Monday, August 2, 2010

How To - Healthy Living - Week 5 - I'm not buying Soda Pop

Hi Friends,
Welcome to Healthy Living Week 5.
This week I lost a half pound making my total 5.5 pounds lost and 24.5 to go.
I'm still struggling with sugar but I can honestly say I cut back significantly.  I've also increased my water but I need to continue working on getting more water in, especially during these hot days.  I made it to the gym four times this week.

My resolution this week is that I'm no longer buying soda pop at the grocery store.  I will allow myself one when we go out for a meal which is once or twice a week, but that is it.  The only time I'll buy sodas at the store is when we are having a party at the house.  I've always been a believer that most things in moderation are fine, its just when it gets to excess that it's a problem.  My daily diet sodas are/were a problem.

My decision to do this has been on my mind for some time and after a visit to the dentist I left there determined soda was something I needed to cut way back on and my family didn't need them either.  First I'll say, I've only drank diet sodas for years now.  I've been reading though that even diet sodas aren't good for you.  My dentist told me that although I don't have any cavities, yeah, they need to do a deep cleaning under the gums on me.  Something about how the gum attaches to the teeth and that I've had some bone loss in my mouth which could have been caused by soda pop.  This deep cleaning involves numbing up my gums so the procedure, which is scheduled for Oct., is going to be painful.  Something for me to look forward to :-(

Some of harmful effects of sodas that I have learned about include:
It's addictive.
It can lead to dehydration.
Regular sodas are packed with calories.
It is bone weakening.  It can leach the calcium out of your bones which is what is happening to me.  This is due to the phosphoric acid that all sodas contain.
The acids in soda can destroy your tooth enamel.
Artificial sweeteners in diet soda can possibly cause other food cravings.
I ran across a whole slew of other health issues.  It can possibly cause kidney damage, harmful effects on our liver, and in general that it contains toxins that can damage our cells.
One thing that was not ever mentioned in any of the articles I read, but it was one of the first things I thought of is that it gets expensive! 

Like I said, I believe in moderation and cutting back to only one or two a week is huge for me.  It will be interesting to see how this affects my weight loss and general health.

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Sara Cart said...

I would love to get rid of pop. Sadly, Hubby is addicted to caffeine and I can't stand to be around him when he hasn't had any. He gets ill and then becomes a jerk.

Tina said...

Sara you should suggest to your husband tea. Black and green teas especially have a lot of caffeine in them and are way healthier for you!

Alexia said...

Good luck! Starting tomorrow I am cuting out soda, again. LOL I have a nice little addiction going, but the good news is...every day is a new day and I'll keep trying! I'd really love to get my belly flattened out a bit and I know that soda is the cause of some of that paunch right now!

LaVonne said...

I recently quit buying diet soda too. I was addicted to diet pepsi and coke. I drank both. I only drink one if we go out too. I do buy the "natural" soda made with real sugar (Hansen's, Zevia, and Blue Sky) for the rest of my family. But I don't drink those much either. (Too many calories.) I am drinking more water now. I have about 30 lbs to go but it is slowly coming off.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

My husband and I made a similar decision back in November. I used to drink A LOT of Diet Coke, but I just stopped buying it at the store. It was a bit difficult at first, but it has gotten much easier, and now I really don't miss it. I will have a glass of soda once in a while when we go out to eat, but you won't find it in my house.

Congrats on your decision... You'll be happy you did it!

Mom2fur said...

If I had only one reason to stop buying soda, it's the price. What's up with nearly $2 a bottle?!?! I like Coke once in a while, but if I have to suck down calories I'd rather have lemonade or water. I like your idea to only have it when you eat out. That way, you don't deprive yourself.
As far as sugar, I'm trying really hard to cut back at my weakest point: my morning coffee. I can easily put in 7 or 8 teaspoons. Now I'm tasting the coffee after 2 or 3 and finding it is sweet enough. Unless someone tells me it's going to kill me tomorrow, one thing I won't give up is my morning coffee! (And I detest the taste of Splenda, LOL!)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

When you switch to water, it's amazing! We are water drinkers at out house. We have water at every meal and in between. Anything else is an occasional treat.

Good for you!


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