100 lb. Club - Sickish...want pop!!




View Full Version : Sickish...want pop!!


Eliana
12-21-2009, 11:20 AM
Argh! This is the biggest struggle for me every time I face weight loss.

Sweeteners give me migraines, so I have to swear off pop completely. I can't just have a can of Coke. If I have one today, it's the beginning of a downward spiral.

I haven't had any pop since 11/9, but when I feel sickish, like I do today, it's all I want! Water tastes terrible. :(

Blah!!

....whine over. :^:


Lucky Charm
12-21-2009, 11:52 AM
Aww, Eliana... I don't get headaches from Diet Coke or Coke Zero or such... but I can never be satisfied with drinking that stuff. It just doesn't taste the same. But keep reminding yourself that actual coke might as well be poison for you. If I feel like having one I somehow manage to convince myself that I don't want all that sugar in my body anyway, bringing me one step closer to continuing obesity and problems like diabetes in the future. It helps to think long-term.

Would you like long-term health or short-time instant gratfication that can prove disastrous in the long run?

Eliana
12-21-2009, 12:03 PM
Thank you. :D It does help to think of it as poison, and with my having PCOS, it kind of is. So that's a great way to look at it.

Also, if I opt for a can of pop, I have to opt out of lunch and I'm hungry! :p

200 calories of pop? Or 200 calories of lunch? Hmmm...


Lucky Charm
12-21-2009, 12:08 PM
Lunch always sounds good :D

QuilterInVA
12-21-2009, 12:10 PM
Make a nice cup of tea. Very comforting when you are feeling sickish.

JustBeckyV
12-21-2009, 12:29 PM
Sorry to hear that - I am sure in the long run it will be better! Hang in there! Huggles

rakel
12-21-2009, 02:47 PM
I try and stay away from pop. At restaurants I either get water with lemon, or unsweetened ice tea (or a mix of sweet and unsweet). If for some reason I am getting fast food, I generally opt for a diet soda if I get a meal of sorts, though it's pretty much terrible. The only one I like is Fresca, and I have yet to find a restaurant that serves it. Every now and then I will have a pop, or I will just take a sip from hubby's. I haven't been a huge soda drinker since high school where I had at least 1 can of mt. dew a day. After high school I quit drinking soda for over a year, and then adopted it back in my diet slowly. Awhile ago I found myself drinking it almost every day just because it was there, but since then have made a conscious effort to stay away. I don't even like it that much, to be honest. I drink mostly water every day. Some people find it boring, but I have always found it to be quite refreshing and thirst-quenching. Sweet drinks tend to leave a cloying aftertaste in your mouth that I just don't like.

Eliana
12-21-2009, 02:58 PM
Mmm, see, I love pop. I most love the carbonation. I don't drink juice at all. I like orange juice, but it isn't worth the calories and it gives me terrible heart burn. I can do with out. I've never been big on hi-C or Kool Aid, and I can pass up lemonade. But passing up pop is difficult for me. Some people look forward to an ice-cold beer...I look forward to an ice-cold Coke. It's a major craving, right up with there with popcorn and chocolate!

I don't want to switch from pop to juice, because juice is really just non-fizzy pop. So I'm left with water. Most days water is great. I think it's refreshing and free! It's just when I'm sick that I really want the carbonation. It feels good on my throat. Somehow water tastes different when I'm sick. I don't know why.

rakel
12-21-2009, 03:03 PM
I used to always drink ginger ale when I was sick, it seemed to help an upset tummy. I think most ginger ale is made with real ginger, and it has far less sugar than most sodas (and less calories too). Maybe you could try some of that instead? Maybe even mix a diet ginger ale and a non-diet ginger ale to cut it down even more?

Eliana
12-21-2009, 03:09 PM
I do love ginerale! I'll have to look at the calories, but I think I'll try to stick it out with just water. I can't mix it with diet without a migraine.

diyana
12-21-2009, 03:24 PM
The ginger in ginger ale is what soothes an upset tummy. Ginger is also good to prevent/cure motion sickness. I also like 7-up or sprite when I'm sick. Sometimes if I'm not feeling well, I allow myself a glass or two of "real" soda to soothe my tummy. It does seem to help.

duckyyellowfeet
12-21-2009, 03:59 PM
have you tried sparkling water? It sparkles and bubbles like soda, but it doesn't have any calories. I'm trying not to drink as much either, so the sparkling water helps.

lovemyboy
12-21-2009, 04:03 PM
Awwww. I love pop too. Nutrasweet doesn't bother me but I gave up diet pop a year ago because I don't want the fake chemical food in my body. I switched over to coffee which isn't perfect and am weaning myself off coffee now and slowly replacing it with green tea. For me it was the caffeine I wanted not the carbonation. I wonder if some of those seltzer style waters or even tonic water mixed with iced tea or a small bit of juice might do the trick? Fuze(I think that is the name) makes a sparkling juice that they sell at meijers and krogers. I don't know that it is low cal though. They also make sparkling juice in a bottle as an alternative to champagne. Hope you feel better soon.

rockinrobin
12-21-2009, 04:16 PM
Soda has got to be one of the biggest waste of calories on this planet. ZERO nutrition, ZERO filling power - LOADED with sugar. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Ginger ale is about 85 calories for 8 oz. No great shakes there either.

