I’d be skinny if weren’t for soda.
At least I think that I would be. It seems fairly safe to blame soda for many of the cushioned areas of my body. On average, my diet isn’t too bad. I naturally desire fruits and veggies and will always opt for them when available. Other than occasional intense cravings for chocolate, I don’t overall fiend for sweets or sugar every day. Or at least not in the form of cookies, candies, pastries, etc. Because soda, that I do crave. I literally cannot resist it. There is nothing so satisfying, so unbelievably all-quenching as the feel of that cold, carbonation burn going down!
Of course, as a diabetic, this presents a major problem in my life. Soda is one of, if not the worst, things for me to drink. My condition is such that after even one can of regular soda, I will begin to feel the side effects of a high rise in blood sugar, and its not fun. Not wanting to feel that way is actually my best motivation in refraining from these drinks. And so I’ve taken considerable steps to change the way in which I consume it. Years ago I had a multiple cans per day habit. Now, at most, I have one serving with dinner, and that’s not even necessarily every day.
The greatest challenge for me was not in cutting back, but in simply finding an alternative that satisfied my craving and yet wouldn’t send my endocrine system into a tailspin. The original “diet sodas” are also not an option . Aspartame literally feels like poison to me. My body has an absolute intolerance to it, and I despise the taste of it anyway. The ones I’ve tried with this sweetener never taste even remotely close to the original, it leaves a horrible aftertaste, and can possibly make me even fatter? No thanks. And then came sodas made with Splenda and life was (somewhat) good again. No aftertaste and no stomachaches, although my super-sensitive palates can still discern a difference in taste. But I figured sometimes you have to give up a little taste in order to still enjoy the overall product and so I quietly accepted that this would be as good as it gets.
And then I was introduced to Zevia soda. And my life has not been the same since. You may think that to be a bit of an exaggeration. And I will tell you that it is not. Zevia is a zero calorie soda sweetened with stevia and with no artificial ingredients that does not raise my blood sugar to perilous levels! Before Zevia, I had never tasted a diet soda with just the right amount of carbonation to be satisfying and that tastes so close to original, popular flavors. The cola tastes like cola! The grape and orange (sugary flavors that I would normally recoil from) are nuanced instead of syrupy sweet. The cream soda may be the best I’ve ever tasted. And while at first I was not sure about the “ginger” in the root beer, I tried it and found it to be delicious. Some flavors I find to be tastier than others. The Dr. Zevia seems to be missing a few of the 23 flavors that make Dr. Pepper so delicious, and the Mt. Zevia doesn’t climb quite as high a summit as Mt. Dew. But those are actually the two flavors that the Hubs enjoys the most. And conversely, he is not quite as big a fan as my aforementioned favorites. To me, that means this soda brand overall still wins! With 15 different flavors, there are bound to be a few that you will love. I’ve tried all but the strawberry and even after devouring my way through these flavors so far, I am still marveling that this “smarter soda” even exists. If there is a catch then I don’t want to know!
My only gripe is, of course, the cost. At an average of $6 per 6 pack, Zevia is quite pricey. But I have often found it on sale for about $3.99 per pack are grocers like Kroger and Earth Fare. And the manufacturer does make coupons readily available. I’m all for going with the least price possible, but for someone like me, a bubbly drink addict for whom regular, high sugar soda can be dangerous, an alternative like this may be well worth the price.