Since I married Heather in 2004, I’ve taken the slow approach to healthy living, opting to adapt incrementally over time so that my body and mind don’t rebel against me. Too often, people think they have to make drastic changes in order to live healthier lives. That’s not necessarily so. With willpower and attempting massive change, there’s the real possibility for failure and shame, which lead a person to avoid trying again.

Here’s an example of an approach I took to rid myself of my soda drinking addiction:

Studies have proven that 1 soft drink a day = 15 pounds of added weight PER YEAR. So if you’re not gaining weight, it means that you’re exercising just enough to fight off the soda. Imagine what you’d look and feel like without it!

I knew I wouldn’t make the switch quickly, so i gave myself permission to take the long way. This is how I successfully yet slowly transitioned my daily drinking habits:

Step 1: 6+ Dr. Peppers… See More
Step 2: 2 iced venti Starbucks lattes (much deneiro)
Step 3: 4-6 cups of coffee + cream & sugar
Step 4: 4-6 cups of black tea w/ sugar
Step 5: 4-6 cups of organic black tea w/sugar
Step 6: 4-6 cups of organic green tea w/ organic raw sugar

Currently: 3-4 cups of organic green tea w/ organic raw sugar

That process probably took me 2 years. But it was the only way i could get healthier in that area. I had to keep good taste or I felt that I was suffering. I let myself adapt to different forms / amounts of sugar instead of quitting cold turkey.

I don’t need as much of a jolt these days, and I haven’t starved myself of one of life’s essential pleasures. I’d be in awesome shape right now if I’d just find the time to exercise. That’s next on my list to conquer.

But this is proof that you don’t have to make a drastic change to live a qualitatively different life. I no longer ingest the deadly high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in massive quantities on a daily basis. And the red food dye? No more.

Those two things alone have made my trek worth it. But more importantly than what I quit drinking (because far too often we focus on what we have to give up rather than on what we can gain) is what I have gained, which is a more stable mental and emotional state, less harsh post-caffeine letdowns, and the peace of mind knowing that organic Japanese green tea is the healthiest non-purified water drink there is.

6 responses to “From Dr. Pepper to Organic Green Tea in 6 Easy Steps”

  1. Hey Daniel. Like the post. I myself was on a 6 DP/day diet in up until ’05. Nice to be free of that for sure. I was 50lbs heavier then too. As far as exercise, I bought a bike soon after I kicked the DP habit. At the time, I didn’t know if I’d actually use it or if it would just become “garage art”. As it turns out, I’ve ridden more and more each year since then because I really love doing it, not just for what it does for my health. I think finding something you actually *want* to do is the key. Another lunch with you and AP would fun sometime.

  2. Hey, Jordan. It looks like most guys our age were on the same power diet back in the day. 🙂

    I think i’d really enjoy biking if I can get past the American derision of people riding bikes in public. Everyone here assumes the person can’t afford a car, unless they’re wearing speedos and really lame sporty sunglasses.

    I love that in Europe, riding a bicycle is respectable because it is earth-friendly. Yet another area in which DFW needs to grow up.

    Where do you ride most often? On trails, neighborhoods, or off road?

  3. I started out with a mountain bike and riding paved park paths. Soon I tried trail riding and I was hooked for life. Mountain bike trails are surprisingly abundant around DFW. There are more than 15 in the local area maintained by the local mountain bike clubs. Lots of different terrain, challenge, and scenery to be had.

    I also now have a road bike that I ride mostly when the trails are too muddy to ride (like they’ve been for almost a month). You’re very right, it is unfortunate that we are such a bike-unfriendly culture around here. I’d like to ride on the roads more but I’m not really too comfortable riding on the roads without at least being in a group so I usually limit my road riding to that.

  4. I’m currently down forty five pounds because I cut soda out of my diet three years ago. Alas, I do still have about twenty pounds to go, but, I agree that organic tea is a huge part of my current success. Fortunately for me, I happen to own an organic tea company (LeafSpa Organic Tea at On another note, today, my mother in law sent me a sensationalistic video news report about how some products at Whole Foods were grown in China so they couldn’t be considered USDA NOP certified organic foods! Fortunately for me, I was able to explain the various aspects of organic certification and how the USDA farms out their work to various state and private agencies who then further farm it out to other outsourced laborers both here in the USA AND internationally! Trust me, after my organic tea company just finished its annual USDA certification through CCOF, I can assure anyone that the agencies are VERY thorough in ensuring that every ounce of my product is certified organic from the tea estate to the consumer. All the best and good luck!!!! Jennifer
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Is My Food Really USDA Certified Organic? =-.

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