Monday, September 15, 2014

I’m Not Quitting Soda

Is it me, or has everyone given up soda? Especially diet soda. Seems every other day, someone on Facebook is announcing their 7th day without diet soda, as if they've joined a 12-step program.




During the A to Z challenge on Indulgences, my D is for Diet Dr. Pepper blog was pretty enlightening. You'd think I'd posted "D is for Drugs" or "C is for Cigarettes" instead of just saying I drink one Diet Dr. Pepper each day with lunch. The comments were overwhelmingly in the, "I don't drink diet soda anymore because it's going kill us all" line of thinking.



I don't like the taste of coffee. I tried to force myself, but it wasn't happening. If I do drink water, it always has a dash of this:




Or a packet of this:



I used to drink water with lunch, but I found I ate more. When I had a diet soda, I ate less. Maybe this goes against some scientific study, but it works for me.



The industry actually backs up the fact that diet soda consumption is way down. Regular soda, which is also bad for you, has dropped dramatically in popularity in the past couple of decades. I think it's due in part to the wide variety of bottled water options available now...



Interestingly, a recent study actually found drinking diet soda can promote weight loss compared to drinking only water. However, for every one study that says one thing, there will always be another study that contradicts it. In the meantime, the soda companies are scrambling to create a diet soda that uses a natural sweetener. Of course, someone will find something wrong with that.



Do you have an unhealthy indulgence?

78 comments:

  1. We don't drink a lot of soda at our house, but it's always diet. Usually one of those made with Splenda, like the RC brands, as it doesn't have the aftertaste. I also drink between five and seven bottles of water a day.
    Considering a warning label has been proposed for regular sodas due to the empty calories, I think the dangers of diet soda are nothing.

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  2. I think if we are all honest we have something we do that is unhealthy...

    I don't tell other people how to live, I used to drink pop years ago but gave it up for water. I think you are right that more people are drinking flavored water in place of pop... :)

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  3. Mostly I drink water, but yesterday I did have a Dr. Pepper with my lunch.

    Of course, I pretty much live on pasta and candy, so I'm a long way away from being healthy.

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  4. These days I rarely drink soda. I used to drink it all the time. I feel so much better now that I rarely drink it. As far as unhealthy indulgences, I drink 3-4 cups of coffee per day :)

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  5. I don't like soda. It doesn't abode well with my stomach.

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  6. I've never been a big soda (or 'pop' as we call it here) drinker; I'll have the occasional glass from time-to-time as a treat, but I've never loved the stuff. Now, coffee on the other hand... I have to have at least one cup a day, and I have a horrible sweet tooth. Dessert is mandatory after dinner. Hehe

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  7. Moderation is the key. And you seem to follow that rule.

    I've never been a big soda drinker. One a day has usually been my max, but I try stay away from it because the caffeine will affect my sleep, depending on when I drink it. And I'm not a huge diet soda person, so I'm usually drinking those empty calories. Oh well.

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  8. I drink only water, normal plain old water.... I've never drunk much soda... we were always poor and I think I've only heard stories of Coca Cola as a kid and tried it only when I was at least 20 or something. I can drink a soda juice once a month sometimes... but generally it's just water and squeezed fruit juice for me... I squeeze fresh fruit every day.....

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  9. Unapologetic Coke Cherry Zero drinker here :) I switched from regular Coke to Diet back when I started losing weight and it was a huge help during that time, because it gave me something sweet with zero calories. I'm now in maintenance and I drink several cans of cherry coke zero a day and I don't consider it unhealthy. My blood panels are fantastic now, I'm maintaining my 50ish pound weight loss and I'm healthy and active!

    I'm not a coffee drinker either :)

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  10. I've never been a soda drinker; coffee is my vice. But I'm with you on the water; it has to be flavored otherwise I probably won't drink it.

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  11. I'm one of those annoying people who gave up pop about ten years ago. Dr. Pepper was my fave, though! I'm addicted to General Foods International Cafe Francais.

