• Louis Klein, M.D.

A Clean Break From Sugary Drinks

I have to boldly tell you, “No more sugary drinks. No. Stop it. Enough!” And guess what, don’t opt for that sugar-alternative or juice either. All you have is water. (Milk is not a drink; it’s a food.) This IS NOT impossible. Now, let’s break it down...

For the next 21 days, every fluid you use to quench your thirst is WATER. Make it cold or warm or minty or lemony, but no sweeteners. Drink it from bottles or thermoses or sippy cups or just plain glasses. Make it look delicious and convenient to reach.

For the next 21 days, avoid the settings where you found yourself choosing sugary drinks. Save money at the restaurant and the grocery store. Replace your wait in line at Starbucks with a stroll down the street. Sit at in a different chair at the dinner table. Pick a new setting for a new habit.

In his book, Psycho-Cybernetics (1960), Dr. Maxwell Maltz was among the first to study habit formation in the brain and positive goals. He suggests it takes 21 days for our brains to embed new pathways for new habits, and for old ones to fade. You will soon find your palate changing and sugary drinks less appealing. This will have far reaching benefits for you and those around you.

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