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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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2/12/14 2:57 P

The key for breaking a caffeine addiction for me is Excedrine migraine. LOL. It has caffeine in it. I'll quit, and then when the headache is bad enough, take a half dose of excedrine to fight it off.

With that said, I'm comfortable with my caffeine addiction. I keep it moderator, drink water most of the time, and enjoy my soda.

I do NOT agree that addictions should always be done cold turkey; while I understand that when talking about minor things like caffeine, it's not a big deal, serious addictions (a subject that seriously affects my life) going cold turkey on some things can be deadly. Don't believe me? Look up klonopin withdrawal sometimes.

YLORSE SparkPoints: (304)
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2/12/14 2:44 P

I have tried to quit several times but after two weeks of a headache that would not stop no matter what I took for it...I started again. I drink 3 a day now and am going to 2 a day next week. My goal is one a start the brain since I don't drink coffee or hot tea or anything like that.

LELU1516 SparkPoints: (6,283)
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9/12/13 12:39 P

I'm 29, and I had been drinking atleast 3 cans of regular soda a day since college, and increased to 4 or 5 once I started working (can't stand coffee!). I had tried several times over the years to give it up, but I always failed after a week or two. I thought perhaps I could cut back to one a day, but found that never worked either because once I had a taste of one, it was all over I went back to old habits. I found that for me what worked was quitting cold turkey. The first two weeks were pretty rough, I was tired, cranky and not a happy person to be around! Surprised my boyfriend still talked to me! But as time went by I found that I was happier and I don't crave it as much anymore. I haven't had a soda in 2 months, which I know doesn't seem long but for me it feels like an eternity. Sometimes it is hard to be around others that are drinking it. That sound of a can popping can be torture on days where I am stressed out, for I am an emotional eater and soda definitely was one of my top choices. I found by quitting it cold turkey I had to replace it with something else temporarily, which for me was apple juice. Now I primarily drink water with the occasional juice when I just need something else. You really can do it. I know it seems impossible, but it's amazing how much it ruins our bodies. I was depressed for years, and the last two months I have never felt emotionally and mentally happier. You have to find what works for you. If reducing initially is best, then try that. If you think you can handle cold turkey, then try that instead. Either way, have faith in yourself, if you really want to quit, you can. If you fail the first time, don't give up. Try again and eventually it will stick. Sorry this is a bit lengthy!

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9/11/13 10:45 P

Thanks for all the suggestions. I appreciate it.

1BUFFY007 SparkPoints: (30)
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9/11/13 10:43 P

That's me. I've quit several times before, once for 3 months, but just one drink & I am back on them. I switched to Coke Zero thinking it would help me lose weight, but it hasn't. I think cold turkey with never a drop again is how I will have to go....or else I will just be back in the same position. :)

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (8,292)
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9/4/13 9:58 P

I gave up all soda during Lent a couple of years ago and never went back. I may have it once in a while now, but I not every day the way I used to. Too much sugar and too many chemicals.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (343,176)
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9/4/13 8:44 P

I have cut back and average one or two a week. I was drinking one a day. It is a work in progress.

YLORSE SparkPoints: (304)
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9/4/13 8:22 P

I tried to quit a few times but etch time the headaches were too much. They lasted almost 3 weeks and I could hardly get out of bed they were so bad. If it weren't for that I would have quit by now.

LGANDAB SparkPoints: (5,443)
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9/4/13 6:33 P

I was never a big soda drinker, but I would sometimes drink two or three cans of Dr. Pepper every week. I drink a lot of water and herbal tea at work, but I've also started keeping a pack of club soda (basically just carbonated water) in my fridge at work as well for when I just want something different. I have probably cut out 90% of my soda drinking by switching to club soda.

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9/4/13 6:11 P

My addiction was/is with Pepsi. Not long ago I was typically drinking 2 or 3 32 oz pepsi(with ice) every single day!

for 2 weeks I drank only one a day, and that was a challenge.

2 more weeks =12 oz a day. Period! I put my foot down, I wanted out of this addiction!

another 2 weeks 12oz every other day.....and I found that it was begining to taste too sweet to even finish the whole 12 oz. ...btw, I had lost 7 pounds at this point and haven't even been on a "diet" or "exercise". It was pure Pepsi weight!!

