No sweetened drinks. No tea. No alcohol. No coffee (okay, I didn’t drink coffee anyway).
Not even club soda or Perrier.
Just still water only.
I’m doing this for a few reasons.
- No matter how many times I think it through, I can’t come to any conclusion that justifies a drink form for anything I should be getting from food. Water is simply the best thing I could drink at any given time, period.
- From my own data, I keep finding non-water drinks can “modify” eating habits in ways that aren’t immediately obvious, particularly sweetened drinks. I also have been observing a lot of interesting habit changes from coffee drinkers after they’ve quit that leads me to suspect this too is a heavy influencer that may be less apparent to the user.
- I drank soda my whole life and switched to diet after going keto, but I’d like to kick the habit entirely. While I have phases where I drink little (usually out of conscious effort), I likewise have had several times where I drink it very often and this is usually coupled with stressful periods or intensive deadlines. Thus, I’m using it as a means of “instant joy stimulus”, as I like to call it.
- There’s another reason I won’t reveal until after the experiment is over.
Through the course of this keto lifestyle, I have tried to cut out diet soda on three separate attempts, all of which failed. But I mean to at least exceed the record of abstinence this time around. If I can make it to the end of August, that will be an impressive four months total.
Consider this my battle cry.