Please note: this article is about carbonated beverages. If you are a weight loss surgery patient, you should have already weaned yourself off of the bubbles. I am not a weight loss surgery patient, so this is my struggle.
I’ve gotten back into a bad habit of not drinking enough water. It’s not that I don’t have access to water; we have a really nice water cooler just a few steps away from my office. Twenty steps, in fact. I just counted them.
My problem is that I’ll walk the extra steps to the refrigerator, (26 – yes, I just counted those out, too) to get a soda instead. A diet and caffeine-free soda, of course, but still a soda. It’s really not even the taste that I crave. It’s the bubbles.
So, as I stated earlier, I’m not drinking enough water.
I can tell a difference when I’m not drinking enough water. I feel kind of sluggish and I tend to feel overheated. My urine is also darker, no matter how much fluid of other kinds that I drink.
So, how can I make myself drink more water? I’ve got to break it down into steps.
First, don’t keep it in the house. That works for a little while, but then that craving for the bubbles comes back.
Second, if I must have bubbles, then purchase them in a less-damaging format. I can purchase seltzer water much more cheaply than I can the same amount of diet soda, and the only ingredient is carbonated water.
Third, impose a limit. If I limit myself to a certain amount of bubbles per day, then I’ll have to drink non-carbonated beverages for the remainder of the day. Since I don’t like to drink my calories, and I’m working on getting away from artificial ingredients, that really limits my choices.
Fourth, allow myself a treat occasionally. Deprivation using causes overindulgence later on.
So, my goals are:
- Purchase fewer diet sodas, replacing them with carbonated water, or seltzer.
- Limit myself to one container of carbonation per day, and then finish out the day with non-carbonated beverages.
- Once I’m drinking more water, both carbonated and plain, then try to wean off the bubbles.
Darn those little effervescent bubbles!
Give me 30 days….I’ll do a follow-up piece.