A Sweetener-aholic Making a Change
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I have been quite a soda drinker for a long time. I am referring to diet Mountain Dew, and occasional Diet Dr Pepper or Coke Zero. Since I can't tolerate caffeine after noon, I use caffeine free Mountain Dew in the afternoon. I've been known to drink almost a two liter diet MD in the afternoon. Drinking frequently is in a great part because medicines make my mouth dry, and recently I read that diet sodas can cause dryness of the mouth! No wonder I drink so much of it. I also crave sweet in my mouth. I have heard also that the bubbles can effect the brain's ability to be satisfied by the sweet offered by the soda. And around the same time I heard about brominated vegetable oil in the citrus drinks is not good for you. (can't remember the effect it has on the body, but it was something that concerned me when I heard about it) Adding all these negatives up, as well as how artificial sweeteners are extra intensely sweet which contributes to a capacity to consume lots of sugary treats at a time, I have decided to go off of soda, and also stop my Splenda use (probably 12 packets a day, in coffee and on oatmeal and in plain greek yogurt.)
I have over recent months been having the beginning efforts at decreasing the amount of soda I drink, taking in two cans of soda in the morning and two in the afternoon. Partly because of cost and partly because of warnings my son has mentioned. None of my 4 kids, nor spouses drink any soda! (a fact I just thought of as I write this…strange I never noticed this before!)
Stopping altogether is a major change. I'm still having one glass of iced coffee in the morning (to get the caffeine in the morning that I usually get from the MD.) I have regular iced coffee in the afternoon as well. I am noticing I'm drinking much more water, but when I want flavor I have the coffee. With soy creamer and sugar. I tried Truvia and hate the bitter aftertaste--what's the sense of sweetening something when the bitter overpowers the sweet? This morning I decided to use minimal cane sugar. Getting sugar out of my diet is another issue to tackle at another time.
Soda and artificial sweetener are my current items to tackle. I started this on Tuesday of this week, so I've had 5 days with no soda and no Splenda. I'm not having noticeable withdrawal, especially not having any headaches since I'm not eliminating caffeine. i'm eating lots of foods with antioxidants, and plenty of protein, to help get the chemicals out of my system. I don't know how long these chemicals will stick around in my body, (let me know if you know anything about that part of it)
I am happy to have a healthy project to work on. I also am more motivated to get exercise. since it was recommended to get 30 minutes daily cardio to help remove toxins. I'm not doing that daily, though averaging out my minutes for the week I did last week.
I'm hoping that the decrease in this kind of sweet in my days will lead to less drive to have candy, cookies and the like. I hear eliminating sugar altogether will help me not trigger desire for these sugary snacks. But for pete's sake, I need to tackle one thing at a time, though technically I'm tackling soda and sweeter, two items. I tend to be All or nothing in mindset so I'm feeling guilty for not cutting out those treats as well. Hubby said "one thing at a time or you will get overwhelmed" As always he has wisdom and is in agreement with principles of SP (without me having educated him on this particular tactic in having a successful journey toward health)
One reason I scoffed at giving this up, when hearing that even diet soda can lead to weight gain, Is because I've been able to successfully lose weight while drinking it. It is hard to give something up when you aren't convinced that it's all that bad for you, and ignore all the reports pointing to the negative effects. I've never been one to freak out about additives, and every little report in the news about how bad they are for you. Not into sensationalism. Not worried about cancers. Not fearful of death. Including early death.
Maybe I'll become that person as I get older. And as I see more people that I am close to pass away.