Start Here Diet Challenge - Day 11 - Cut Down on Caffeine
Today’s Challenge: [highlight color="eg. yellow, black"]Cut down on caffeine by switching one cup of coffee to water.[/highlight]
Caffeine is ever-present in our daily diet, and not just in our cup of tea or coffee. Take a look in your fridge & cupboards to see which processed foods are hiding it:
- energy drinks
- medications like pain relievers
- flavored yogurts & ice creams
While a small amount of caffeine isn't terrible for the diet (2-4 1-cup servings of brewed coffee per day), it's important to remember that every dose of caffeine causes dehydration and mineral leaching & needs to be balanced with water intake - at least 2 L per day.
And it's not just for adults... A report hit the news yesterday suggesting 3 out of 4 children as young as pre-school age are being exposed to caffeine on a daily basis. I'm not that surprised, I once witnessed a woman feed her child soda in a bottle! So while you're limiting your caffeine intake, why not also make sure your children aren't getting it either.
See my tip sheet above for easy ways to cut the caffeine.