A question about giving up sodas

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Posted 1/25/2013 by Brynne428 in NSBR Board
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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:12:04 PM
I stepped down from Diet Coke to carbonated water so I wouldn't miss the taste AND the bubbles. Then eventually I cut out carbonated water, too, and just drink iced tea or plain water.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:53:15 PM
I gave up Diet Coke on July 6. I was not a water lover at all and it was a big struggle for me for the first few weeks. Then I realized that I was walking around most of my life very dehydrated! Now I have a Camelbak 24 oz bottle and I drink at least three full bottles a day. When I am dragging in the afternoon, a half a bottle of water perks me up right away. I feel so much better. I still don't love the taste of water, but I love the results of drinking water so I do it.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 4:30:27 PM
I just got this on a Facebook page that I follow:

Skip soda, save your life

Hope this helps!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 4:52:37 PM
I've never been a huge soda person anyway but gave them up for good about a year and a half ago.

I realized I really only drank it if I was out to eat...especially fast food places with combo meals. Now I just get the sandwich, split the fries (or whatever) with DD, and get a water instead. Cheaper and way healthier.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:40:54 PM
I had a 20 year Diet Coke addiction. Had 3-6 cans a day. 3 on work days and about 6 on weekends/during the summer. Drank it first thing. LOVED it.

About a year ago, I had a nasty virus and was in bed for 2 weeks...drinking only water and juice. At that time I realized that if I had a caffeine addiction, it was likely out of my system. So I decided right then and there not to drink diet Coke anymore.

I replaced it with fizzy water...Talking Rain was what I started with. Very subtle flavor. Lots of carbonation. I realized that it was the carbonation I liked.

Since then I got a SodaStream Penguin (prefer it over the others because it uses glass bottles which can go in the dishwasher...a plus because the bottles get grungy). I bought a CO2 tank at a welding shop. Bought an adapter through CO2adapter.com and am all set to go. It costs me $10 to fill a 5 lb. CO2 tank. It was pricey upfront, but in the long run it has paid for itself. No bottles to lug home/recycle. CHEAP CO2...not those tiny expensive cartridges from the company.

In the past year, I've had about 10-15 diet Coke drinks...usually when we're out to dinner. I don't crave it like I did. When I drink it now, I only want one, which really surprised me. Sometimes I don't even finish the drink...which would never have happened before.

Good luck with your switch to something healthier!

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Posted: 1/26/2013 5:45:01 PM
I drank a truly obscene amount of Diet Dr Pepper a day. Like six or seven cans a day. I gave it up and switched to iced tea and then when the sun tea season was over, I was too lazy to make tea in mass quantities the hard way so I transitioned to just water. Now I make sun tea in the summer but not nearly as much as I used to. I don't think quitting diet soda caused me to lose any weight by itself. But it was a step on the way to eating and living healthier. I don't miss it. Now drinking soda makes me feel bloated and gross.


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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:01:20 PM
I can't say I've been "soda free", but I have a pop about once a month now, and it's usually only if I'm at a restaurant. I drink mainly water and unsweetened ice tea with lots of ice. I am an ice lover.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:10:56 PM
I didn't have to "give up" soda really ... I just sort of lost interest in it over time. I've found I actually don't like carbonation much.

I drink a lot of water and iced tea, and I really like them both. A squeeze of lemon in either is good, too. I used to put Splenda in my tea but I've quit doing that most of the time.

So these days I occasionally put sugar or Splenda in my tea if the mood strikes, and VERY occasionally I'll have a regular or diet soda if I get a craving ... but mostly I'm not even interested in them. I keep them in the fridge for others to drink and I'm usually not even tempted.

That's one source of empty calories down, about a gazillion more to go.

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Posted: 1/26/2013 6:19:15 PM
I second the True Lemon. I use Lemon, Lime and Orange ones--there is also grapefruit. The flavor is subtle, just enough... I had to buy them on the internet as no stores near me sold them. Love them!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 8:42:54 PM
has anyone tried Water Kefir as a soda sub? it's really, really good. water kefir

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:23:17 AM
At most, I'll put sliced fruit in my water - lemon or berries. Water is the only drink in this house, except for DH's occasional cup of decaf coffee. If we're eating out, we'll occasionally have iced tea or lemonade, but those are "treats" and saved for dining out once a month.

I gave up soda over a year ago, and made some other changes diet-wise, and have lost over 60 pounds. I had a few sips of soda after donating blood a couple of months ago and it tasted disgusting to me, and I felt horrible afterward. I feel amazing without it, and, while I watch a family member battle kidney disease, due in part to consumption of large amounts of soda, I'll thank myself for making the switch when I'm not on dialysis.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:28:46 AM
I've mostly given up soda--not for weight loss, though, just for general health, so I haven't seen any measurable results. I still drink a soda here and there, but mostly I drink water. I don't find water boring, so I can't help you there, but I also drink iced tea. I know it still has caffeine, but I drink it without sugar, so I don't have a problem with it.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 9:35:04 AM
So it's regular soda that you are talking about? I was thinking diet soda (because that's what I drink)! So yes, I bet you would lose weight be giving up regular soda. I didn't lose weight giving up diet soda but probably because it's no calories. I am the one who said I gained weight by giving up diet soda. That was my "treat" so I ate junk in place of my soda treat so I gained weight. Lost it when I went back to diet soda.

I wish I liked water!

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