Giving up Soda & Drinking more Water Part 2

It has been one week without soda and I am feeling great! I have had a couple soda cravings and a few caffeine headaches but overall I feel my body thanking me already. I already feel rejuvenated and “clean” after drinking water and juices instead of sodas. I have found that trying to avoid seeing soda and thinking about it prevents me from craving it. I have also been trying to keep water in arms reach at all times.

I have done a few things this week that have helped me really focus on drinking more water. Here are my water drinking hacks that might be able to help you drink more water as well.

• I read an article a while ago about how setting goals each day helps you achieve your goals, so I set a specific goal each day. I made sure I set the goals realistically and had points throughout the day to make sure I consumed water periodically instead of at one time.

• I bought a new water bottle that had a center compartment for fruits, veggies, or herbs so I can drink infused water. I am not a huge fan of plan water, I like to have a little flavor but keep it healthy. I have wanted an infusion water bottle for a while so this was the perfect time to infuse my life with some new excitement. 🙂 I also made sure that it had measuring lines so I knew how much I was drinking and how long it took me to drink it.

• When I wasn’t drinking out of my fancy new water bottle, I drank out of a glass and straw. I think that drinking out of a straw makes you drink more because you don’t realize how much you are gulping down.

• I also tried to eat some water based foods this week like cucumbers, grapefruits, watermelon, and salad greens. I think that eating foods that are high in water content helps with keeping on track for the goal set earlier in the day. Clara downloaded an app on my phone to keep track of my water intake and calculates how much water is in the food I am eating.

• I am not going to lie, I really was craving a soda so instead of caving in I mixed juice with sparkling water. I know it still isn’t as good as plain water but it did a good job fighting off my craving. I used 100% fruit juice and lemon sparkling water, it actually tasted great.

I think that I am really going to be happy with this choice to give up soda. After just one week, I already feel better and I am sure once my body fully adjusts it will get even better.

Have you tried giving up soda? What do you find helped you the most?

Until Next Time,

Nancy

Giving Up Soda for Good

I have decided today I am going to give up soda for good. I have really limited my soda intake over the past year or so, but every time I allow myself to have one I immediately regret it and end up paying for it. I love the taste of a fresh diet coke in the afternoon, but the coke doesn’t like me. I always end up feeling bloated and unhealthy. There are so many positives about giving up soda, I really need to commit and I know I will be successful.

Even though I don’t drink soda often, it costs money that I don’t need to be spending. I saw a statistic once that if you drink just one soda a day it costs about $365 a year. I could use that money to treat myself or spend it on something healthier.

Not that I needed much motivation to stop drinking soda, I found some great reasons why giving up soda is great for you and your attitude. If you are a soda drinker, maybe you will find a few reasons why life can be better without soda.

• Giving up soda might actually help you live longer. Because of the high sugar content in soda, it causes you to age faster similar to cigarettes…yes, cigarettes. Reading this really made me want to give up soda and hydrate on fabulous free water.

• Soda has been connected to childhood obesity….not that I am a child but still very interesting, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and gout. As an aging woman, I want to keep my body as healthy as possible to prolong my active life.

• It is known that soda is not good for your teeth because of the high sugar content, but the acid is also damaging to your smile. The acid causes your teeth’s enamel to erode and leave your teeth vulnerable to other health problems.

• We have all heard of vegetable oil, but have you heard about brominated vegetable oil? It is a chemical banned in Europe and Japan because it is used as a flame retardant and is linked to memory loss, nerve disorders, and behavioral health problems. Brominated vegetable oil is used in sodas like Mountain Dew and other fruity flavored sodas.

• Water is cheaper than sodas, better for you, and will actually hydrate you. I don’t need much more convincing.

I am excited to finally give up soda for good. Having a few sodas during week has been hindering me to live the healthy lifestyle I want to live. I don’t think it will be that difficult giving it up because there are so many other options that are better. Wish me luck!

Until Next Time,

Nancy