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08-10-2011, 03:40 PM
I am doing so well but the soda addiction is so hard. I am weaning myself each day but I still just want it. What are others doing to replace soda?

08-10-2011, 03:47 PM
I don't know how you feel about artificial sweeteners, but have you considered diet soda, or those zero calorie drink mixes like Mio or Crystal Light?

08-10-2011, 03:48 PM
I "was" and I LOVE saying "was" a HUGE soda junky. I now drink ice water flavored with MiO about 98% of the time. (My fav is mixing Strawberry Watermelon and Sweet Tea.) I still allow myself the occasional full flavored ice cold Pesi that I love...but it's rare...and I'm good with that. :D

Skinny in Oz
08-10-2011, 04:06 PM
Less than a month ago, I drank 2 liters of diet pop a day. Now, I drink almost exclusively water. It has to be REALLY cold for this to work and I still don't drink as much as I probably should. But at this point, I don't really miss the pop and I feel better without the carbonation ---and water is a real weight loss aid!

And now my teen son is drinking water instead of his sugary sodas, too --- it might be worth a try to see if you could develop the habit.

08-10-2011, 04:38 PM
I agree with the ice cold water.. I really like my water with lots of ice cubes.. the colder the water is the better.. I also like to add lime or lemon to my water and even thinly sliced cucumbers and a mint leaf.. very refreshing..
Makes u kinda feel like your drinking a fancy spa mojito ;)

08-10-2011, 06:16 PM
I just quit soda cold turkey. I think I've had a couple cans of diet Sierra Mist and just one "Big Gulp" from a convenience store since January. I felt bloated after the Big Gulp, but needed the caffeine as I was driving. Should have bought one of those "power shots" instead. I know you can quit the soda if you want to. Sometimes I think doing it slowly is harder.


08-10-2011, 07:03 PM
I was a total Mountain Dew addict and have not had any soda since May of 2010. I mostly drink water, but I always had a Dew while watching TV at night, and water would not cut it, so I now have a flavored calorie-free Sobe at night. The Strawberry-Kiwi-Lemonade is my favorite!

April Snow
08-10-2011, 07:13 PM
I still have a can or two of diet coke a day - one with caffeine as that is my only caffeine source, I don't drink coffee, and then sometimes a second one if I am out or a caffeine-free one at home.

I could see it being a problem if you drink tons and tons of it (or if it wasn't diet), but I personally think that some diet soda in moderation is not that awful, and it makes me very happy. Things that make me happy and that keep me on plan are not things I'm that interested in changing!

08-10-2011, 07:27 PM
Things that make me happy and that keep me on plan are not things I'm that interested in changing!

Here, here!

Madame Souza
08-10-2011, 11:05 PM
I keep herbal ice tea in the fridge and reach for that instead.

08-11-2011, 12:09 AM
I'm with the girls on the water - AND the Ice, Ice, Baby. It' has to be soooo cold.

I also keep iced tea in the fridge for drinking - I buy fancy flavors and mix it up. It's nice to be used to it without the sugar added because, well, I can TASTE the fancy flavors!!!

I'm also a coffee addict. I started my Plan when I was drinking up to a pot a day (DARN YOU Pacific Northwest!!!) I now drink 1 -2 cups of Half-caf each day, no sugar, shot of milk. I'm cool with that. At least, for now. If I cut out everything, I'll quit for sure. (I don't do well with austerity).

I think the key is having stuff ready made and easy to grab. It's that way for snack foods too. We are creatures that live fast and on the go. We crave convenience. I love the idea of the mojito-water. NOM NOM NOM!:beach:

Good Luck!


08-11-2011, 12:21 AM
I was an 8 can a day mountain dew addict for years! I loved them so much. I quit completely in June 2010 when I started my diet.
I bought a water purifier pitcher (which has paid for itself many times over) I can keep it in the fridge and keep the water really fresh and cold.
I also enjoy Welches light grape juice it has 50 calories in 8 oz.
Tropicana now makes a light drink found in the cooler section next to the other Tropicana drinks. My favorite flavor is tropical with 10 calories in an 8 oz. glass.
It took about a month for my mountain cravings to go away- but they did. And now I treat myself to a diet dr. pepper or diet mugg root beer every week. If I do taste a real soda now- it is so sweet I don't even like it! I did notice that after giving up all that soda- it makes my food have so much more flavor now. When I do have something sweet- you can really tell it's sweet now. You will be amazed how as time goes by you will be able to give up those soda's and look at all the extra calories it will save you each day ;)

08-11-2011, 07:12 AM
When I started counting calories I gave up soda for fruit juices.
They have the same amount of calories, but the juice is packed with vitamins and minerals.
And fruit juice helps fight off heart disease and stroke. Sodas just can't do any of this.
I drink 10 ounces of juice every day.

