I’ve Given Up Soda

Posted by on Mar 14, 2012 | 4 comments

I’ve had it on my mind for a while to do a large post about changes Michael and I are trying to make in our eating habits (there are tons), but that post is never going to get written.  I can just tell.  So instead, I’m going to share tidbits of things we’re doing that I’d consider “small steps.”

If you know me, you know I love sweets.  I’m a person who leans towards creamy, sweet, and rich.  Those are my vices.  I go nuts for brownies, rich ice cream flavors (no vanilla for me unless it’s covered in something decadent), and glorious cakes.  I love sugar.

For that reason, I knew I needed to give up some things because I’m not getting any younger, and my metabolism is certainly not where it used to be.

The neat thing (for me) is that my body actually made my mind up for me.  Throughout my last pregnancy I drank a Diet Coke nearly every day at lunch.  It was my afternoon caffeine shot to get me through the rest of my teaching day.  I new it wasn’t good for me, but it wasn’t like I was downing a six pack every day- just one.  As soon as I gave birth to Emily it was like a switch went off.  Soda no longer sounded good to me.  I think I had one a few days after I came home from the hospital out of habit, but I didn’t enjoy the taste at all.  It was weird.

 

I decided to try natural sodas.  But after a few weeks of that I just asked myself, “What’s the point?”  I was failing to see any reason to consume something that had zero nutritional value whatsoever.  At least with a bowl of ice cream I’m getting some calcium- what’s soda givin’ up these days?  Nada.

I haven’t looked back since.  And even better, I’m now one of those snooty people who likes fizzy water.  It’s delicious.

I haven’t dropped tons of pounds or anything, but I do feel better knowing I’m not drinking it.  I don’t miss it, I don’t crave it.  Every once in a while I’ll have a 50/50 lemonade/Sprite combo if we’re out to lunch or something, but that’s it.

And what I really, really don’t miss is the oodles of soda cans in the recycling bin, as well as the unpacking of the soda after grocery shopping.  That was always a pain in the ass.

Have you given up a vice?

4 Comments

  1. I’m a sweets kind of girl too (damn, we’d get along so good IRL!). I gave up Diet Coke awhile back but swapped it for regular Coke. Hello calories. But I started a diet a couple days ago and decided Coke and Diet Coke and all other soda has got to go! I am drinking those carbonated waters instead that I got at Target. They come in coconut, grapefruit, and raspberry. What I’m realizing is that I crave that fizzy from the carbonation not the actual soft drink. Yay! Good for you!!

  2. i’ve definitely got a sweet tooth too. and i don’t know what is up with me but just this year i’ve STARTED drinking soda again! i drank a lot of mt. dew in college but then i pretty much lost the taste for all soda for the last ten years, rarely drinking it and never craving it. and then earlier this year i ordered a root beer at the pub (i’m not a huge beer drinker but i love the food – and apparently the root beer too now – at our regular pub) and now i have to have a root beer every time we go eat/drink there (which is pretty often). i’ve always read that sodas are addicting and now i think there may be something to that! it’s probably good to model healthy habits with the little ones watching your every move though. i didn’t appreciate it as much at the time but i’m glad my parents had us kids eating pretty healthy when we were growing up. maybe you will inspire me to kick my new root-beer addiction yet! oh and for vices i’ve given up…. hmm… i guess i used to watch a couple of silly reality tv shows, you know the ones where you can almost feel your brain cells dying as you watch? but now i just have no time or energy to watch tv at all. i eventually got so behind on the shows i tried following that i don’t even know what’s going on now and at first i missed seeing the shows but now i don’t even care… =)

  3. I love that you gave up soda! My husband and I gave it up for new years in 2009, and were 100% soda free for over a year before going back to it a little bit here and there. We enjoy a Coke Zero every now and then now, but for the most part we really just stick to… you said it… fizzy water. Our favorite? Ice in a glass, squeeze a lemon over that, add club soda, stir. I like to add a tsp of sugar, but Josh likes it straight up. Good for you!!

  4. Good for you! I gave up my drink of choice, diet Dr. Pepper, late last year. I really did it because I realized that I was drinking it EVERYDAY and the aspartame is so bad for our health! I will, on rare occasion, get a non-diet soda for the taste. But really? that is a lot of sugar to have with absolutely no nutritional value. A small indulgence, I suppose.

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