I drank only sparkling water for a week. Here’s what happened

Today is the last day of the Gerolsteiner Sparkling Detox Challenge, which means I’ve only had sparkling water—no other beverages—all week long.

For someone who loves her coffee & wine, this was a really big deal. Here’s what happened to me this week:


Oy, my first morning without coffee. I totally sidestepped that restriction though by adding cold brew into my smoothie—which is considered a food for the sake of the challenge. Going without coffee is just not an option for me! This might technically be cheating (?) but I decided that this was a necessary bridge for me into the challenge, to avoid severe crankiness and headaches.

I met a friend nice and early for a run, (woot, mornings!).

Then came home and guzzled the rest of my cold-brew laced smoothie. I settled down to work with a bottle of Gerolsteiner at my side and happily sipped on sparkling.


Tuesday was jam-packed with meetings. I had calls all morning, and after all that sitting (okay, actually I was pacing for a lot of it), I needed a few minutes to chill out. Enter The Beam and Aftershokz.

I zoned out for a few minutes listening to this podcast featuring a friend of mine.

I also made it to a dance class (woot!) and I swear all those bubbles I’ve been drinking helped me jump higher. 🙂


Wednesday was a nice quiet day; I worked, took the dog out at lunch, and then met up with a friend for a bike ride.

 I really felt myself settling into the habit of reaching for a bottle of Gerolsteiner whenever I was thirsty or in need of a pick me up. I’m missing the coffee for sure, but I’m surviving, and I feel way better hydrated than I ever have before. (Well, maybe since last year’s Sparkling Detox challenge!).


Thursday was the real test of my mettle.

I met up with friends for happy hour, and said no thanks to one of my favorite beverages: a nice salty, tangy margarita.

I did, however, say YES to chips and queso.



And here we are at today. At this point, I’m feeling really on track with this detox. I feel more awake, more alive, and definitely better hydrated than normal. As much as I love my wine and margaritas, I have to say, taking a break from them has me loaded with energy… and will probably make my favorite indulgences taste even better next week!

Stay bubbly, my friends.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Challenges, Food

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  1. Jamie King

    Ahh, love when a detox helps me feel more energized and refreshed! Great work!

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