Soft drinks = ☠

I strongly believe that information is power. I can obviously only speak for myself, but information was the main trigger – and main long-term motivation – for most changes I have been introducing in my life.
Like I said on my Bye Bye Soft Drinks post I was severely addicted to Iced Tea. Hearing people say I shouldn’t drink it “because it’s bad for you” was too abstract for me, and consequently too easy to dismiss. When I began to understand HOW soft drinks completely mess you up, I couldn’t play it cool any more. I knew it would be emotionally brutal, but I had to remove soft drinks from my life. It took me over 6 months to completely wean myself off it, and I had to take many steps back before I finally succeeded, but I believe it was worth it.

There is a TON of information online on each of the many ways soft drinks are harmful for you. You can, for example, start with the What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Can of Coke article. Since it has links to other follow-up articles, you can take the opportunity and read on.

For a quick and simplified overlook check out the following Infographic (you can click on it to enlarge):

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Bye Bye Soft Drinks

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