I have officially stopped drinking soda!! For many reasons, but the most important is the overload of sugar and the ability it has to slow me down. I was always tired around 2 pm and still have four hours left to work. Once I stopped my body felt a change, first bad then very good. The first couple days I felt like I had a constant headache and I wanted to sleep all day. Once I got over the hump I immediatly felt lighter and quicker at my day to day activites. It has only been a week and a half, so I cannot say much, but I do know that there are healthier alternatives, and will be sharing them for all.
My first secondary choice was Green Tea, not Black tea, green. Green has powerful antioxidants that help relieve stress, and it even has a trivial amount of caffeine in it. I really enjoy it, because I can drink it hot in the morning and cold in the afternoon. No more coffee for me!! =] I found this excerpt from wiki, and I wanted to share.
Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates in China and has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. It has recently become more widespread in the West, where black tea is traditionally consumed. Many varieties of green tea have been created in countries where they are grown. These varieties can differ substantially due to variable growing conditions, horticulture, production processing, and harvesting time.
Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits, with some evidence suggesting that regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease and certain types of cancer. Although green tea does not raise the metabolic rate enough to produce immediate weight loss, a green tea extract containing polyphenols and caffeine has been shown to induce thermogenesis and stimulate fat oxidation, boosting the metabolic rate 4% without increasing the heart rate
I officially would love to never drink soda or coffee again, but i know it is hard. But certaintly green tea is much healthier!!