It’s the sixth week of Cassie’s Challenges and this week we are removing unnecessary drinks. Are you up for the challenge?
How did we all go drinking more water last week? After reading your comments it seems like not drinking enough water is a rather common problem. I hope that the challenge got you thinking about it more and that the 7 simple ways to drink more water post helped give you some ideas on how to keep hydrated going forward!
We are going to use what we learnt last week and go further by sticking to drinking mostly water for this week’s challenge. I’d say only drink water but then I feel I’d have a mutiny on my hands from those who live for that cup of coffee every morning!
WEEK 6 – REMOVE UNNECESSARY DRINKS FOR ONE WEEK
What are unnecessary drinks? They are drinks that add very little to no nutritional value to your diet and are taking up caloric space that should be replaced with good and nourishing food. I’m sure you’ve all heard the expression don’t drink your calories. And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you just how many teaspoons of sugar you’ll find in a can of soft drink or bottle of fruit juice!
As for sugar-free or artificially sweetened drinks, even without any calories they may still be doing your body damage and can cause lasting health issues. I used to drink a ridiculous amount of soft drinks. These days, I’ll enjoy about 5 cans of Pepsi Max or Diet Coke a week but this is something I’m actively cutting back on. I try to eat so many whole foods and reduce processed foods in my diet that I feel like I’m doing myself a disservice by continuing to drink these drinks, even on occasion. This week’s challenge is the perfect opportunity to try and ditch them for good and believe me, it won’t be a walk in the park for me either! I anticipate struggle but I know I will feel all the better for it.
This week there’s a list of drinks that we are going to eliminate for this week. These include:
- Soft drinks (including sugar free)
- Fruit juices
- Energy drinks
- Iced Coffee
- Iced Teas or Sweet Teas
And we are going to focus on reducing our consumption of:
I stopped drinking coffee a year ago for no other reason than I started to hate the taste and now I can’t get back into it. I’ve also stopped drinking alcohol because it makes me sick from even the slightest amounts. I have, however, drunk both in the past regularly so I understand that whilst they can be difficult to drop completely from your diet. And from a health perspective it may not even be necessary to eliminate completely. Studies have shown that people who drink coffee regularly have a lower risk of stroke and can also help you live longer. There’s also studies that have shown that moderate drinking can have protective benefits for the heart, lower risk of stroke and reduce susceptibility to a cold, among other things.
Most of the problems that are associated with coffee or alcohol consumption are when they are consumed in excess. If you are someone who tends to over consume these drinks, why not use this week’s challenge to try cutting your consumption by half as a starting point? It might also be worth checking with your doctor how much you should be consuming, as your personal situation may require different consumption levels to the government health recommendations.
I also want to point out that green smoothies or the like are not included in this week’s challenge, so consume as you normally would.
As always, I will be tracking my progress on Instagram and Facebook throughout the week if you want to follow along. I’d also love to hear how you are finding the challenges and if you’ve had any flow on effects of lasting change in your habits. I found that from the previous challenges I’m now much more conscious of my vegetable intake and I’ve adopted a permanent Meatless Monday. I’ll have to keep you posted on the lasting effects of my increased water intake! Also let me know if you are going to join in this week. As I mentioned early, I am anticipating that I will struggle with this week’s challenge, so I’d love to hear from anyone else who’s up for a challenge and we can struggle together 🙂
And if you are new to this whole Cassie’s Challenges thing and think you might just want to have a sticky beak at what other challenge’s we’ve been doing (or want to complete a challenge yourself, which you can do at any time!), here’s the previous week’s: