I’ve recently decided that I need to cut sugary drinks out of my diet for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I’ve started noticing that my urine smells like cotton candy and I’ve been having tingling and hot feelings in my feet, which I understand to be pretty good indications that I’m at best prediabetic. (I’m calling my doctor on Monday to make an appointment.) Secondly, I’ve realized that the sheer number of calories I’m consuming in sugary drinks, while my body could easily handle it when I was younger, is extremely excessive at this stage of my life, and it’s no wonder I’m so overweight when I’m drinking damn near a pound of sugar every day. I’d like to cut as much of that sugar out of my diet as I possibly can.
I’ve been in the habit of drinking a lot of sugar over the course of the day. Typically I’d start the day with a Coke or an energy drink, and over the course of an eight-hour shift at work I’d drink a half-gallon or so of soda or fruit juice that’s just as sugary, and then I’d have a few more after I got off work. That needs to stop. That being said, I don’t think I could bear just drinking plain water all day without getting bored and craving something sugary. I want to be able to enjoy something that tastes sweet without getting all that sugar.
I can’t stand diet soda, though. Aspartame has this horrible aftertaste that just won’t go away and I don’t care for it. Same goes for drinks sweetened with stevia. I’d like to be able to have some fruit juice, but most of them seem to have almost as much sugar in them as the soda I’ve been drinking.
Thus far, I’ve been going with V8 (which has some sugar, but the bottle as a whole has less sugar than a can of Pepsi) and with Mio concentrates, both of which I enjoy, but I’d like to be able to have other things as well. (Mio has an aftertaste too, but it’s not quite as awful as aspartame.) Anyone out there have any recommendations?