Are you addicted to soda? If you discovered it was almost as bad for you as smoking, could you cut it out of your day? Read more to learn why you might want to and better yet, how you as a Warrior are equipped to do just that.
A seemingly harmless substance
If there were one thing you could cut out of your diet that would have a tremendous positive impact on your health, would you do it? The answer really depends on just how addicted you are to it. Obviously there are drugs that are extremely unhealthy for you, and it is universally acknowledged that smoking is the single greatest detriment to your health, but beyond the obvious, are you willing to make a change that will improve your health?
What is the substance I’m talking about? SODA! Yes, soda.
Rein in that sweet tooth!
Everyone by now should know that excess sugar consumption can lead to diabetes. And diabetes and heart disease are intricately related. But there’s more.
Excess sugar causes excess insulin , which leads to thicker blood vessels, which leads to an increase in blood pressure!
They’re not quite sure why, but high sugar consumption is also associated with high bad cholesterol levels and low good cholesterol levels.
As if all that isn’t enough – sugar also messes with the messages that tell your body you’re full. And that energy spike it gives? Ends up in a crash, including the release of serotonin – making you even sleepier than before! Remember why you grabbed that soda in the first place!?!
You young people out there may not care about this last one – but too much sugar actually attacks protein fibers in collagen and elastin – resulting in wrinkles and sagging skin!
Convinced about how bad excessive sugar is?
It’s not just the sugar!
Do you realize how much sodium and caffeine are in soda? If you can really consume in moderation it’s not really worse than many other things we indulge in. But some of you may not know what moderation is!
In addition, the mere fact of drinking instead of eating throws off your ability to judge how much you’ve consumed and makes you want more. It may seem harmless but it can be a pretty intense addiction that can be hard to break.
You want help breaking the soda habit?
This is where being a Warrior comes in. First, come up with your own personal reasons for quitting. If you’re doubting me about how important it is – look into it! Do some reading. Don’t believe me! YOU are the only one who can DECIDE whether you are going to break this habit! Come up with a WHY that will motivate you!
A Warrior has to PREPARE! Be aware that you might have to deal with some really nasty times ahead. You might have to deal with headaches, incredible cravings, and being tired. If you KNOW what to expect you’ll be better able to FIGHT!
Hang in there! Push through. Never give up! This is a formidable enemy to be overcome! You may need all your strength and cunning.
Yes, because you’re going to be discovering whether you have a chemical dependence or not. You’re going to be discovering whether you have a psychological dependence or not. You may have to fight the battle on a couple of fronts. That’s why you have to have such a strong WHY that will motivate you to hang in and keep fighting.
Get through the first two weeks, and then STAY STRONG! Be prepared for a sudden frontal assault – you’ve been doing fine, you’re headaches are gone, and WHAM – suddenly you are CRAVING just one! Don’t give in!
Breaking the soda habit will truly give you FREEDOM! You won’t be controlled by whatever chemical or psychological dependence you may have developed. You’re FREE!
Let me know – I would love to be able to CONGRATULATE YOU!!! And then I will encourage you to never go back, even a little!
And, parents, please hold off on introducing soda to your children! Truly, you’re not depriving them, you’re leading them to a healthy future!
Want to learn more about what the American Academy of Pediatrics had to say about soda? Click here.