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1/31/14 9:41 A

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Wow! Welcome to my world. I have been trying to give up soda for a long time. There are smoke free zones and drug free zones, but where do you go for a soda-free zone?

I had to give up caffeine because of medical problems and sodas were my Achilles heal. When I first gave it up, I was sleepless. I tried going to restaurants and asking what they had to drink that was decaffeinated and they would tell me "tea and diet coke". Obviously, they were clueless.

I decided to find alternatives. I drink a lot of Lipton Diet Decaffeinated (instant) Tea and flavored water. Luzianne also has great decaffeinated tea bags. Mio and Crystal Light have great little containers that you can fit in your purse for when you go out. I haven't had problems but I put them into a small baggie in my purse, just in case. Another option when eating out is to ask for lemons and sugar and make lemonade. A teaspoon of sugar is only 16 calories. Also, natural food stores have little vials of flavoring that you can add to water. Flavored sparkling water is another alternative.

Regarding sugar, here is another secret... non-calorie sweeteners like saccharin also destroy teeth. I learned this from my dentist. So, why not have a little sugar here and there. I sometimes use sugar, other times, I use Splenda, Stevia or one of the low calorie sweetener.

I hate water, but my body needs it so I just find healthy ways to flavor it and brush my teeth a little more. Be careful when you give up sodas not to get dehydrated. Experiment until you find what works for you.

Please be patient, God is not finished with me yet.

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1/8/14 3:47 P

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I wish I could offer a suggestion. I am not a soda person at all. Carbonation gives me hiccups. The exception is when I have a stomach issue and then it is good ol' fashioned ginger ale or 7 up.

Addictions can be a struggle though. Mine was nuts.....until I got my braces on a few months longer allowed. We have a whole can on our shelf in the pantry that calls to me not just every day.....but ALL of the time.


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1/8/14 2:59 P

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Anyone deal with addicition to soda and breaking it? Besides switching to diet soda... I've never liked the taste of any artificial sweetener and from what I've read, they're just as bad, if not worse, than real sugar.

I was able to stop drinking soda for 2 whole months a couple years ago, but every day was a struggle. Then one day I had a coke and it was all over. I started drinking coke again and it became worse after that.

The caffeine withdrawals are tough, but not too bad. I can deal with that for a couple of days (I don't drink coffee either). It's just the taste and feel of Coke that I crave so badly!

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