When I go to a restaurant with my family, I usually order water with lemon. There are several reasons why I do this. The #1 reason I order water is because it’s the healthiest choice. The lemon gives me a little ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) which is a great antioxidant (needed even more for runners). The best fluid to drink to rehydrate your body is water (sometimes I add some drops of pure elete electrolytes- no sugar – www.eletewater.com). On occasion I may order a milk or strawberry lemonade, but for the most part I don’t like to drink my calories and most drinks are empty calories with little nutritional value. Sure you can get 100% juices, and milk provides good nutrients but it’s still a lot of calories and not worth the money to me. It seems crazy to me to pay $1-4 for a drink I could buy at the store for less and get more. (Don’t we all work hard enough for our cash?) And even if they offer free refills (like most restaurants do with soda pop ‘cause it’s cheap) this would just cause me to drink more empty calories than I really need anyway because it tastes good. Working in the weight-loss field for so long I have noticed huge health gains and weight loss for those people that are willing to cut out all soda pop and excessive empty-calorie liquid consumption. It’s sad to see small children that consume excessive amounts of soda pop and caffeinated beverages. We as parents need to be better health advocates for ourselves and our children. So the next time you go out to eat, choose a healthy low-calorie meal and order water with lemon.
Live Well & Stay Healthy,
Coach Lora Erickson is a competitive runner and nationally ranked triathlete with over 26 years of athletic experience. As one of Colorado’s top distance runners, she was recruited to Utah State University where she ran on scholarship and was honored as an all-conference runner graduating with a degree in Health Education with dual minors in Nutrition & Chemistry. She is the owner of Blonde Runner Health LLC in Bountiful, Utah where she currently resides with her husband and four children. Lora has a true passion for health promotion, her enthusiasm is contagious. Coach Lora works with individuals as well as offering group/team training programs and various community classes. To learn more visit www.BlondeRunner.com or contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.