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    Paleo eating has been a pinch for me. I've lost over 100 lbs and have kept it off (although I have wavered up and down a bit during on-wagon and off-wagon (cough cough Christmastime) moments.


    The one demon that i have continued to fight is diet soda. I don't smoke. I don't do drugs. I don't even drink alcohol. Besides the diet soda my body is pure as driven snow.

    Water is boring... come on people, don't pretend it isn't. I can totally drink water all day long... but not with a meal. I simply cannot drink water with a meal, I just gotta have something with flavour.

    When I was fat me (300+lbs) I drank my weight in Mt. Dew.
    Then for most of my paleo life I drank Diet Mt. Dew (my one vice, but it has it's consequences, of course.)
    As for the last month and a half I've been on Diet Caffeine Free Mt. Dew.

    I have given up caffeine completely and I am 10000x better for it. Better sleeping habits. Less cravings. Better moods. Less depression. To each his own but to me caffeine was a destructive, addictive drug of pure hell.

    Baby steps, they say...

    That's why I do the caffeine free diet mt. dew... which isn't good in any way shape or form but it's a bridge toward something better. Quitting soda involves a strong addiction to the fake sugar as well as the caffeine. Now that i'm off the caffeine that leaves only one demon to battle.

    If I am ever to rid myself of this demon I must replace it with something. They say nobody can really get ride of addiction, only replace it. I can easily drink water all day long... but I need something with some sort of flavor to have at lunch and dinner.

    So what do you drink...?

    I personally hate lemons and adding a "drop" of something to water isn't adding flavour. I don't drink coffee (decaf or not), and I am extremely lactose intolerant so heavy cream is a total no go. Also I hate alcohol.

    What about Orange juice... like that Simply Orange stuff... is that any good (as is healthy)...
    March 1st 2010: 308lbs | CW: 219lbs / 18.5%BF | New Goal: 16% BF
    Male. 28. 6'4''. Currently working on them muscles and strength!

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  • #2
    I drink alot of Perrier. I like the bubbles!


    • #3
      coconut water, fresh-squeezed orange juice, or almond milk.


      • #4
        Bubbly mineral water with a splash of lemon or lime juice is my drink of choice.

        Also you might try kombucha if you like the fizziness. It could be a good soda substitute.

        Kuddos on getting de-caffienated. That's not easy but definitely worth doing.


        • #5
          I drink about half a gallon of green tea while I'm at work
 - preparing for life's worst while living for the best


          • #6
            I drink a lot of tea (all varieties, depends on my mood) and yerba mate in addition to the water.

            But since you went and got decaffinated (*shakes fist*), I guess that's out of the question.
            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."


            • #7
              Coffee with heavy cream first thing. Then a kefir/fruit/coconut oil smoothie. Then 3 16oz mugs of tea at work. Then 8oz of red wine with dinner and dessert. Sometimes the wine is replaced by hard cider or port.

              On weekends when I'm doing farm work in the sun, I drink bottled water, sun tea, and/or water with lemon or lime slices. Sometimes red wine mixed with seltzer.
              Seven Trees Farm - diversified subsistence farming on 1.25 acres.


              • #8
                I am a beverage whore. I really love all the bad beverages. But for the most part I gave them all up. I love GT's kombucha - damned expensive but really yummy. Also seltzer water with a glug of grape, cranberry, or other juice is really good too. Sometimes I buy fizzy apple juice, the Orenciata Pelligrino which is awesome but pretty sweet, the mango coconut water or Odwalla orange juice.

                But really, mostly I drink water. Once you clear the other stuff out, water is fine when you are thirsty.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )



                • #9
                  Kombucha rocks.

                  Flavored seltzer, sweetened with liquid stevia.

                  I've recently become addicted to Sobe LifeWater Zero. :-/


                  • #10
                    I never developed a taste for either regular or diet soda, so fortunately that's one craving I don't have to worry about. Every day I drink:

                    -two-four shots of espresso with a bit of half and half (I have a Nespresso machine that enables this - I LOVE it)
                    -at least one large (16 oz) cup of brewed coffee, often more
                    -plain water
                    -sparkling water when I want something fizzy
                    -VERY occasionally a microbrew

                    I never liked wine or tea, so don't drink them.

                    I used to really love Kombucha, got out of the habit of drinking those, may have to give that another shot ...
                    "For the great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic ... we enjoy the comfort of opinions without the discomfort of thought."
                    ---John F. Kennedy


                    • #11
                      I don't do it much anymore as I am in need of a new slow cooker ... but I used to chop up ginger root and throw it in the slow cooker for a day with perhaps a stick of cinnamon.
                      Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally.


                      • #12
                        Kombucha, tea, water kefir, coconut water. Don't think you don't like one until you try lots of flavors, styles, etc. Making your own is sooo much cheaper too!

                        My favorites:
                        Kombucha - hibiscus, lemon ginger
                        Tea - most oolongs, kukicha green (though I enjoy so many more), chai
                        Water kefir - lemon
                        Coconut water - Amy and Brian's

                        You can get a kombucha scoby and kefir grains, plus instructions at Cultures for Health: Yogurt Starter, Sourdough Starter, Kombucha, Kefir Grains, Cheese Making and more | Supplies for a Real Food Lifestyle. Regarding tea, you would probably prefer black tea for stronger flavor. It does have caffeine but the amount depends on the type. Golden Needles has less than something like Earl Grey (not one I like.)


                        • #13
                          Water works for me 90% of the time...but I love my red wine and an occasional nip of islay scotch.
                          Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                          • #14
                            Fresh squeezed bacon.

                            Seriously I would.

                            Have you tried almond milk- the new half coconut half almond unsweetened one? Yum! I like unsweetened vanilla almond as well.


                            • #15
                              Flavor Cubes~ | foodfantabulous

                              easy to make fresh fruit 'flavor' cubes and natural fruit water! I use any and every fruit to make the cubes then I make flavored waters in a giant gallon jar to pour over the cubes! The fruit 'juice' last for a few days. right now we have strawberry-pineapple in the fridge.