On January 5, 2016 I made the decision to finally stop drinking soda.
I had been thinking about this for a long time (it is on my 30 before 30) and was finally inspired to stop consuming the fizzy sweetness after watching the documentary That Sugar Film. Not only have I decided to stop drinking soda, but to also be much more conscious of the sugar that is in the foods I am eating and it is in A LOT of things. So many processed foods have large amounts of sugar and its often used as a marketing technique by companies when they mislead the public into saying something is ‘fat free’ when sugar has just been included (in large amounts) to make it taste appealing. I am not a dietitian or an expert in the field, but decreasing my sugar intake is something that I am pleased to be doing.
Soda had been a daily norm for so much of my life. I don’t blame anyone but myself for that. My parents and grandparents had told me over the years that I should “drink more water”. The truth is, I just didn’t really care that much and the cravings for something very sweet were so strong and I just drank it. Often it was the only drink I was consuming all day, and sometimes up to 6 cans a day . I won’t say that it has been easy, because I have still had cravings but I have been resisting them. I had times when my brain would try and trick me into it, but I still resisted.
Aside from quitting soda, I am also trying to focus on eating healthier (fresh vegetables and fruit, limited processed foods and lots of water) as well as exercise. Right now I am eating basic things, without any dressing and sauces and I don’t mind that at all. Once I become more comfortable I will probably start experimenting with different recipes to give a bit of variety.
I also got a Fitbit, and using the app has been really helpful with this journey so far. Being able to track my diet, weight, exercise and water intake gives me a clearer picture of where I am and helps with motivation. Essentially I feel like it makes a game out of getting healthy (with badges as rewards) and that makes it fun (probably also a smart marketing technique too $u$).
If you decide you want to cut sugar as well that’s awesome. I would suggest that you do speak to a doctor, dietician or health expert before doing so, because our bodies are all different.
The featured image is an illustration I created as a parting gift.
1. Do you drink soda or pop?
2. Do you monitor how much sugar you are consuming?
3. What’s the most unexpected thing you have found sugar in? (Sugar in Tuna really surprised me )