I have not had soda in a month and I never will again

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I had this root canal a couple of years ago and I slowed down on the soda consumption after that, figuring that soda just ain't good for the teeth. Then I started drinking water whenever I got fast food, which cut down on the price. Then I mostly stopped having fast food except for the occasional In N Out Burger. And about a month ago I decided to not have soda and see how long I could last, figuring it might be tough. Not at all. So yep, I think I've had my last soda.

No candy either. And I've stopped putting sugar in my coffee. I actually feel a lot more relaxed and healthy and focused all the time.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:21 (nineteen years ago) link

What about coffee?

Scott CE (Scott CE), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:24 (nineteen years ago) link

well I still have the coffee, but maybe a couple times a week in the morning. When I "go out for coffee" I have chai with soy. I'm really turning into a big softy, soon I'll eat nothing but tofu, pine needles, and air.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:25 (nineteen years ago) link

I actually feel a lot more relaxed and healthy and focused all the time.

Seriously? But you still drink coffee, right? Because I have trouble concentrating, but I drink a couple of sodas and four or five cups of coffee a day. So maybe that's why.

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:26 (nineteen years ago) link

xpost - I sometimes eat soy products!

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:27 (nineteen years ago) link

THAT JUST MEANS MORE CANDY FOR ME!

luna (luna.c), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:27 (nineteen years ago) link

brush yo teeth afterwards Luna!

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:29 (nineteen years ago) link

I was off soda (with the exception of an occasional Sprite, ick) for over 2 years! But then I had one Coke and was addicted again. :-(

Sarah McLusky (coco), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:34 (nineteen years ago) link

I rarely drink soda, so when I do it's a nice little tasty treat. Outta sight, outta mind for me. It really saves money, esp if you eat fast food much. That's what they make the most profit on.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:36 (nineteen years ago) link

"they"

AdamL :') (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:36 (nineteen years ago) link

just when I think I'm out, soda pulls me back in.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:37 (nineteen years ago) link

fuck a soda

cutty (mcutt), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:37 (nineteen years ago) link

I remember the last soda I had and how it made me feel ill, this after not having one for several weeks. Fuck it, water's cheaper and you feel better afterwards.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:38 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm really jealous of people who have been sick after really tasty stuff. That seems to be the only way people get to cut off entirely.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:39 (nineteen years ago) link

oh sorry Adam. I meant "the fast food place". Thanks for pointing out my vagueness.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:41 (nineteen years ago) link

It's true that when you're not used to drinking it any more it has this way of making your mouth feel dried out. Um, that goes for me anyway.

My freshman year of high school I lived out in the middle of NOWHERE, Virginia. We won a radio contest and CeCe Peniston came to sing at our school, along with someone even lesser known that I can't remember. And I got her autograph. (Wait, anthony, is that your screen name all the time now??)

Sarah McLusky (coco), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:42 (nineteen years ago) link

at least until Mandee stops calling herself Homosexual II. We have a pact.

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:42 (nineteen years ago) link

I think the hardest is not drinking soda when you have junk food (especially popcorn or french fries) because you need the soda to help break it down or counteract the salt or something.

x-post. Awesome.

Sarah McLusky (coco), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:43 (nineteen years ago) link

my junior year of high school we had a full school assembly for an afternoon and watched "enemy mine" in the auditorium. i didn't get any autographs, though.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:45 (nineteen years ago) link

oh, and i drink a fair bit of mountain dew. no doubt my nads will shrivel up and fall off anon

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:45 (nineteen years ago) link

i quit soda 7 years ago around the same time that i quit working at a movie theater--where the only free stuff we could have was soda and popcorn....now i'm not big on either. if i drink soda (which only happens like 3 or 4 times a year), i usually go for the stuff that's sweetened with cane sugar, instead of high fructose corn syrup. it doesn't make me feel as crappy.

mmmm....boylan's....

waxyjax (waxyjax), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:45 (nineteen years ago) link

My trick has been to switch to either unsweetened iced tea or sparkling water.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:47 (nineteen years ago) link

i've been clean for 3.5 years.

last summer I relapsed and had a vanilla coke...it was meh.

ddb (ddb), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:47 (nineteen years ago) link

My trick has been to switch to either unsweetened iced tea or sparkling water.
-- Ned Raggett (ne...), June 29th, 2004.

i'm an orange juice addict, myself

waxyjax (waxyjax), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:48 (nineteen years ago) link

This stuff makes me feel awful but not drinking it makes me feel worse

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:50 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm all about 100% red grape juice. Sometimes water just doesn't cut it. You need something with, y'know, taste.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:50 (nineteen years ago) link

I haven't had anything to drink in over a month.

