Originally Posted by esrgirl
I've had people tell me that once you stop drinking it for a while you won't want to drink it anymore. It doesn't suprise me that it is so bad for you. I can't imagine taxing it extra though.
I've found this to be very true. I quit drinking pop about 4 years ago. It was doing awful things to my bladder and I just quit one day. I used to grab a can of Mountain Dew before I even went to the bathroom in the morning, and i had to walk past the bathroom to get to the kitchen! After a couple weeks, all my bladder problems were gone, I had more energy throughout the day instead of the spikes and crashes brought on by the pop. Then I found out I was pregnant a few weeks after that, and figured it would be better for the baby if I didn't drink pop. After baby was about 3 mos old, I decided to drink a can of Mountain Dew. It tasted SO sweet and just nasty that I only drank half of it. And got a bladder infection. I've sworn off the stuff ever since, and I don't even want it anymore. What makes it hard though, is a lot of places only offer pop to drink! I'm not a big water fan, most of it tastes funny to me, and I don't drink tea. So that usually only leaves me with milk or lemonade. Most places use 2% milk, which is like white water to me, and Brisk Lemonade, which I can't stand! So finding something to drink can be a real problem sometimes!
Anyways, I don't think drinking pop alone is causing most people to be fat. Usually there's lots of other unhealthy food choices being made (I was actually about 10 pounds underweight when I was drinking pop, and almost 4 years after the baby, only weigh 10 pounds more than I did then). But it's a choice! I chose to drink pop, and now I choose not to. Noobdy forced me to do one or the other, unless you count my unhappy bladder!
Another interesting note is that when I stopped drinking pop, I started drinking a glass of real (not from concentrate) orange juice every morning, and a vitamin. I used to get REALLY sick, laying on the couch unable to do anything but cough and blow my nose sick, at least once a year. In the past 4 years, I've been that sick one time, and it was while I was pregnant. I've had a sniffle or minor cold here and there, but nothing of the magnitude I used to have. My overall diet hasn't changed a lot (although it's slowly improving), I go in spurts of healthy eating and eating a lot of junk food and fast food garbage. But the one constant has been the orange juice and vitamin, and no pop. I've recently added bee pollen in the mornings, but I haven't been on that long enough to know if it's helping or not.
I can go to the grocery store and buy a weeks worth of fruits and veggies, salad stuff, and lean meat and it costs me way less than when I'm in a junk food mood and buy a lot of empty calories and garbage. The less processing that goes into a food, the lower the cost. I even buy most of my meat with the bones and skin still on, because it's a LOT cheaper to buy it that way and remove what you don't want yourself. I refuse to pay someone else big bucks to do something that I can easily do myself. I got myself a good knife and I've learned through trial and error the best way to use it, without removing any of my fingers. Eating better isn't hard, or expensive. It just takes some time and effort to learn what's what and how to do it. And my health certainly thanks me!