall. I had a lot more clarity. It seems that the added sugar in many drinks was giving me brain fog. So if you feel the same, you might want to eliminate sugary drinks.

But then there is always the question, What do I drink if I don’t want to eat sugar? If you think all you will be drinking is water, you are wrong. There are lots of refreshing drinks that don’t contain any sugar.

Here is my list of The Best Sugar-Free Drinks

First, of course, the healthiest drink of all:  Water

Water is very good for you because it keeps you hydrated. When your body is fully hydrated, you are much less likely to get headaches. Water helps to prevent constipation. But I love water because it plays a huge role in helping people maintain a healthy weight. When you drink water, it helps to get your metabolism going so with the help of a healthy low carb diet, you will turn into a fat burning machine! Water also you feel full so you are less lightly to overeat or binge. But, the most important thing water does is it helps to clean your body of toxins and it is great for a clear complexion. Water makes you beautiful!

It is important to drink pure water. I never drink plain old tap water. Instead, I choose natural spring water or filtered water. You can install a good water filter like this Pur Water Filter. A good water filter can help eliminate the chance of getting any kind of stomach or gastrointestinal disease. You get to avoid some of the chemicals that may be added. Plus it makes your water taste better.

If you are like me and have a difficult time drinking plain water, you may want to try adding some Stevia Water Enhancers also known as water drops. I love them because they taste delicious and come in a variety of colors. It just seems to give water an extra little kick.

Lately, I have been drinking a lot of soda water because I enjoy the fizz. It reminds me of soda. I always get the lemon-lime flavor or simply add a slice of lime to my drink. Soda water is especially refreshing in the summer. It reminds me of drinking Sprite although this is a lot healthier since it is sugar-free.

Many people enjoy drinking infused water. I’ve never really done this as I don’t normally have fruit in my kitchen. But I wanted to mention it because it may be helpful to those of you who like a variety of sugar-free things to drink.

To make infused water, you can simply use an infuser water bottle or an infuser pitcher to get fruit flavored water. All you do is add your favorite fruit to the infuser and then fill the pitcher or bottle up with water. I recommend the OMORC 32 OZ Sport Fruit Infuser Water Bottle because it is a good size, is easy to grip and comes with some recipes to get you started with infusing.

Actually, I would say this is low sugar, not no sugar. Because since you use real fruit, you may get some of the natural sugars, however, this is way better than the processed white stuff!

Hot Lemon Water is an amazing drink which is good for your digestive system. It is a natural diuretic as well. Lemon water is very soothing to drink first thing in the morning. Plus it is good for your liver. It also gives your body a good dose of vitamin C. And of course, hot lemon water can help with weight loss.

My favorite Morning Drink – Coffee

I love coffee. There is nothing more enjoyable to me, first thing in the morning than a nice hot cup of coffee. I love it! I like to add a little bit of butter or heavy cream. A lot of people who live a Keto lifestyle like to drink bullet proof coffee. You can actually make your own bulletproof coffee. This is when you add fat like coconut oil or mct oil to give you some extra fat. This keeps you satiated all day long.

More importantly, coffee is full of antioxidents and vitamins. Yes, coffee is good for you. It is best to go for the organic because it will not have any pestisides or dangerous chemicals that may be in regular coffee.

Let’s not forget iced coffee. This is a favorite of mine in the summer when it is hot. I go for the decafenated coffee and enjoy every drop. Sometimes I like to ad a cinnimon stick for an extra kick.

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Coffee also helps to keep me regular. Not to be gross, but I have found that I have a bowel movement shortly after I have a cup of coffee. It almost seems as if coffee makes me poop. I was curious about it and I discovered that this is the case with many people. I was curious about this and I found an interesting article called, Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop? You may find it interesting.

Tea

I saved my favorite for last. I love tea. I drink hot tea all day during the cool months and I enjoy iced tea during the hot months. The thing that is great about tea is that the flavors and kinds of tea are endless. And there are many different ways to make tea. I had such a huge collection of teas that my boyfriend got me a tea box organizer chest to organize all of my different kinds of teas.