I am getting my hydration by eating a lot of oranges. It sort of works okay. I'm seriously considering putting water back into my diet though.

martin m. (mushrush), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:51 (nineteen years ago) link

i drink diet soda, ginger ale, and club soda. i don't really consider root beer "soda"; that's like dessert or some shit.

stockholm cindy (Jody Beth Rosen), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:54 (nineteen years ago) link

In other words, Anthony is going to be CeCe forever. Because Homo II is here to stay.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:54 (nineteen years ago) link

I quit soda for 2.5 years but now I'm back on it thanks to a little place that has syrupy homemade fountain cokes, and going to the movies a lot. Curse you Frozen Custard!

jocelyn (Jocelyn), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:55 (nineteen years ago) link

What happened to Homo I? Or is it like some Leonard Part 6 type thing?

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 18:56 (nineteen years ago) link

I still don't understand adults who drink soda. Except for, like, my menopausal boss and her endless Diet Cokes.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Jaymc, call it pop, you fake midwesterner.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:11 (nineteen years ago) link

Homo I is around, oops. Not the same as me, though. TOTALLY DIFFERENT PERSON.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:13 (nineteen years ago) link

I love soda. Mmmmm. My favorite at the moment is Diet Rite's RED RASPBERRY.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:13 (nineteen years ago) link

The word "pop" annoys me. But I'm not a real midwesterner either.

I barely ever drink soda, but I used to buy diet coke by the case and guzzle it constantly. I just carry around a water bottle now, because I'm always thirsty.

I've been craving a root beer float lately...

JuliaA (j_bdules), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:16 (nineteen years ago) link

I think you should change the name of this thread to "Pop Sucks" and post it on ILM.

Scott CE (Scott CE), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:19 (nineteen years ago) link

I drink soda a lot, probably nearly every day. But I R FAT. I usually drink Pepsi, with occasional excursions into the lands of Dr. Pepper or root beer.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:21 (nineteen years ago) link

There was a period when Dr. Pepper tasted like sweet, sweet nectar to me.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:25 (nineteen years ago) link

Tep tipped me off to Steak n Shake putting a bit of vanilla syrup in their Pibb (if you ask). That is some sweet, sweet nectar.

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:32 (nineteen years ago) link

has this already been posted?

http://www.popvssoda.com/

waxyjax (waxyjax), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:34 (nineteen years ago) link

I've got some sweet, sweet nectar right here.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:34 (nineteen years ago) link

I mean I really do, it's this fantastic new juice from Whole Foods.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

julia otm.

many of my illinois friends and i call it soda because 'pop' sounds fucking retarded.

unless you call it soda pop. thats ok in my book.

todd swiss (eliti), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

i've heard a lot of funny stories from a friend who worked at Steak n Shake in Sparta, MI. all i ever had growing up was Denny's, Carrow's and IHOP.

waxyjax (waxyjax), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:38 (nineteen years ago) link

pop > coke > soda

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:39 (nineteen years ago) link

i am so addicted to soda that i start getting really intense pangs around the same time every day. it dates to my time in college when i would dependably go to the student center and get a cherry coke every weekday at 12:30.

amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:41 (nineteen years ago) link

i try to only drink selzter/club soda, but i really like coca cola if i'm hungover. i used to be much more anti-soda, then i figured that i should probably stop worrying so much about the damage done by a can of coke every few weeks and focus more on the dangers of excessive smoking and drinking.

lauren (laurenp), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:48 (nineteen years ago) link

I suddenly have visions of Amateurist sitting in front of a giant desk covered in a big pool of soda, shirt open, straw in one hand, gun in the other.

Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 19:53 (nineteen years ago) link

that makes no sense.

amateur!st (amateurist), Tuesday, 29 June 2004 20:05 (nineteen years ago) link

wtf gross

Vaclav Havel mostly. (Matt P), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 18:07 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, you're right. I was feeling masochistic, I guess.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 18:09 (fourteen years ago) link

This is among the saddest thread titles.