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  12. Drank soda once in 29 years, only a sip, then spit it out and that was that. Never again. Plain all water with no stupid fluoride is all I drink. But what people need to pull their head from their butt and realize is no matter what a study says or a so called expert, i.e. corporate lackey being paid to be an expert, says, what works for one person is never going to work for another. Not a one unhealthy indulgence at my sea, yeah I'm no fun lol

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  13. I'm sure one soda a day will not kill you. However, soda and excess sugar in general is making us fat, is giving us diabetes and is killing more people than cigarettes. The sugar not only makes you fat, it also turns off the part of the brain that tells you you are satiated. Diet cola also inhibits that part of the brain and causes people to overeat. Soda (sugar) is addicting.

    Like most things if you don't over due soda can be safe.

    I used to smoke cigarettes, if I could just smoke 5 a day I would, but I had to quit...anyway, blah blah blah...enjoy your Dr. P, certianly not the worse vice in the world.

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  14. I love chocolate a little too much, but I am trying to get used to dark chocolate because it's a lot healthier--well, as long as I don't eat the whole bar in one sitting, which tends to be the problem...lol

    I try to stay away from pop and artificial sugar as much as I can. My drink of choice is lemon water with a bit of Stevia or a low-sugar ice tea. :)

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  15. Boy, I could do better on many levels, and nutrition is certainly one of them. I'm a little short for my weight.

    However - these studies can't be trusted. I worked in QA/QI and frequently pulled studies that supposedly backed up claims. what a quagmire of malarkey. I'm not sure I'll ever believe a study backed by a corporate anything.

    So, have a Diet Dr. Pepper on me, Stephanie.

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  16. I'm dead set against Diet drinks of any kind. I used to drink Coke years ago and realized that I was getting hooked on it's taste and quit.

    Aspartame is bad for health in the long run and I can't stand the taste of artificial sweetners. My indulgence is coffee but only one cup a day, except on Sunday, I drink two cups with friends. lol.

    I should drink more water.

    Hugs,
    JB

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  17. I enjoy an occasional Coke with certain meals, like a burger or pizza. I usually drink water, seltzer, unsweetened iced tea or unsweetened green iced tea. Oh, and coffee with a little low fat milk or iced coffee with a little cream.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  18. To hell with all the surveys. As far as I'm concerned, no matter what you eat or drink, you're going to die anyway, sooner or later. I get most of my caffeine from coffee, iced coffee, or iced tea. (An aside here. I hate it when people refer to iced tea as "sweet tea." What if yours, like mine, is unsweetened?) But on the subject of diet sodas, I enjoy Diet Dr. Pepper once in a while, and I enjoy Coke Zero quite often. I don't care if they help you to lose weight or not. I'm diabetic, so I rarely drink sodas sweetened with whatever they've replaced real sugar with nowadays. End of disjointed rant.

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  19. I used to drink diet sodas but I stopped after reading something about artificial sweeteners being bad for you (I know. Next thing you know, they'll be telling us that air is bad for our health). But I read something about artificial sweeteners not sending the signal to your brain that you've had something sweet so as a result of that, you crave more sugar. Not sure if that's true, but if I ever drink soda (which is rare) I just drink the regular stuff. But, hey. To each his own.

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  20. My stepdaughter said in her h.s., only diet soda is provided. I found that odd. I said, "What about the artificial sweeteners in them?" and she said they're just concerned about sugar in schools. Interesting, I think! If soda really is unhealthy, they shouldn't be introducing it to kids. She discovered (as I did) that Diet. Dr. Pepper has that sweetness without the calories.

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  21. I second what people have said about surveys, too. As a freelance writer, I've frequently been paid to interpret the results of surveys in reports--and encouraged to make sure they go a certain way. The surveys are usually funded by a major company who stands to gain from the results. Sometimes the sample has been as low as 25 people and I've been told to disguise that fact and just go with "X% of respondents said so-and-so." VERY misleading.

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  22. I'm old enough to remember years back, when diet sodas were almost universally horrible-tasting. Diet Dr. Pepper was one of the very few which tasted good, and like its sugary variant.

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  23. I do like soda, but never diet. I cannot take the taste of aspartame. I also get off the soda entirely once in a while because frankly, I just feel better when I'm not drinking it at all.
    Coffee, however, is my boo. You cannot take my coffee. Between my husband and I, we make at least two pots of coffee a day here.

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  24. I was never a diet soda fan. If I'm going to have one, I want a "real" one. But I don't drink a lot of it. I drink more beer or cider. Pretty sure that's just as unhealthy.

