As of today, I have been off of soda completely for 23 days! I was drinking just one Diet Coke in the morning. I wouldn’t even drink a whole can, but I felt like I needed that little bit of caffeine to wake me up. I am not a morning person at all!! (It probably doesn’t help either that I am a night owl.)
But, I am going to try hard to not drink pop again. I know it’s bad for me, but it’s just always been what I’ve drank. Growing up, I was a dancer and in college my dance teacher used to get on to me all the time because I only drank Diet Coke. She would get so mad at me because I didn’t ever drink any water. I always felt fine, or I guess it was just normal to me.
The last couple of years, I have really been focusing on what makes me feel good and how my body responds to foods and drinks. I cut way back on pop because I couldn’t sleep at night if I drank it in the afternoon. I started drinking a ton more water, because I could tell a difference in how that helped me with my running. I don’t usually get very sore because I’m super hydrated. And, if I am sore, I drink a ton of water and it helps! But, I never felt a huge difference in the way it made me feel until we went on vacation this summer.
The resort didn’t have bottles of water anywhere except in the rooms, so I drank Diet Coke all day and night for a week. I was MISERABLE! My stomach was so bloated and I just felt sick the whole time. I also felt very sluggish and didn’t have a lot of energy. I would actually crave water! I could tell a huge difference in the way the pop made me feel, and how much better I felt after drinking water for a few days after that trip.
I also just found a new favorite brand of water when I was in California – VOSS water! It is so crisp and refreshing. It’s from Norway! I bought several bottles and drank Voss the whole time we were in California. I fell in love with it, and then I came home and I was really disappointed. I can’t buy a case of it here. I can buy a huge bottle of it, but it’s kind of expensive. I can buy a whole case of water for the price that I can buy 1 bottle of the Voss water. Next time I go somewhere, I will stock up on it!
Since I still need a little boost in the morning, I have replaced the pop in the morning with another caffeine product, but at least this one is better for me. My new favorite drink is Lipton’s Diet Green Tea. I really like the mixed berry flavor. It still gives me the energy that I need, but I think it’s healthier for me since it’s green tea. I have one of these each day, and then I drink water the rest of the day. I try to drink at least a gallon of water a day. I do have more energy and feel better when I drink more water.
I also like that there are so many additional benefits to drinking more water. Some of my favorites are:
- It helps with digestion and kidney function
- It helps speed up your metabolism
- Keeps you hydrated – this helps with running a lot!
- Makes you feel fuller – so you eat less
- Keeps your skin healthy
Bottom line – I just feel better when I drink water and not pop!