(Closed) How many sugary drinks do you have per day? Suggestions on drink alternatives?

posted 6 years ago in Food
  • poll: How many soft/sugary drinks per day do you consume? (soft drinks, juices, coffees, smoothies, etc)

    None- I only drink water OR non sugary drinks like black coffee

    1- I'll have one latte or soft drink per day, but no more than that

    2-4: I have a soft drink/sugar drink with each meal-- sometimes more

    4+ I drink soft drinks/sugar drinks multiple times a day, every day of the week

  • Post # 2
    2417 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    First, “diet” soft drinks are 100 times worse for you then their regular full sugar counterparts. Artifical sweeteners are so, so bad for you.

    I went from drinking a ton of soda and sweet tea to having 1 cup of coffee and then water the rest of the day. They have sparkling water drinks that are a little bit better for you that still have the fizz of soda without being soda.

    I haven’t had soda in almost 2 weeks and honestly I have seen such a vast improvement in the way I feel.

    Post # 3
    3242 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I am drinking iced coffee. I make it homemade with a dash of skimmed milk. Yummylicious. 

    Post # 4
    1481 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    It completely depends on the day, but usually one or two, and definitely more in the winter than in the summer. 

    When I want to replace my soft drinks I usually do water with fruit and berries in them. One favourite combo is strawberries and mint leaves, but cucumbers, grapes, lemons, oranges, raspberries, blackberries, are all good alternatives. I often put frozen berries in, becuase then that acts as an ice cube as well 🙂 

    Post # 5
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    Mrs_Amanda:  I have coffee with milk in the morning and once in a while I’ll have club soda to satisfy the bubbly craving- it’s like a treat without the sugar:) 

    Post # 6
    15341 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    None to 1 – the two sugars that I put in my morning coffee.  Just water other than that.  There’s been a 12 pack of Coke in our fridge since last summer, and we still have 4 cans left.

    Post # 7
    493 posts
    Helper bee

    I drink only 100% juices, never cocktails,  and sparkling water with only natural flavors, if any (No sugar).

    Post # 8
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2016 - Boston Museum of Science

    The only time I drink a sugary drink is if I go out to eat I may have a lemonade but I usually don’t even do that. I drink water & unsweetened ice tea. 

    Post # 9
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    mcgoat:  +1

    I have coffee with skim milk in it a couple times a day, otherwise I’m strictly water. Sometimes I mixed some perrier lime flavored sparkling water into my regular water for flavor and bubbly cravings. 

    Post # 10
    1591 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I maybe have 2-3 sodas in a week, lemonade occassionally. Anything more I feel extremely thirsty and drink tons of water!

    Post # 11
    211 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    It’s probably really hard for his body to withdraw from BOTH the sugar and the caffeine in coke at the same time – especially if he’s having 3-4 a day.  It’s also really hard to get someone ELSE to change their behavior, LOL :).

    If it’s something that he wants, and you want to support it – how about he switches to iced coffees first.  Maybe with Stevia? Like, he can drink all the coffee he wants, for a month, you keep some pre-made in the fridge (ditto iced tea, with stevia), so he has that for whenever he needs it?  Also, craving coke is usually a sign of thirst – so it would be good to drink a bottle of water in the morning after waking and at night before sleeping, at the very least, before drinking anything else.

    I had a friend who found giving up soda easier when she had the flavored seltzer.  To me, that has nothing on a can of coke, but maybe it would be good? 

    Post # 12
    5152 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    Mrs_Amanda:  I would replace with iced tea (brewed from a bag – lipton cold brew is great) with maybe a tiny scoop of sugar added or flavored sparkling water (lemon, lime, etc.).

    Post # 13
    1432 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I drink a drip coffee with milk in the morning, and the rest of the day I drink lemon water from a pitcher we keep in the fridge.  It is so refreshing, compared to plain ol’ water.  We also have a soda stream that we use – I drink it with a lemon slice or a drop of OJ in it…

    Post # 14
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I like drinking LaCroix flavored sparkling water on ice. It’s very refreshing and has no calories or artificial sweeteners. 

    Post # 15
    1110 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    Mrs_Amanda:  I never drank a lot of sodas on a daily basis, but I used to drink a lot of juices, coffee, and Vitamin Waters.  Nowadays, I’m all about water and I don’t even drink coffee anymore. I’m not sure how the transitioned happened, but I don’t miss it even though I’ll indulge in a coffee or soda once in a while.

    I think the transition for your DH would have to be more gradual.  For example if he drinks 3 a day, maybe he can cut down to 2 a day for a month and then 1 a day the following month.  

    If you have the budget, maybe you can invest in a SodaStream.  A lot of people who drink a lot of soda like it because of the carbonation, and a SodaStream is nice for just drinking carbonated water or tailoring what goes into your own soda.  I like using some lime juice and a few drops of Stevia in mine, and SodaStream makes some nice naturally sweetened syrups too.

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