Okay let’s start off right now, whether you call it pop, soda, or coke it’s not good for you! I say that as someone who would have 3 or 4 pops a day…. okay probably like 5 or 6 😉 Kicking the addiction… and it is an addition… is not easy. I can’t even count how many times I have tried to stop but I finally did it!
Now there are a couple ways you can do this. I have tried them all and here is what worked for me and what didn’t!
Quit Cold Turkey
This one pretty much sucks at first! The first day you might be thinking to your self hey! This is a piece of cake! But then the next day you get hit with a pounding migraine and the next day and the next which is what used to happen to me all the time. But if you can hold out for just a couple days and drink TONs of water I promise it gets better!! The headaches go away and eventually you don’t miss soda!
Replace the temptation
Switch out your favorite soda for something more healthy! Whether it is tea, flavored and/sparkling water, or juice. Something to replace the soda with so now you have the flavor that water lacks. This can help you not miss soda as much. Yes I moved to Missouri so pop and soda are now interchangeable for me! Sorry!!! I did find this way helpful especially having a go to when eating out at fast food chains or other places where pop is the number one drink of choice. That is always the temptation for me going up with my cup trying to decide and fight the urge to just get the Dr. Pepper! Thankfully we really do not go out to eat a lot, but if you are someone who does try asking for a tea instead!
Slowly cut back
This never worked for me to be honest. To do this all you have to do is exactly what the title says, slowly cut back. If you normally have 2 sodas at lunch cut that down to just two and replace the other with water. Doing this will help the transition as well because eventually you will completely take out the soda from your diet and all the will remain is water.
Once you have eliminated pop from your diet you might be craving it but wait it out!! I can’t say that enough wait it out!! Your cravings will subside and you won’t even miss it! I promise! The say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit! I got to a point where pop just did not taste good to me at all. I relapsed at one point and wanted a soda for dinner, took a sip, and told myself NOPE! It just didn’t taste good, it tasted nasty, sugary, and syrupy!