I am now at the point where this week (starting tomorrow) is No more Pepsi at all. I choose a day where I had a 3 day weekend from work and 4 days before I'd quit the soda. I am preparing for the caffine withdrawl headaches to come....They hurt and I'm pretty useless when I experience them....this is the last time I'm gonna do this!!! I've done it once before and it worked for me.

Just one 20 oz Pepsi is what started my addiction, for me, I can never go back.


9/4/13 2:00 P

I quit cold turkey - withdrawl symptoms were over in two weeks and I used to drink 6-8 diet cokes a day. Best thing I've ever done, well second to quitting smoking and learning to run.

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,048
9/4/13 1:46 P

I never did like fizzy drinks, but I used to drink sweetened iced tea all the time. I just quit it cold turkey.

If I'm in the States, I get unsweetened tea, at home, I make my own unsweetened every so often, but I really just drink water instead. I never even missed it when I dropped it.

9/4/13 1:23 P

Never was a big coke drinker--my brother-in-law lives on the stuffy--never drink anything diet as it has artificial sweeteners which can be bad for your liver. Interdediate metabolic products of aspartame include formaldehyde.

TACOTRACI SparkPoints: (5,811)
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9/4/13 1:17 P

I stopped cold turkey. One of the things that motivated me was the savings. I do the grocery shopping for our family, and when my husband and I both quit drinking soda, it freed up cash for other healthy snacks. We drink water, coffee and occasionally tea or lemonade. Once every few months one of us will have a single Coke because we want one, but we had to train ourselves to not consider soda part of a daily routine.

BANDOMOM1 SparkPoints: (3,254)
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9/4/13 12:58 P

YES!! I stopped after 25 years of drinking Diet Pepsi.. And suffered migrane headaches for all those years!! Its been two years since a family member had me look up the dangers of artificial sweeteners in cokes.. I had a terrible withdrawl, but I quit cold turkey, and now WATER is my best choice.... Good Luck..

KKKAREN Posts: 12,753
9/3/13 8:35 A

I quit cold turkey and got over it pretty quick. I drink water or homemade unsweet ice tea.

DIANE7786 Posts: 4,312
9/3/13 5:49 A

emoticon When I was a kid my mom gave me a juice glass of Coke on Friday nights. For some reason in high school I started drinking a lot of Coke. My boyfriend's mother told me that Coke removes rust and that couldn't be good for internal body parts. I said okay, put the bottle on her counter and got a glass of water. That was my last bottle of pop--any flavor. I've drank water and tea since. Every once in a while I'll have a sip of pop. It tastes too thick to me.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (176,936)
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9/3/13 5:41 A

cold turkey

LEZASEDAI Posts: 411
9/3/13 4:46 A

I researched how bad soda and diet sodas are for me, then quit cold turkey. The cravings were intense for a while but gradually let up. Now diet Coke doesn't have any appeal at all. I probably still would enjoy a regular Coke but I have diabetes and I just remind myself that for me, Coke is tasty poison.

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9/3/13 3:40 A

Nowadays I drink a lot of home-based lemonade with real lemons

JOIFULJOII SparkPoints: (2,346)
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9/2/13 5:19 P

Agree 100% with the posts saying quitting cold turkey - The best way! Though, you do have to be prepared to deal with some headaches over a couple of days or possibly a bit longer, but that's the worst of it, and once it's over, that's it! I drink water all day long, and with some of my meals I'll drink some calorie, sugar, sodium free flavored water, but that's about it. Also, V8 Fusion Light is good & only around 50 calories a glass, plus lots of good stuff in there! Don't ever drink V8 Splash though, because that's the one with sugar, etc... Fusion's awesome & the light one is even lower & still tasty! xx

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
9/2/13 5:08 P

I just quit cold turkey

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
9/2/13 3:37 P

Cold Turkey! I'll admit it wasn't easy at first. Been soda free 4 yrs. Substituted 0 calorie sparkleing flavored water when I craved the fizz. Now I drink mostly ice tea. Or place sliced, oranges, lemon or other fruits in a pitcher for flavored water, my favorite is lemon slices and strawberries.

Edited by: SIMPLYME80 at: 9/2/2013 (15:39)
9/2/13 11:08 A

Usually limit to once a week

LISAH101 Posts: 73
9/2/13 10:50 A

i used to drink a lot of soda - just finished the last bottle one day and never bought anymore. It was actually easier to loose weight after cutting soda from my diet.