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I think half my calorie consumption comes from Cola. (NB my meals lately consist of like whatever I can put in my mouth quickly with no prep, ie my average meal is something like two tangerines + a handful of almonds + sliced cheese.)

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I don't really care for soda at all. I drink it if it's available at some party, and maybe occasionally at a restaurant/bar, but that's about it. It must be years since I last bought soda to drink at home.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link

If I am in a dour place Coca-Cola classic cheers me up faster than anything. Alcohol can exacerbate a bad mood and naturally marijuana is the height of all folly for me to approach when depressioed, BUT cola is a big, friendly hug. I think it is the sugar + carbonation + taste + caffiene + some placebo/classical conditioning thing.

(I also like vanilla Coke for the sads.)

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:21 (fourteen years ago) link

However, I kinda think I trink too much orange juice, so I've been trying to cut that down. Even though it's non-sugared, 100% whole juice, there's still sugar in it and I do think the acids in it must be bad for my teeth too.

(x-post)

Tuomas, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:23 (fourteen years ago) link

OJ from the store here has about as much sugar as soda!

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:26 (fourteen years ago) link

natural sugars vs HFCS

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:32 (fourteen years ago) link

We have sugared OJ too, but it's not that common to drink it. People mostly drink the 100% juice which has nothing added to it. I don't really like the taste of sugared orange juice.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:32 (fourteen years ago) link

I have just about got my grapefruit-juice habit under control. This thread can inspire me.

nabisco, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:37 (fourteen years ago) link

If you start taking anti-depressants, most prohibit grapefruit consumption. That cld help. (Lord knows why I follow that dictum so faithfully while the 'don't drink alcohol' bit is like, 'oh whatevs.')

fillibustar superstar! (Abbott), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:39 (fourteen years ago) link

This is among the saddest thread titles.

Yeah, because it reminds me that there are people out there addicted to soda, of all things.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:54 (fourteen years ago) link

I have just about got my grapefruit-juice habit under control. This thread can inspire me.

― nabisco, Wednesday, April 29, 2009 3:37 PM (16 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

just did a speedball of this shit w/ my lunch today:

http://popsop.ru/wp-content/uploads/sierra_mist.jpg

just being playful and friendly (some dude), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:55 (fourteen years ago) link

I dunno, J, "soda" seems like it's well on the good end of stuff to be addicted to

nabisco, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:11 (fourteen years ago) link

soda makes you fat. fat people die.

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:14 (fourteen years ago) link

like karen carpenter

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:15 (fourteen years ago) link

don't you remember when you told me you loved me baby

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:16 (fourteen years ago) link

I think the only soda I drink these days is ginger ale when I'm on an airplane, out of habit from when I was younger. Also the occasional Izze.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I dunno, J, "soda" seems like it's well on the good end of stuff to be addicted to

No, it's pretty lame. It's equivalent to getting beat up by kittens.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:24 (fourteen years ago) link

I think the thrust was that I might rather get beat on by a kitten than a hippo, the former being rather more manageable

nabisco, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:35 (fourteen years ago) link

and cuter!

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:37 (fourteen years ago) link

kittens kill

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:40 (fourteen years ago) link

employ defensive masturbation

i like to fart and i am crazy (gbx), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:41 (fourteen years ago) link

look out kitty

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

more manageable but more mockable and more difficult to brag about conquering, which is what it's all about let's b real

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:43 (fourteen years ago) link

A security guard here at the library likes to talk about his soda addiction and how long he's been "off the juice." He still eats more candy than anyone I've ever seen.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:46 (fourteen years ago) link

more difficult to brag about conquering

not based on this thread

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:49 (fourteen years ago) link

i've cut way back on soda consumption but i'm never going to give it up completely. one soda every couple of weeks isn't going to do any serious damage and a coke is so delicious once in a while

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 20:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I think I stopped drinking soda around the same time that I started drinking beer. I guess if I'm going to pack on liquid calories, I'd rather get drunk while I'm at it.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:43 (fourteen years ago) link

i went all of last weekend

GOON carter cash (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:55 (fourteen years ago) link

my compromise is to only drink soda at dinner and not lunch and dinner

GOON carter cash (J0rdan S.), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:56 (fourteen years ago) link

I think I stopped drinking soda around the same time that I started drinking beer. I guess if I'm going to pack on liquid calories, I'd rather get drunk while I'm at it.

