I still use a Coca Cola to slam down a packet of BC powder. And a few tinctures I take. I go cold turkey for months, then a daily can for a few months. I can swap for ginger ale, occasionally. Strong, gives most people heartburn ginger brews. It’s my only stress eating.
The rest of my non water liquids are unsweetened tea, kombucha, and lemonade cut 50-50 with carbonated water.
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Although a pop (that's what we call "coke" or "sodas" here in Minnesota) as a treat once in awhile is fine, if you feel like it's a problem or barrier for healthier living, then it is. :-) Maybe it would help to figure out what you like about soft drinks? Is is the fizz? The caffeine? The chilled drink?
There are alternatives. Sparkling water like La Croix is delicious and has that carbonation. They come in a variety of flavors and are really delicious, in my opinion. If you need a bit of a caffeine boost, you can try tea (black, green, oolong,and white) all have various amounts of caffeine or coffee. Herbal teas aren't caffeinated. Coffee comes from the main regions: Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific and they all have different tastes. For example, the Latins are a bit more tangy and the Pacific coffees are earthier. Coffee and tea can be served hot or cold.
I haven't had regular coke in years, but I switched to diet colas and was drinking 4 a day at one point. Now anything artificially sweetened is way too sweet for me. I prefer seltzer (plain or flavored) when I want something fizzy....and if I really want to jazz it up, an ounce of juice in a glass of seltzer hits the spot.
it's all about how you train your taste buds.
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If you need a caffeine fix, how about tea ? The black teas (like English breakfast, oolong or darjeeling) have caffeine. I drink a lot of tea at work, black and green.
Why not try a cup of English breakfast tea instead of the Coke ? It will save in you calories and all those preservatives. I didn't really give up the Diet Coke or soda because of the calories. I gave it up because of the preservatives and chemicals.
And if you really would like a soda, why not try an organic brand of cola ? it would be natural, no preservatives. if you choose an organic soda that uses stevia as the sweetener, that would make it low calorie.
I really wanted one so when I was at the grocery store. I bought one. I'm pretty cheap and buying one for a dollar and change was hard. When I can walk up the aisle and get 12 for a couple dollars more.
In this case 12 costs too much. One is just right.
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I have a pretty laid back relationship with most pop. Diet Coke Caffeine free is my favorite; sometimes Diet Ginger Ale, or even Diet Crème soda or root beer. Its kind of like with beer: an occasional cold one on a hot summer's day is enough, or the rare time we go out to eat. This habit kind of came into my Lifestyle long ago when I lived in a remote area where we just didn't have access to those things. Instead we enjoyed Iced Tea, flavored water, etc most of the time.
As for giving it up....I agree with Archi.... substitute some of what you currently drink with other items and its influence will lessen over time. patti
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I did wean myself gradually. I was the person who had one at lunch. When I worked in the mall I would get a 32 oz coke everyday.
Now I might have one when I'm at a picnic or the symphony.
I'm weird someone took the Coke song "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" Turned it into a song about diabetes. Ingenious really, but makes me want a soda. Which I am sure it's supposed to have the opposite effect.
I am a former Diet Coke addict. I can not even tell you how many years it took for me to quit. I could easily down a 2 liter bottle a day. Didn't think twice about having a Diet Coke at midnight. I was addicted.
How did I finally stop ?
Cold turkey didn't work for me. What worked for me was to slowly ween myself off. Because I enjoyed carbonated drinks, I found healthier substitutes. I started drinking more flavored fizzy waters like Poland Springs, Adironak, Polar seltzers, Perrier, etc... If you need the fizzy fix, try Polar seltzers. they have some wonderful flavors. no calories. no artificial sweeteners. no preservatives.
But you do need to read the label on carbonated flavored waters. Some do use sucralose or aspartme. I avoid those.
If you drink say 3-4 Cokes a day, to ween down, you drink 1-2 Cokes and 1-2 flavored fizzy waters. If you don't want flavored waters, consider making your own flavored water. During the summer, I like buying limes. I squeeze some lime juice into a pitcher of water and chill it over night. you can add squeezes of lemon juice, blueberries, raspberries, a sprig of mint to add flavor to water.
Also, I think one reason I was able to stop is because I wanted to stop. I wanted to live a healthier lifestyle. And I knew that if I wanted to be healthy, Diet Coke had to go just because of all the artificial sweeteners and chemical preservatives.
And you could consider switch to organic brand soft drinks. Organic sodas will have calories, but not the artificial ingredients. there is a new brand of sparkling waters called Spindrift. they are a little pricey, but very tasty. They have a hint of fruit juice and are low calorie.
It's not impossible to quit Diet Coke, but I'll say it, it's hard and will take time.
Some folks do well going cold turkey, others have success if they gradually wean themselves off of it.
The way I look at it-- soda is empty calories. A 12 oz Coke has 155 calories and zero nutritional value. idk what your calorie range is, but if you're trying to lose weight, there's not much room for empty calories, while still hitting your nutritional ranges each day. Besides, I'd rather eat something (a cup of strawberries dipped in a little melted chocolate, for example) than waste the calories on a Coke.
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Honestly, no. I guess I never had a problem with drinking soft drinks all the time. I did drink them more regularly, still within moderation, until about a year ago. Then, I started working from home full time and didn't have access to the machine or convenience store at the office. I drank a Diet Pepsi on Wednesday when my coworker bought us pizza for his last day. I don't remember when the last time was I had pop (Minnesota talk...lol).
However, try and pry my coffee out my hand and you will regret it!
I find that Coke, actual Coke, is the absolute best car windshield wiper cleaner on the planet. All the black road gunk that stiffens the soft blades? Wipe it down with Coke and they're like new again. You do have to do a final wipe with water to get rid of the sticky, but this is what I think of when I think of the best uses for Coke.
I gave up Diet Coke which I was totally addicted to last year. I found out that diet drinks can raise your blood sugar just like real sugar. So I quit. Lost 91 lbs and my taste for diet coke. I knew it made me want to eat more.
Sure it’s hard to give up the fizzy drinks. Once I did stop I found my reflux (Gerd) was nonexistent. Occasionally I allow myself Ia diet cola if I’m out for lunch. I keep seltzer on hand too and occasionally mix that in drinks.
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