And I also drink Mullein Tea because it suppresses the appetite and aids my immune system.

And I drink more ice water, sometimes with a twist of lemon or lime.

Fruit is expected to double in price, so I planted all my own berry bushes, fruit trees and grape vines.
I make juice and freeze it. It has no sprays, artificial colors or flavors. And it tastes so much better than store bought juice.


You try to do a few push ups and discover that certain body parts refuse to leave the floor....

08-11-2011, 08:10 AM
Years ago I was a bad pop addict. I'd drink a 2 litre of 7-Up or Barq's Root Beer a day. It was the first thing I phased out on a diet attempt a few years back, and even though that attempt eventually failed, I got rid of pop for good.

Going cold turkey got quite easy for me after a few days. Trying to gradually cut down didn't work for me at all. As long as you're feeding your body all that sugar, you're going to keep craving it, and it'll be really hard to phase out completely. I craved it like crazy for a week or two when I went cold turkey, but I just ignored it. It went away pretty quick.

08-11-2011, 08:24 AM
My household's tap water is disgusting, even after a filter, so we bought a water cooler (that takes 5 gallon bottles). Now we always have fresh tasting ice cold water. I have learned to love it by itself, but I also love crystal light (especially the iced tea and lemonades). Mio is pretty good too.

We also have a sodastream maker that we bought before I started my diet, but it also a decent compromise if I do really want a soda. Their syrups use a mix of sugar and sucralose, so it doesn't taste as terribly fake as some diet sodas, but it's around 30-35 calories a serving instead of 100+. Generally though, I drink it sparingly, I've lost most of my taste for soda. I don't even like the taste of regular Pepsi anymore, which I was previously addicted to (I still like Pepsi Throwback).

08-11-2011, 09:49 AM
I have stopped drinking soft drinks , diet coke was my fav. I just started 11 days ago. I stopped once before for one year. I cannot do soft drinks in moderation. All or nothing for me. The sodium seems to stop me from losing weight. I like the on the go sugar free straws to mix in my water when I want some flavor. Most of the time I am drinking ice cold water !

08-11-2011, 10:21 AM
My first step with soda was just getting it out of the house. I can have it when I'm eating out, but not at home. If I feel I'm getting a little to liberal with having soda's when I'm out, then I'll limit myself to 1-2 a week for a month or so until I'm back in the habit of getting water most of the time.

08-11-2011, 10:51 AM
I recently gave up smoking. You know what's harder for me than quitting smoking? Not drinking diet soda!!! I dropped smoking, without so much as a shrug when it happened, and it's been going on a month without a thought. When I am without diet soda, I think about it constantly and wish that I had it. That isn't to say that I don't drink a lot of water. When I can, I drink 1-2 diet sodas a day. When I can't, I like to have something flavored or even carbonated water (love that stuff!!!). In any case, Mio, crystal light, iced tea, hot tea, or even coffee help me get through the cravings when I don't have the chance for a soda-but like many addictions, the urge is always there for me.

08-11-2011, 11:51 AM
I'm of two minds re: the soda problem. Obviously if you're drinking cans and cans of it a day, that's not good whether it is regular or diet soda. But that's true of most things one consumes without moderation. I confess I drink diet soda (I can't justify to myself the amount of sugar and empty calories in regular soda), not necessarily every day, and I might go weeks without having any only to have a can or two in a day, but I don't feel like it's harmed me any. I even use it as a weightloss tool sometimes, if I'm peckish between meals or want dessert but have used up all my calories, the sweetness and the carbonation helps a bit i think.

I don't find diet soda to be a trigger for me to crave other things, so it's not a problem. There are already so many things I've given up for my health and since I don't see much harm in this "vice," i've decided to pick my battles for now.

