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Reasoning with a Soda-holic


By Katharine Branham -

 Okay, I will admit my love of sweet tea goes beyond anything normal; but with that being said; I still limit my intake to only four sweet teas a week. Sure, I would love to indulge and have that refill over and over – but I resist.

You see, I gave up any kind of brown soda about 10 years ago. When I did that, I lost about 10 pounds after a month of being soda free. I have had 7-up or Sprite to settle an upset stomach, but my personal rule is ‘no sodas at anytime of any day’. 

There are several reasons to kick the habit altogether. The caffeine is horrible and no one needs that much sugar. I know they have diet, but what are you getting out of that but a bunch of chemicals that your body wasn’t designed to process. In fact, when people talk about going on a diet, they seem to be sucking down a large diet soda at the time.

My friend has a soda addiction that has propelled her in to panic attacks after consuming almost a six pack of her favorite caffeine-laden elixir. I’ve even seen empty soda cans in her bathroom, car, and purse. She wants to lose some pounds and decides to eat right, but then she washes her tofu-dog down with an extra large soda.

Her reasoning is that she is not consuming the extra calories in chilidog that might have been her old choice, so she can afford to treat herself to an extra large beverage. The whole purpose of a diet is to lose weight – not to shift the caloric intake from one item to another.

The diet thing may not be for you, and that’s fine. But if you just eat normal and substitute ice water for brown sodas, you will notice a difference in your skin’s appearance, weight loss, and overall health. The key to a water substitution is to make it really cold. You can also add 100% juice to your diet but ingesting just a few ounces several times a day. When you change your fluid intake to healthier choices like water, juice, milk, and/or tea – you’ll see improvements materialize before your eyes.


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