Good luck.I drive about 3,000 miles a month for my job. And without
my best friend, Diet Dr. Pepper, I would have died in a fiery crash years
Did I say friend? I meant co-pilot.
Curious article. Having previously not drank soda for a year, why would you go
back? You explain a life style that demands... well what exactly is
demanded... variety? Caffeine? Convenience (it does seem silly to
"buy" a bottle of water)? Get a water bottle (one of those 64 ounce
ones) to carry with all day or wear a camel back. Water, just plain, COLD water
is awesome! As for all those delightful, tempting sodas, get a small mason jar,
put the equivalent amount of white sugar that goes into these drinks in jar on
your desk as a reminder.We enjoy our annual St Pat's AW
Rootbeer toast and homemade freezes (not floats)as well as lemon-lime based
cranberry concoctions for Turkey Day, Christmas and New Year's just as
there are folks who only drink alcohol for special occasions. Otherwise water
with an occasional chance for orange juice or even more rarely a glass of
milk.When August ends you're halfway to 61 days; after Sept,
halfway to 122 days... don't celebrate by falling off the wagon.
Jason:I hate to be the one to tell you, but you are addicted to
Sugar! It is as addictive as cocaine. Time to join an LDS Family Services
Addiction Recovery Program. ;)Here is more from the NY Daily
News:"Dr. Robert Lustig thinks America needs to go to rehab for
sugar addiction."According to brain scans, sugar is as addictive
as cocaine, the California-based endocrinologist told CBS News’ “60
Minutes.”"It causes a euphoric effect that triggers
dopamine, the chemical that controls pleasure in the brain."The
average America eats a third of a pound of sugar every day — 130 pounds a
year."Lustig says his research proves that the sweet stuff
causes heart disease and cancer, as well as Type 2 diabetes and obesity."And its not just the added sweeteners we add to our foods, like
table sugar, or the desserts we eat."Sugar is everywhere in
foods where we least suspect it, including breads, yogurt, peanut butter and
sauces."Too much sugar is also linked to many kinds of cancers,
including breast and colon cancer."I suggest you Google: Sugar
addiction cocaine. You may be surprised.
I haven't had more than half a dozen sodas in the last two decades.
I've never been a soda fan but I really let it go when one of my children
became a soda addict and ended up with more teeth problems than all the other
five children put together.But soda pales in comparison to what I
really hate: chewing gum. I've cleaned it off the floor, my shoes, even my
hands. I've cut it out of children's hair and the family room carpet.
Recently a woman who was speaking in sacrament meeting, an otherwise attractive
40-something woman, reminded me of a cow as she sat on the stand chewing her wad
of gum. I'm sure I was the more hilarious of the two as I sat mesmerized,
my head bobbing along in rhythm with her lower jaw. I couldn't take my eyes
off that hypnotizing motion.Seriously, to each his own. I have my
own bad food habits (meat, potatoes, and zero veggies) to worry about but I am
grateful soda and gum aren't included.
Who even drinks soda anymore? Move on to expensive fruit juices and smoothies!
Dr. Pepper is my favorite followed by Mt. Dew, but I try to drink these
sparingly, more as a treat than an everyday beverage choice. I can go long
periods of time without having soda's, and when it's really hot
outside, nothing satisfies quite like water. What get's me are those folks
(family members, are you reading this?) who drink gallons of diet Coke/soda and
eat like there's no tomorrow. Diet drinks are every bit as bad for your
overall health than regular soda. I love Gabriel Iglesias' line
about why he drinks diet coke and he replies it's so he can eat more
I am 40 years old. I have not had soda or any other form of caffeine in the last
20 years. I am a competitive runner and run 6 days a week. I can get up at 3 am
and drive 1000 miles in a day without feeling fatigued if I replace my usual 12
mile morning run with 1-2 mile jogs during gas station stops. Healthy body does
not need caffeine to stay awake.
We all have our vices/addictions. For some it's a Diet Coke and for some
it's running 6 days a week. I use to worry about it but since diet soda is
the only vice I have I'm keeping it and loving it.
Sasha Pachev ... I got short of breath just reading your post. Me, I'm
thinking Zeus and the gang drank diet sodas Dr Pepper and Mountain Dew. Jason... good luck.
Others said it earlier, so here's my added voice: if the soda companies had
to depend on my business, they'd go broke by end of day! Water, milk, fruit
and vegetable juices--the only way to go!
