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Tips for Giving up Soda

By Amy Silva

Americans love carbonated beverages. Some call it soda or pop, others even refer to all sodas as a generic "Coke," depending on what part of the country they're in. Whatever you call it, you probably know it's not good for you, but it can be difficult to give up because there aren't many options that are close enough to the real thing. This can make replacing it with other drinks tough. People love soda for the carbonation, the sweetness, or for the caffeine. If you're one who enjoys all three, you may think it's impossible to give up. Regular water seems boring and isn't as enjoyable once soda becomes a big part of one's diet. Seltzer water is an option because it has carbonation, but it just isn't the same for a lot of people. Other drinks may not have the carbonation or sweetness. It takes a lot of willpower and trial and error to give up soda for good, or at least be able to save it for occasions. So, how do other people do it?

Try to Replace Soda

Think about the reasons you love soda so much and it may help you kick the soda habit by considering healthier options. Try these tips:

  • If you crave the caffeine - Try replacing soda with coffee or unsweetened tea. Be mindful of how many calories you're adding to your coffee, especially, as milk, creamers and sugars can add up to the same number of calories in the soda you're trying to give up.
  • If you crave carbonation - There are a lot of options as far as sparkling or carbonated water goes. There are even devices where you can make your own at home with different flavors.
  • If you crave sweetness - Adding fruit to water can make it more enjoyable and not so flavorless and boring. Adding slices of citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes is a good choice. Sliced cucumber with mint leaves is another option. Berries also add flavor. Add fruit to your water bottle or pitcher and let soak overnight for added flavor the next day. As for tea, unsweetened tea is another good option to get you closer to drinking more water. You can sweeten caffeinated or herbal teas with cinnamon, mint or fruit for a sweeter flavor and try to leave out the sugar.

Giving up carbonated drinks may be difficult, but it isn't impossible. Try different types of drinks in place of when you crave a soda to see what works for you. It may not happen overnight but if you are determined to quit, don't give up until you do.

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