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Tue, Mar. 28th, 2006 10:14 pm
Cold Turkey, Patches, Whatever...

There's one thing that I've been really convicted about lately - from several unrelated sources, I might add. As much as I will miss it, I think that it would be best if I gave up soda. Physically, it may be holding me back on a variety of levels and I can't afford to continue doing something that very well could be described as an addiction. Plus, the benefits of dropping soda are such that I cannot deny and could definitely use. I'll try to explain why.

First, soda is absolutely loaded with sugar and calories. Sugar, when not immediately used, is stored very quickly as fat. Calories do to, but not as quickly. I, having seen lighter years, realize that my attempts to lose weight have not been all that productive. So, anything I can remove from my fat intake is going to help me tremendously. Now, I've also talked to unrelated people who have cut just soda out of their diet and have managed to lose massive amounts of weight. That doesn't necessarily mean I'll wind up with washboard abs, but it might just help and hearing of other people having success with this idea strengthens the support for such a decision.

Second, caffeine's main purpose - or at least it's main support - for being in soda is to help keep you awake. Well, chances are, with the amount of caffeine I consume daily, I'm probably hampering my ability to go to sleep. It's very likely that if I manage to keep myself off of caffeine, I can cut down how long it takes me to go to sleep.

Third, it is in all honesty an addiction. When I get lunch or dinner, I grab a soda because it's what I'm used to drinking. I usually don't even consider just drinking water or anything else. That, and I'm always buying sodas because they're so easy to get. I simply walk across the street and I can get one or go to the cafeteria and have a glass or two. I'm not okay with allowing myself to be addicted to something, regardless of whether it's harmful or not.

Then the problem becomes an issue of figuring out what I can substitute for soda. Water is usually a good choice, but there'll be those times when water isn't enough or I get bored of the taste - which water technically shouldn't have anyway. What do I plug in for those situations? I though about iced tea, but that still has a large amount of sugar - unless I get the unsweetened kind, which I suppose I could do. Then there's orange juice, but, once again, it still has a large amount of sugar. Of course, orange juice is still pretty healthy, but not as a substitute. I absolutely hate Gatorade or flavored water and I think those energy drinks are disgusting. Oh, and I'm not going to do diet sodas either because I don't like them. Anyway, I'll just have to figure out what works.

What I don't look forward to is the withdrawal and the readjustment that my mind is going to need to make. As caffeine is a drug, it has physical effects on my body's chemical composition. Once those effects are gone, my body is going to have to: first, try to convince me to resupply the caffeine; second, try to convince me to resupply the caffeine; and third, try to re-balance itself to accommodate the lack of caffeine. Basically, it's probably going to resemble a headache and something akin to a hang-over.

Then there's the psychological aspect. Having lived seven years saying "no" to something, I'm very aware of the fact that simply saying "no" to soda is not going to be enough to last. I have to learn how to want something other than soda or to simply make soda not an option anymore. Human beings are not naturally able to comprehend the concept of "not" and therefore it is a weaker concept in our minds. To "not" do something is still focusing on the doing of something. So, in order to successfully not drink soda, I have to drink something else. It's going to require some major discipline to get it to work.

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swtliss
swtliss
Melissa
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)

OJ may have sugar, but all fruits do and it's different than having high fructose syrup because it's a natural occuring substance rather than all that crap they put in soda.


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swtliss
swtliss
Melissa
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 03:07 am (UTC)

And idk how often you drink it, but I gave up soda for lacrosse and it was one of the easiest things to do, the first couple weeks, i had to remind myself but after that it was a non-issue.


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abadoss
abadoss
Kenneth Edward Keyn
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)

True, which is why I still plan to drink orange juice.


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krikketgirl
krikketgirl
Kat
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)

Good for you! Sounds like a good plan.

Two thoughts:

1) My brother-in-law drinks sparkling water when he wants soda, because the carbonation fools his mouth a little bit. You can find it usually either with the bottled water or with the mixers for alcohol (like tonic water).

2) If you can stick with it for three weeks, you're home free. When I dropped sugar from my coffee, the first two weeks were miserable, the third week was all right, and by the fourth week I couldn't remember why I'd needed coffee so much in the first place.

Also, the person who commented above about high-fructose corn syrup was right on target. Too much sugar is bad enough, but I've read a lot recently that implicates HFCS in weight/body issues. So when I splurge on soda myself, I buy the organic stuff with cane sugar.


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abadoss
abadoss
Kenneth Edward Keyn
Wed, Mar. 29th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)

When I was over in Germany, almost all of the water (outside of tap-water) was carbonated. It was the weirdest thing I'd ever experienced. If you wanted non-carbonated water, you had to specifically ask for it because if you didn't, you would get sparkling water.


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samhobbits
samhobbits
This is where Maria talks about life
Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)

Thought about milk?


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xanthpenny
xanthpenny
Jeni
Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)

I've severely cut down on my soda intake...and while I still do drink it occasionally, it's not very often, and I almost never crave it. Anyway...I did it because I wanted to cut down on my sodium intake.. but yeah, I had a point, and that wasn't it. Being in tropical Australia (very hot, and very humid) it's a lot easier for me to drink water than while I'm at home, but I still want variety. But I use crystal lite a lot. Sometimes I do want flavor..and that adds it for me without the sugar or anything else really. Anyway, I dunno if you like it, but it might help out. For me I survive quite happily on a combination of water, fruit juice, and crystal lite. Also, if you consider the tea thing, remember that a lot of teas have caffeine too.


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gentledarkness
gentledarkness
No
Thu, Mar. 30th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)

:) I've also decided to stop with the soda drinking. Since I've cut back on my sugar cravings (or at least I'm still working on it), I've lost my desire for sodas and cereal.

It seems that when I do give in and have one soda, or one bowl of cereal (which was my addiction), the taste doesn't seem so great anymore. Gatorade/sports drinks along with diet drinks are still pretty unhealthy for us. My mother's been drinking Diet Coke most of her life, addicted to it, and it's given some pretty harsh consequences (with all that artificial sweetener). Ever since she's been trying to cut back, she's been getting migrane headaches... I'm sure that doesn't help with looking forward to quitting, but she's been drinking caffeine most of her life.

Personally, I like peppermint tea and other green teas, but they're something you'd have to get used to, especially since they lack in caffeine. I can stand drinking them without sugar, but it takes a while to adjust.

I wish you the best of luck with this.


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