When it comes to meals, we have you covered, but obviously you need something to drink with it! There are a few different options for drinks, so let’s break down what our choices are:
We recommend drinking a minimum of eight glasses (around 64 ounces of water each day) and consuming flavored zero sugar waters (i.e. Propel Zero, Fruit 2.0, Crystal Light) in moderation. This is because we want to sort of train our palates to not crave sweet beverages/foods.
To help make water more palatable, feel free to add a slice of fruit, vegetables (cucumber, citrus, pineapple), or herbs (mint) to make it more interesting. It's also ok to enjoy calorie-free sparkling water but keep in mind the carbonation in sparkling waters can cause gas and bloating, especially if consumed in larger quantities.
You can enjoy diet soda in moderation on your bistroMD program. After getting into a good routine with your eating pattern on bistroMD, you might consider cutting back on diet soda intake if the habit is more frequent.
We don't recommend making too many changes at one time, as this can be overwhelming. The nutritional aspect is the most important piece, so start by making sure you are comfortable and in the groove of eating your bistroMD meals and snacks.
Coffee and Caffeinated Drinks:
Feel free to enjoy your morning coffee or tea but be mindful of amounts, as caffeine in larger quantities can be dehydrating. If you'd like to enjoy coffee (hot or iced), we recommend keeping it to no more than two, 8-ounce servings of caffeinated beverages per day. We also suggest using sugar substitute and reduced-fat creamer (or low-fat milk or dairy alternative) instead of creamer.
If you are going to enjoy alcohol, please do so in moderation. For reference, one serving of wine is 5 ounces, 1 serving of beer is 12 ounces and a serving of liquor is 1 1/2 ounces. Moderate alcohol intake for women is 3 servings or less each week and 4 servings or less per week for men.
When the body is busy detoxifying alcohol, it can't focus on metabolizing food and fat as effectively, so less is more. We also suggest pairing your alcohol with protein to help keep your blood sugar stable.