The Insidious Nature of Lemonade

Anybody remember Eddie Murphy’s impersonation of Elvis singing about lemonade? “Lemonade, that cool refreshing drink …”

Yeah. It IS cool. And refreshing. And insidiously subversive.

Allow me to ‘splain: As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t drink sugary or diet sodas. I DO drink a lot of seltzer/club soda, because I love the “burn and bite” of carbonation. But every now and then I need some, you know, FLAVOR. So some time back I started asking for club soda with a splash of lemonade. And over time that’s become half-club-soda, half-lemonade. And THAT, in turn, has become my default restaurant beverage. And it tastes so good. SO good.

On a hot day (this is Florida, you know) I can put away three or four big glasses of the stuff without thinking about it. To the tune of (and I’m estimating conservatively here) 2-300 calories. Entirely disposable, useless, yet cool and refreshing, calories.

So. Lemonade, my cool, refreshing, insidiously hateful old friend, it’s me or you. And I’m not going anywhere, so this is where you exit gracefully. And take that sugar packet with you.


4 responses to this post.

  1. […] intenionally makes all the difference in the world.  Last week, too many helpings and too much lemonade kept me stuck at 271.  This week I made the conscious – and necessary – effort to […]


  2. Posted by Amy on June 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Hypoglycemic trick: club soda and a side of lots of lemons. Not exactly the same, but delicious, and calorie-free for you and prevents a giant blood sugar crash for me!


  3. Posted by hlward on June 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Amy, my lovely wife has been doing exactly that for some time, except she prefers limes. I – grudgingly – am headed in that direction, but with lemons.


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