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    1. 07-02-2012 11:10 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      two words: flavored seltzer.


      I was never really a soda junky but I fell in love with flavored seltzer to get me to increase my daily water consumption. Lemon-Lime tastes an aweful lot like 7Up. Just be careful that you get ACTUAL seltzer and not diet tonic water, which has a bunch of fake shizz in it. Seltzer has 0 cals, 0 sugars, 0 carbs, you get the idea.
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      refreshing and the carbonation you crave!

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      07-03-2012 02:33 AM #27
      The reason I gave up sodas is dental related more than it was health related at the time.

      It was bad on my teeth and I have high acidity in my saliva to begin with.

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      07-03-2012 10:24 AM #28
      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" )

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      07-03-2012 01:34 PM #29
      I haven't fully given up soda but I really only drink soda when mixed with alcohol. It wasn't very hard; I just switched to water or tea.

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      07-04-2012 12:51 PM #30
      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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    6. 07-05-2012 05:57 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by kryptonik View Post
      switch to diet.
      tastes exactly the same.

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      07-06-2012 01:23 PM #32
      darn you OP ... since you posted this ..... had 5 diet cokes since my initial reply above .... I probably had 5 sodas over the last year combined before this week ....

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      07-06-2012 09:30 PM #33
      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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      07-07-2012 05:14 AM #34
      go to iced tea with sugar, to iced tea, to water

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      07-21-2012 10:12 PM #35
      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).

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      07-23-2012 04:20 PM #36
      Switched to sparkling water, and German fizzy water. My brain thinks they are sodas.

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      07-24-2012 01:45 PM #37
      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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      07-24-2012 04:14 PM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by gls:maverick View Post
      So I am a somewhat healthy person. My wife and I eat fairly well. We are not vegetarians or vegans and eat pretty much every type of food. We cook a majority of our own food and only eat out once or twice a week on a "date" or something.

      My only crutch is pop (Mt.Dew and Coke mainly). I would love to give it up completely but I have been drinking it for at least 14 years (I'm 32). We didn't have a lot of pop around the house growing up so it was mainly when I went off to college. I can go a day or three before succumbing to Mt.Dew because I am sure I am addicted somewhat and its comforting to drink.

      If you you have been in my position what did you do to give it up? I am fairly fit and ride my road bicycle regularly and drink a ton of water everyday (64oz or so) but I still drink a can or 20oz (on a bad day) constantly.

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      07-24-2012 04:56 PM #39
      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

    15. 07-29-2012 02:57 PM #40
      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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      08-01-2012 11:58 AM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by HunterRose View Post
      Switched to sparkling water

      Same

    17. 08-01-2012 12:40 PM #42
      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.
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    18. 08-01-2012 12:46 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by familyguy View Post
      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.
      to add, cravings aren't genetic, they are learned (IMO)

      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

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      08-01-2012 04:50 PM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by gls:maverick View Post
      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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    20. 08-27-2012 03:27 AM #45
      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.
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      08-27-2012 11:38 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by GodSquadMandrake View Post
      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. It has anti-cancer affects for one, it's actually been shown to induce death in cancer cells. It's also a mild aromatase inhibitor. Anyway you could probably just take a green tea supplement too, many multivitamins include it now. I stopped the tea because of the caffeine and only drink water now.
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      08-28-2012 02:19 PM #47
      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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      08-28-2012 03:39 PM #48
      Lent.

      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.

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      08-29-2012 12:08 PM #50
      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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