I decided to give up soda for Lent this year. I’ve done it a couple times in years past, but it still seems daunting. One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to drink less soda and it hasn’t been going so well, so this seemed like a good way to do better with that. Now I just can’t drink any.
I’m not a coffee or tea drinker, so soda is my only source of caffeine and is usually a perfect lunchtime pick-me-up. It’s also free in my office so I’ve developed a habit of grabbing a can with my lunch everyday. I already drink TONS of water, so that’s not really an issue, but I still don’t think it’s a great idea to be drinking soda daily.
My biggest issue is craving something with taste. By lunch time I’ve usually already gone through a 16-ounce bottle of water during my workout, another 16-ounce one while I get ready and two 20-ounce bottles at my desk (I just refill bottles – I’m not hoarding some giant crate of bottled water anywhere!), so I really just want something that tastes good. I picked up a pack of Propel Zero berry-flavored packets to mix in with my water and it’s working out great so far! Granted I’m only two days in, but I love the taste and it gets me through the lunch hour without wanting to reach for a Coke. It has no calories either, which is an added bonus.
Are you giving anything up for Lent this year? Let me know how you beat the cravings for it!