Welcome to the 16th post in my One Simple Change series (aka “Healthy Lifestyle 101”). Thanks for understanding that I couldn’t post last week because I was in Mexico for my cousin Stephanie’s wedding.
Today I want to go back to the topic of Healthy Drinks, and implore you to stop drinking commercial sodas.
If you google “why you should stop drinking soda”, you’ll end up with article after article featuring the top 5 (or 10 or 20 or 30 or…you get my drift) reasons to give the stuff up. So I am not going to give you another list: you can find one here, here and here, if you’re interested. ps Diet soda is super problematic, as well.
I personally quit soft drinks many years ago, when I learned that soda consumption could disrupt the balance of minerals in your bones. This was a huge concern to me, as I was already at risk for osteoporosis: a bone scan in my early 20s showed osteopenia/low bone density for reasons too complicated to describe here (but I had another last year and I no longer have bone density issues!).
Now in the interest of full disclosure, I’d be lying if I said I never ever ever drink soda because I actually drink 2 sodas a year. It’s weird, I know, but just about every 6 months I get a craving for a diet cola (the one that begins with the letter “P”) with a big squeeze of lemon and I just give in. I figure anything you indulge in twice annually cannot do too much damage. At least I hope that is the case.
Lots of people out there (maybe you?) drink soda daily, though (and some people drink many sodas each day). In all honesty, I can’t think of too many things that are more antagonistic to a healthy lifestyle than this.
Now I appreciate that soda has addictive qualities…I really do. I get that the combination of bubbly and sweet can be downright irresistible. And then there’s the caffeine…if that’s what you’re after. The thing is, there are SO many other things you can drink- some of which are bubbly and sweet- that are not nearly as bad for you as commercial soda. There are many high quality natural sodas on the market- yes, they have white sugar (maybe…some are sweetened with natural alternatives) but at least they don’t have all the chemicals. I don’t suggest drinking them all the time, but occasionally I think they’re just fine. And here are many more options.
I’ve mentioned this on my blog before, but in our home, we rely on water made bubbly in a SodaStream* mixed with organic juice (I also mix in homemade syrups like this one made with rhubarb and lemon balm, or this one made with strawberries) when we’re looking for something soda-esque. I do allow my kids to have a soda once in a while when we’re out, but I never keep soda in the house.
So what’s your relationship to soda? Have you given it up already or do you still drink it? If you still drink it, why is that? Ready to quit? Let me know if you are “in” for this week’s One Simple Change…because saying “bye” to soda will most certainly help you get healthier :)
* Disclosure: I receive a small percentage of the sale when you buy something at Amazon.com using a link on my blog; please know that I only link to books and other items that I use and love.