Friday, September 4, 2009

Just Say No

What's your beverage of choice? For me the answer is water. I love water. Sometimes I add some fruit or cucumber slices to make it "more interesting." But I love simple, plain old water.

I have always liked water, and I have always drunk a lot of water. I drink a lot of liquids, just ask hubby; he is still astounded by the amount of liquids I make disappear in a very short amount of time. Unfortunately, water was not the only thing I drank a lot of; I also drank a lot of Diet Coke. And by a lot, I mean a LOT.

It started when we went out. I would get refill after refill after refill. More than one server commented on the huge amounts of Diet Coke I was drinking. And then we started to buy it for home. We bought the huge case at Costco, but it didn't last very long as I had several cans a day... Sometimes we bought two cases at a time... When we went to my in-laws, I had at least one, often two, Diet Cokes.

I knew what I was doing wasn't healthy, but I somehow thought I couldn't stop. But guess what? I could. Here is how I weaned myself off Diet Coke:
  • I started by not buying Diet Coke for the house anymore.
  • When I ordered a coke in a restaurant, I was mindful of how much I was drinking, and I limited myself to one refill.
  • After a while, I took a second to think before I ordered to see if I really wanted a Diet Coke. I realized that sometimes I really didn't.
  • I just drank water when going to restaurants.
  • I stopped drinking Diet Coke at my in-laws. Somehow, this habit was the last to go and the hardest to break... In my mind, being at my in-laws was connected to drinking Diet Coke.
I haven't had a Diet Coke in a long time, and I truly don't miss it. In fact, these days I cringe at the thought of Diet Coke...

Questions: What's your beverage of choice? Is there a habit that you have broken? How did you change what you were doing? Is there a habit you should change?

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. Right now I would say my beverage of choice is water...it used to me coke, not even diet!
    It was HARD to stop drinking but now I don't buy it, I don't order it and I just don't drink it!

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  2. My hubby and I used to be avid Diet Coke drinkers as well. When I made conscious choices to eat healthier, that was one thing I cut out of my diet. Hubby still drinks it once in a while, but maybe one a day, tops. I can't stand the taste of the aspartame anymore, and it makes me feel weird. If I want a soda, it has to be once a month or so, and it's a cane sugar or naturally sweetened soda. My beverage of choice is water (99% of my drinking), followed by tea and coffee.

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  3. My beverage of choice is water too!

    I am trying to break the habit of eating sweets with every meal...

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  4. I do okay with water, but I have found I really like some flavor. So I will have water, and add some lemon to it. That makes me happier than just plain water!!

    I had to wean myself off diet coke too - but I have a confession. When I was losing all my weight, I drank it all the time. (I know - that's bad, but it's the truth!)

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  5. I wish I loved water - it's great and I love it after a long run in the heat, but I drink a lot of it knowing how important it is, but definitely don't "love" it. I also used to drink about 1 diet coke per day. I never did until college when I worked at a restaurant and it was free and the caffeine made a noticeable difference in those long nights - but then I got hooked and had to get "unhooked." In this past year, I also stopped drinking my morning coffee just to make sure I was getting addicted. I still have it sometimes, and usually just buy decaf now, but do enjoy it just not "as the only way to start my day." Thanks for the great post!

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  6. I like water...but the ones with bubbles :-)

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  7. ive cut down my DC too - and now when i drink it, it upsets my tummy. however, now i use it as a treat for once in awhile!

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  8. Hmmm...this reminds me of my "coffee addiction". As I said in my post, I used to drink about 8 cups of coffee a day (yikes, I know). This summer, starting in May, I started cutting this down and now I am at 5 cups a day (400 mg caffeine). I am happy with this, and I feel great. Obviously if I ever plan to have children, I'll need to cut this down more (ugh), but until then I am proud of myself for deleting those three extra cups! And, good for you for getting over the Diet Coke and sticking with water!

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  9. I've always been a water drinker.. never liked pop, juice is too sweet, etc... I do on occasion have an iced tea or an unsweetened grapefruit juice.. yum!

