After the gym today, I stopped by Kroger this afternoon to pick up a few things, like chicken for the rest of the week and some avocados, and while on my way to checkout, I stopped to look at the different protein bars (which annoyingly, most still have horrible macros). Anyway, a heavy set man entered the aisle and asked for my advice on a few things- which is a large reason as to why I am writing this post.
He said he has recently became a diabetic and that he is trying to eat healthy and has been drinking a lot of cranberry juice, because he heard it’s so good for you. He then asked me what I thought about cranberry juice and what I typically drink. I told him that I don’t frequently drink juices, because they’re so high in sugar; even though it’s natural sugar, it’s still sugar that I don’t need. I just drink water.
Well, he didn’t seem too happy with my response; he didn’t want to accept it and make the change.
I get it. Water isn’t the most exciting thing to drink, but it’s essential, and cutting out soda, sweet tea and other high-sugary drinks is a great way to start. Yes, it’s really hard to cut back at first when you are so used to drinking them on a daily basis. I used to drink sweet tea like it was water. I was addicted to that stuff, let me tell you. I’d get it from Chick-fil-a all the time and buy a whole gallon of sweet tea from Walmart to keep in my dorm and end up drinking it all within a few days.
So what’s my point?
My point is this; yes, fruits and (some) juices are great. Fruits have an abundance of vitamins that our bodies need. However, many juices are filled with preservatives and/or other unnatural components, so you are better off just eating a fruit or making juice yourself. But if you’re over doing it and drinking a whole jug of juice in a day (like the man told me he was), or eating 5 oranges within a day, that is too much- too much sugar.
So, drink lots of water, and have some fruit in a reasonable manner. 🙂