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1/25/13 2:12 A

If you are addicted to soda it might sound weird but I have heard if you mix a squeeze or lemon,lime and add mint leaf to you water it helps with the craving soda.

APRILLPHILLIPS SparkPoints: (8,058)
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1/23/13 9:42 A

A whole week and not a single soda for me. This is huge for me as I would have at least5 ir 6 a day.

MASHAMOO Posts: 1,667
1/23/13 12:43 A

If you find yourself also needing fizzy things, seltzer can be helpful. A vanilla seltzer with a splash - yes, a SMALL splash! - of orange juice tastes a lot like an orange creamsicle. Sadly, that won't help with the caffeine headache. But even alternating soda-seltzer-soda-seltzer can help cut down if you're not ready to quit yet.

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1/22/13 4:05 P

I too have had an addiction with soda for YEARS. I am now down to drinking it once a week. Sunday is my soda day. Now that being said... I still have 44oz when I do drink it, but it's all I'm having for the week. I hope to decrease the amount over time, but I don't know that I will ever give it up completely. That is to be seen. To get this far, I had to go cold turkey for at least week. I increased my water intake and drank 2 cups of coffee instead of one for the first week. I had headaches...I just dealt with them. By week two, the headaches were gone and I had a lot more energy. And this past Sunday soda day, I had a hard time drinking it all....hmmm. I may just be able to quit completely! Good luck on your journey!

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1/9/13 3:55 P

I have been a big soda drinker for years. I quit when I was pregnant with both of my boys. I don't know why I started drinking it again after my youngest was about a year old. About three months ago I was determined to quit drinking it again for good. I haven't had any in about a week. My problem isn't just myself drinking it but my husband is a bigger soda drinker than I am. I don't want my kids getting "hooked" on it. I don't let them have it at all.

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1/9/13 1:44 P

I struggle with soda too. I've been slowly cutting back... I'm down to one can a day. I was drinking four or five cans a day. It's taken me about three weeks I think to get down to one can and now I'm starting to not really like the taste of it as much.

BRALYN1231 Posts: 49
1/8/13 12:27 A

Every time I felt I needed a pepsi I made a cup of hot tea. It gave me the little caffeine I needed. Now I drink mainly water. I mean, they used to call me PepsiQueen I was so addicted.

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1/7/13 10:25 P

Would diet pop not work for you?

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1/7/13 8:02 P

There are pros and cons to weaning vs. cold turkey. One way to mentally get you over soda is to look up all of the reasons why it's bad for you and choose a few. Write them on post its in areas where you normally reach for on like the refrigerator or computer screen at work. One good way is to think about the cost, how much you could save if you didn't buy it. Similarly, if you don't buy it, you can't drink it. Keep it out of your house.

To get over the void, try crystal light.

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1/6/13 10:25 P

Caffeine withdrawl headaches are terrible!

When I quit drinking pop last year, I went from drinking at least 3 cans of diet pepsi a day, and cut it down to 1 can a day. Then when I felt comfortable with that, and wasn't craving more than that, I cut down to one can every other day. Eventually it just led to me stopping completely. I did get headaches at first, but I also drink tea, so that would give me some relief.

I have been off diet pepsi since last May. I drink water instead. I feel SO much better. I feel healthier. And once I quit it, it was the first time I had success at weight loss, and I lost 23 lbs in the first half of last year. And I don't even want to drink it anymore. The couple times since then that I have gave in and had diet pepsi (at the movies, so hard to avoid it there!) I've felt like total crap afterwards. It gave me major stomach pains. I'm so glad that I quit.

You just need to push through and be committed to quitting, and you will be so happy with the results.;

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
1/6/13 1:24 P

Maybe this link can help those that are struggling. Hour and 1/2 long but so worth that time. I suggest to just go cold turkey and deal with it and get this crap out of your system. Don't let any food ever control you. YOU ARE IN CHARGE!

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1/6/13 9:12 A

I'm also addicted to diet soda - although, I've done better with drinking water this week. I feel as though I need the caffeine.

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1/5/13 6:39 P

I don't drink regular soda. I can't I have diabetes. But I have quit diet soda in the past. But like any addiction, caffein is evil! I am working on cutting back right now. I usually drink one cup of coffee with 1 pack of diet hot cocoa (25 calories). I am not to that point yet, but will be in about a week. I am down to 1 soda a day. I still get fierce migraine head aches, but then I had the stomach flu most of the week, so it may have been that. I find I drink a lot more water once I am off of soda. I am actually more addicted to the carbonation than anything. I find if I allow myself a sparkling water here and there I can break the habit a little easier.

I know diet soda isn't good for me, but it is hard to quit. I take it one day at a time.

good luck

Kim G

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/28/12 7:16 A

Do you like unsweetened tea? You could get regular tea and if you start getting caffeine withdrawal, down some unsweetened regular tea. Tea actually has some health benefits. :)

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 26,670
11/27/12 9:15 P

"When I have tried to stop in the past I get massive headaches, from the lack of caffeine and sugar I am sure."

Yep - caffeine withdrawal can be brutal.
You'll have to decide whether you will gradually wean yourself or go cold turkey and get it over with quicker.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/27/12 5:22 P

No food or drink is your enemy. It's our lack of willpower. I know what you mean. I used to drink a POT of coffee a day, and used to use artificial creamers, and use tons of sugar besides that. I'm down to 4 cups a day, with 1/2 a tsp of sugar per cup, and I use evaporated milk instead of fake creamer. The withdrawal is more from the caffeine addiction than it is from the sugar.
Do not just up and stop. Allow yourself ONE 20oz soda a day, probably in the morning. Then, a 16 ounce soda a day. Then a 12 ounce can of soda a day. NO MORE than that. It's going to be the most difficult the first week, but trust me, from someone who could easily drink 64 ounces of soda a day because it was free and virtually NO water when I worked at a gas station, to almost nothing but water when I was no longer employed with them, it is hard, but it is NOT impossible.
Water, water, water, WATER is your friend. If you don't like water, try drinking it ice cold. At first, that is the only way I would and could drink it. Now, I'm so used to water, that I can drink it room temperature with no problem.
Do not try to do anything all at once. We didn't get fat over night, and we didn't become caffeine dependent over night. It's going to take a little while to make better choices. Don't look for immediate weightloss, but focus more on making healthier habits, bit by bit.

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11/27/12 12:11 P

Hi everyone, I am very new to this and thought I would try and get some advice on how to stop the biggest challenge of my weight loss....soda. I have had this addiction for many years and it has been a huge problem. Now that I have had two kids and am now 33, weight just doesn't come off like it use to. I know that I need to stop this awful habit. Empty calories are my problem. I want to stop, any suggestions? When I have tried to stop in the past I get massive headaches, from the lack of caffeine and sugar I am sure. Please help!!

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