Post # 1
Now that I have your attention, lol, let me clarify:
SODA! I am addicted to Coca-cola, it’s all I drink from the minute I wake up until I go to bed, literally. I have been somewhat successful in the past at giving up soda for a little while, but my addiction always comes back to rear its ugly head. I don’t want to become addicted to diet sodas either, so my New Year’s resolution is to cut sodas out completely. HELP!!!!
I know a lot of you bees love water and drink it like crazy, but I can’t stand the non-taste of it. Is Crystal Light a healthy alternative, or is the fake sweetener in that something I should shy away from as well? Do you think quitting cold turkey is the best way to go? I’m not looking forward to the monster caffeine withdrawal headaches. Oh God, this is going to be hard. I need some support & encouragement, ladies!!!!
Post # 3
I quite coca cola cold turkey a few months back because it wasn’t worth the extra calories! Now I only drink water (crystal light tastes like chemicals to me) but occasionally I’ll have 1 soda on the weekends, that’s all I allow myself though. You can do it! And I used to hate water too, but now I actually crave it…the more you drink the more your body wants!
Post # 4
When I cut back on soda, I drank the flavored sparkling water. The carbonation and flavor helped the cravings better than just water or crystal light.
Post # 5
a little lemon juice in water helps the taste 🙂
Post # 6
ps – invest in excedrin for the headaches (it has caffeine in it), or ease off with tea.
Post # 7
You could do what I did, drink copious amounts of Southern Comfort, Bacardi, vodka and coke, and then proceed to get the sickest you’ve ever been in your life. I cannot even smell coke without feeling nauseous now!
On a more realistic note, I would try to cut back a little at a time instead of stopping cold turkey. That should minimize the caffeine withdrawl.
Post # 8
Or midol/pamprin! I love PMS pills, haha, way better then plain ibuprphen!
Post # 9
LOL! You are so funny.
I know how bad the addiction to soda can be. I stopped cold turkey this past year for Lent and it was not fun. If you can quit cold turkey it would be great. If not, I’d try cutting down to two a day, one in the morning and one at dinner; from there I’d try cutting to one a day and then cutting it out all together. I also hate water…there’s no taste, color, it’s just blah. I like drinking Crystal Light and there are so many flavors, I’m sure you can find one you like.
But you CAN do it!! I also need to change so many things about my diet and soda is one thing I have to cut out 🙁 Just think of the weight you might lose by cutting soda out…that’s something I look forward to!
Post # 10
This is so my life – no advice for you cause I’m trying the same, but good luck!
Post # 11
maybe try water with a little bit of lemon juice or a slice of lemon or lime? i drink water all the time, but do that sometimes as an alternative. or i put fresh mint leaves in. it adds a little flavor but no (or negligible) calories. also sparkling water might ease the transition. you’ll prob crave the caffeine too–unsweetened ice tea is better than soda.
Post # 12
I second the sparkling water idea. I used to be insanely addicted to Dr. Pepper, but I realized that it was the cool carbonation I wanted more than anything. Now I drink a ton of lemon and lime flavored mineral water (Trader Joe’s makes a great one!) and love it. Just be sure you are getting flavored water that just has a hint of fruit oil in it (check to make sure it has 0 calories) – lots of flavored waters (especially generic grocery store brands) have as much sugar as soda!
Post # 13
I did this a few years ago, but rather than saying I was going to quit all together I just vowed to stop buying it for the house. So that meant water only from the grocery and that is what I drink when I’m at home. I’ll have coke when I go out to dinner occasionally (which we do about 1/week). I try not to do it more than every other time… so basically I’m down to like 2 or so meals/month with coke.
Re: not liking water… I used to hate it too. I’d say maybe vow to drink ONLY plain water for 2 weeks and see if your taste buds re-align or something. Once I got off the habit of expecting a fizzy sweet drink and got used to water I actually don’t mind it at all.
Post # 14
Gosh, I went into the kitchen to get a Coke and come back to a bunch of great comments, lol, thanks! It’s good to know I’m not the only one struggling with this, so good luck to us all. I will definitely check into the sparkling water drinks, but too bad we don’t have a Trader Joe’s in my area. It seems like a great store.
When I think about all those empty calories I’m drinking in, it frightens the hell out of me. No wonder I’ve packed on so many pounds (thanks to a very sedentary lifestyle, too). So this is my first attempt at getting healthier (gotta lower this damn high BP) and happier and sexier. Thank you all for the advice & encouragement!
Post # 15
I’m a Diet Coke addict. Apparently the phenylalanine (NutraSweet) boosts dopamine levels, and caffeine does the same. One of my New Year’s resolutions includes cutting back on the soda and drinking more water!
Post # 16
I add a little (like 1/4 cup to one of the 1 L bottles) cranberry juice to my water to give it some flavor and I love it! It’s also supposed to be good for your metabolism (according to my trainer). But you have to buy the expensive organic cranberry juice, not the cheap, sugary stuff. It’s $8-$9 for a bottle but you go through it slowly when it is only a 1/4 cup at a time.