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  25. I only ever drink three things: coffee, water, and wine. I guess the wine MIGHT the unhealthy indulgence? But I like to think it has LOTS of health benefits (including mental ones).

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  26. I'm curious about that study. I wonder if it's true for all diet soda or only caffeinated diet soda, since caffeine is a main ingredient in most OTC weight loss pills.

    Anyway, I despise the taste of all sweeteners besides honey and real sugar, so I don't drink diet and never really got into the soda habit, anyway. A Coke or Pepsi with pizza once in a while, though, is heaven.

    I've pretty much kicked my "unhealthy" habits, though. Got my sweet tooth under control and that was my main vice. Now my thyroid has decided it hates me, though, so all the healthy eating and exercise in the world isn't helping my weight. :-( Not to mention all the other health indicators thyroid affects. Ugh.

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  27. I still drink it. I know, bad me. But I also drink tons of water and cranberry juice so, you know, need something that actually tastes nice. But I also have an unhealthy obsession with salted caramel right now.

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  28. I drink a diet Pepsi now and then. Used to drink it around the clock. Way too much soda. I drink mostly water anymore. I do have my morning coffee though.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  29. I drink a lot of coffee and water. But I enjoy a diet soda occasionally. Everything in moderation, I say.

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  30. Funny you mention this. We attended a wedding over the weekend and met a couple sitting at our table. The wife who is an ICU nurse was telling us how bad diet sodas and cell phones are. In regards to cell phones, she said she has seen an increase in brain cancer, aneurisms, and cancer where people tend to have their phones in their pockets.
    I used to treat myself to a diet soda a day but the artificial sweeteners often make me bloated, lol. Now, I have coffee which is my only guilty pleasure in the morning. I put sugar in it too which probably isn't good.

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  31. I've never been a soda drinker, but don't take my coffee away if you want a compatible person in the room with you. :-)

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  32. You don't have to give up soda--except I think you're addicted. :) :) If you find yourself saying, I can give it up anytime I want, then you may want to look into that 12 step program.

    I must have my coffee in the morning and I drink mostly water throughout the day.

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  33. I gave up soft drinks a few years ago, but even though I don't keep them in my house, I will, from time to time, have one with a meal if I eat out, which isn't often. I drink water, tea, fruit juices (no sugar added), and occasionally, coffee, but my preferred beverage is tea. It can be regular tea in the mornings and herbal tea (no caffeine) in the evenings.

    However, in the past I was drinking soft drinks every day, but since I stopped that I feel so much better. Great post.

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  34. I love bottled water and flavored water as much as the next person but there are some days (and mornings since I don't drink coffee) that I NEED my Diet Pepsi. I crave them and I would be pretty upset if I was told I couldn't have them anymore. I don't have to have one every day but when I do want one, I want one darn it!

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  35. may be addicted, Teresa, LOL! I think my addictions are Sun Chips and miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

    Gina--interesting you say that about cell phones. People will give up sodas, but don't tell them their cell phones cause cancer. The cell phone industry has a lot of $$$ to put behind making sure we're all assured they're safe and, since the public is mobile device-addicted, we'll easily fall for it. Even the most health-obsessed people I know--the ones who avoid processed foods and stay away from traditional medicine in favor of holistic remedies--will fight to the death if you tell them their cell phones are bad for them!

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  36. I love peanut butter too much, and frequently eat it right out of the jar. I'm also addicted to hummus and tempeh.

    I don't drink pop a lot, though my favorite flavor is grape. I also love strawberry, raspberry, and pineapple.

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  37. i have to have my coffee in the a.m. then i'm a big water drinker (straight from the tap over ice). if i need something else after exercise or yard work, it is sugar-free koolaid or a g2. :)

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  38. I love coffee, but I've only been drinking it for a couple years.
    I can't believe I went all this time without it! LOL

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  39. I had a dance teacher who begged us to give up soda so I've pretty much only drank water for like 15 years BUT I still absolutely have to drink it with certain foods, like pizza! mmm. My favorite unhealthy indulgence will always be cookies. It's my weakness!

