Since I was an itsy bitsy child I had ALWAYS drank soft drinks during meals and during leisure times. This was the hardest change for me: giving up my beloved iced tea, and it took me months to do it. Over many months I slowly reduced the amount of iced tea I drank with my meals, and believe me… I drank seas’ worth of it.
Switching straight to water just didn’t work, for the food didn’t taste the same, and I felt strong sugar cravings shortly after meals – sugar is a b*itch of a drug, but I’ll get to it later – so it took me time, plenty of time, to remove it from my life, and I often thought I would never be able to completely give it up. But I strived to keep in mind that it’s a process, and life-time habits aren’t changed overnight: it takes time. So if today I drank 3 glasses of iced tea, next week I would only drink 2 glasses and 3/4, and so on at a painstakingly slow pace.
At this point I am glad to share that after months without a single sip of soft drinks, when I decided to have some Coca-Cola for “old times sake” it tasted horrible to me! Like cheap caramel gone bad, truthfully. I am fully aware that it was not the Coke that changed, it was me, and since then I have never ever wished for it again. As for the Iced Tea, my taste buds now perceive it as cloying liquid, so the outcome is the same: never again.
Since health is my destination, I never went for the “zero calories” soft drinks. My mind associates that with “chemical sh*t-storm”.
For a follow-up on this theme, please check out my Soft drinks = ☠ post