My Soda Addiction is Slowly Killing Me

Let me introduce you to my MUG. It's looking pretty worn, dinged up and well used. It's a 44 oz mug that holds my addiction.

I have been giving this a lot of thought this past month and feel like I need to vocalize those thoughts to no on in particular, but maybe to help me sort out a bit of how I'm feeling.

First off, I have been a Dr. Pepper drinker for years and years. Ever since I discovered it in my youth, to when I was pregnant with my son and it was the only thing that settled my stomach (that and Pringles potato chips). I drink a mug full every day with the exception of Sundays and some days I make up for it by hitting 7-eleven twice. So out of 365, I've probably averages one mug full of my addiction every day. I figured out it as only about 550 calories...but that adds up. Just a mere 189,800 calories a year...not to mention that averages out to about $383.25 in refills. Now this is even counting the number of drinks I order at restaurants or cans full I drink when camping...I'm talking about just my mug.

Yes, I know you're out there saying, "why don't you drink diet Dr. Pepper?" Well because, I figured it's  a lose-lose either way...sugar vs aspertain. But why now, why even bother writing a post titled "My soda addiction is slowly killing me"?

Because I've been challenged to quit the stuff, and I know I can. I've done it a few times. But then I come back to it and sometimes I drink even more. The other reason why...I can FEEL IT making me fat, tired, bloated...sometimes it upsets my stomach at the end of the day and of course it's partially to blame for me being over-weight.

I know, I know...all you non-soda drinkers are saying, "yep, that's why I've been telling everyone for years." Or you're part of the group saying, "I stopped drinking soda years ago and never looked back."

Well I'm week, I love the TASTE of it so much and if you find the right place to get the right mix of carbonation, syrup, sugar and water it is Heavenly (Corner 22, Bountiful, Utah....best darn mix EVER). Oh and I don't like it in the bottle or can...I drink a lot less, it's the COLD, ice filled much of Dr. Pepper that I love.

But recently I've noticed my ankles swelling. After some research and self diagnosis I came to the conclusion that the soda is not helping. I have honestly always prided myself on my small ankles, even when my weight is out of control and I can barely paint my toe nails because my stomach is in the way. But with this recent development I'm FREAKING out. I love my ankles it's the last part of me I consider "skinny." And they're leaving me...what if the swelling is just fat settling down there because the sugar from my soda has no where else to go??

So there then the taste and that momentary rush of goodness at the first sip...I KNOW my body is saying in slow ways, please stop killing me. Help me recover and I promise you that you can recover from this addiction. I know it's not drugs, alcohol or prescription medication...but an addition is an addiction and I've never heard of a "positive" or "good" addiction, have you?

What's my plan? 
 I "want" to quit, but I'm afraid I will not stick with it...again. I will miss they yumminess in that can and sometimes I'm okay "drinking" my calories. But I want my ankles back and I want to stop feeling BAD for something that only tastes good for a minute.

A friend recently sent this to me...no trying to be mean, but because she genuinely cares about my health. She's a nutritionist and I figured knows what she's talking about:


What happens after you drink one can of caffeinated soda pop

  • In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
  • 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
  • 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
  • 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
  • 60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
  • 60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth. 
  • So there you have it, an avalanche of destruction in a single can. Imagine drinking this day after day, week after week. Stick to water, real juice from fresh squeezed fruit, and tea without sweetener.
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