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What are your favorite paleo drinks? Anyone use soda stream or products like that?

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Created January 10, 2013 at 12:54 PM

I have been fairly well committed to Paleo since mid November, but I wasn't feeling as awesome as it sounded like I could whenever I read the blogs that inspired me. I FINALLY cut out artificially sweetened drinks and BANG, that was the problem. It was tough to give them up, I've never smoked but I would say, being honest, it was similar to what many ex-smokers have described. I drank them in a ridiculous amount, I should have known they were the culprit but I was probably in denial. My question, though, is what do you guys drink? I can drink lemon and water all day, but for some reason, after dinner, the crystal light cravings hit me hard. Last night, I had sparkling mineral water, that helped, but it's not cheap. I was wondering if anyone in the Paleo community has tried the soda stream concept and, if you have, do you like it? Are they Paleo approved, by the way?

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

That's a great idea with the fruit! I am going to do this now, we have the BEST oranges in the fridge....also a great way to use up my stock pile of frozen strawberries/blueberries/blackberries that I amass during the summer....fruit flavored ice cubes!

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at 06:07 PM

That's interesting. I wondered about that as I often make dinner my smallest meal (don't want a restless night of sleep if belly is digesting too much). I might try the avocado or even some eggs as a bedtime snack.

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Yes, maybe it's actually steps 1, 2 and 4 that are the optional ones.

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http://www.findaspring.com/? Well Water?

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Yeah, this is the same recipe I use for my morning breakfast, I usually repeat step three a few times though!

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collect rain water?

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Free? In what municipality?

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on January 10, 2013
at 03:36 PM

We got a Sodastream. Stay AWAY from their flavorings--they are vile tasting and full of non-paleo ingredients.

But it's great for and endless source of carbonated water to which we add our own flavorings like a squeeze of lemon, lime, or orange or you can make your own fruit syrups. I made a tasty cranberry syrup by boiling down mashed berries and its a refreshing tart drink with carbonated water made in the Sodastream.

We were buying half a dozen or more bottles of carbonated water with fruit flavoring every week before, so it's a definite win win for our budget and the environment.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:48 PM

The main part of my daily liquid intake comes from pure, plain tap water. Then I'll have 1-2 glasses of a cocoa drink ocassionally ( I just mix 2 tsp of organic cocoa powder, maple syrup/honey to taste (I use 1 tsp per glass) and boiling water together). A few cups of green tea per week are also very great & refreshing.

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:52 PM

  1. Squeeze an entire small lime into a pint glass
  2. Fill the glass the rest of the way with chilled soda water
  3. Add a shot or two of pure agave tequila (optional)
  4. Stir and enjoy

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:24 PM

Yeah, this is the same recipe I use for my morning breakfast, I usually repeat step three a few times though!

Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

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on January 10, 2013
at 04:24 PM

Yes, maybe it's actually steps 1, 2 and 4 that are the optional ones.

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:23 PM

I got a soda stream for Christmas. Agree about the flavoring...they are gross! But I love a good squirt of lemon juice. My other fall back is Kombucha. Thinking about brewing my own!

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Bullet Proof Hot Cocoa variation:

1 cup of coconut milk 2 tbsp of coconut oil 2 tbsp of kerrygold grass fed butter (unsalted) 1 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder

+

Heat

= Yum!

Its high in calories though, so I used it more as a meal replacement. When I do want to use it in the beverage with a meal, I only use 1 tbsp of coconut oil and skip out on the butter.

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on January 10, 2013
at 07:18 PM

Yerba Mate! Google it if you have never tried it!

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on January 10, 2013
at 06:31 PM

I completely understand your situation! I used to drink tons of coke zero, crystal light drinks, etc. And it made water seem really boring and tasteless when I switched.

Tea helps me a lot. There are so many different flavors that you can keep experimenting til you find something you like. In the mornings, especially, I do hot tea now that it's winter, and that helps mix things up for me. Some fresh lemon in there is also great.

