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Hack my drinking problem! (Non-Alcoholic) Low Carb Drink Ideas

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Paleo for almost a year, I have been doing keto for the past month and lost a nice bit of weight without any muscle. I have hit a plateau, been having a problem getting into/staying into ketosis and need a little bit of help.

I intake very little carbs. Usually under 20g/day from food... but I tend to drink about 50g in various beverages over the day. I feel great, always full of energy, never sick, but I have had a problem for a while where I am most of the time very much not fond of the taste of water.

I try to hardly ever drink anything with fluoride in it or chlorine and have tried various bottled waters, treated well and spring waters. I can usually drink two glasses a day happily without forcing unless I am working out, then I can drink more. No matter how much water I drink I usually still feel thirsty sometimes and I crave sweet beverages.

I have tried different teas, I have drank a lot of Matcha and other green teas unsweetened, but that doesn't "do it for me". Also tried adding just lemon/lime juice, not a fan of that either. I currently only drink water and Santa Cruz Lemonades:

http://www.santacruzorganic.com/products/lemonades

As you can see there is 24-25g carbohydrates per serving. I usually drink 2 servings a day. I don't need much flavor, I usually add a half bottle to a gallon of water and that works fine, besides the fact that it adds all that sugar to my diet. Again, most teas don't do it for me and I won't go near anything with nasty additives.

So, any suggestions for nice, low carb drinks?

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yes, but I only would drink kombucha at a pint every day or two. I am looking to get 1-2 gal of water per day.

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Also, funny thing is that I hardly ever have any sweet cravings. I never crave any dessert, candy, ect. Just it is hard for me to drink a lot of water without spiking it a little.

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Thanks, a lot of good info, but I have had this problem even when I used to be a carb loving fool! I thought I had a problem but got tests/blood work done and they said I was in great health. I haven't got ketostix and don't know my "carb threshold" but I am trying to stay around 20-30g/day. Also I am switching to CKD again sometime next week, that includes refeeds.

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on July 12, 2013
at 04:40 AM

The orange juice is fresh squeezed, and since it's MA- cranberries are our state fruit. We have local cranberry juice from a place called Calef's. http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/cranberry-juice-unsweetened That's for a whole cup = 30 grams of carbs. MAX 1/2 cup for 2 glasses of cranberry juice, and it's less than 15 grams carbs! Good luck!

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on July 12, 2013
at 04:30 AM

Would you mind sharing the brand you used? I have tried this and pomegranate juice before, but when trying to drink 1-2 gallons per day it is hard not to exceed my carb intake goals. Thanks!

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on July 26, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Zevia is a brand of soft drinks sweetened with stevia. No carbs, no calories. Some of them are awesome, especially the root beer one mixed with coconut or almond milk- it makes a sort of float/cream soda drink.

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on July 26, 2013
at 10:00 PM

Look up Bulletproof Coffee. It is tasty, filling, almost 0 carb, and specifically designed to facilitate ketosis. Plus it is guaranteed to horrify regular people who see you making it!

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on July 26, 2013
at 11:27 PM

Iced chai does it for me. Buy in bulk, steep in bulk.

It is iced tea, but the flavor is more about the clove, cinnamon, ginger and whatnot that is mixed in with the tea. If you want something more 'sweet,' I find Earl Grey tea-- hot or cold-- with vanilla extract and half-and-half really hits the spot. Tastes like a sweeter beverage, but actually doesn't have significant added sugar in it at all.

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on July 12, 2013
at 04:53 PM

For me drinking stuff other than water was a habit like watching late night TV. It was really hard to teach my body that I don't need it, but worth it in the long run.

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on July 12, 2013
at 04:14 PM

How about kombucha? It's easy to make your own by propagating the mother in a bottle of kombucha with live culture and you can flavor it how you like. It can't be the only beverage you consume all day, but being able to have a daily glass of kombucha may satisfy your cravings for a carbonated beverage and give you some great probiotics at the same time.

Water kefir is another option but you have to buy the specialized kefir grains.

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yes, but I only would drink kombucha at a pint every day or two. I am looking to get 1-2 gal of water per day.

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:39 PM

Honestly, I think the reasons your body is rejecting water in favor of a sugary drink is your lack of dietary carbs.

Carbs are not bad, some people need to remain low to very-low for insulin resistance and metabolic derangement purposes. But many (most?) people do not.

You didn't indicate your level of exercise, but I am going to assume that you are lifting a few times per week. If you are, then your body wants carbs. By not providing your body with clean, whole food sources of carbs it finds cheap, crappy forms (like the 25g of sugar in that lemonade).

I would suggest that if you upped your dietary carbs in the form of whole foods (roots, tubers, starchy vegetables), your cravings for the lemonade would start to fade and other drinks would be more palatable.

That being said, sugar is addictive, so there maybe a mental addiction that you need to break as well.

Ok, off the soap-box. One thing that you may want to try is to brew your own lemonade, or add some citrus juice to a home brewed iced tea. You will get some sugar, but they will be from the fruit with the fiber (vs removed like the brand you are buying). This could be a good transition path to getting a pallet for tea while weening off the sugar.

One a side note, I am in the midst of a high-carb ketosis experiment. I have been able to remain in deep keotsis for 4 consecutive days a week while consuming 75g of carbs a day. I am starting to think that ketosis is more about metabolic flexibility and quality of carbohydrates than it is about crabohydrate consumption. Certainly there is an upper limit to carb intake, but I think it is much higher than we currently believe.

F00050d678de2dc749a86b4d3f2ffc0c

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:44 PM

Thanks, a lot of good info, but I have had this problem even when I used to be a carb loving fool! I thought I had a problem but got tests/blood work done and they said I was in great health. I haven't got ketostix and don't know my "carb threshold" but I am trying to stay around 20-30g/day. Also I am switching to CKD again sometime next week, that includes refeeds.

F00050d678de2dc749a86b4d3f2ffc0c

(321)

on July 12, 2013
at 05:46 PM

Also, funny thing is that I hardly ever have any sweet cravings. I never crave any dessert, candy, ect. Just it is hard for me to drink a lot of water without spiking it a little.

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7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 12, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Ohh! I was a diet coke addict and weaned off of it using seltzer water with about 1-2 tablespoons of cranberry juice (and maybe a little fresh squeezed orange juice!). Tastes great, and you can adjust the juice to be lighter and lighter until you're only drinking seltzer. Now I only drink water.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 12, 2013
at 04:40 AM

The orange juice is fresh squeezed, and since it's MA- cranberries are our state fruit. We have local cranberry juice from a place called Calef's. http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/cranberry-juice-unsweetened That's for a whole cup = 30 grams of carbs. MAX 1/2 cup for 2 glasses of cranberry juice, and it's less than 15 grams carbs! Good luck!

F00050d678de2dc749a86b4d3f2ffc0c

(321)

on July 12, 2013
at 04:30 AM

Would you mind sharing the brand you used? I have tried this and pomegranate juice before, but when trying to drink 1-2 gallons per day it is hard not to exceed my carb intake goals. Thanks!

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