Or Coke, or soda or pop or whatever the name you give to high sugar beverages in your area.
I’m not THE hyper-fit guy (I’m a writer god damn it!) but I was going pretty fat a little over two years ago. I was witnessing the birth of my second daughter and was about to hit 210… My glory days, it seemed, were behind me. I am not back to 180 and in the best shape of my life. And now it’s Feb. and the gym is full of “resolutionners” and so I will allow myself this “health post”.
There was a time, in my twenties, when I could tank 4 or 5 cans of Pepsi a day and piss them twenty minutes later and I’d still only weight 180. I was training and running around being up to no good and not sleeping much.
That all went south with the kids (obviously) and while I do enjoy the life of a father, I didn’t want to have a hard time breathing playing with them and that shitty sore back that was killing me all the time.
No fucking way that was going to be me. But kicking Pepsi turned out to be harder than expected. I never drank alcohol and don’t eat meat. But I felt the sugar down of quitting Pepsi. Go figure! Sugar was shit.
Still I liked to have a bubbly drink in the evening (go right ahead, call me cupcake, I don’t care) and so I found a simple, stupid way to ditch Pepsi.
You mix 2/3rds sparkling water with 1/3 fruit juice of your choice…that will cut 2/3rds of your sugar intake and your brain will think you’re having your evening drink. You quit the sugar without quitting the habit.
After a while I’m mostly having the sparkling water with lime. Tastes like Sprite without the sugar. Last time I had a Pepsi I almost puked it. That tells something.
That was my trick and this is now a story. ( I’m a writer so, don’t judge me.)
So the year’s coming to an end. Here’s my short list of the best things I have discovered this year. Some of these are old, but since I didn’t know about them before, they made it on my list.
(in no particular order)
1- The Gaslight Anthem : Sink or Swim album
2- 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike
3- Channel Zero by Brian Wood
4- Smoked Paprika/Rosemary spice mix
5- Neurosis, Honor Found in Decay album
6- Stacrobats game (to play with my daughter)
7-Teggiano’s café on St-Hubert.
8-Mogwai, Hardcore will never die but you will album
9- Home made vegetarian deli-style sandwiches.
10 – Final Fantasy xIII-2 ( I like it, alright!?!)