So, I’m doing my best to avoid drinking pop (aka soda… aka carbonated beverages…) currently, in my bid to take better care of myself and focus on my health. It’s tough because I do love Cherry Coke and Vanilla Coke (and Cherry Vanilla Coke) but I limit myself to when I go out for dinner, which isn’t very often. I don’t drink it that often but I do have patterns that I drink it with certain meals- it’s a harder habit to break than I thought it would be. It turns out, I’ve had to be more creative than I thought with how I’m approaching it…
Going Cold Turkey
Luckily I’m not overly addicted to pop, so cutting it out completely doesn’t leave me shaking with a pounding head. It’s slightly difficult to resist when everyone around me is drinking pop, but I’ve decided to commit to this and I need to do it. (Those damn Coke machines will be the death of me- a million flavours of Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, and anything else you can imagine in the world. Why??) Turns out that I do have to make sure I have some sort of beverage on hand, because just sitting awkwardly while other people drink pop while I want to is kind of difficult on my brain. It’s usually water but I have to have something.
New Water Bottle
While I do drink a decent amount of water, I did get a new water bottle to encourage myself to drink more. I considered getting a S’Well but the couple that I would have chosen are pretty common in my gym and dance classes and there is a good likelihood that I would end up with someone else’s. I went with one from the Alpha Gam Boutique, it’s perfect as it’s inexpensive and the mouth of the bottle is wide enough to add fruit if I’m jonesing for more flavour.
Fruit and Tea
I have to give a long round of applause for those people who can only drink water. While I do drink a good amount, I usually break down for some sort of taste after a while. Because it’s the summer, I like to do a nice iced tea! I usually do La La Lemon from David’s Tea- it’s black tea with lemon, very refreshing and simple. If I’m being super fancy, I will add lemon slices to jazz it up. I also like to throw fruit and herbs into my water! Strawberry and mint is a super easy combo, you really only need to let it sit for half an hour. I plan on branching out this summer, it’s time to bring out the watermelon and cucumber and basil and see what creations come of it. I also love infused water because it’s really easy to make at work!
Have you tried to give up pop? What helped you quit it?