Sayonara, Soda! Team Mom’s Everyday Victories

Thank you to P&G and Kroger stores for celebrating “Team Mom’s Everyday Victories”! Please visit P&G’s event page to play games, win money off your next Kroger trip and more fun!

Some days, just getting out of bed in the morning is a victory for me. With a 3-year old and a 9-month old, I stay tired. Doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, how late I get to sleep, or whether or not I got to sleep the whole night uninterrupted. Chasing these boys around every evening after I get home from my full-time job and hour-long commute ensures that I am tired all the way to my bones. Every day.

Lately, I’ve gotten really tired of being so… well, tired. I really need the little amount of sleep I get to be quality sleep. To that end, I have yet again given up caffeinated beverages. No coffee, no tea, no soda. Aside from the trace amounts of caffeine that I will be getting from dark chocolate or other foods, I am caffeine-free.  Now Rachel, I can hear you say, isn’t that counterproductive?  Wouldn’t some caffeine in the morning help you not be so tired?  Isn’t the answer more caffeine?  Nay, I say.  The stream of caffeine in my body was not allowing me to sleep well at night, so it made me more sleepy.  Plus the caffeine in my breast milk surely wasn’t helping Cannon sleep.  It added nothing to my life but calories and lack of sleep, so I decided to cut it out.  I have not regretted that decision yet.

I started this on June 4, and so far I have been doing pretty well. I have slipped up a few times when we have been out and about on the weekends or at a special event, but I am drinking only water during the day at work and at home in the evenings. This is a really big deal for me because I was drinking a Coke Zero every morning and another one at lunch, and then again in the afternoons when I needed a jolt. But I got myself into that vicious cycle of high and crash, high and crash, which is exactly what they want you to do! You need the caffeine because you are having trouble staying awake, but you are having trouble staying awake because you’re coming down off the caffeine rush.

I finally had enough. It was time to break the cycle. As a part of our own family health initiative we decided that we were going to do a 30-day paleo challenge. That also goes well during the week, but the weekends are always a crapshoot, especially if we have plans or do any running around. But we are doing our best to stay away from processed food and grains and preservatives and chemicals. And guess what is full of chemicals? Soda! I would almost rather drink a full calorie soda than a diet because of all the extra chemicals that come with the addition of artificial sweeteners.

But even though in my head I KNOW that soda adds nothing to my life or my health but empty calories or possible carcinogens, it’s hard to not drink it. I’ve drank soda my entire life except for the times I’ve given it up for Lent and a 6-month stint without it a couple of years ago. I like soda. I’m a thirsty girl. And my office has a lovely fridge full of so many different sodas. My beloved Coke Zero, Dr. Pepper if I’m feeling frisky, Mt. Dew when I really need an extra kick in the pants to get going, Orange Fanta (don’t even get me started), even Seagram’s ginger ale when my tummy is bothering me. Any soda craving I might ever have could be satisfied by grabbing a can out of the drink fridge.

I’m not going to lie, folks. It’s hard staring down those cans of soda on my way to the water and ice machine.  But so far, I have been successful. It’s been two weeks and I have not had one single soda at work OR at home. I’ve been falling asleep faster at night and staying asleep better, and I have a more steady energy level throughout the day.  And every day I go without it, it gets easier to resist. Every day I pass by the drink fridge and fill up my water glass is a small victory for me.

Time for a refill!

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Hurry in to Kroger and Kroger Banner Stores for P&G’s big sale event, June 10–23!

At Kroger and its banner stores, more than 30 of your favorite P&G brands are at HOT sale prices through June 23, including Tide, Charmin, Cascade, Pampers, Crest and Olay. Look for tags with special prices throughout the household needs and health and beauty aisles, and be on the lookout for even bigger offers – like getting serious dollars off when you buy a bundle of products.

Before hitting the store, visit P&G’s event page on Kroger.com: http://bit.ly/KG6dw5

You can play games like basketball, track and gymnastics to win money off your next Kroger trip, download digital coupons, print a shopping list, and learn more about P&G products!

And as part of this event, consider trying one of these fab products from P&G:
Vicks Nature Fusion, Charmin Basic, Downy Unstoppables, and Swiffer Duster Extenders!

Disclosure: I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.


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