Ever tried to stop drinking soda, but failed, or are you considering it today for the first time, because you made it a part of your new year’s resolution. Either way, it is not an easy habit to quit, no matter what people will tell you, their meaningful – just drink something else – advice not in the least helpful. But because of the variety of health issues that are related to drinking more than just the occasional soda, I have created this list of tips to help you get away from this unhealthy choice. I have done it – and so can you.
1. Get rid of all of the soda in the house
Now you have to be merciless. No waiting until you finished drinking your supply, telling yourself that you are just not going to pick up more from the store next time. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Get rid of it. If you feel too bad about dumping it down the drain, give it away.
2. Don’t fool yourself with diet soda
Diet soda is also soda, it might have less sugar, but it has the same chemicals that you are used to, and will make it easier for you to fall back into the habit of drinking your regular supply. You need to get completely away from any type of soda.
3. Make sure you have plenty of alternatives.
If you are like me, then the thought of going from flavorful to plain boring water can be disconcerting. Here are a few alternatives that are more flavorful, and help you ease out of the habit, without feeling like you are depriving yourself:
Not a good alternative
– sports drinks
– green or black tea (due to the caffeine content – don’t trade habits!)
– milk or non-dairy milk
– alcoholic beverages of any kind
4. Include soda in your cheat day
Most diet plans, such as Paleo and other lifestyle plans, allow a cheat day. One soda of your choice on your cheat day is allowed, but it should not be more than one.
5. Make your drinking alternatives fun.
Get a new water bottle, treat yourself to a new tea kettle, or try different fruit combinations for your infused water. The more interesting you make this experience, the less likely are you going to quit.
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6. Announce your plans and get peer support.
Tell your friends and family, that you are making healthier choices. Asks them to stop you when you are ordering a Pepsi out of habit, and share with you what they like to drink instead.
Question: What is your favorite healthy alternative to soda?