How about seltzer? They've got plain and flavored.

How about a nice cup of hot tea? Or chicken soup? or chicken broth or any other soup?

Get past this. I know you're used to doing things one way, but you've got to get past this and master a new skill - wanting something and not having it - especially given that you're "sick-ish" and this is a prime example of when you would have that soda. You don't want to start that downward spiral. DON'T TAKE THE CHANCE. You don't need it. It won't/can't cure anything. You're a mature, rational adult - you must make mature rational decisions.

Hang tough. You will be thrilled with yourself for not giving in.

Feel better. :hug:

Trazey34
12-21-2009, 06:14 PM
Once in a while I treat myself to Nestea's 1/2 sugar iced tea mix, it's not bad at all! and there's NO artificial sweetener in it, it's just less sugar - it's still a bit sweet for my liking so i mix it with cold plain tea with lots of ice and it's super yummy!

cathydoe
12-21-2009, 06:35 PM
Well I am a pop person. I have drank the diet stuff for years. I must admit at some time in the near future I plan to stop drinking diet soda. As someone said above it is just chemicals with bubbles. I too like the bubbles. Today I am not ready or willing to make the change. Elaina you have lots of that will power dust or whatever you choose to call it...I am rooting for you...be healthy and keep talking about it! :hugs:

Eliana
12-22-2009, 09:09 AM
Soda has got to be one of the biggest waste of calories on this planet. ZERO nutrition, ZERO filling power - LOADED with sugar. No redeeming qualities whatsoever.

Ginger ale is about 85 calories for 8 oz. No great shakes there either.

How about seltzer? They've got plain and flavored.

How about a nice cup of hot tea? Or chicken soup? or chicken broth or any other soup?

Get past this. I know you're used to doing things one way, but you've got to get past this and master a new skill - wanting something and not having it - especially given that you're "sick-ish" and this is a prime example of when you would have that soda. You don't want to start that downward spiral. DON'T TAKE THE CHANCE. You don't need it. It won't/can't cure anything. You're a mature, rational adult - you must make mature rational decisions.

Hang tough. You will be thrilled with yourself for not giving in.

Feel better. :hug:

Well I am a pop person. I have drank the diet stuff for years. I must admit at some time in the near future I plan to stop drinking diet soda. As someone said above it is just chemicals with bubbles. I too like the bubbles. Today I am not ready or willing to make the change. Elaina you have lots of that will power dust or whatever you choose to call it...I am rooting for you...be healthy and keep talking about it! :hugs:

Ah, tough love! :D And also the response I was needing. Yes, the temptation is great, but I need to NOT give in to the temptation. And it's very true that now is the time I would turn to this "comfort food" and it's time to break that cycle.

Really, drinks are not an issue with me, expect for the pop, obviously, and I don't want to replace the pop with something else folks eventually try to swear off. I don't like tea or coffee and I don't want to start. (Green tea is ok and I have it instead of hot chocolate now, but rarely.) I drink water and water is excellent. It just tastes funny to me when I'm sick. But, I can drink like medicine and just keep going. :D

redreine
12-27-2009, 12:31 AM
I have a horrible issue with soda, also.

Dr. Pepper <3

I don't know how many times I've stopped drinking soda, just to start back up again. I always tell myself I have the willpower to drink a little soda every once in awhile...BUT I DON'T.

I get intense caffeine migraines (not headaches, MIGRAINES), but honestly? I have migraines all the time. (doc said it isn't serious, for those possibly worrying) In the long run, I'd prefer the headaches that I have learned to ignore, to all the extra weight that no one can ignore, even me. ;)

Right now I'm drinking a Dr. Pepper. I know the feeling of "nothing else tastes good"...it's true. There are times when nothing else tastes good but water. The same can be said with certain foods...sometimes all I want is a strawberry, and other times all I want is some spaghetti.

Just ask yourself this: "How will I feel when I step on that scale, and I've not reached my goal for this week?"...and then it hits you. Had you turned down the soda, you very well could've met goal.

*hugs* It's tough, and I know it better than anyone. I'm living my life one moment at a time. I'll have tough choices to make, however, I am not going to let unhealthy soda vs. healthy drink be one of them.

Eliana
12-27-2009, 10:47 AM
Redreine, you are so right. I too have quit the pop addiction time and time again and for months! I quit for 6 full months once. But that first sip is the killer. My brother, whom I adore, is a severe alcoholic, so I hate to be naive enough to compare it to alcohol, but it does give me a glimpse into his world.

I've managed to get through this sickish time without even a taste of pop! Of course the busy holiday helped a lot! Now it's your turn. ;) If I can continue to swear off even now, you can start. Put down that Dr. Pepper! Or, here's something I contemplated before decided cold-turkey was best for me. Go purchase some of those cute, tiny little half size cans of Dr. Pepper and limit yourself to one a day.