Checking in after two weeks without pop. To be honest, I haven’t really had any sugary drinks besides a frozen cherry limeade at Panera Bread. I’m sure it was packed with sugar (it was so sweet I couldn’t even finish it, actually), but I wanted to try something weird when we went to check out the new restaurant.


One thing I’ve noticed after not drinking pop for a while is that after your body adjusts, you almost can’t drink pop any more. Your stomach will get upset from all the sugar and high fructose corn syrup. This actually makes it easier to quit, I think. If you can tough it out and go long enough, there will come a time when you don’t have to worry about relapsing into your old pop habits.


Another thing people don’t realize is that it’s not just the caffeine you can become addicted to; it’s also the high fructose corn syrup. I’ve read some places where people start by going caffeine-free, and once they pass that hurdle, they switch to water. If you’re struggling with the constant headaches, irritability, low energy levels, etc., maybe this technique can help you. Personally, I stay away from diet pops more than regular just because I don’t trust artificial sweeteners (and they upset my stomach).

How high fructose corn syrup (a main ingredient in pop) is transported!

How high fructose corn syrup (a main ingredient in pop) is transported!

Current weight: 180 lbs.

Mood: Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.

Energy level: Feeling pretty pumped for this week. We’re having a healthful birthday potluck, plus I get to go to an almost-all-day training Wednesday.

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