^^^. I drink lemonade with lunch.

But I'm getting too old to enjoy beer :(

I'm crossing over into enterprise (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

I used to drink massive amounts of soda. At the peak of my consumption, I would drink at least one 64oz Dr Pepper from the corner 7-11 a day. I started getting crazy stomach aches and thought I was getting an ulcer from stress. I didn't have any medical insurance, so I just dealt with it for 2 years or so. Eventually I stopped drinking beer, and then later soda, and it went away and hasn't been back since. I still drink the occasional small 7-up or Coke with certain types of food, but for the most part the stuff just seems too sweet for me now. I drink a lot of water and Honest Tea, and sometimes Paul Newman lemonade when I feel like something sweet. At one time, I never thought I'd be able to quit drinking soda, but now I don't miss it at all.

slugbaiting (rockapads), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I guess if I'm going to pack on liquid calories, I'd rather get drunk while I'm at it.

DING DING DING

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:14 (fourteen years ago) link

I'll drink soda if a)the place has Dr. Pepper and I haven't had any soda that week b) i'm eating Mexican c) i'm eating pizza.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:15 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah if I get pizza with spicy Italian sausage, I have to have Pepsi. Nothing tastes better with it to me. Mexican, I prefer tea or water with a slice of lemon or lime in it. Maybe even a beer.

slugbaiting (rockapads), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:18 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah i'm not too keen on cola in generaly, but pepsi and pizza is great. mexican, i'll have Jarritos, usually lime.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:20 (fourteen years ago) link

guava or tamarind jarritos: a treat

erudite e-scholar (harbl), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Mr. Pibb (or I guess PIBB EXTRA) is the one that gets me, but yeah, I think I had the not-uncommon experience of whatever point that is in whatever post-teenage years when you're like "oh wow, this is kind of gross to drink constantly, and I could really, really go for some iced tea instead, and oh btw since when did I start always craving loads of green vegetables??" etc.

nabisco, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:26 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, that's kind of a great point! now i just crave loads of green vegetables, coffee, and ice cream.

Maria, Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:32 (fourteen years ago) link

nab, i don't know if you're into this sort of thing or if they have steak n shake by you, but there you can get pibb w/vanilla syrup added. i'm still pissed about the whole pibb vs pibb xtra thing.

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:33 (fourteen years ago) link

lol we old

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:33 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's about sugar consumption, really. I stay away from sugar in general, and therefore, sodas really seem too sweet. If I'm gonna have sugar every once awhile, I prefer a piece of chocolate or maybe baklava or some nice dessert than to waste it all in what amounts to sugary water. Sugar is kindof like cigarettes, imo - once you've stayed away from it long enough to beat the addiction, it doesn't seem nearly as appealing as it once did.

Earl of Gothington Manor (Bimble), Wednesday, 29 April 2009 22:38 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread made me buy soda

iatee, Thursday, 30 April 2009 01:57 (fourteen years ago) link

As I said upthread I have no sweet tooth - I never drink soft drink and only very very rarely drink fruit juice or vitamin water (like, once every couple weeks?). I drink a lot of water, and I dont eat sugary food/sweets.

I'm here to tell you thaty I've only been to the dentist twice in the last 20 years and I havent got a single cavity or tooth problem.

one art, please (Trayce), Thursday, 30 April 2009 03:34 (fourteen years ago) link

(this is confirmed by a dental checkup just last week, btw)

one art, please (Trayce), Thursday, 30 April 2009 03:37 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, that's a good point, too, Trayce! Last time I had a dental checkup about two years ago, they seemed disappointed they couldn't find any problems with my teeth (so they could get more money out of me). And this was after not seeing a dentist for about 7 years!

Earl of Gothington Manor (Bimble), Thursday, 30 April 2009 03:41 (fourteen years ago) link

ever since i stopped drinking i've had a horribly sweet tooth, but oh well. i don't drink much soda though, just a coke once in a while.

estela, Thursday, 30 April 2009 03:42 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh dont tell me that estela, I'll never give up the booze at this rate ;_;

(I must admit that I might have fine teeth, but alcohol and cigarettes are ruining my gums and lips).

one art, please (Trayce), Thursday, 30 April 2009 03:46 (fourteen years ago) link


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