as others have said, its just a matter of doing it .... I used to drink a ton of soda, one day decided no more ... find a simple substitute, coffee, tea, maybe even juices (I water most juices down if I have them - half water half whatever juice I am having) for the added taste.
Right now, Monday to friday I am pretty much 100% water, with one of them a day mixed with protein. Weekends is a different story, almost want to say the only liquid I drink has some type of alcohol. Its funny, sunday night my pee looks like "pee", while during the week it could just be water. Makes you realize how much bad **** you are taking in for your pee to look "dark" (and of course sented lol not the "axe scent" that has been discussed in the "what grinds your gears at the gym" )
I dont agree with the comments you are in control.
I know several people who cannot go without diet soda for even a day or two without getting headaches and withdrawl symptoms. I think sugar and caffeine are as addictive as nicotine.
You need to replace the soda with something else and gradually wean yourself off.
Personally I will opt for a Pellegrino or Perrier etc and then flavor it with a lime, lemon, orange wedge. This goes well if you're eating clean in the first place.
But if you're having a cheesburger at 5 Guys I dont see the point and just say Dew Me.
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Thanks for the tips. I am dealing with some serious life altering marriage issues all of a sudden so my pop stopping has taken a back seat to that but I still intend on dropping the pop. I am riding everyday at lunch this week so that should help. I hardly ever drink pop on riding days.
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I used to drink a ton of Pepsi a day. Blood pressure was up, I needed to make some changes and I cut out the soda. 4 months later, I can't stand the taste of Pepsi, or most sodas actually. When I do get thirsty for a soda, I stick to "clear" sodas (which I know makes no difference what so ever).
Well I am officially over the 48hr mark of not having any pop. It has been tough but I should be fine all week. What will be hard is the weekend coming up. I talked to my wife about it and she is going to give it up with me so we can support each other. She doesn't drink nearly as much as I did but she can keep me in check.
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Originally Posted by Jezza
Just stop drinking it. I smoked for 6 years and kept researching the best way to quit. What electronic butts should I smoke? Should I ween myself off? How long should I use the patch for? etc...
Then I just realized those were all crutches, and it was a simple as stopping. So I stopped. I had a wicked ****ty 2 weeks, a bad first month, but now over 4 months later and I'm still not smoking. Just deal with it for a week or two and move on
I believe that I had it the opposite as you. It seemed like we always had a two liter bottle of cola in the fridge and six more in the pantry. It wasn't until I went to college that I stopped having it near me which really reduced the chances of me drinking it. When I went to the cafeteria instead of soda I would get a milk or water. Eventually the cravings went away.
I noticed that if I have some diet soda I will get back on that bandwagon again for a week or two until I realize the habit is harmful. It is so surprising how addicting soda can get even if you only start up for a week. It takes a few days to get over the cravings and they will randomly pop up weeks later.
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I'm drinking a Mt. Dew as I'm reading this. I'm not fat. I eat pretty healthy. The difference is I know it's bad for me and I use moderation. I haven't had a Mt. Dew since last wednesday and it's not the end of the world if I have one.
if you never have soda, you'll never want it. My house is the WORST for snacks, I don't keep ANYTHING in the house that you don't have to make to eat. So when I want to snack...I have to make a salad. In return, when I buy do buy a treat, sweet stuff goes a long way with me. Even 2 pieces of candy is plenty. It's just way too much for me after that.
you can control your cravings by your habits. The longer you go without something, you will even lose the taste for it. I don't even much care for soda at all anymore
It is not hard as much as we thing ,I started drinking green tea. Not Sobe green tea with sugar, just plain green tea. It has about half the amount of caffeine as coffee actually so you won't miss the caffeine. There is a phytochemical in green tea called ECGC (Epigallocatechin gallate a catechin) which is quite healthy in a number of ways.
didnt read the entire thread but are you at all a coffee drinker, or could you be? i'm not talking about a 20oz frappucappawhatever-ccino from starbucks, just an actual cup of coffee with a little milk/creamer/sweetener if need be.
i used to average 3 cans of soda a day in my high school and college years. about 3ish years ago i got off that kick and took a liking to coffee and have gotten into a habit of drinking much more water as well. both of these have been my crutch since and i'll only have soda if i'm out for a drink with friends which rarely happens anyway ( my captain and cokes ). i cant even remember the last time i bought soda to have at the house. out of sight, out of mind
i had a similar issue with just sugar in general; i'd always be eating fruit snacks, skittles and other candy. but same thing, i stopped buying it a few years back and no longer crave it. but if i do end up consuming some, it takes much less and i feel satisfied sooner.
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Every Lent for a few years, I made a point to do the 40 days without sodapop (and I was a huge drinker of it).
Now, I can go months without having it. I'm now repulsed by the heavy carbonation and sweetness of it.
Not everyone follows Lent, but apply the same basic ideas of it when giving up the sodapop addiction. 40 days without it.
I only drank soda/pop when I was out to eat (I only like stuff out of a fountain really). I stopped drinking it entirely for about a year and recently started doing diet mt. dew for caffeine because I don't drink coffee.. It tastes no different to me than regular dew.
I pretty much drink only three things: Water, Powerade Zero (red, blue or purple..but red/fruit punch is best) and diet mt dew (maybe one a day).
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