This post has been really hard for me to write because I love soda and as soon as I write this post, I will hold my self accountable for what I say. That being said I know that drinking water is an essential part to getting healthy, so here we go.
In my research I have found that our bodies are approximately 70% water and throughout the day we use so much of it, that replacing it with soda and sugary drinks can just make us feel more dehydrated. You might be dehydrated and not even know it. Signs can include things link having muscle cramps, dry skin, sugar cravings and headaches.
I am sure everyone has heard that you need 64 ounces of water a day, however my research has found that in fact you need much more than that, unless you weight 128 pounds or less. For those of us that weight more than that, the goal needs to be to drink half your body weight in ounces a day. I am go to be flavoring some of my water with fruit, drinking some plain and consuming some as tea, to get all of my water. Here is some info I found really helpful when trying to decide whether or not I should give up sugary drinks. After look at this, it was a pretty simple choice.
While I do not think that at first I will be able to give up all sugary drinks, it is my goal to make them an occasional special treat, instead of the daily staple they currently are. I would love to hear how you drink more water and if you have given up sugary drinks all together, how you did it. Leave me a comment below.
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ok here goes….. I gave up sodas (coke, Dr. Pepper, Ginger Ale) about two years ago. This is going to sound hard core but I just stopped buying it and refused to drink it. My 22 year old son hasn’t drank a soda since he was in the 8th grade, and my 17 year old son stopped drinking sodas when I did. Husband still likes his cokes but only has 2 per week. We did not ween ourselves – went cold turkey – it was the only way and it wasn’t that difficult. (I also did the same thing with smoking cigarettes 2 years ago, and now caffeine (only decaf for me). Just gotta find something to replace it. I chose breathing… it sounds crazy, but I just deep breathing to get rid of the thought of wanting a soda. Yoga helps too! Then of course is the whole thing about how much weight gain those sugary drinks put on our bodies. Look, I’m 51 years old – at this point everything I did in my 30’s and 40’s (all the bad choices) is now catching up with me so I had to turn it around quickly! Chew sugarless gum, breathe, exercise, play with the dog, do whatever it takes and you will find your way to quit a bad habit. You can do it, anyone can… no excuses. I love those water diffusers and putting peaches or lemons/limes inside – so refreshing!!! That’s all I have… just my humble opinion! xoxo Erica
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Erica, thanks for the comment. I am so impressed that you went cold turkey without so many things. I find that I use caffeine as a crutch, on those days that I do not sleep well. I am trying to fix that as well and the more I look at getting healthy, the more I see that everything is intertwined and we have to do it all to truly be successful. I am going to try and be more like you!!! Thanks for the motivation and support.