30-Day Healthy Living Challenge: Day 28

It’s the 28th of January, and I can’t believe we are almost at the end of this 30-Day Challenge. As I write this, I realize that I dated yesterday’s challenge incorrectly. Blogging for 30 days straight is hard (ha). I’m so thankful to those of you who have read and followed along. I really hope you have been learning, and I’m open to questions about anything. I want to address one more aspect of healthy eating, which leads me to today’s challenge.
  (One last California picture, just because)

Day 28: Understanding Hydration
I really don’t consider any foods “bad”. I think my nutrition philosophy of “everything in moderation” is pretty evident from the past 28 days. I even advise many of my clients to implement a cheat day. With all of that being said, Im going to contradict myself and say I really don’t think people should consume sugary drinks. Today’s challenge is to omit the sugar sweetened beverages. 
Here’s why: Sugar sweetened beverages add excess calories to the diet without adding any nutrients. They don’t make you feel full, and they don’t provide any vitamins or minerals. They only provide excess calories and sugar, and cutting out sugar sweetened beverages is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to reduce calorie intake.

Sugar sweetened beverages are any of the following:

  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Sports drink
  • Flavored water
  • Sweet coffee drinks 

Try this exercise:

  • Find your favorite sugary drink, find the grams of sugar on the label.
  • Divide the number of grams by 4. That’s how many teaspoons of sugar is in that one drink. For example, if a soda has 28 grams of sugar, that’s 7 teaspoons of sugar in one drink!
  • For a visual, measure out the 7 teaspoons and put them in one cup. Consider if you would like to eat that cup of sugar in one drink. 

Replace your sugar sweetened beverages with the following:

  • Water
  • Seltzer
  • Fruit infused water 


  • Reply
    January 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Props to you for blogging everyday this month! I’ve been loving these little daily snippets of info for sure 🙂

    • Reply
      Nutrition a la Natalie
      January 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that. I hope to be able to provide more fun and informational nutrition tidbits in the future.

  • Reply
    Marguerite Sullivan
    January 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you Natalie for sharing your wisdom and knowledge with us all. You did an amazing job and I thank you. Xo

    • Reply
      Nutrition a la Natalie
      January 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm

      Thank you!!! I’m glad you got something out of it. It’s been fun, and it’s inspired me to do more fun things on the blog in the future.

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    Donna Fletcher
    January 28, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Your 30 day blog became my drug! I couldn’t wait to get up each morning and see what the day called for!

    Today’s blog is good! Our household drinks just water (I FINALLY got William off of Gatorade too!).

    The best day was learning about the sodium. That was one thing I have never tried before.

  • Reply
    30-Day Healthy Living Challenge: Day 30 – Nutrition à la Natalie
    January 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

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