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IHEARTK8N8 Posts: 13
3/1/13 11:42 P

I used to call it pop but after being in North Carolina for 11 years I now call it soda. I thought I'd never call pop soda lol.

Pop was a big issue for me. The only thing that worked for me was limiting my consumption of overly processed sweets. The sweets in our food make us crave more sweets. Try giving up products with High fructose corn syrup if at all possible. I gave up pop after cutting back on my processed foods. Eating whole foods seemed to curb the addiction and cravings

Also watch {sugar the bitter truth} on YouTube. Its kind of scientific and long lecture but very very helpful to me and my struggles with sugar. I highly recommend it.

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3/1/13 10:47 P

Pop addiction is probably an addiction to both sugar and caffeine. For the caffeine, try making your own iced tea. Brew a pot of any flavoured black tea and stick it in the fridge for when you need a boost. For sugar (and bubbles) try mixing a half cup of juice with a half cup of sparkling water. While juice has natural sugar, so you shouldn't drink too much, you get the bubbles, sweet taste, and even some vitamins.

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
3/1/13 7:49 P

For me, it also helps to make it a financial thing. Just think about how much money you're spending on brown water! If you buy a bottle in a convenience store, that's... What, $1.50 at the low end? If you do that 5 times a week, that's more than $30 a month, or at least $360 a year, probably closer to $500. Five hundred dollars on fizzy water! How many things have you passed over having because they were "too expensive," yet cost less than you're spending on soda pop?

Think of something you really, really want but always said was too expensive. Get a jar or tin and decorate it with pictures of that thing. Figure out how much you've been spending a day on soda, and every day that you go without buying one, put that much money IN CASH in your tin. (Doing it in cash is helpful because you can see it and touch it and know how close you are to your goal.) If you do end up buying a soda, you have to pay for it out of your little stash. Then, instead of just feeling bad when you "cave," you can feel happy when you resist, because you get a tangible reward. And when you have enough money to pay for your goal item, be sure you follow through on your promise to yourself and go get it. A penny saved is a penny earned, so you will have earned your reward, guilt free.

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3/1/13 7:17 P

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!! I'm going to give the sparkling water a try for sure. I like that its carbonated, hoping that will help to satisfy me! And yes, I hope eventually to not even have the craving for sugary pop at all!! :D

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3/1/13 3:50 P

Lots of good suggestions here the only thing I would add is something that is helping me tremendously with my cravings.

I remind myself it's just a craving, it may be uncomfortable, but it will go away. The more I resist cravings, the easier it will become, the more I give into them, the harder it will be I the future.

Then I distract myself, sometimes with things that need to be done, sometimes with fun things.

SPOORK Posts: 1,193
3/1/13 3:35 P

How about drinking sparkling water instead? You can flavor it with lemon or lime if necessary. Once I stopped drinking soda I stopped craving it. I also realized that I don't particularly like the taste of soda, but I really like the carbonation.

WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
3/1/13 3:33 P

I used to drink soda every day and I had to cut it out because I was easily drink 1000-1500 calories just from the pop.

I did a couple of things to start. First, I switched to coffee in the morning for caffeine. For me, it worked out well, and coffee does have antioxidants in it, so it has some benefits. I really love my coffee, now. Sometimes I will go for teas I make at home, if I just need a change.

Second, I just cut back how much I drank. I got the mini cans rather than 2 liters or regular size cans and drank those. I was still getting what I craved, but better portion control.

After a while I switched to flavored water- Namely, the crystal light packets. Better than pop and the transition was really easy.

Finally, I just got used to water and I drink that, coffe, or decaf tea almost exclusively.

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3/1/13 3:32 P

Yup, from the North! Manitoba Canada to be exact :) I haven't looked much into the sparkling waters, I will do that next time I'm at the grocery store. I actually never even thought of sparkling water!!

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3/1/13 3:18 P

I've also heard of people using a 50/50 mix of Coke and sparkling water to cut back on the calories

I did make the switch to diet soda (not easy!), and since then to no more than 1 soda per day. I can go for weeks without one, but certain foods make me really want a Coke (usually anything with cheese).

3/1/13 3:14 P

Because you call it "pop," I'm assuming you are from the north, and with that assumption, do you have a Meijer? They have sparkling waters called Thirst Quenchers, that are pretty tasty considering they have no calories, sugar, etc., and they are carbonated, so they are like pop. We drink them occasionally, they are pretty cheap, too, and it certainly helps curb the craving.

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3/1/13 3:10 P

For the last 2 months now I have been watching what I eat and trying to eat better and exercise more. I've made progress, but the one thing I cannot get past is my addiction to pop! Coca Cola to be exact lol. I have stopped buying 2l's so its just not in the house, but at the gas station, restaurant, grocery store, its hard NOT to buy at least a small bottle. I would like to totally cut out this bad sugar filled crap, but I always seem to cave. I will admit I am not the biggest fan of water! I have a very hard time drinking the recommended intake. So my question to you great folks out there is... Do you have any tips? Is there something else you could recommend? I will not drink diet drinks as I'd rather just quit cold turkey! Is there a great low cal low carb juice available? I feel everywhere I look everything is packed with sugar or aspertaine! Thanks everyone :D

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