Another thing I did was just choose my favorite fruit (like oranges), slice a few up up, and soak them in a pitcher of water in the fridge for a day or two. I don't recommend squeezing the oranges in there (as we don't want to get too crazy with fruits on Paleo if we're aiming for weight loss), but just let them naturally flavor the water a bit. It's a fun and tasty thing to try!

D7291de1d3cda7a9a3155429b1aebb77

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on January 10, 2013
at 08:10 PM

That's a great idea with the fruit! I am going to do this now, we have the BEST oranges in the fridge....also a great way to use up my stock pile of frozen strawberries/blueberries/blackberries that I amass during the summer....fruit flavored ice cubes!

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on January 10, 2013
at 06:09 PM

I make a pitcher of iced green tea that we drink all the time. Heat 6 cups of water to boiling. Add 5 tea bags (I used 2 Tazo Zen tea, 3 regular green tea). Let it steep for HOURS (to get a nice strong taste). Pour into a gallon pitcher and fill to the top with cold water. Refrigerate (tastes better nice and cold). I also add in a little sweetener sometimes, if we are craving sweet tea ... a few tablespoons of honey in the pitcher.

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:24 PM

The cravings for me went away after a few months. Adding a little fat to my supper in the form of avocado, coconut oil, or Kerrygold butter helped, too. I found the cravings to be more intense on nights I ate less fat.

D7291de1d3cda7a9a3155429b1aebb77

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on January 10, 2013
at 06:07 PM

That's interesting. I wondered about that as I often make dinner my smallest meal (don't want a restless night of sleep if belly is digesting too much). I might try the avocado or even some eggs as a bedtime snack.

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:31 PM

What about kombucha? Isn't that Paleo?

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:23 PM

Good for you for cutting them out. Porbably the cravings will last for a bit but I daresay you can watch them sail by and eventually they'll go away long term.

I've never been really into soft drink though, so can't speak form personal expeirnce here [I pretty much drink water exclusively, and some mineral/carbonated water with a lime or lemon (maybe both one day soon) sometimes. Herbal teas on occasion.

General princniples re mindfulness, cravings and impulse control would help you probably though, as well as having something that could 'replace' what you've cut out (although while the cravings are there likely nothing that is 'paleo approaved'/whole food/ will really satisfy them. Re soda streams though, I can't see what problems there could be with carbonated water, and like I said I have mineral water sometimes.

If you want something that is very versatile in terms of flavouring, you could try to procure smme tibicos/water kefir grains. It might be worth it anyway for the regulation of gut flora etc... When the fermentation is done under airlock the water usually carbonates and there is a slight sweetness and acidity to the final product. As mentioned this can be flavoured as you like with fruits, vanilla essence, ginger etc in a secondary fermentation. I usually don't bother though...

The cravings will probably go away in time though, whether you have carbonated water, kefir or nothing when the post dinner urges hit (if you're eating lower carb than before perhaps and havn't fully adjusted, cravings for carbs after dinner could be a factor here too... In this case, in time you should adapt to new way of eating anyway...)

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:18 PM

without a doubt water is the healthiest drink you can find. free. simple. paleo, no questions asked. once you get used to only drinking water or the options below, you'll not need to find a substitute..

water with a squeeze of lemon, or chopped mint and garlic. sometimes i'll push the boat out and chill water in the fridge with some cucumber sticks.

hot herbal tea, with non-bleached teabags is good for winter too.

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on January 10, 2013
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Free? In what municipality?

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:30 PM

http://www.findaspring.com/? Well Water?

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on January 10, 2013
at 02:21 PM

collect rain water?

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on January 10, 2013
at 01:14 PM

What I drink (ranked in order of oz consumed):

  1. Water.
  2. Coffee.
  3. Tea (iced and hot)
  4. Beer

IMO, Carbonated water is fine to consume, as long as you are not adding any of the crappy syrups.

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