Now i drink a lot of homemade lemonade with real lemons (thank goodness for Costco), water and stevia. I make sure every other drink I consume is water thought - I always make sure I drink more water than any other beverage in a day.

Edited by: LISAH101 at: 9/2/2013 (10:51)
9/2/13 10:26 A

Healthier drinks such as iced green tea crowd it out.

CAH-RD Posts: 1,038
9/2/13 10:13 A

I think everyone has their own method of quitting a "bad habit." It's really your choice in what you feel is best for you, in my opinion.

I started drinking soda as a child. We were allowed a little bit (maybe 4-6oz?) on OCCASION as a treat. As we got older my dad consumed it more and more. He is diabetic so he drank diet. In high school at some point, I switched to diet. In college when I started thinking about everything more, I cut out soda all together.

Honestly, I can't recall how it happened. I cut back on and cut out a lot of less healthy foods while I was in college. If I remember, I think it was more "cold turkey" than gradually...but that's how I stop doing a lot of things...suddenly. Although that method fits MY personality.

Now, my disclaimer: We do not keep soda in our home, but we DO consume it on VERY rare occasion like with a mixed drink or if I just feel like having one because the carbonation sounds good...whatever. I personally do not think it's bad to have something like that once in a while. I do not have an addiction to it though.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/2/13 9:22 A

Every time I hear about people who think cold turkey is too hard, I notice that they still consume the substance they think is bad for them.

Slowly reducing the amount might be beneficial, but to quit an addiction, you will eventually need to STOP consuming what is causing it. The question was not about how to reduce their intake of Coke, but to stop drinking it. If they drink an oz. of Coke, they will want more.

DASHKATH Posts: 861
9/2/13 5:31 A

First start by reducing your consumption. Drink one glass of water after every coke for a week. Then limit yourself to one coke a day for a week. Then one coke every other day...the one a week...then none.

Soda is really not good for your body. If you can think of it in terms of fuel you may be less inclined to consume it. Good luck!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (226,468)
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9/2/13 5:03 A

Actually, going cold turkey for some people (as in "any" addiction) can be unhealthy and at times going on dangerous.

I would be inclined to gradually reduce it. I used to drink it, but not lots, but I found that starting off with a little water in the drink, and the rest the coke, or whatever, and gradually reduce the coke and increase the water. Now whenever I have it, I only have about 1/5 fizzy and the rest water. Sometimes I put a squeeze of lemon or lime juice into the water as well.


RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
9/1/13 11:59 P

Go cold turkey as you do with any addiction. There is no substitute. Just drink water, and in 3-4 weeks your sugar addiction should drop. At the same time you should be cutting sweets also. There is sugar in a lot of food, like fruit, but nothing you can do about that. Avoidfruit juice, diet pop etc. You don't need anything but water, and for the next month, that is all you should drink till you no longer crave Coke. After you break your addiction, you can try coffee, tea, crystal light, or whatever you think is okay with you.

I had this problem with Pepsi, and as long as I thought about it, or had a substitute for it, it felt like a necessity, and I felt deprived. Only by realizing that it isn't even something we should consume did I get in the right frame of mind. If someone was to ask what to substitute for drinking motor oil, we would all laugh, but something like pop, which has no nutritional value at all, we think of how to substitute it. You need to start thinking of it as eliminating a sugary drink that no one should ever have drank in our entire history. It is poison.

Water isn't really a substitute, but you have to stay hydrated, and that is what our bodies crave, if we reset them to not be receptive to salty, sugary drinks. Once you break your addiction to Coke, you can look into flavoring water.. coffee, tea, Crystal Light etc. The only thing you should avoid is flavoring that water with sugar, which is all pop is.. water, and syrup. Most drinks are basically water, with a bit of flavoring. You may just find that once you remove the flavoring, you don't need it. Water is delicious.You may boil in some beans, or add some artificial sugar, but it is still water, with a bit of flavoring.

Since you have a sugar addiction, you probably want to continue not consuming sugar afterwards. If you get re-addicted to sugar with Twinkies, you will find you Coke addiction returns too.

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9/1/13 11:36 P

I LOVE cokes. I am totally addicted, to the point I will leave a restaurant if they don't have it. :) I have switched to Coke Zero in the last couple of years. How have you stopped drinking cokes & what did you substitute it for?

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