Perrier, slightly stronger fizzy water of the gods
Perrier packs a punch
If you're looking for sparkling mineral water that packs a little bit more of a carbonated punch than, say, San Pellegrino, Perrier is it. I gave up drinking nearly six years ago, and then this year, more or less gave up soda drinking (I splurge for soda and popcorn with movies nowadays, but very little else). As a result, I tend to equate the fizzy waters I drink with various alchololic or soda drinks. Perrier is quite similar to beer: if you drink a bottle fairly quickly, you're probably going to burp a lot (my burping conversational skills have improved by leaps and bounds thanks to Perrier). San Pel is a bit more like a fine wine, better over ice; and seltzer water is the "hard stuff."
After a long day at work, you deserve a completely guilt-free beverage (no calories, no fake sugar, and even a trace amount of minerals) that you will have to drink pretty slowly. Perrier actually goes really well with pizza, which surprised me, to say the least. Drink 6 of them in a night? Not a huge deal (although you might want to wake up with a glass of actual water next to your bed simply because Perrier does have a little bit of sodium). And that's the best part about drinks like Perrier- the only thing you might feel a little guilty about is that it does cost money. Well, so be it. Paying a few bucks in trade for far better health is well worth it in my book, and Perrier has an excellent taste that you can acquire in a very short time.
Perrier's alcoholic equivalent would be beer - carbonated enough to slow you down so that you have to force yourself to enjoy each sip, but drinkable enough to plow through several in a night (if you have a fizzy water compulsion or whatevs).
This ridiculous commercial pretty much sums it up
So how does it stack up?
Perrier is quite a bit different from San Pellegrino. San Pel is certainly tasty, and it has a fair degree of loyalty from me. But while San Pel is similar to wine or a light beer in terms of what I'd pair it with, food wise, Perrier is more like liquor or stronger beer. I'd eat a steak with either one, but I'd wind down at the end of the night with San Pel. I'd start a study session with Perrier (assuming I'm not interested in having coffee). Seltzer water, on the other hand, is far more strong than Perrier, but just doesn't have the same flavor. I really like to mix it up from time to time, keeping things interesting.
I'm really glad to have discovered Perrier in the last year, and it has become a staple of my "diet", if you can properly call something that has zero calories and no negative repercussions a part of a diet. Either way, it's delicious. I very rarely drink diet soda any more (I'd say movies and the occasional pizza- not that I have pizza occasionally, but that I have soda with the pizza occasionally; I have pizza as often as I want). It may seem trivial that such a small thing can have a fairly big impact on your life, but diet is frequently cited by experts as one of the main contributing factors to happiness, so I think it's worth considering what you're putting into your body.
Making a change can be pretty tough, too. Changing habits can take a really long time to make them stick, as I've noted here. Experts suggest that a new habit can be formed after three weeks of consistently making the new routine stick, and I can say from experience that this is the case. I simply made drinking fizzy water a part of my daily routine, and boy am I ever a creature of habit, whether it's drinking alcohol at the end of every day (as I did in my 20s and 30s) or whether it's enjoying carbonated water with slight traces of minerals, as now. No matter what, you can change your own habits with the 21 day challenge as I have.