One of my new year’s resolutions was to give up Dt. Coke and Dt. Pepsi….
I’ve never been addicted to the point that I need to drink one every day. (Somehow that made me feel better, since I know people who need to drink several every day). And last year I cut down my intake to just twice a week, so I was already on the track to limiting the amount I consumed. But to me, a couple times a week is still a few times too many. You don’t have to be a scientist or a nutritionist to know that any kind of diet soda is bad for your overall health. Not only are you robbing your body of liquids that can hydrate you, but you’re also damaging your teeth’s enamel, robbing your bones of calcium, setting yourself up to crave sweets later, and ingesting chemicals that probably should come with a warning label.
I knew that I really wanted to stop including it in my weekly diet and to replace it with water.
But let’s face it, giving something up that you’re used to enjoying on a regular basis isn’t usually all that easy.
I wish I could say that it was easy-peasy for me to simply replace my favorite carbonated beverage with a tall glass of water, but it wasn’t. I craved it… really badly.
Really, really badly. I basically started seeing things. As in, diet soda just started to randomly appear out of nowhere like a persistent hallucination.
Everything reminded me of it… made me want it…
Whether I was eating a ham sandwich or finishing up a workout, I’d suddenly realize that all I wanted was a tall, bubbly glass of Dt. Coke.
For the most part, it took pure will-power to grab water instead of diet soda! But- on the other hand – it became easier every day, thank goodness. The secret I learned was to always make sure that water was accessible to me. I always had a cute water-bottle within reach, and I often would add lemon slices, creating my own refreshing, flavored-water. The more I sipped on the water, the less I thought about replacing my body’s actual hydration needs with an unhealthy filler.
Plus, let’s face it, even if we ignore all of the health benefits that come with drinking H2O (which we shouldn’t), water is one of the best beauty treatments you can begin. It’s like a natural botox, keeping your skin plump and fresh. 🙂 So on the really rough days, I tried to remind myself of that!
Now I’m not going to lie… I haven’t gone completely cold-turkey, because I’ve had about two diet cokes a month since the new year. In fact, I decided that I wanted to splurge this week, and so that’s where the soda bottle in all of these pics came from. 😉
Of course, the purchase didn’t come guilt free. The older woman at the cash register glared at me, shook the Pepsi in my face, and warned, “That stuff will kill you! Do you know what I want you to do? I want you to go home… dump this soda down the sink… and then I want you to fill the bottle with water for drinking!” (True story)!
I guess on one hand it kind of took the joy out of drinking a few sips. On the other hand, it sure made it easier for me to stick to my goal. 😉 Hmmm, I wonder if Nate paid her to say that?
In any case, I’m getting there! And I honestly already feel healthier because of it. My skin is loving the extra hydration. My stomach is so much happier already, because diet soda did leave me a little bloated. AND I honestly feel as though I have more energy! (Being hydrated is SO much better than drinking caffeine and then dealing with the crash afterward).
So there you have it. I’m close to completing one of my New Year’s resolutions!! And hopefully when I update you in the next month or so, I’ll be able to say that I’ve gone weeks without drinking even one sip. Woo hoo!
Are you trying to give up something that you know isn’t healthy for you? What are you doing to help yourself stay motivated and on track?