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I Love Soda, But I Drink Green Tea

Here’s the thing: I love soda.  I mean, I really love soda.  Always have, since I was a kid.  Looking back, it really wasn’t that uncommon to consume burgers & fries and drink soda growing up.  And clearly I wasn’t alone – everybody did it.  Just like everyone considered McDonald’s, Wendy’s and the like, part of the natural order.  Like going to baseball games in summer.  It was what ya do.

Now in the internet age, things are totally different.  Sure kids still go to McDonald’s, but it doesn’t have the cultural stranglehold over americans that it once did.  And the same can be said about soft drinks.  These days, soda has become a sort of boogeyman (something I wouldn’t even have fathomed before the turn of the century).  And the ultimate irony is that I’m trying to leave it too.

 

I Can’t Stop!

Let me set things straight.  I am certainly no health food nut.  I can crush hot wings & burgers with the best of ‘em!  But I am starting to mature (that means getting older), and I have seen what toll a poor diet & no exercise can take on your body…what’s more, I don’t wanna take a tackle box full of drugs daily in 10 years.  That means I gotta start making changes now.  So I figured I’d cut out the sodas.

Hmph.

Man is that friggin’ hard!!  I had NO IDEA that I was addicted to drinking bubbly sugar water until I tried to stop!  Believe me, it didn’t take long to realize that it had been a staple of my diet for years…because when I tried to quit, the relapse was ridiculous.  I would go about 5 or so days, and then end up killing a 1 liter bottle in under 2 hours.  Crazy.


How It Got Started

But let me begin at the beginning.  Back around 2000, there was this chain email (remember those?) that was circulating at work that was talking about the difference between water & Coke.  Among other things, I learned that with a can of Coke you can

  • Clean your toilet bowl
  • Remove stains off fine china
  • Cover aluminum foil with it & take rust off chrome(!)
  • Use it to clean a load of greasy laundry
  • Clean off corroded car battery terminals(!!!)

I never forgot that last one.  For me, it drove the point home that Coca-Cola, my favorite drink on planet earth, might actually not be good for me.

Or anyone.

Let me tell you, that was heavy stuff.  But I didn’t do anything with the info then (besides use it as interesting trivia).  No, it would be some years later.  Thankfully that episode planted a seed.  And from that seed, the concept of healthy dieting was able to take root.  Well, at the very least it helped me understand that the burgers and fries diet could be trouble down the road.

The Facts Of The Matter

Alright.  This is a blog, not a research paper.  But the facts about carbonated beverages and health boil down to two primary compounds: Phosphoric Acid & High Fructose Corn Syrup.  In short, this shit will kill you.

Why?  Well, let’s examine the reasons.

Coke (or any carbonated beverage) is too sugary.  Regularly drinking these beverages (in time) will lead to rotted teeth and diabetes.  These drinks can also increase your risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.  And the kicker – sodas will make you fat.

And that’s no all.  Check out this link for the whole rundown.

The takeaway here is that regularly drinking any sodas will at some point lead to health problems.  Yes, that is a fact.  And please don’t think that switching to diet soda is going to do you any favors.  It won’t.  Nor will energy drinks (those things are sodas on steroids).

The aim here isn’t to scare anybody.  But most folks just don’t know the facts.  And now that the facts are out there, it is incumbent upon us all to adjust.

Ironically, I did.  But not how I expected.

 

Tea Is Now For Me

Life can take you down some unusual roads.  It was happenstance that I ended up drinking tea, but the good news is that the habit stuck.  Or should I say, its good news for my health.

A couple of years ago, I found myself working for a company that sold loose tea.  I was part of a group that was opening the place, so on top of the usual crap involved with opening a retail location, we were given 2 weeks of job training.  Interestingly, most of the two weeks were spent learning about tea!  Hitherto that time, I knew that tea came in bags and it could be iced.  That’s it.

But my tea training was an eye opener in several foundational ways.  I learned plenty of interesting things, like how tea was made and the like.  Yet the health benefits of tea was groundbreaking news.  And since I was studying this stuff, it made quite the impression on me (suffice it to say, that was precisely the point of the training; sell with sincerity).  Not to mention the company freely encouraged us to drink all the teas for free at work.  That sure helped to hasten a behavior change in me.

 

Change I Could Believe In

The truth is that by drinking tea, I began to feel better.  That was a nice little unintended consequence of the job.  And predictably, I began drinking more tea.  Hell, I started drinking tea at home in my spare time too.

Then a really interesting thing happened.  I stopped drinking coffee!  That one really surprised me.  But the taste for coffee had left me.  So then I became this green tea drinking weirdo.  Although, it’s really not that weird – the fact is that tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, only behind water.  How bout that?

In the U.S. coffee is top dawg over tea, yet in many countries around the world, it isn’t even close.  Tea is king.  So I’m gettin’ my global citizen thing on.  But more than that, I have come to like it.  And in the end, that is all the reason I need.


The Saga Continues…

Here I am after all of this time still drinking soda.  Admittedly, it is not my default, go-to drink these days.  But in all truthfulness, I still drink Coke.  I do my best to watch my intake (and there are times when I relapse STILL), but I am pretty confident that my days of constantly drinking soda are behind me.  Because now I drink tea.

I like to have tea on all occasions (you know, the regular bag tea that can be found in the grocery store).  I brew my own & enjoy it iced or hot.  Mostly it depends on my mood.  However, it’s a lifestyle change that I have committed to.  And in my case, that has made all of the difference.

How about you?

2 comments

  1. Patricia

    I can’t really drink soda any more. It’s funny, because I’ll crave it sometimes, but whenever I have it, it tastes pretty awful to me!

  2. Clarissa

    I also got into tea and ended up easing on the soda. Although I do crave an occasional ice-cold Coke every once in a while.

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