This time last year, I was still drinking soda. It was diet of course…and I didn’t drink as much as “most people.” I might go through a two-liter bottle in 2-3 days. But, considering it all, that’s still a good amount of goop going into my body.
Kissing it Good-bye
After a month or two on our new food journey, I decided to cut out all my caffeine content, so we started drinking decaf coffee, Teecino, and caffeine-free soda. I decided to take it one step further for myself and I cut out soda all together. I felt like I was addicted to it and needed to just kick it to the curb – Barry didn’t feel this same calling, but I already knew he was drinking less than me…and he could do without it all together. He still has a soda now and then and has beat the caffeine addiction.
Instead of just cutting it out all at once, I cut myself down to one glass per day after dinner before I’d go to bed. That was when I usually drank the most anyway – when I was sitting around and relaxing. I had a pretty good stash of two liters in the basement that I had purchased “on sale.” I knew when those were gone I wouldn’t be buying any more. It’s hard to drink it or be tempted if it’s not hanging around in your basement.
Why We Quit and How
If you leave out a glass of soda and watch what happens to it, it’s kinda gross. It gets filmy around the top…and then you pour it out and it leaves nasty sediment in the bottom of the glass. What’s it leaving inside my body? Read the ingredients label….that’s an excellent way to wean yourself off soda…..YUCK! If I can’t pronounce it, I probably shouldn’t be drinking it.
We’ve attempted to cut out artificial sweeteners from our diet, and diet sodas are just chock full of them. Instead, we’ve replaced those sweeteners with good, healthy ones. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. How does artificial food make ANY sense? ARTIFICIAL FOOD? They make artificial grass too, ya know….do you go outside and see a cow filling up on AstroTurf?
So, here were my steps to cutting out soda:
- Cut down to one glass per day
- Stop buying it and bringing it home
- When it’s gone, I’m finished
It’s hard to just cut something out without an alternative. I hate tea…so that wasn’t an option for me. With the exception of a little juice now and then, I mostly drink my coffee at breakfast and water the rest of the day. It helps to have a wonderful water filter like our Berkey. If I get a hankerin’ for some soda (or pop as I like to call it), I can just whip up a batch of Ginger Ale or stevia soda. And I even saw this awesome idea from Bran Appetit about making soda using juice….and like she says there, “sometimes water just doesn’t cut it.”
Now, here is my disclaimer. Because we live by the 80/20 Principle, Barry still drinks a soda now and then…and we still have artificial sweeteners occasionally when we’re out of the house and can’t avoid it. When I was first pregnant, soda was all that I could keep down (but when I got over the sickness, I didn’t drink any more – I don’t really enjoy it or have a taste for it). But soda isn’t something we’re going to keep around or drink on a regular basis.
*This post is linked at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting, at Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, and at Tuesdays at the Table on All The Small Stuff.