I guess I am lucky I have never been able to tolerate the feel of the bubbles in
my mouth so soda, pop or what ever you call it has never appealed to me. Why
would anyone put up with those disgusting bubbles just to drink a ton of sugar
that is a truly weird concept. Water is the only sane option It is free, it
quenches your thirst,is readily available and has NO BUBBLES Why choose anything
else. It boggles my mind
@CF Mom and G L W8 ... Rather bland, isn't it, just water and milk and
fruit juice? You need some variety; spice it up a bit; let the bubbles tickle.
That sort of thing. Of course, you're probably healthier than
the rest of us, but what price a few extra days? :)
Those of you who say you don't drink sodas have never had a Stewart's
Key Lime.The nectar of the gods.Green. Fizzy. Icy
cold. Sweet. And, oh, so smooooooth tumbling down your throat.Like
liquid crack.Can't get the stuff where I'm at. Nobody
sells it. Have to rely on my student pilots I solo to get it for me via Amazon
instead of a bottle of alcohol with a handle on it (a USAF tradition).Other favorites:- Stewart's Orange Cream (tastes like an
orange creamcycle/popcycle) - Fanta Strawberry- Peach Nehi-
Welch's Grape- IBC Rootbeer- Mountain Dew (both the original
green stuff and the red stuff)- Cherry Coke- Mormon
'champagne'.....1/2 Sprite, 1/2 fruit punchFor me,
it's not just the sugar...I actually like the fizzy bubbles and the subtle
sting it causes on your tongue and the back of your throat.As long
as one drinks the stuff in moderation, you'll be fine.Can't wait until tonight.....gonna eat some nachos loaded with REAL
cheese and diced up jalepenos, washed down with one of my 5 remaining bottles of
precious Stewart's Key Lime!
it is hard to realize when you are young but you will pay for this when you are
older, mostly by having your blood vessels in very bad disrepair from all the
cola drinks. Sorry, enjoy your caffeine & sugar now because your gonna
To "A Guy with a Brain"I used to fly F-4s and T-38s and envy your
current job opportunities of pulling G's and flying on your back. Response to your comment "As long as one drinks the stuff in moderation,
you'll be fine."Maybe so, now. But when you start hitting
50 and 60, and the normal processes of physical change begin to occur with
increasing frequency, you may as I and many, many others have, begin to swear
off sugar and corn fructose in any form.The real problem is that the
food industry has taken the natural fats out of foods, and injected most
processed foods with various forms of sugar so the processed food doesn't
taste like cardboard, addicting most of America and sparking the obesity
epidemic. I recommend you peruse the information on the Weston A. Price
website.Once hypertension etc. begins to jeopardize your flight
medical certificate so you cannot fly your favorite go-machine, you will quickly
get healthy food religion. Best to start now when it can make a big difference.
For all you proponents of soda, go ahead, spend your money. I'll save
mine--for peanuts! Pass the Planter's please--which I will then wash down
with a nice, refreshing glass of H2O.
Watch the salt content in those Planter's, GLW8. And if you put that H20
under a microscope, pay no attention to them little critters moving about. :)
@ OKWalker - A fellow pilot! Glad to hear from you! I'm glad
I've got the job I have but admit I envy your F-4 time. None of that in my
background. T-38s was as close as I could get to what I REALLY wanted to
fly.Soda: you may be right. I have about one a day, sometimes two.
Just depends on where I'm at at mealtime. Mountain Dew if I'm tired,
usually in the mornings. Biggest health issue is I don't get enough sleep.
Not good. Luckily, I love ice cold water and drink quite a bit of it. Just
never with sandwiches. Sugar-free KoolAid, I like and drink that with a
sandwich easily.So what health problems did you have in your 50s and
beyond due to soda/excess sugar? Just hypertension?Fly safe!
Hey coke drinker, how is your gut? Now that I am retired, I quit drinking the
carbonated beverages. Not only have I lost weight (moving around more than on
the sedentary job, which you probably have also) but I don't have the gas
and sometimes irritated bowel issues that bugged me for so many years. My boss
saw me with a can on the meeting table and told me get off of it, he had gut
surgery a few years prior due to the gasses from drinking a lot of the stuff.
Finally, I advise you that I had colon cancer in 2006, over 1/3 of the large gut
removed, chemo, taking a long long time to come back to a good "before"
condition. I fully believe that soaking my gut with carbonated and sugary drinks
had a lot to do with it. Serious stuff. Your column was a bit flippant about a
"I’m barely a week into “soda-free” month, and because
I’m drinking more water than ever, I already feel lighter on my
feet."Fun article, however, I might suggest you rush back to
your sodas immediately; you know what they call those of us who are "light
in the loafers". ;)
You've mentioned the big three: Guarana, Inka Kola and Dr. Pepper. I only
get occasional gulps of the first two, but number three bridges the gaps.
8 years and counting without a soda. I still crave them every once in a while!