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  40. "These researchers discovered that parathyroid hormone (PTH) concentrations rise strongly following diet soda consumption. The job of this hormone is to increase blood calcium when it starts to get too low by stimulating bone breakdown. As a result, calcium is removed from bone." I found this on the internet. I like to drink carbonate mineral water with a splash of juice.

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  41. We don't drink much soda in our house. My husband gave it up almost a year ago for his acid reflux. We drink a lot of water (no flavor added) and green tea and a bit of coffee.

    Everyone has to decide what is best for them...

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  42. I've never liked soda. I've always preferred water, milk or juice. I think it's good that people are trying to get away from that stuff. My unhealthy thing? Chocolate!

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  43. In Canada we call it pop and it took me a few years to figure out one did not mean Club Soda (sparkly water)-lol If you enjoy, drink it! The way I see it, you are not having a case a day so who cares! In the 80's one wasn't supposed to eat eggs-the yolk was bad...now it is good. One should only have a teaspoon of butter-good heavens! I have a teaspoon of butter for just the one third of my toast! I love butter! I love chocolate! I should not eat chocolate but I do. I can't stand water and have never been able to drink 8 glasses. In fact, I tried once and my stomach sounded like a can of water..one could hear it swish inside. I was burping water and then i threw up...so screw water. I have O.J. and soda water together. My hubby had cranberry juice and soda water. Nice and sparkly

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  44. We don't drink much soda at my home, but I do overindulge with coffee, and water. It's funny how doctor's tend to come up with all these weird studies on what's healthy and what's not. It changes yearly...

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  45. I never acquired the soda habit. And when I read that toothpaste has been associated with cancer, I threw my hands up in the air and said sod it. A little of what you fancy is ok.
    And am now trying not very successfully to learn moderation.

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  46. I tried diet coke. It's how I get my caffeine. I try to limit myself to 2 a day. But if I gave it up, I'd be miserable to be around.

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  47. I believe all the talk against diet soda is because of the sweetener. I guess it's bad for you or something.

    My bad indulgence is sugar. Chocolate, too, but it's really the sugar. Sigh...

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  48. =) I don't do soda at all. It's true that drinking water during your meal is not the healthiest thing, but drinking a cup after eating is the best way to go. (According to my doctor dad.) Of course, I don't have that much discipline. Lately I've gotten into herbal Cran-Raspberry tea. So yummy...

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  49. Oh man, are you kidding? Diet Cream Soda or a Fresca every day at least. 24 pack of diet soda makes the medicine go down :)

    Sarah Allen
    (Writing Blog)

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  50. I don't drink soda. I have heard drinking a glass of water before a meal helps you eat less.

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  51. If I have one bad habit, at least it's just soda.

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  52. I'm no help, as I don't fancy pop.

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  53. My unhealthy indulgence is a glass or two of wine daily in the evenings to unwind as I read blogs :)

    I gave up diet soda for a pure economical move. When we moved almost 4 years ago, we were going to have to reduce expenses dramatically. We finished the diet soda we had at our old place and I never bought any more. Didn't miss it too much either; I would have a can around 3 p.m., I think for the caffeine :)

    betty

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  54. We all have our indulgences.

    My beverages these days: water, coffee, wine, and V8. I've never been a soda person. To me, it's empty calories. I don't like any of the artificial sweeteners for the diet ones, and some of them give me a stomach ache. I can't chew most gum for the same reason.

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  55. I also drink diet soda instead of coffee or tea. I can't stand the taste of either of those.

    Diet Dr. Pepper and Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi are my go tos.

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  56. You're speaking my language, Ava! Those are both my favorites, as well, and I can't stand the taste of tea or coffee.

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  57. Never been much of a soda/pop drinker. Not really sure I have any hardcore unhealthy indulgences...

    Unless you count trashy reality television? :)

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  58. I adore coffee...

    I've never cared for diet sodas. I just don't like the taste. I've been devoted to Dr. Pepper regular, though, since high school.

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  59. Yes! It's crazy how many times that pops on my feed. I'm a diet soda drinker and perfectly okay with it :) I don't drink coffee either so soda is my jolt. I drink a good bit of water as well but I do enjoy a soda (having one right now actually lol)

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  60. Usually I drink only water and sometimes diet coke:))
    I love some juiced too

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  61. I've increased my intake of diet soda. It makes me happy.

