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KATIGIE Posts: 229
6/17/13 10:25 A

I admit I've never been a soda fan, but find iced tea and water satisfy me. I don't put sugar in it, or use green tea, nor do I buy it--who needs the preservatives, slightly chemical flavor and the cost? Iced tea is so cheap that paying for it is cheating yourself of great taste and freshness! For a gallon of iced tea, I use about 8 bags of Red Rose black tea and throw in either an herbal mint tea or a mint-flavored black tea bag. Put them in a bowl or giant cup, pour boiling water over them, and let them brew about 3 minutes. Almost fill your container with cold water, then pour in the brew and stir. With an orange slice, you get a little natural sweetness, or a lime or lemon slice give an additional flavor without sweetness. There are so many flavored teas out there that can provide a change--pomegranate? check. Raspberry? check. Even chocolate mint! (I'll admit I haven't tried that for iced tea). But experiment and enjoy

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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6/14/13 11:22 A

When I see how hard it is to give up soda, I am always grateful for never having had it. I have had a glass of ginger ale once in a blue moon, but I have never felt a need for soda. Maybe because as kids we never even knew it existed. I think you are going about it the smart way and I wish you luck.

TAILORSMOM Posts: 614
6/14/13 6:00 A

i gave up soda ...but maybe 1 or 2 glasses with supper once a week...sometimes none at all !!

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,370
6/13/13 4:52 P

I do something similar, RDEPASS. I gave up full-calorie soda years ago, but I've always been a huge fan of the diet stuff. I still have it sometimes, but as long as I'm getting lots of water first and not drinking much soda, it doesn't have any negative effects on me.

WORDWOMAN7 SparkPoints: (8,568)
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6/13/13 4:48 P

Good for you Rdepass! I think that's a great way to approach it. I hardly ever drink soda because I don't want the sodium, but I'm going to use your strategy in other ways. You're a smart cookie!

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (120,762)
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6/13/13 12:17 P

I drink large glasses of water, but I still drink the diet coke.
It is hard to quit that habit for me.
I am still trying to give it up, but I need it most of the time.

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6/13/13 11:40 A

I switched from regular to diet soda at first. That helped to satisfy the craving with fewer calories. Then, I too started paying attention to my water intake. I was so full from all of the water that I'd have no room for diet soda. I still splurge every now and again, but I don't crave it the way I used to.

RDEPASS SparkPoints: (10,456)
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6/13/13 11:06 A

I had a hard time giving up that daily soda - but what worked for me wasn't making it taboo - instead I told myself I could have a soda after I had at least 8 cups of water - it didn't take me long to give it up entirely - now I actually prefer water - it's thirst quenching unlike the soda which actually made me more thirsty when I finally paid attention.

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