There is no such thing as an unhealthy alpha male. I’ve previously covered the importance of what you eat, and why you’re insane if you’re not following a strict Paleolithic diet. In this article I’m going to focus on what you drink, tell you things to avoid, and give you the recipe for the perfect beverage.
I have a basic philosophy when it comes to what I put into my body: If I don’t get a specific benefit from a chemical, additive, or other man-made ingredient, I don’t eat or drink it. I do make use of pre-workout drinks for energy, during-workout drinks for electrolytes, and post-workout recovery drinks that are high in protein because they are engineered for a specific nutritional benefit. I won’t drink additives such as high-fructose corn syrup and soy, which have an overall negative effect on my health. I then take it a step further: Even if an additive may seem nutritionally neutral, like FD&C Blue No. 1, I avoid it. My thinking is simply that if it’s a chemical, and I don’t get a benefit from putting it into my body, why would I put it into my body? It’s better to err on the safe side.
Something most don’t consider is how many empty calories they’re drinking. An inescapable fact of controlling your weight is that if you consume more calories than you burn, your body gains fat. A 32 oz. Coke has 400 calories with zero nutritional benefit. Contrast that with 32 oz. of water that has zero calories and does a better job of quenching your thirst.
Now let’s consider juicing. If you own a juicer, and are using it at least once a day to make organic vegetable juice, congratulations as you’ve found a very easy way to stay lean, healthy, and more energetic. One thing you’ll want to avoid however is using your juicer for making fruit juice, which is healthy, but way too high in calories. People who juice have also learned that it’s just not practical to juice a bunch of vegetables every time they’re thirsty… which brings us to the recipe for the perfect beverage.
When I’m not drinking something related to my workout or vegetable juice, I’m drinking purified water with a squirt of organic lemon juice and a squirt of organic lime juice. It’s just enough to give some flavor and quench my thirst faster. At first this may seem a little tasteless, but believe me, once you get used to it and drink a 7-Up in comparison, you’ll think everyone else is crazy for drinking over-sweet sugar water.
It’s worth mentioning that I’m not cutting up lemons and limes. I’m cheating by buying organic, not from concentrate, lemon and lime juice that comes in little bottles. As for my water, it’s purified spring water that costs me about $55.00 per month delivered to my door. If you’re going to have water delivered, be sure to read my blog post about the dangers of storing water in plastic for long periods of time and ask the delivery service if they have a glass bottle option.
Finally, you need a plan for when you’re not at home and out for dinner. Ask the waiter for a glass of water with a wedge of lemon. While the lemon probably isn’t organic, the water probably is at least filtered, and this is way healthier than ordering a Coke.
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