So about a month ago I wrote a blog post about how I had chosen to cut out toxic habits (mainly energy drinks and fizzy drinks such as soda), starting with a month. If you haven’t seen that blog you can check it out here: My Big Decision: Cutting out toxic habits
Well then onto the results. The first thing I noticed from giving up these kinds of drinks is the money that I saved, a single can of energy drink cost me £1 I was drinking 1-2 a day meaning I was spending in total £7-14 a week on energy drinks alone which is ridiculous. Now onto what I’ve noticed about myself.
In the first week I didn’t crave them at all, which was lucky, however I did feel tired all the time. Grabbing coffees and green teas whenever I felt the slump hit or having a nap whichever happened first. The lethargy dissipated in the second week but that’s when the craving for anything and everything sugar hit, and when it hit, it hit HARD. I just wanted to monster everything chocolatey, cakey and sugary, but I stopped myself from falling into that trap which also meant I kept on track. As for the last two weeks I realised I didn’t even think about it. When I went into a shop and was thirsty I aimed for juice or water. Yes I was drinking tea and coffee more often but since I don’t take sugar or milk in either it’s not so bad and I also found myself trying new combinations for juices, waters and smoothies.
Physically and mentally it was hard at first and I didn’t see any results right away, pair that with the first two weeks of tiredness and cravings I was close to giving in. But towards the end I noticed I was more alert in the mornings, my workouts affected me better and I had more energy to do them, I’m not bloated all the time and myself and others have noticed that my stomach is beginning to look flatter/slimmer. I’ve also started drinking at least a litre of water in various forms a day so my skin looks clearer and I no longer need a nap between 3-5pm. So all in all my hard work and determination is paying off. I’ll definitely be keeping up with the no energy drinks/sugary/fizzy drinks, after all I don’t need to add any more sugar to my diet and the results are great.
So what’s your “toxic” habit and do you think you should cut it out/reduce it?