Is This Drink Worth It?
Do the beverages you drink add value?
It’s easy to pay less attention to what we’re drinking than to what we’re eating.
It’s also easy to be more conscious of how we exercise, and overlook what we drink.
Yet drinks can be significant. Some drinks can contain a lot of extra calories, or ingredients we don’t need.
Here’s a simple question you can ask yourself before you drink something:
Does this beverage I’m about to consume add value to my body?
- Does it hydrate me?
- Does it replenish nutrients I’ve lost?
- Does it add value to health, and/or recovery?
- After I drink this, will I feel physically good and satisfied?
- After I drink this, will I feel happy and proud about my choice?
If the answer to all of the above is yes, then go ahead and enjoy.
If the answer is no, take a few moments to think about the choice.
- What trade-off are you willing to make? Why?
- What are you saying yes to? What are you saying no to? Why?
- Is there a better choice available? Why is it better?
Don’t be fooled by what the front of the package says.
Even if your beverage label claims it’s exotic superfood hibiscus juice hand-raised by Hawaiian hippies who whisper sweet nothings to the drink to help it grow vitamins.
Yes, even this stuff. Check the labels.
Read the label. Make an informed decision.
Look for things like:
- calories per serving (and what the serving size is—sometimes it’s only part of the bottle or can)
- artificial sweeteners
- sugar (and sneaky terms for sugar, such as “cane juice”, “syrup”, glucose-fructose, etc.)
- flavoring (even if it’s “natural flavor”)
- “from concentrate”
- other stuff you’re not sure you should be eating, like titanium dioxide
Even drinks advertised as “healthy” are typically highly processed, which strips most of their valuable nutrients away.
Unless you actually see someone squeezing an orange or putting an apple into a juicer, there’s probably a big factory between you and the fruit tree.
The calories in drinks adds up. Here’s an example. Even half this intake would add nearly 700 extra calories.
1370 empty calories that you don’t need or want.
It’s your call.
You know your body, goals, choices and priorities better than anyone. You get to decide how to roll. What’s worth it to you? Why?
- “I like a nice glass of wine with dinner. I enjoy the taste and it helps me unwind and connect with my spouse.”
- “No alcohol for me tonight. I have an early morning workout.”
Each of these cases simply prioritizes different values—stress relief, taste, and social connection; or recovery and performance. They’re both equally acceptable in context of those known priorities and tradeoffs.
Build more awareness of your daily choices. Push the edge of your familiar routines.
Before you drink, think.
Ask yourself if what you’re about to consume adds value to your body.
If so, enjoy.
If not, think about it and consider why you’re making that choice.
This isn’t about “good” or “bad”. It’s about learning to pay attention to your decisions. And then making the conscious choice to nourish yourself.
Notice and name.
Notice where this raised awareness or shifted choices messes up your routine. Where do you feel resistance?
Alternatively, where does it feel comfortable and natural? Maybe it’s already easy, and you could just do a bit more. Notice that too.
How satisfied (or not) are you feeling with your drinks? How hungry or full do you feel afterwards?
Be curious to find answers.