Ok, so I am only two weeks in to my pop-free life, but I am loving it so far. Keep in mind, my goal is not to eliminate caffeine. I don’t really think caffeine is all that evil. My reason for eliminating pop is that I don’t want all that extra sugar in my body, among other things like phosphorus and caramel coloring. As I progressed through my two weeks without pop, something else happened. I lost my desire for sugary foods as well. What a bonus! Once I realized my cravings were all but gone, I sat and thought about all the ways I will benefit from not drinking pop. Let me count the ways for you:
- Pop goes great with junk food. When I drank pop at home, I almost always accompanied it with some bad-for-you food. If I had Doritos in the house, I might dig into those while drinking the Coke. I am saving money not just from not buying soft drinks, but I also won’t buy (or eat) as much junk food.
- Pop costs money at restaurants. I rarely bought pop at a sit-down restaurant in the first place because it was way too expensive. However I do eat fast food some and I almost always bought a value meal. No more! Today I went to Taco Bell and my total bill was $2.63 . Yes I do recognize I could save even more by eating at home, but this was my social time. The other night my daughter was starving after a late basketball practice so I drove her through Wendy’s. I hadn’t eaten either, but I didn’t order anything because nothing really seemed like it would taste very good without my former-friend Coke accompanying it. I saved 5 bucks just from not ordering anything for myself, and I ended up eating some leftovers that were at home instead.
- My purposeful trips to McDonalds will all but disappear. When I craved a Coke, quite often I would also crave some nice, salty fries along with it. Sometimes I would just choose to hit the drive-thru instead of waiting to eat until I got home just so I could have a Coke. Not hitting McDonalds will be big savings once you consider the kids are with me a lot when I am in the car. (Don’t hate me because I love salty-fries…)
- I will be healthier! I have a lot more energy since I am not inundating my poor body with all that sugar. I also have a stronger desire for healthier foods. Not to mention the benefits to my teeth. I may have the softest teeth in the world as it seems like they find something wrong with my teeth every time I go in for a cleaning. I am hoping my checkups will go better without the added sugar in my diet.
- I will be lighter (hopefully). On average, I drank about sixteen ounces of pop a day. I believe Coke contains about twelve calories an ounce, so I was ingesting about 185 empty calories a day. Add some more empty snack calories that went with the drink and I was probably ingesting about 250 harmful, useless calories a day. That equals 68,133 calories a year, which equates to almost 20 pounds. 20 pounds! So, I wonder, would I be 20 pounds lighter if I stopped the pop habit a year ago? I would a be a lean, mean, blogging machine instead of someone that needs to hit the gym! I cringe at that thought. Although I am sure I am probably eating some extra, more healthy calories to compensate for the calories I am not ingesting from pop and Doritos. So, maybe I would only be 15 pounds lighter. Still, what an easy way to keep 15 pounds off the body. Plus, I have more energy to exercise since I am not sluggish from my sugar crashes, and I am more active.
Have you ever given up pop/soda entirely? If so, were you able to stop completely? Did you lose any weight? Please feel free to share any experiences you had from eliminating pop from your diet.