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HERDOFNONI Posts: 7
3/5/11 12:59 A

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don't buy it in the first place..walk away from it in the pop isle.. even better .. don't go down that isle.... think of all the money you'll save..!@@
water is good.. water with lemon is better.. there is so many crappy things in soda.. not to mention the high fructose corn syrup that goes directly to your backside and makes camp and invites freinds!!
the phosphoric acid erodes the calcium from your bones.. and the diet stuff is just plain poison.. they have no idea what the long term effects of all those artificial sweeteners are!!..
blech.. if you can't pronounce it you probably shouldn't eat it! or drink it!!!
the only sodaish thing that makes it into my body is the odd tonic water or club soda.. very rarely..it s all just so sweet.. it makes me want to puke!


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3/4/11 7:30 A

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I like soda occasionally but I'm not a soda addict.



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2/17/11 12:47 P

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I gave up diet soda about 2 months ago. For me all I had to do was stop buying it. If it's not in the house I won't eat it or make a special trip to go out and get it. There's no soda machine at work to tempt me either.

Even though it was diet, the carbonation and artificial sweeteners would inflate my stomach like a balloon. Often I couldn't fit into my clothes for a few days after having a few drinks. I've heard experts say diet drinks make you crave other sugary snacks but I never found that to be the case. Unfortunately I'm one of those people that doesn't care for the taste of water so I now drink tea or crystal light. I manage maybe one glass of pure water a day.

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2/15/11 10:47 P

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I don't understand why I should stop drinking diet coke besides that it is bad for me . If I stop will it hellp me lose weight even though it is diet

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2/14/11 10:58 P

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I had to cut soda out of my diet! I drank alot too. These two principles helped me out #1 You can not feed a temptation by indulging in it= meaning that one soda will never satisfy, you will want another and another. You will also talk yourself into, o its just one more soda, i will start tomorrow. #2 Learn to skip a meal, not literally but skip the urge of that one temptation. They say that the ethiopian do not have hunger pains like you and i do when we dont eat because they dont eat as much. Well when you learn to skip that temptation of drinking a soda/chocolate what ever it may be the less and less hunger for it will be. So again dont satisfy in your temptation and learn to skip that temptation - it gets easier.

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2/11/11 8:46 P

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Hi I am Pia and I used to be a Coke Addict. I blame my mom -- she used to put soda in my baby bottle just to shut me up when I was a kid! I had to quit because it was giving me reflux. First thing I did was I threw out all the soda in my apartment, except for 1 can which was my "emergency soda" which I saved for a bad day. At first I kept drinking my "emergency" cans, then it just became too much of an inconvenience to go to the grocery to get that one can. So I started having to like whatever I had at home. I made my own chilled green teas, lemonade and had a supply of coconut juice. Those made me like plain water more. After a while, I stopped craving soda.

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2/8/11 4:58 P

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I used to be a soda junkie too, and that added so many calories to my diet. I switched to diet soda. I'm still slightly addicted to diet coke, but i have 2-3 per week now, instead of 2-3 per day. I'm working on getting off the diet soda now, and I've found that if I consciously choose a bottle of water, I tend to drink it and then I'm not thirsty anymore, so I don't go for the soda. Now I'm doing a fitness challenge with some co-workers, and part of the challenge is to only drink water (instead of soda or juice) so that's helping too. Good luck!

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2/5/11 1:10 P

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That's very good for those of you that stopped drinking caffeine. At one time, I was addicted to Pepsi soda. I would drink at least a 6 pack per day and would never drink water. Now, 8 years later, I have been soda free. I haven't had soda in 8 years and I quit cold turkey. Honestly it was easy for me. All I drink is juice and tea, but now that I've started back eating healthy, exercising and trying to stay fit, I haven't had any tea or juice for almost four weeks now. I've had nothing but plain water.

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2/5/11 10:53 A

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I've tried a gradual tapering off of caffeine, and I've also done cold turkey. They were both brutal, but I found that cold turkey was more painful over a shorter time frame. I had migraines for about 2.5 days and cravings for about a week. When I tried to taper off caffeine, I had headaches off and on for weeks and I got so sick of it that I went back to drinking my regular amount. My doctor told me I really had to quit so I tried cold turkey and it did work. It's been at least 6 months since I've had caffeine.

However you decide to quit, I know you can do it!! Good luck!



