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Stop drinking so much soda - July 24th 2010, 02:11 AM

One of my goals is to stop drinking so much soda. I want to quit because it is bad for my health. I tried doing it once but it's sooooo hard..

I drank water and brought my own water bottle to work. It did wonders there for quite a while actually.
I kept drinking cases of water and needed to taste soda so bad..
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 10:49 AM

I found a really nice substitute is Vitamin water.

Sadly, instead of drinking one bottle of pop, I drink two bottles of Vitamin water. And the suggested intake for VW is 2 bottles a day.

I still have soda and stuff when I go to mcdonalds and such, but I don't drink the 4 gallons daily like I used to.
   
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 01:55 PM

Well, the thing is is that I never get soda either unless it is at mcdonalds and such as well. xD I drank a soda just now.. OOPS! But I see what you mean though. My mother actually bought me the soda, she said the machine was empty almost at the store. O-o..
I should have gotten VW but they didn't have it. I try not to drink like 4 gallons of pop a day.. I need to stop buying liters of pop. Well.. thanks for the tip.
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 02:08 PM

Good goal!
I gave up soda for Lent, and it had to have been the hardest thing I've ever done, but it was certainly more easy on my wallet.
At restaurants, I usually got sweet tea or the occassional lemonade or Hi-C, depending on what they have. The sad part is, all of those have nearly as much sugar as soda, but with a few health benefits.
If you find yourself craving a soda, try flavored sparkling water. That usually satisfies my soda craving because I love the fizziness. If that doesn't work for you, sparkling juice is also a good option just to get a bit of a fizz. See if that helps you.


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 04:52 PM

I need to stop drinking soda too.

Try and think about all the money you'll save.


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 08:18 PM

I actually am addicted to soda myself.
Something that helps I find is to drink chocolate milk or orange juice instead, something tasty like that, drink that instead whenever you feel the need to drink pop.
   
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 08:25 PM

Hey, I'm doing the same thing as well! I've gone a week and a half so far... I've been substituting pop with other drinks (iced tea, lemonade, water, flavored water, juice) instead. Actually, even if it's only been a week or so, I haven't had a craving for it since I've been drinking other drinks instead.
I think that this a great goal. It can be hard, but it's rewarding. I guarantee that you'll feel better about yourself if you cut back.


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 25th 2010, 08:40 PM

I can get through 2 bottles of pepsi a day if I am in the right mood. One a normal day I usually go through a litre.

I have tried to cut down but what I was substituting was worse because it was all filled with sugar. I thought I was doing good by drinking flavoured water but the sugar made it worse. I also tried substituting milk but that has more calories and fat in it.

I can't stand drinking plain water so I need to find something else just as good. I find it a lot more difficult to cut pepsi out because of the caffeine and I do think it is a bit of an addiction, the only other thing I really drink is tea and occasionally lemonade.
   
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 26th 2010, 11:30 PM

Here's what else I have done.
VW [I buy one at break time]
Trail Mix [for a snack]
I also bought a water today as well.
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 28th 2010, 04:40 AM

ARGH!! This is SOOOO hard. Especially when my work offers FREE soda. Coca-cola is good for the taste but bad for the health. It has been my goal too!
   
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 28th 2010, 04:58 AM

I'm in the same boat, i quit drinking so much soda then go right back to it lol. I've found something sweet like lemonade helps. Coca-cola is my weakness tho, all time favorite drinking, so i try avoid having it in the house in general and don't let myself look at the drink menus when i go somewhere to eat :P


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - July 28th 2010, 11:58 AM

Good luck ^____^ I done this without thinking last year. My class wasn't allowed to drink pop/juice in lessons, only a bottle of water (I think it was in case we tipped it and made a mess) I just automatically kept buying bottles of water more. I actually need to start doing it again


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 6th 2010, 10:44 PM

Been doing this for a bit.. I'm failing. I'm trying so so hard.. it's so hard to stop. I don't wanna drink alot but having some every once in a while. I am gonna keep trying and force myself somehow.
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 12th 2010, 03:31 AM

I stopped drinking soda a while ago. It gets easier as you go along! I know you can do it!
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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 13th 2010, 02:10 AM

I have the exact same goal
I actually tried to drink alot less soda once and I gave in to my cravings within two days.
I'm actually drinking a can of Pepsi right now. Oops!
My goal is to not only drink less soda but to drink more water.


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 13th 2010, 02:50 PM

When I gave up soda for Lent, one of the things I found was that I had a LOT more natural energy and wasn't so dependent on other caffeine sources and it really felt good. My fiance told me that I was absolutely nuts, bouncing off the walls sometimes because of the natural energy. It was a great feeling.


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 13th 2010, 03:31 PM

What I did is that I NEVER have soda in the house and for the past summer the majority of my drink has been water. It was unbelievable -


and I also thought of it this way: water is free! At restaurants and what not all I get is water. You save the $2.49 and get a healthy quench of your thirst


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Re: Stop drinking so much soda - August 16th 2010, 11:58 AM

Yah, thanks guys for the advice. I am still doing a bit well on this. I only if ever drink one soda a week/every 2 weeks.
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