Soda is bad, right? So why drink it?
In my now month and a half long crusade to be healthier, I have reached my magnum opus of healthy eating: I’ve given up on soda.
It wasn’t all easy; in all good crusades there is struggle. I was definitely addicted to drinking soda.
On my good days I would have one to two, and on bad days of soda drinking I would drink six or seven.
Drinking soda is obviously not healthy, but I couldn’t stop myself from having soda every day.
If you know me, this might sound off. I’ve been playing soccer and running my whole life, but I could never kick that bad habit.
That is until recently, and, let me tell you, it’s been great. You should try it. Trust me, it’ll be well worth the initial struggle.
If you need a reason (I don’t know why you would need me to tell you soda is bad. You’re smart enough to figure that out on your own), I have a good one about the ingredients of soda.
According to health officials at the Wisconsin Dental Association, phosphoric and other acids in soda will cause your teeth to decay heavily if you drink more than one 12 oz. can of soda a day.
This information is something that we all know, but soda drinkers from all over tend to ignore it.
I know that I never believed it would hurt my teeth that way, but after seeing some of the minor effects of tooth decay myself, I was convinced that it was possible.
Along with that, soda is one of the leading causes of obesity in the United States.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, sodas are the largest source of calories and added sugar in the average American diet.
Even without the weight gain associated with soda and sugary beverages, soda makes you feel full.
After quitting for a week, having even a sip of soda will make you feel sick.
I have plenty of personal experience of this from all my failed attempts at quitting soda over the past few years.
Being healthy for me meant being healthy with my food and drink choices. Healthy choices are difficult to make, but they always feel the best once you’ve made that healthy decision.
I’ve learned over the past four years of my life that I struggle to maintain a healthy weight during the off season of my sports career. I have gained over 40 pounds since freshman year, and I am now working to fix this problem during my crusade to be healthy.
Step one was quitting soda, and I can confidently say I’m over soda, so why don’t you join me in my crusade by quitting soda.
I promise you it will make you feel better, or at the very least it will save your teeth.
If that isn’t enough of a reason, than I don’t know what is.
~Michael Innacelli, Sports Editor & Managing CNUTV Editor~