Saturday, February 9, 2008

Carbonated drinks and caffeine, Oh my!

So It's been a few week since I decided to cut out carbonated drinks and caffeine and I'm going crazy here.

I never drank much caffeine before, but when I went out, I'd usually end up drinking an Arnold Palmer* or a Diet Soda. Both of those have caffeine and the Diet Soda has carbonation. Most restaurants don't have drinks like fruit punch. It's all soda, coffee and tea and maybe Lemonade. But I find Lemonade rather sour, hence the Arnold Palmer. I also am one of those weirdos that doesn't like coffee. So my choices are limited.

I think part of the problem is that I'm trying to do too much. I'm also trying to cut out artificial sweeteners. That's three things that tend to contradict each other. If it wasn't for the artificial sweeteners, I would just use that Crystal Light To Go and drink flavored water. My reasoning for getting rid of artificial sweeteners is because they interfere with the body's ability to know when it's full, but I guess that's not really an issue if you have a lap-band so maybe i'll lighten up on that one.

I used to drink a lot of water, especially when I went out, but it felt like deprivation. Maybe I can work on that and come to embrace water again. There aren't a lot of other choices!

*An Arnold Palmer is a mixture of Lemonade and Iced Tea, usually half and half.
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