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  10. water is for sure my BOC. i drink at least a gallon a day! i quit the soda quite awhile ago and i have NEVER liked diet sodas, they taste so horrible to me. but i smoked cigarettes before, quit cold turkey. and now i think the only habit i need to break is the fact that i don't take my contacts out for months at a time.....

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  11. Water is my #1 for sure! I have a diet pepsi a day at most - sometimes none, and when when I drink I have vodka/SF redbull or beer! haha Sometimes I wish I drank fewer diet pepsis, but i'm okay with the amount for now. I think i'm just glad i've never drank coffee!

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  12. My beverage of choice is either kombucha, coffee, or water. Usually water for $$$'s sake :)

    I used to use a ton of splenda in everything, but gently weaned off of it by adding agave instead. Now I use less and less agave in coffee.

    I have a habit of eating snacks/something sweet right after meals even though I'm full. I've been trying to change that for years, but not working so well :/

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  13. wow great job giving up the coke, oh and I drink a lot of water as well its so satisfying love your blog, keep up the good work getting healthier Rebecca

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  14. I love orange juice! And I know that's not the worst thing in the world to drink, especially since I get the all natural kind, but it's still so sugary! I've started drinking less. My other favorites are water and skim milke. LOVE milk!

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  15. I would have to say water is my beverage of choice. Sometimes I do just want flavor...so I go find some fruity thing but it's not often

    I have an addiction to my daily cup or two of coffee. I try to omit it but I just don't feel it's that huge an evil...yet.

    that and CANDY is my biggest addiction...gummy worms, starburst... nibble nibble... it took me a while but this year I finally kicked it. Now it's just a bite once in a blue moon

    shew

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  16. I was a HUGE diet coke drinker too. But now, my drink of choice is water. I gave up everything but water (and the VERY occasional tea or beer).

    My husband made a comment about how much soda I drank, and how he hoped my daughter wasn't addicted to it like I am. That word, addiction... it helped me to realize what a HUGE problem I had with it.

    Somehow I just quit. I quit drinking it and didn't look back. Then I gave up juice a few weeks later when I realized how much I didn't miss soda. That was back in April of this year, and I'm doing great and soda/juice free!

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  17. my favorite drink is also water. I've never been big diet soda drinker because it bloat me, but sometimes when I wanted something tasty, I'd have diet coke or any other diet drink. But now I find them disgusting, too sweet and the taste afterward is just bad. I'm glad that I could finally get over with them because I know it's not good to have so much artificial sweetener in my system.

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  18. hmmm...that's tough one. i'd have to say coffee for me. and my habit is drinking too much coffee. :)

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  19. Hi, great article. I would agree with you water is #1 for me too, whether tap or unflavored unsweetened sparkling water. When I lived in the states I too always drank soft drinks or "sugar water" as I like to call them, but I haven't had a soft drink in 5 years. I even dilute my juices, don't like the sugar. I agree of feel the same way and too cringe at the site or smell of soft drinks , yuck.

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  20. Water is my beverage of choice. I was never in the habit of diet sodas, but I did drink regular soda once in a while. After a while, I completely knocked out soda in my life and replaced it with sparkling water.

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  21. My beverage of choice is also water. (Well a cervecita, here and again is also good, lol!) One of things I definitely need to change and need help on is not eating after 8pm. I would love to be done by then but for some reason I love that snack right before bed which ends up just sitting in me :( Way to go on the Diet Coke!!

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  22. Man, I totally need to do that too!

    I have a serious problem with diet pop too! I will buy one if I go to the store, I'll buy some for the house, I'll have one at work. I've thought about how much money I would save not drinking the darn stuff! I think I just have to go cold turkey!!

    You've inspired me....

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  23. Oh Andrea... I so wish this was me. I haven't touched on the subject of my diet soda addiction (and yes, I think it's an addiction for me!)... some days, I'm beyond ready to give them up. And I have in the past... for months... and end up drinking them again.

    I drink water... at least two liters a day... but it's forced. I'm not a water person! I've doctored it up every which way... still not my favorite!

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