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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 3/23/2006 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
What does everyone drink mostly with their meals? It seems like I always find myself drinking either diet soda, diet iced tea, or water. I am really trying to cut out some of the diet stuff, but i dont know what other options i have!
Water is fine, but not all the time with meals.
Anyone have any suggestions?. i hate giving myself insulin to cover my drinks as well as food. I always feel like I have too much insulin in me when I do that.

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Date Joined Aug 2005
Total Posts : 43
   Posted 3/23/2006 10:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a big fan of sugar-free Kool-Aid (particularly the strawberry lemonade) because I don't typically like the carbonation of the diet sodas (though I have recently discovered blackberry citrus Fresca, which I love, even though it's carbonated!), and I get burnt out on water after a few months of nothing but water. But if you're trying to cut out the diet stuff because of the artificial sweeteners, the sugar-free Kool-Aid probably won't be of much use to you...

In the mornings, I sometimes enjoy a little bit of Hood brand low-carb chocolate dairy beverage (so good it can be hard to only drink one serving), but I suspect that also has artificial sweeteners in it.

So, really, it appears that I'm of no use to you...Unless you want to get brave and start playing around with adding sugar-free extracts to water. (I don't think sugar-free extracts have artificial sweeteners; they just don't have corn syrup listed as one of the ingredients.) Might not be the best idea, but if you're dying for something other than plain water...(I was once in serious need of strawberry milk, but I know the Nestle's strawberry flavoring is essentially pure sugar, so I added some strawberry extract--sugar-free, of course--to my fat-free low carb dairy beverage, and while not nearly as satisfying as the real thing, it was better than nothing.)

I don't know much about packaged iced tea or how you like your iced tea, but if you can stand to drink it unsweetened, you can always make iced tea out of hot tea bags/leaves and bypass the artificial sweeteners.

That's all I can think of. Good luck!


Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 3/24/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey All,
With meals and in between meals to drink I like to have V8 it's much lower in calories and carbs then juice and with the right meals very tasty. Also you can make your own ice tea with herbal tea, just boil, steep and chill.  I like fennel (if you like anise or black licorice it's similar)  I realise black licorice is hardly everyones cup of tea (excuse the pun) I haven't tried Chai yet cold but I think it would be good.  Basically find a herbal tea you like with a fairly full bodied taste and experiment. I like it because then I'm not putting additional calories or artificial sweetner in my system....
Anyways good post, be interested in everyone's responses.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 3/24/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
It is definitely hard to avoid artificial sweetners!! I haven't tried sugar-free kool-aid. That must have a lot of artificial stuff in it, but maybe it is more refreshing then a diet soda.
The herbal tea iced tea is interesting, I have never thought of that!
I kept track of what i was drinking over the course of a few days and i realized that all i had was a few cups of coffee, a 6 pack of diet pepsi, and one bottle of water. Not very refreshing at all, and made me a little concerned.
Before i was diabetic i used to drink gatorade all the time. Every so often i will drink a bottle of it in between meals, but its just too many carbs to have with a dinner.

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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 3/25/2006 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband is a recovering alcoholic and has had a difficult time finding a drink that isn't sweet that takes care of his thirst. We finally hit on Mint "Sun" tea. I make it in a half gallon pitcher by adding about two cups of hot tap water to 3 or 4 regular tea bags and 1 or 2 Plantation Mint tea bags. We place this in the sunshine outside for about an hour and then fill it with refrigerated water. It's cold and crisp and the mint really makes it more refreshing. I usually don't get tired of this until fall when the weather gets cool.

In the winter we drink water with a touch of lemon juice. And we both drink coffee, a lot! Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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