“I’ll have a Diet Mountain Dew” — a year ago that was my standard. I had two a day most days, and I worked to cut back to just two a day. I haven’t taken the time to look at how many ingredients are in a Diet Mountain Dew, but I do know that there will be some that I can’t pronounce. It’s not “real food.”

In the last six months, I think I’ve had just one Diet Mountain Dew. Yes, really just one. I pretty much quit cold turkey when I started “really eating” and I haven’t looked back. I have had an occasionally Coke (with a splash of Crown) when I’ve been out with friends, but that’s also only been once and a while.

So, you’re probably wondering, what did you replace those two sodas a day with? Here’s a rundown of some of the typical things I drink with meals or out with friends:

  • Green tea and other teas — very good in the morning and I have a Keurig machine that makes it super easy to have a glass of tea whenever
  • Unsweetened iced tea — I most buy it pre-made and it’s much harder to find than sweetened tea, but possibly. My favorite is PureLeaf brand (no additives, just tea), and they are now making them in plastic bottles. I also make a pitcher of unsweetened iced tea on weekends and keep it handy in the refrigerator
  • Carbonated water — can be found in the vending machine at work and the carbonation makes it better than just plain water; also easily accessible at restaurants usually if you ask
  • Tap water — good and easy to find
  • Coffee — probably a transfer of one bad habit for another, but during the week, I do find that I have just one cup of coffee each morning for a quick dose of caffeine
  • Beer and wine — just here and there (what can I say?)