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2/5/11 9:49 A

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I used to be a total soda addict, now I may have it once a week as a treat with a family dinner and that's it. It took a long time, but changing all of my eating habits slowly helped with the soda cravings. As I started to replace refined sugar and artificial foods with whole grains, more organic foods and a lot more veggies I couldn't really drink soda anymore. It was so artificially sweet and tasted like metal to me after a while because I changed what I was putting into my body.

I have become a water addict, I don't even really drink fruit juice any more. However you do it, do it gradually so your body and tastes can slowly adjust to your new lifestyle. I found if I make small changes so I'm not going from all potato chips to all carrots then your body starts to crave the cleaner, healthier food, and the bad stuff actually starts to make me sick to my stomach so I don't crave it as much. I try to save the soda for my Sunday family dinners, and the first change I made was that I didn't bring it into my house anymore.

I found it easier to conquer my cravings and binging by just not buying it anymore. If I'm out and I want a soda with dinner, I'll do it, but it won't be in my fridge:d

good luck!

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2/4/11 3:51 P

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Have you tried Yogi teas? I love their Pomegranate Green Tea and the Kombucha Green Tea. I'm also a fan of Stash Teas. I'm not a fan of plain green tea but I love the fruity green teas. Even just Celestial Seasonings have some good flavored green teas. They still have all the good stuff, still no calories, but don't taste like grass. Good luck!

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AVERYSILLYGIRL Posts: 37
2/4/11 12:22 P

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I can relate as I really struggled giving up soda...it's one of my weaknesses for sure. There are many different tea options. I'm a fan of Tazo teas myself--they came in several different varieties, but know there are other tasty brands out there, too. Flavored (no calorie!) sparkling water also helped, too. Sometimes it seems like I crave the soda fizz more than the caffeine! Be wary of diet sodas, too, since there is some research that they actually make you feel hungrier, making weight loss harder:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20050613/
drink-more-diet-soda-gain-more-weight

good luck! :)

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2/4/11 9:41 A

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Green Tea does not taste good at all...anyone know of some that would be good for me to try...I prefer to use bags or make my own rather then buy at the store in a bottle.

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2/4/11 8:56 A

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I quit drinking soda by switching to seltzer or sparkling water. Sometimes I'll add a splash of juice to make it like a spritzer, still low in calories and delicious. In terms of the caffeine headaches, try having a cup of green tea. It should have just enough caffeine to help ward off the headache, and green tea is filled with antioxidants and has been shown to aid in weight loss!!

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2/3/11 5:53 P

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I have the problem that if I don't have one soda every day I get major headaches. Any tips to help me quit? I have had to go to hospital in the past I have gotten that bad of a headache from no caffeine. I have managed to drop down to one a day without getting a headache.

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2/3/11 2:33 P

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I totally feel you. I'm a Diet Coke addict. I make sure I drink my water, eat right, and exercise, but as my little daily reward, I get one can of Diet Coke. I feel like if you treat it as a special indulgence, it will be easier to stick with just one instead of 2 or 3. Also, maybe indulging in a soda in the late afternoon will help (if you're okay with a little buzz that late in the day). At 4:00, I get my Diet Coke and a healthy snack, and I'm good. I don't feel the need to have another because I know if I do, I'm going to be jittery all night. Hope that helps!

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2/3/11 10:16 A

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I had never thought of that, what a great idea. I'll try it! Thanks

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2/3/11 3:06 A

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Try adding Crystal Light to regular Perrier. This is my effective alternative whenever I have a craving for soda. From there, gradually switch to Crystal with regular bottled water... then on to regular water.

I hope this helps. Hang in there!

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1/24/11 11:48 A

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I was a Dr. Pepper junkie for years and years. When I needed to lose the weight and decided to get healthier, I switched to Diet Dr. Pepper. It wasn't as good, but still gave me my soda for the day with 0 calories. I found that I didn't drink near as much becuase I just didn't like it as well and some days I reach for water now instead. It was a HUGE habit for me to break, but replacing the real thing with a 0 calorie substitute was an easy way for me to cut back. Good luck!

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1/24/11 10:40 A

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I have had about 2-3 sodas a day since college. I want to quit the daily habit but still be able to enjoy the occasional soda as a treat. I've tried many times to cut back or to quit but I somehow always end up back where I started. Any suggestions? How did you guys quit? I started drinking tea and love it but find that instead of replacing soda, I drink it in addition to it. Otherwise, I'm a fairly healthy eater. This is my achilles heel! I need help!

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