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Kicking the Soda Habit one Baby Step at a Time

By Donna Stark

We love our soda. That’s a fact. But it’s no secret that we shouldn’t be drinking it, and if we do, the amount we drink should be very limited. Study after study has shown that soda has terrible effects on our body and overall health. In fact, all you have to do is look on the internet for links and videos to learn about how damaging it can be. Unfortunately though, those articles and videos aren’t enough motivation for some people. But your health is important, and it’s definitely more important than that tall glass of sweet fizziness.

Time to Kick That Bad Habit

It’s time to kick that bad habit of poor beverage choice to the curb. It may be hard, but it is definitely worth it, and your body will thank you for it in the long run. Here are some tips to help you succeed.

  • Set a goal – We set goals in all aspects of our life and it’s usually for something we are excited about. Improved health is definitely something to work toward, so set a goal to drink less soda and stick to it. Fight the cravings by reminding yourself of this goal with perfectly-placed sticky notes throughout your day.
  • Replace the bad with the good – Replace your bad habit of drinking sodas with something that is healthier and better for your body. Or replace your routine with a new one if it involves drinking soda. For example, if you always take a break in the cafeteria and the only choice of beverages is a vending machine, then choose a new place for your break and carry along your own healthier drink from home.
  • Find a different kind of energy boost – If you fall prey to that typical midday slump and need a boost of energy, skip the soda and find something else. Bring a nutritious snack from home or grab some water and go outside for some fresh air … just make a different choice.
  • Take it slow – There is no need to quit cold turkey, although if you can, then go ahead and do it! The key idea is to get to that point where soda isn’t always going to be your first choice. So go slowly if you have to, but do cut back a bit more each week.

By following these tips, you may get to the point where soda doesn’t even cross your mind as a choice anymore and that’s a wonderful goal to reach for.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Culver City, Calif.

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