    Love,
    Janie

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  62. Stephanie,

    People will always find something wrong with everything sooner or later. We're all going to die anyway, so may as well indulge if you want to , just don't go crazy with anything. That's my opinion anyway.

    All we can do is the best we can to live as healthy as we want to be. I don't drink diet soda, maybe once a year, but I do drink gingerale if it's real hot outside. It cools me off. Otherwise, it's coffee and water for me most of the time.

    Sunni

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  63. Hi, Stephanie,

    I haven't had soda in years... regular. too much sugar, diet/aspartame... an addictive UNHEALTHY chemical...Yup I am one of those... LOL.

    But I am a realist too. The reason why one tends to lose weight on diet soda is because of the carbonation. It does fill you up ... and it's sweet so you don't indulge in sweets as much, therefore eating less calories.

    One soda a day would never kill you. It's the people who drink a liter a day which can be potentially harmful.

    I LOVE coffee and drink a half a pot a day, but I water it down and use a bit of cream and a natural sweetener (stevia). But a least coffee is a natural drink. I grind my own beans so it's not processed. A healthier choice... for me anyway.

    But I DO LOVE Diet Dr. Pepper... I just don't drink it anymore. I LOVE DIET PEPSI, too!

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  64. I'm so tired of people jumping on others telling them not to drink soda, not to eat fast food occasionally, not to eat too much candy. You only live once, may as well eat and drink what you like.

    My biggest indulgence is Hills Bros mocha coffee. Gosh that stuff is good.

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  65. I have a different stance than most I guess. Being diabetic I used to drink only Diet Coke. I recently switched but it was due to the fact that my stomach hurt. Now I drink one occasionally. I think that every thing in moderation is the key.

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  66. It seems like every day what was once considered an fairly safe/healthy option is now bad for us, that what was once unhealthy is now relatively OK. Take for instance salt, once a no go area in that it caused high blood pressure, sugar has become the new salt in that it is now even worse for us than salt. Everything in moderation I suppose is the answer.

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  67. Interesting post. I would love to like coffee, but I don't. The smell is wonderful, though. I drink Coke Zero, but mostly I drink water, and yeah, it doesn't fill me up at all. My guilty pleasure is chocolate.

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  68. I've never been one for fizzy drinks.
    An unhealthy indulgence? I have a weakness for cashew nuts. Not sure whether too much is unhealthy. I suppose not.
    I also love my coffee, though I've managed to cut down. But it's a rollercoaster ride...up and down...cut down and then backslide. LOL

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  69. I love to have a diet soda from time to time but I don't like when too much sugar. And I don't drink coffee because like you I don't like the taste...

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  70. I luuurve coffee. I'm an ex-soda drinker because of the sugar calories. Once in a while, though, I'll drink a soda. And it's damn good, too! LOL.

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  71. We all do stuff that are unhealthy. We have to keep everything in moderation.

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  72. Diet iced tea is my latest addiction. I was a Diet Coke fiend for years, but I can't hack the carbonation anymore.

    Everyone is trying to get me to quit diet drinks entirely, and while I know they're right, I'm having a hard time.

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  73. I love Coke Zero. I have one or two cans a day. I can't give it up.

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  74. I drink Red Bull every day. Have been for the past 13 years. It hasn't killed me yet.

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  75. You are certainly right -- if one study says it is bad the next one will say it is wonderful! I am just lucky that I have never cared for soda of any kind. It has saved me lots of money and lots of calories but I'm sure not going to tell others what to do.

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  76. Mine is Diet Pepsi, and I've tried really hard to quit, but I just haven't wanted to quit enough yet. I love it to much.

    But soda does do damage. I had to have work done on my two front teeth due to the resulting acid erosion, which scares me to think of what it's doing to my bones...

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  77. I gave up soda hmm 4 or 5 years ago. We usually have coupkle od days each year at work where we all exercise and have a few lessons in healthy living. And one thing that one of those teachers said that stuck was: If you wanna start living a healthy life you can't do it all at once, it will last two weeks. You need to remove one unhealthy thing at a a time and learn to live without it before you try the next." So I quit smoking, soda and salad dressings, which I used to put on everything. One thing at a time. Nowadays I eat healthy but a bit too much. Even before quiting soda the diet variety made me nauseous, I wanted mine for the sugar.

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