I used to be a soda addict, I usually had at least two 20 ounce bottles plus the huge big gulps from the convenience stores a day. I quit cold turkey, and let me tell you I wasn't a fun person to be around for at least a week. That was the best thing I ever did for myself,my main drink now is water and the occasional iced tea.
One thing that helped me give up diet coke was reading about artificial sugars. I switched to unsweet iced tea. I then started brewing my own and gradually substituted decaf for regular. I really stepped it up when I was planning on hernia surgery as I am a caffeine addict and get severe headaches with withdrawal. I am now sugar and caffeine free.
Although this is a bit late, maybe telling yourself you must first drink a glass of water before having a can of soda might help to cut the soda intake. For me, finding a substitute to for what I am trying to cut from my lifestyle helps make the transition. Also slowly reducing the amount. Like share the soda with someone, similar to sharing a desert when you eat out. Now if I could just find a healthy substitute for food--lol. Guess I have to stick with the idea of slowly cutting portions. Smaller and smaller sized plates each week.
11/2/2008 1:48:27 PM
i am such a coffee lover in any form..this weekend i challenged myself and i actually stayed without coffee the whole weekend whilst still attending a family gathering and a baby shower where coffee was freely available. im extremely motivated to set a new food challenge because i now know i can do it
10/30/2008 11:11:27 AM
Great idea on the fruit, 100% juice smoothie. I've been trying to get in more berries for antioxidants but, I've never been a big berry fan. I don't want the extra sugar of most smoothies.
10/24/2008 4:53:52 PM
I love that this article spoke about smoothies. I love them! But if I want to drink a smoothie, I go all fruit. As in frozen fruit and 100% fruit juice with no sugar added. But that is because I am trying to get the fruits and vegs in. I'll drink it with a spinach and egg beaters omelette to get in fruit servings, and with a whole wheat and lean meat sandwich for lunch. I guess since I can't eat much at a time but I can always drink, it works to get in my calories and vitamins and minerals.
I live for my cappaccino in the morning its my one treat but i know it is bad for me and i only have it 3 times a week! I just recently bought that v8 fusion juice for my kids so they can get at least one serving of fuits and veggies but i havent had the courage to try it myself!
I used to drink diet coke, mt. dew, just about any carbonated drink. I gave all that up without a fight. Only things I drink now is about water and lots of it...not because I am thirsty all the time either but just because it makes me feel refreshed. I will also have one or two cups of coffee a week and once in a while I will have iced tea (no sugar or sweetners).
8/25/2008 12:15:15 PM
I don't drink soda much at all, but I do love my Fresca, coffee and V8!
I love drinking COKE, but I quit about a year ago and it was best for my health. Like Roger Gould, M.D. says in "Shrink Yourself", If the food is controlling you, then avoid it. So, I avoid it. But, I still MISS it every day.
If you are lactose intolerant, or are on a gluten-free diet, or just want another option to milk, try light soy milk! It is lower in fat and calories than 1% milk, the same amount of calcium, no cholesterol, plus the added benefit of soy protein. I was even able to get my husband to switch to it with his cereal and in his coffee. You can get it in Vanilla or Chocolate flavor, in case the natural taste is not to your liking, or if you just want a sweet treat in the evening.
One more thing. If you crave ice cream like I do, the fruit smoothies are the bomb! Just add your favorite fruit, yogurt, ice, vanilla, and a couple packs of splenda, run through the blender and you have a good for you smoothie milk shake. Pump it up a little with flaxseed or wheat germ and more ice put in freezer for about an hour and you have a great healthy ice cream substitute (fruit and cream icy treat).
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