Why You Need to Quit Drinking Soda (and how I did it!)

Why You Need to Quit Drinking Soda (and how I did it!)

I’d like to tell you why you need to quit drinking soda. Then I’ll tell you how I did it so you can too! If anyone tells you it’s easy, they are lying to you. It’s hard. Damn hard!

8 Reasons to Quit Drinking Soda (and there are more if you do some research!)

  • Soda has a very high sugar content which in turn raises your blood sugar. 
  • There are many studies that state that sodas increase your risk of stroke, dementia, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes (even if it’s sugar free), and gout. Who wants to have to cut the sides out of your sneakers to accommodate your gout?

  • Soda is nothing more than chemically-infused-sugar-water unless it’s Diet soda…then it’s a more poisonous infused-FAKE-sugar-water. Yup, I have an opinion on that.
  • It corrodes your teeth (like when you pour it on your car battery and all the gunky corrosion yuck disappears) as well as your stomach lining.
  • The caffeine in soda can cause Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Soda causes weight gain…sugared AND diet. It’s true! Diet soda is just as bad. 
  • Studies have shown drinking soda can be as addictive as drugs like cocaine and meth!
  • Lastly, Soda has no nutritional value. None. So while sugar in something like banana bread or a cookie is mixed with other nutritional things, soda is not. So basically, a cookie is healthier (my non-scientific opinion.)

I have a couple of friends who have a great love for Coke, Diet Coke, Mt. Dew, and Dr. Pepper. They have no desire to quit. Some crave it, some need it to get their day started, and some simply like it! Personal choice. They don’t smoke, so there’s that.

Check out this guy’s orange soda (and others) problem and how he quit.

I quit drinking soda in 2013.

Denial. It's not just a river in egypt

I had gone through a transition to stop drinking soda for years.  I read an article about aspartame and how it had killed some people and ruined the lives of others. Scared the crap out of me. I did some research and decided switching to fully leaded soda would be “healthier”. My boat sailing down DE-NIAL was big and beautiful.

Oddly enough, I didn’t like the sweetness at first, so I was drinking less…and I lost 12 pounds. But, I was only getting about 36 ounces of liquid in my body each day. Not good. At some point, I switched over to “natural” sodas sweetened with cane sugar. I began drinking more and more…and gained 12 pounds. DOH!

I wanted to quit, but I was addicted. It took me a while to figure out what exactly I was addicted…to the bubbles. Yes, I craved carbonation, much more than the flavor, (except rootbeer, because, it was my favorite.) But I needed to quit so I set out to find a way to stop. 

Adventures with Bubbles and Balsamic

Man, I HATED water! I just couldn’t do it. Then, someone suggested sparkling water. Well, that was gross. Plain sparkling water? No way. So she suggested adding a splash of balsamic vinegar. I kinda threw up in my mouth a little when she suggested that, but I figured it couldn’t hurt. 
I LIKED IT!

I began branching out into flavored balsamic vinegars, including all kinds of fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Yes, specialty shops have a HUGE variety, and chocolate is the bomb-diggity-bomb. I began carrying bottles of balsamic in my purse, using them often, and my friends thought I was kind of nuts LOL. 

Next, I decided to try flavored sparkling water. Well, that was the end of my adventures with balsamic vinager. Now I’m a lime, lemon, grapefruit and orangy sparkling water kind of girl. LaCroix, bubly, and Polar are my friends. We hang out. They are cool. We have a great time.

Now, six years later, I actually drink more regular water than sparkly. I learned that sparkly water is less alkaline and I really need all the help I can get! I basically have one can a day or every couple of days. 

I actually CRAVE water now.

I’m not joking. If I can make the switch, anyone can. I try to get 60+ ounces each day, and most days I do that or more. 

Have I noticed a difference in how I feel? First, I’m never overly thirsty if I drink enough water. I was always thirsty when I drank soda. Second, my skin is better. It’s more hydrated (I have very dry skin) and I don’t notice my wrinkles as much when I’m nicely hydrated. Total bonus, don’t you think?

Check out 8 Reasons Why Drinking Water is Good for You

How do you feel about soda? Most everyone has feelings one way or the other. I’d love to know. Leave a comment or hop over to my Facebook page and tell me about it! 

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