Hope you’ve all had a great week! Another Friday has arrived very quickly and today I have a great guest post for you!
First, thank you, Jaima, for letting me guest post today! I am thrilled! You are the reason I am where I am today! Thank you! For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Aimee and I am a new blogger. Today I’m going to share with you WHY I’m quitting soda!
To start, I have to tell you about my husband. I guess it was about a month into dating, he told me that he used chewing tobacco. While I was thoroughly disgusted, I had already fallen in love with him. I told him that it was fine, but once we had kids, it had to stop. I knew in all honesty, that he’d likely never quit, especially if he really didn’t want to. I am so proud to say that 4 years later, with a two year old at home, my husband finally quit! I have never been so proud! I had been nagging at him since my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and even more after she passed away. I understood the addiction side—I’m addicted to sodas. I always thought that it wasn’t nearly as bad of an addiction, but since my husband quit, I decided to do some research to help convince myself to stop drinking soda.
Now, I LOVE cokes. It’s often one of the first things on my mind when I wake up– I need a fix. Terrible isn’t it? Especially when I claim to be living this healthy life and using all the organic products, all the while I sucking down this awful stuff. Confession: I have been drinking primarily soda. Maybe 1 glass of water a day. That’s how bad my addiction has become. I don’t know if it’s the sugar, the bubbles, the caffeine, or a combination of those things that has me addicted, but all I know is I need help! LOL. If my husband could kick tobacco, surely I can kick cokes!
So, I have been soda free since Thursday, August 02, 2012. Wow. It’s in print, and all you people are reading this, so I better stick to it! I decided to get a coke can and look at the ingredients and do a little Wikipedia research. Here is what I found.
- Carbonated water: Nothing so much wrong with that.
- Sugar (high-fructose corn syrup): Contributes to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Okay, pause here. My argument has always been that I’m not overweight. I never really have been. So I can’t say that cokes cause obesity in everyone. But I bet if I’m not careful, it will catch up to me. As for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and liver disease, I don’t want to mess with those. My dad was just diagnosed with diabetes, and I take after him quite a bit. He cut the sodas and the diabetes symptoms went away!
- Caffeine: Let me preface this by saying I am not giving up all forms of caffeine. I still am drinking tea and the occasional cup of coffee. There are some benefits out there for low to moderate consumption of caffeine which is 130 mg-300 mg per day. But for those who want to know, here are the risks: may cause heart disease and bone density loss, and of course high levels of caffeine have been noted to increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnancy.
- Phosphoric acid: Here’s the big one! Did you know coke can be used to remove rust, clean toilet bowls, ruin car engines, and all sorts of stuff? Well, this is the culprit. This ingredient lowers bone density and affects kidney health.
- Caramel color (E150d): This is what discolors your teeth!
- Natural flavorings: So they don’t release what all is in this, so there’s not much to say here! But that’s scary—I don’t know what else is in this drink I am consuming!
A can of Coke (12 fl ounces/355 ml) has:
· 39 grams of carbohydrates (all from sugar, approximately 10 teaspoons): Umm, hello belly fat!! And did you know sugar is addicting? You just keep needing more and more! Seriously, try a sugar detox! It’s really tough because sugar is in so many things we eat, especially if you eat anything processed! Which I fully recommend eating REAL food!
· 50 mg of sodium: Did you know sodium affects your blood pressure, heart health, and besides that can make you look bloated! I work hard to keep in shape! I don’t need the sodium in coke to make me look fatter than I am!
· 140 calories: Empty calories. You could definitely lose weight by cutting the cokes. I have found I am hungrier when I am not drinking them, so that’s a battle for me. I want to eat more.
Okay, here’s what I am doing to help myself in this journey. The title did say QUITTING because it is a daily, consistent choice I have to make. I have to choose to quit every time I want a soda. I am drinking Cinch energy tea to help battle my cravings and it is really helping. I am drinking a ton of water to help flush everything out. I am eating Cinch snack bars and drinking Cinch shakes to help me fight my need for those extra calories. And of course, I am exercising! It is the BEST form of stress relief! I hope this information is helpful to you. Basically, I found that there are way too many bad things in soda for me to continue drinking them. I know this will be a long road, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able to taste one for a while or I’ll be hooked again!
I’d love to hear your stories of beating addictions, soda related or otherwise!