I have the same problem with coffee...I started out by not allowing myself to buy from the coffee shops, that completely limited me...lol I am allowing my self to make a pot of coffee a week and by the end of March be completely done...weaning myself slowly:)
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This is a timely thread . . . I have been off pop for a year now and I hadn't really thought about it, but last week I had a dream that I opened a can of pop and took a sip. Then I was horrified that I had ruined my streak and spit it out. Then I told myself that it wasn't any good anyway, that it had tasted like battery acid!
I had been a HUGE diet coke with lime fan, but from personal experience and reading an artical about something in cola (the coloriing maybe?) causing insulin resistance, things clicked for me. Being a diabetic, I realized that pop was really no good for me and that I really "had" to give it up and not just "should" give it up. So I thought about what it was that I loved about it and came up with the same substitions that others on this thread have come up with. In the morning I have a cup of tea, and at others times in the day I drink a sparkling water. So, like I mentioned, I have been off it for a year now and my health has definately improved. Just that one change, and I have been able to reduce my morning diabetes medication in half! I have no cravings for it at all, and my dream tells me that my subconcious agrees!
When I was suffering from morning sickness and wanted the carbonation of soda, but not the healthless ingredients, I rediscovered "bubbly water." Like H2OH or Mendota Springs? It's filling and tasty and I trust it's as healthy as plain water - no sweetner. I still drink coffee, which I adore, every morning and sometimes again late afternoon! best wishes!
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Do you really WANT to give up soda? No I am not being sarcastic but seeing what you have been doing for almost a year now(my year is april 1) you CAN do it. I gave up smoking and straight pepsi(at least 6 to 8 cans per day) when I first signed on to Sparks. I can tell you that I drink diet green tea like a fiend, and probably spend as much on tea as I did on pepsi but my glucose has dropped considerably. I know you are strong and determined and nothing WE can do or say will make you break the habit. Good luck and stay strong and you will have success.
Giving up soda will be great for your body and your wallet. Soda is getting to be just another added expense that we can do without. I switched from soda to tea. I still wanted some caffeine in my day so I have black tea in the morning and then switch to green and herbal tea in the evening. There are so many different flavors to try. I also try to get those 8 glasses of water in - I've noticed my skin looks so much better when I do. So between my tea and water, I don't have room for soda. Wishing you success with kicking the habit.
I think its great that you want to make a healthy change to your lifestyle! Like all changes I think we have to do it gradually and not take an "all or nothing" mentality, which, for me, anyway, usually sets me up for failure and starts a bad cycle of unhealthy stuff. That said, I think you can cut back or reserve pop for "special occasions" or something like that. I allow myself to drink pop when I am out in a social setting where most people are having an alcoholic drink or beer. I don't drink alcohol (recovering alcoholic) so it is my "cheat" drink or special thing that I do. I also don't use diet pop -- just the "real" stuff, so that it is a special indulgence and so sweet that I really only have a small amount. I have found that I don't miss drinking pop on a daily basis....especially since I know I can have it "once in a while" and not make too many "rules" about it as a forbidden fruit-type thing. I probably average about 1 can of pop per month.....so you can tell I don't get out very often!!! Sometimes when I'm out I have sparkling water with a twist of lime. Or I have found that straight tonic water -- which is kind of bitter -- takes away any cravings for sweets and I drink it slower too. Good luck as you make your healthy change. Be gentle!!
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Hi, I will give you my 2 cents being a former diet Coke with Lime addict. Believe it or not, I no longer drink pop at all and don't even crave it. I still have a 12 pack of diet Coke with lime in my fridge and don't have any desire to drink it. It actually is quite amazing. So, how did I do it? I needed to drink more water so I set a goal of drinking at least 8 glasses a day (or four bottles). In order to do that, I had to give up the pop because I just could not drink all that water and pop too. After a few months, I lost my desire for pop. Tried one and didn't even like it! I've been pop free for probably 8 months now and don't miss it at all. I never intended to give up pop. It just happened and that is one less vice I can live without. By the way, I still do not love water but I do prefer it over pop which is a plus! Good Luck!
Make a commitment to do things as right as possible as much as you can.
You need to cut back gradually. I would start by determining how much you drink each day and at what times during the day. Then cut that in half. For example, if you're drinking 6 cans a day, cut that to 3 cans a day. Then pick the times during the day that you most enjoy your pop and have your 3 cans at those times. For the other times, substitute water or Crystal Light or some other non-carbonated beverage. After a few weeks, cut that in half again so you are drinking 1-1/2 cans per day. Gradual changes are better than going cold turkey and you will be more able to stick with it.
I did this when I gave up caffeine but did it by mixing regular coffee and decaf together. Then reducing the regular and increasing the decaf until I was all decaf. I have been off caffeine for 6 years and feel that was the best thing I ever did for myself.
I'm not going to be very helpful, but here goes...
I drink decaf Diet Dr. Pepper. Weight Watchers now includes all liquids as liquid even if it is caffeinated. A lot of people will talk about the sodium in soda, but I don't think that's a big deal either. I'm a nurse and in a conference that I went to once, a nutritionist told us that there is no more sodium in diet soda than there is in tap water. (Especially if it is softened.) On the TV show, The Doctors, they were talking about water intake and one of them said, "Where did this come from that you have to drink 8 glasses of water everyday?" He said it like it was nonsense. The pediatrician I work for, who is healthy, trim, a very avid biker and very fitness oriented, said once when I told him that I needed to drink more water, "Why?" He drinks several bottles of Diet Pepsi daily and that's just at work.
All that being said, it has been proven that people who drink more water, plain water, lose weight more effectively.
Sorry if I muddied the waters. Just don't beat yourself up about it.
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