Post 2 October 10, 2014
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Ivan Valenzuela / Student Reporter
After my first full day of not having any sugary drinks, I did feel pretty good about myself. I’m a pretty busy guy so I tend to live off of a mix of sweet teas, sugar-filled coffees, and orange juice. It’s a lot of each really.
Unfortunately, I don’t make too much time for water. It’s not as accessible as I’d like it to be, but mostly I just don’t go out of my way for something if it doesn’t satisfy my taste buds. Do I think that water is lame? No, It’s actually quite nice to drink right after I’ve brushed my teeth. Other than that, I only really drink it when I’m tired or when I’m out of sweet tea.
Today though, I decided that I would make better choices, and not just doing my laundry early. I decided to take sugar out of my drinking diet.
On my first day, I switched out my sweet teas with just regular unsweetened iced tea. I made my coffee with only creamer and I cut out the morning sugar-filled orange juice. Most importantly though, I started drinking more water.
So how did I go? It was good I guess. I really like the idea. Unsweetened Iced tea actually taste great, but I’m assuming this is going to take more than a week to really see how this is going to help me. Until then I’ll just keep posting.
Johnny Flores / Student Reporter
I thought it would be easy to give up sugary beverages and boy was I wrong — today felt like no ordinary day.
Everywhere I turned it felt like these beverages were haunting me, wanting me to consume them, waiting. However, I was able to perservere and opt for water instead. However, it was very hard to do so seeing as my parents bought some brand new juice-related products for us to try out. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll break. Sugary drinks are a nice kick to your day and complement meals very well. I never thought it’d be this hard to give them up
Maria Garcia / Student Reporter
Today was a bit more difficult, especially because in the morning I am used to taking some kind of coffee to school. I was ok, until maybe around lunch because I had a class party and the main drinks were soda and juice. I was a bit worried until our teacher also mentioned there were water bottles. I think I did okay throughout the day. I even made fruit water with an orange that I had at home.
Editor’s Note: This blog is part of a series on the Rethink Your Drink initiative supported by the Regional Access Project Foundation.