Confession: Soda

Monday, June 17, 2013

Confession is good for the soul, right?

Well, I have a confession.


I would even say I'm addicted to it. My brain tells me I need it when I'm stressed. If I have a headache, I can drink a soda and it will go away. I'm not sure how much of that is psychological, but I would imagine at least 50% is only in my head.

I have tried to stop drinking it, and I did really well for a while. I hardly drank any soda at all when I was pregnant with Clare in 2012. Then, after she was born, I suddenly began craving it.

Mountain Dew Baja Blast that is only available at Taco Bell is my favorite. (Taco Bell is another confession for another day.) But I also really like Fresca, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi.

I like the bubbles. I like the syrupy flavor. I like the way it burns the back of my throat. My favorite thing to do is stick a can in the freezer for about an hour and let ice crystals form inside.... then crack it open and..... AHHHHHHHH....

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I have this thing where I stress eat. And for a while, I could make myself not stress eat by having a soda instead. So, stress soda drinking. I use it the way other people use alchohol. (I don't drink alchohol at all, ever. TEETOTALER.) When I was having a busy day at work, I would grumble to myself that I was going to get a soda. It would make me feel better. And it did.

But I know it's bad. My head tells me I need to quit. I know it makes me crave sweets more. I also have issues with bladder infections and acid wear on my teeth. You would think that would be enough to keep me from drinking it....

So I went looking for articles against drinking soda. There are plenty of those!!

You may not be able to read that. Here's a link to the page where you can see it bigger.

And some others that came up in my Google search results:


Here's one with 9 steps for quitting:

So, here we go.


Actually, I did pretty well this weekend. I did have my Baja Blast with my Taco Bell on Saturday. That's like a tradition. Gonna be hard to break. Also, Diet Pepsi at Grand Pacific on Thursday night. Another tradition. But I DID drink more water! And water is all I've had today at work when, normally, I would have stuck a soda can into the freezer for an afternoon pick-me-up. So, that's good, right?
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    Good luck fighting that craving!
    2851 days ago
    Thank God for the baby steps! That's where I started! It's now been 2 1/2 years! Wow! How times flies when you start with the baby steps! :) Congrats on your baby steps!!!

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    2851 days ago
    Pop is very addictive. If you haven't had it in months, it would be hard to finish a can. If you have one can a day, you start wanting it twice, and so on. I experienced this when I went to Europe and they hardly have pop, except in these extra small cans. When I came back I felt like it was gross to have an entire can. But as I got used to it, it was more and more each day. You can cut it out! It is one of those things though, that at first, it is easier to just quit cold turkey than to scale back (in k opinion). Once you quit for a while, just a small amount will satisfy you. One thing that helped me a lot in this process was one gem I discovered in Europe.

    Sparkling water + lemon slices. Same tingly feeling. Tons of flavor. REALLY helps with the cravings. I would highly recommend it! Especially since it is just water and lemon you can drink a ton of it if you want to! (Just make sure to use sparkling water and NOT tonic water which is sweetened) emoticon
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    That's what you call a baby step; so yes, it's good.
    2854 days ago
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