Mama Bee
08-11-2011, 11:52 AM
I like diet soda... I know the artificial sweeteners aren't good for me, but then again a lot of the foods I eat aren't good. I have a case of diet coke in the house right now. I don't drink it every day... just when I feel like it... usually when I feel like having some caffeine.

The only full flavor pop I ever drink is Vernors... my DH likes it, and I do too, so I still buy it. It's so refreshingly ginger ale, and I can have a little 4 oz glass of it and be satisfied. I've switched to having that after dinner while my husband has a glass of wine (which I am missing since I'm pregnant!)

08-11-2011, 06:54 PM
I tried to read through all the comments so that I didn't leave the exact same one but I gave up.

I quit drinking soda by replacing it with carbonated flavored water from Walmart. Water, even really cold water, wasn't cutting it for me. I had to replace it with something carbonated. I've also used that seltzer water (or club soda... I don't remember) and added a little juice for flavor.

Good luck!

08-13-2011, 11:28 AM
I just don't buy soda. I do like to drink carbonated water. I too have a Sodastream but I don't buy the syrups. I just use it to carbonate the water and drink it plain or with lemon or lime wedges.

08-13-2011, 12:29 PM
when you want to drink....do something totally "new and prideful"

Like Maybe you get down on the floor and do a one minute plank where you reflect on why you want it, why you don't really need it and how you a stronger than that glass of sugar!

Be Strong!

08-13-2011, 04:22 PM
I just stopped bringing it into the house. I won't lie; it's really hard sometimes. I had 150oz a day diet soda starting in grade school. When I get stressed out, or sad, the one thing I really really want is a diet soda! But if it's not in the house, I can't have it. I get frustrated and antsy for a bit, but it passes.

Mainly, I drink water now. I am starting to get into drinking iced tea, regular and flavored. But not artificially flavored. A woman at my work makes iced teas from basil, thyme, mullein, catnip, nettle, and many other herbs. So, I order that from her. I drink it unsweetened and it all is just wonderful. Plus there is a lot of health benefits.

I will still drink diet soda at a restaurant now and then and feel naught and decadent while I do.

11-12-2011, 06:48 PM
I stopped cold turkey on the first of this month and after a few days of continious headaches due to the caffine withdraws I was fine :) Stopped craving diet coke all together(and I used to drink 3-4 12oz cans a day). I started drinking decaffinicated tea, alot of water, or sometimes I'll make a refreshing drink by taking crystal light peach and green tea packets, ice cubs, and a little lime juice, and a little water, and use a blender to blend it...amazing :)

11-12-2011, 10:59 PM
I love soda, but I always drink diet. I have been cutting down to only a 12 pack a week though. When surgery comes around it has to be 100% gone, so I'm weaning myself off with still being able to enjoy it while it lasts. :)

11-12-2011, 11:29 PM
Kombucha! This drink is not only a delicious soda replacement, it is also incredibly healthy and very low in sugar. I drink one a day, and find that it makes my stomach calm (almost like being slightly drunk for a couple minutes), and gives me some needed energy in the middle of the day. It also helps with digestion and weight loss.

It's simply amazing. You can get it at most grocery stores. Do a Google search for "Kombucha benefits". There's an article on kombuchkamp.com -- "Kombucha as Workout Recovery Drink or Weight Loss Aid?" It has some great information.

Good luck on your soda fight!

11-13-2011, 10:42 AM
I use Arrowhead or Crystal Geyser flavored sparkling water.... A hint of fruit flavor (the mixed berry is yummy) but without the fake sugar.

11-13-2011, 10:50 AM
I am with April. I had quit soda for 6 or so months and when I started my new eating ways I decided to allow myself the occasional soda. I drink about 3 cans a week of Diet coke. It does make me happy to have my Diet Coke with Lemon and I feel like it's a treat so I allow myself to have it. When I'm not drinking the soda I agree ice water, I have a mint plant in my window that I grab some mint from and I always have a cucumber in the fridge to slice and put it. So you just have to see what you like and try different things. I know it can be hard.

11-13-2011, 11:34 AM
I found out it's the carbonation I love, so it's sparkly water for me. I drink iced tea at home but found it's too strong in a lot of restaurants so I don't usually order it out.