Several years ago, my new years’ resolution was to give up pop (or soda, depending on who’s reading). The primary reason was for weight loss (this was before I started running). It lasted all of three months! This year, I decided to give it another go, except I’ve allowed myself to have it when used as a mixer. I think that’s helped me last a bit longer so far (nearly five months now). Maybe one day I can eliminate it completely.
The reasoning this go-around was partly for weight loss (apparently even diet sodas cause weight gain) but more to reduce the amount of chemicals I ingest doing who-knows-what to me.
Times I found the hardest to avoid soda was dining out, especially at fast food restaurants (I said reduce the amount of chemicals… sometimes a girl just wants a cheeseburger, don’t judge!). Instead of the default fountain pop, I ask for chocolate milk. This is no longer a hard decision for me. Sometimes I will have sparkling water just for the fizz. Another tricky time was right after lunch. I used to either have a Coke Zero for lunch or after lunch. My body craved sugar like crazy during that time of day once I cut it out. I started replacing it with a hard candy or two, and now I don’t crave the sugar.
I haven’t really noticed feeling any differently, except I did suddenly notice my stomach maybe wasn’t protruding as much. I have also found that I have a higher sensitivity to sweet flavours and I have been able to cut sugar completely out of my coffee (not tea) and don’t indulge in as much dessert. I made a cake the other week and it had to be thrown out because it dried out before it could be finished.
I’ve only had one slip-up…technically two…ok three. #1: I was working out-of-town and just craved something cold and fizzy. I bought a bottle of Pepsi from the hotel vending machine. The first sip was glorious, overly sweet, but glorious. I drank half the bottle and begun to feel terrible (bloating), hence just half the bottle. #2: The other time, I bought an organic soda sweetened with cane sugar – it was extremely tasty, but it was a one-off. #3: Was just today… out eating a cheeseburger (remember, don’t judge!), I had a few sips of my husband’s Coke Zero, not so much for the taste or craving, but just to wash my mouth a bit between bites.
Unlike last time, and despite my itty-bitty slip-ups, I have a feeling I will be able to make this a permanent change and even one day cut it out completely. There are just so many better alternatives!