Well, it’s now been 16 days without soda. And, I’ve gotta say, hasn’t been much of a problem.

I think it comes down to Want. What I mean is, in the past I’d wanted to quit drinking soda, but I didn’t Want to; didn’t feel the absolute need to. Now, however, I do, because it just seems impossible (for me, anyhow) to put so much shit in my body. Soda isn’t the equivalent of smoking cigarettes, but it’s probably the liquid equivalent. Meaning, if you’re itching to put absolute crap into your system, soda’s the A#1 way to go.

Thus far, I’d say the biggest adjustment has come in finding an alternative beverage. I’ve been drinking lots of iced coffee, but come day’s end it makes me saggy. The boost is great … for a spell. Then, blech. Out.

Maybe it’ll wind up being water?

12 thoughts on “Soda-less”

  1. I drink a lot of water, juice often. Just look at the ingredients. Occasionally I’ll do some kind of exotic juice but usually go with Apple, Grape, or Cranberry 100% juice drinks.
    My local grocery has a machine that juices oranges in the store. Great juice.

  2. I just read your article “A father’s day wish.” Seriously?? I don’t think anyone could’ve put it better than you. You made my night…my weekend. I am so sharing this! THANK YOU THANK have no idea how it has just changed my one of those light switches…

  3. I drink massive amounts of water all day, every day at work. I’m certain it’s what kept me skinny in the ten years since college ended. I pretty much only drink pop when I have a Coke at the movies. There’s just something about having a Coke in the theater, even if the price is outrageous.

  4. Try going without caffeine for an entire weekend. You’ll notice a huge energy difference once the stuff is out of your system.

  5. My girlfriend (a diabetic) gave up soda a few months ago. Though she drank diet soda, that’s loaded with at least as much garbage as normal soda.

    Being a supportive partner, I gave it up too. Sometimes I really crave a soda. I have found that having a beer or a sparkling water gets over the worst of the cravings for me. I guess for me it wasn’t so much the flavor of soda as the carbonation.

    Hope that helps.

  6. I’ve become an iced tea devotee. Gave up soda two years ago and now only drink it in the rare cocktail or by accident.

  7. I have been reading your updates and want to quit. I really do.

    Several years ago I dropped from the regular garbage to the diet garbage, and helped my weight in the process.

    I have been cutting down, but when it’s morning, Im in a fog, and my head feels like it wants to split open? A Diet Mountain Dew or Coke Zero is heaven.

    Don’t smoke, drink a few on the weekends, but this may be tough going to cold turkey.

  8. Loved your fathers day article! Soda is crap…I do drink it, but not much. My husband was an avid soda drinker, and like you said, finally WANTED to give it up. He still drinks it some though, not nearly as much as he used to. Finding a replacement beverage is my biggest hangup in giving it up altogether. I doubt coffee is a good replacement though – it’s worse for you then soda. Sodas biggest downside is sugar (unless you drink diet,that is horrible) but coffee has all sorts of crap in it.
    Check out that link. Seriously disgusting.
    Good luck!

  9. Good stuff, Jeff. As of tomorrow I’ll be 50 days without a pop and 35 without an energy drink.

    You hit the nail on the head in re: substitutes. Have you tried vitamin water? Tastes pretty good and only 10 cal.

    You Americans are fortunate that your iced tea is actually tea and sugary stuff like in Canada.

  10. Soda is just so ubiquitous. You can get soda in more places than you can get cigarettes. I thought maybe I’d try to lay off soda too but I ended up drinking it without even realizing it!

    Water’s good. Drink a lot of water. Maybe try something slightly off-beat, like apple or cranberry juice.

    I’ve heard that Jewish people tend to drink a lot of soda and other carbonated beverages because for hundreds of years we’ve had the kosher restriction of not having milk and meat together. Time to have meat? Head for the soda instead of milk. This is just something my gran told me, I don’t know if its true or not. I do know that carbonation of water was discovered in the late 18th century, so this alleged trend could have been going on for 200 years.

    Anyway, water is probably your best bet. Add a little lemon or lime. On that tangent, make lemonade! 🙂 Lemonade is always good.

    You should get a chip or something at 30 soda free days. xD

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