My favorite teas are black tea blends, green tea and herbal teas. These all have powerful antioxidents which help you fight of sickness. But to me, they just taste amazing. I love all kinds of teas. Most black teas I like to add cream and a bit of stevia. My green teas I add lemone and the herbal teas, I just sip them the way they are. The flavores of tea are endless.

Hopefully, I gave you some ideas of the best sugar free drinks you can enjoy while living the low carb lifestyle. What about you. What is your favorite low carb drink?

Does coffee make you poop?

Stevia Water Enhancers

Do you drink enough water? Most of us don’t. I know I never did. I might sound a bit weird, but I genuinely don’t like the taste of water and for that reason, I have a difficult time getting in enough. And water is important for keeping your body healthy and hydrated. Drinking water helps to cleans your system and it helps keep your breath fresh as well.

So recently I have started a few strategies to help me drink more water. For one thing, I drink hot lemon water as a way of cleansing my system.

Drinking water can also help to support your weight loss and dietary efforts.

Recently, I have started adding water enhancers to my water.   All I need to do is add a few squirts and I get a wonderful fruity flavor. Now I drink more water than ever before.

I also would like to mention, if you want the best quality drink it is best to use fresh spring water or filtered water and you will be less likely to be drinking any unwanted chemicals.

Stevia Water Enhancers

When choosing a water enhancer, I choose the ones that don’t contain sugar or artificial sweeteners. I try to be as natural as possible and that is why I endorse products that contain stevia which is a natural product. I like that I get to control the flavor. The more drops I add to water, the more intense the flavor is. Just add so ice and you have the perfect way to hydrate on a hot summer day.

A stevia-based water enhancer, like Sweet Leaf, is also beneficial to a diabetic who is trying to avoid sugar and not raise his or her insulin levels.

Sweet Leaf Water Drops

Sweet Leaf Water Drops comes in a large variety of flavors. My favorite is Peach Mango but they also have raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Lime, and Strawberry Kiwi. These water enhancers are a great way to refresh any glass of water without adding unwanted sugar or dies and food colorings. It is keto friendly so it helps satisfy a sweet tooth without giving you the added calories and sugar.

When using these drops, a little goes a long way. You will only need a few drops. And if you really want a special treat, try adding a few drops to sparkling water. It almost tastes like sprite except you don’t get all of the chemicals. This is a great option if your kids like sodas. They will be happy and you will appreciate the fact that you are helping them to be healthy.

I also like to add Sweet Drops to my hot beverages as well. The caramels drops taste great in a cup of hot vanilla tea or sometimes I’ll add the coconut or chocolate flavored drops to my morning bulletproof coffee. Sometimes the extra little kick is nice.

 

 

 

 

 

Why I Use A Pur Water Filter

We use a Pur water filter on our faucet as a way of protecting ourselves from any dirt particles, chlorine or contaminants that may be in ordinary tap water. It sort of goes without saying for us that clean water is important to our body.

I love the Stainless Steel Water Filter because it is really pleasing to the eye and it does the job. The stainless steel look is very classy. The purified water tastes and smells better and I have the piece of mind that it is clean.

The filters last for a long time and are really easy to replace. You can even order them in bulk so you always have some on hand.

Some of the benefits of filtered water, outside of health, is that you get to save a lot of money in the long run. Using a Water filter can save thousand over time compared to buying bottled water.

Plus you no longer have to lug in all that bottled water from the grocer. Bottled water is also better for the environment. It is really sad the way plastic bottles seem to be everywhere messing up the environment. I hate seeing plastic bottles on the bank of the river bank when we go out boating. It is really sad. I try to collect as many as I can.

The bottom line is filtered water is better!

PUR CR-6000 7-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher

Some people prefer a countertop filter and others prefer a water filtration pitcher. We actually use both. Why not double up?!

I like the convenience of a countertop filter because with a click of a switch I can have clean pure water.

But I also like to have nice refreshing cold water from the fridge so I have a pur water filter pitcher in my refrigerator ready to drink. This works the same as the countertop one but it is in the pitcher form. To use it all you do is run tap water into the pitcher and it will automatically filter it.