Tuesday Challenge – Cut back on soda!

For some people, this is going to be a VERY difficult challenge.   For others, pretty easy.blog 001

Regardless of whether you drink diet or regular soda, this week I challenge you to cut your soda consumption in half!

But WHY should I quit drinking something I enjoy?  It’s not THAT bad is it?

  • Although numerous studies have shown some correlation between soda consumption and various health issues, the verdict is out as to whether it is truly a health hazard, but regardless, my health isn’t something I want to mess around with.  Not when there are other, better drink choices.
  • Regular soda adds unnecessary calories – which of course can contribute to weight gain.  Just two sodas a  day can add 300+ calories – that’s the amount of a hearty snack or light breakfast!
  • The sweeteners in diet soda mimic sugar to your body – it can’t tell the difference, so it will react as if you have HAD sugar.  Consuming sugar will cause you to crave more sugar, so there is a very real possibility that you’ll end up consuming more sugary junk foods thanks to those cravings.
  • In addition, many people subconsciously think they are being “good” by drinking diet drinks, so they end up eating more than they would because “they deserve it for being so good.”
  • Finally, why put chemicals and “fake” food into your body if you don’t have to?  Don’t you deserve better than that?

So HOW do I do this?  

I’m not going to lie – if you drink a lot of soda, this isn’t going to be easy.  I speak from experience here as I used to consume a LOT of diet coke.  However, I can tell you that it does get easier – it took me a year to not crave it, and another year to not really like it.  Today, I can honestly say I don’t like the taste of diet coke.  Once in a while I’ll have a sip of someone else’s and I’ll confirm that it just doesn’t taste good anymore.

The best way to go about it is to just start cutting it out.

  • Next time you go to a restaurant, order water instead of a soda (you’ll also meet my challenge of drinking more water this way AND save money!).
  • Don’t buy it.  It’s a lot harder to consume soda if it’s not in your house!
  • Determine your triggers and find a solution- do you want a soda to drink in the car?  Bring a bottle of water or travel mug of tea with you.  Do you crave an afternoon “pick-me-up”?  Start taking a five minute walk and eating a juicy apple every afternoon instead.
  • If you are determined enough, just STOP.  That’s what I eventually did – it was too easy for me to say “oh, just this one time I’ll have a Diet Coke instead of water.”  By just not drinking it (and telling everyone that I was stopping), there was no excuse.

So this week, give it a try – your body and your wallet will thank you!

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  1. Great Challenge Pam! I was a big diet coke drinker too. I had been encouraging my Mother-in-Law to quit smoking “for her health” and she challenged me to quit drinking diet coke “for my health”. I am happy to say we both quit our bad habits. If someone needs extra motivation to quit drinking diet coke, google “Sweet Misery”. You can find it on You Tube and is a documentary about Aspertame and how toxic it is to our health.

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