Back in my 20’s before I was a Mummy, I used to be a little addicted to fizzy drinks. I remember drinking at least one can of fizzy pop a day. It wasn’t until years later that I realised how much damage it was doing to my body and teeth. I can’t remember a time I hadn’t drank these kind of drinks – growing up the health risks just weren’t as highlighted as they are now. These days, all you have to do is look at the news to see or read stories of children having teeth removed due to too much sugar or how diabetes is on the rise due to over consumption of fizzy drinks.
Now I have my own children I am very aware of how much of these sugary drinks they are consuming. Meme is at that age where she will ask for a glass of fizzy pop and, truthfully, now and again, I will give her a small glass as a treat. However, the fact that she loves the children’s drinks that are absolutely loaded with sugar is a big worry.
So when I heard about the Give Up Loving Pop (GULP) campaign, which is being run by one of my local authorities, Knowsley Council, and promoted by Home2Office Water Coolers, I jumped at the chance to be involved. It is an initiative which is encouraging people to stop drinking the sugary pop for the month of May and switching to water or milk instead.
I am quite lucky as Harri only ever drinks water or milk (yes I am proud to say I am one of those smug Mamma’s at parties requesting a glass of water!!) but Meme does love a soft drink, as do me and my husband. So May has been a fizzy pop free month and, truthfully, I don’t actually think we are missing it. I think it is more habit to order a fizzy drink when out and about than actual preference. I can already feel the benefits of drinking more water, my skin feels clearer, I feel less bloated and I don’t have my usual early evening headache.
So as we enter the last couple of weeks of May I have to admit the challenge has been pretty easy. Yes, sometimes I have craved a fizzy drink but I have stuck to my water and I feel better for it. Meme has request a glass of fizzy pop occasionally but hasn’t complained when I have given her a glass of water and ,as for my Husband, I honestly don’t think he has even noticed. What has started as a monthly challenge has spurred me on to keep going.
Could you give up fizzy drinks? Why don’t you challenge yourself for the remainder of May – you might actually surprise yourself!
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