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Sammy1227

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 19:19
Hey, so i'm trying to cut pop out of my diet. Any tips? this is going to be hard for me. I've been drinking pop my entire life at least 5 cans a day. I'm addicted to it. Please help.
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missscorpio8...

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 19:27
I am working on the same. I keep water with me constantly and I have found that the carbonated waters help too. They have no calories, usually a fruity taste and give me the "fizzle" that soda gives. I can't think of the brand name off the top of my head though.
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Ceebee

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 19:40
I gave up pop back in June of 08.. If I drank it was pop. I had a pounding headache for 3 days then a mild headache for 3 more. I was terribly grouchy for weeks. I quit cold turkey because I found out pop made my kidney stones worse. If I were quiting drinking pop just because it would be better for me to stop as apposed to "I dont want to go to the hospital with stones ripping up my guts" I would cut back to like 1 or 2 cans a day from your current 5 then cut back to one a day then 1 every other day and so on. Then just reserve it for a special treat. Smile But you may not be as miserable as I was. I think my problem was really the caffeine. It was awful.. but you could try cold turkey and see if you can just muscle through it and if not fall back on plan b. Smile

Kingcole35

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 19:49
I'm lucky (i guess?) I'm on a med that makes all carbonated beverages taste like hell so I haven't drank them in awhile but I do miss beer. But a few years ago I gave them up for about a year or so voluntarily before the meds and what worked for me and what I missed most was the fizz so I drank club soda and lime as often as possible to negate that, It worked and I never had any craving for the fizzy stuff at all!


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Evil_Angel_S...

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 19:54
I was raised on soda but gave it up cold turkey in Nov '03. I was getting sick from the amount of sugar in the reg soda so I solely drank diet. Then after about 5 yrs of that I started getting massive headaches (probably from the aspartame) that were debilitating. My step dad being a doc always warned us that soda was bad for us so I finally just said to heck w/ it. I just switched over to flavored tea, but I also love tea. Eventually that was also too sweet & started watering that down. All these years later I primarily drink water, very lightly or unsweetened tea. Back off the soda bit by bit is the best way to go. Good luck! Very Happy
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AliPenland

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 20:21
King are you on topamax? i was on it for year and pop tasted horrible.
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kckc

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 21:04
Try perrier w lemon or lime...or club soda..you can add splenda..it gives you the bubbly effect w/o the sugar. good luck and great decision!
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iamtig

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 21:38
I use the Club Soda with Torino's Sugar free syrups. Just remember to add a carb per serving of the syrup, or with splenda, or any artificial sweetener per Atkins. ~tig

My mind controls my body, my body no longer controls my mind.

There is no more falling off the wagon for me. I am on for the entire trip. I am the only one in control of how smooth the ride.

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MagusCGM

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 21:46
I agree with CeeBee. If you feel you are addicted to something and don't think you can go cold turkey, try stepping down.
Perhaps drop one can of pop for a bottled water every week until you are drinking just water.
If you are missing out on the sugar try 100% juice or better yet a whole fruit smoothie. I say the fruit (and even veggie) smoothie is better because you have the added pulp/fiber in the drink so you get a longer stretch of carbs from the drink, instead of a more straight rush from just the juice. It lasts longer throughout the day without a sudden crash of energy. Not to mention all the vitamins and minerals.
It make seem like you are trading one carb for another but the fruits will give you some added nutritional value and may make it easier to step down away from the soda which has no nutrition and is loaded with sugar and caffeine.

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Sammy1227

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Posted: 13 Jan 2011, 23:03
Thank you for the advice everyone. I'm addicted to the caffeine and that will make it hard. I think I'm going to try cold turkey first I think that will be the best way if I'm able to do it. If not I'll try to take it one step at a time.
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hubbarsc

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 02:38
I dropped soda cold turkey for the new year (I used to drink about three or four cans a day). The best thing for me is drinking flavored waters and Propel-type stuff. They even have carbonated, zero-calorie flavored waters out there (I buy Clear American, because that's the only type at my grocery store). I totally don't even think about soda anymore. Good luck, hope that helps!
CMR

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 10:30
Polar brand (or generic) Seltzer Water.

Interesting story (potential wives-tale, but if you want to stay away from diet drinks...): My wife used to drink at least 3-4 Diet Cokes per day. Then at Christmas 2009, some of my family members (including health care professionals) were discussing how aspertame may or may not be metabolized into farmaldahyde by your body (As a result the consumer is inadvertently preserving their fat cells!!!!). My wife quit diet-anything cold turkey on January 1, 2010. She started drinking the sweetened "Clear and Natural" type flavored waters, but those are too sweet for me. Eventually, we both started drinking seltzer.

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Kingcole35

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 11:07
@ Ali Topamax AND Diamox!!! Both make it taste like Death!!!


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fullmoonmidg...

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 13:23
If its the caffeine you're addicted to, try replacing it with coffee or tea. My mom has always had a massive amount of pop around, so I grew up practically addicted to it. I found out about Aspartame, so I stopped drinking diet about 5 years ago. Which made it harder to drink anything, because that's what she had. After going several months without it, just by not being around it, I found that it gives me massive indigestion. I think just giving yourself that one really good, really scary reason will help with motivation.
iamtig

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 13:54
PS to my above comment: Torino's are flavored with Sucralose, not Aspartame. Justa fyi. ~tig

My mind controls my body, my body no longer controls my mind.

There is no more falling off the wagon for me. I am on for the entire trip. I am the only one in control of how smooth the ride.

(Both quotes by ~tig)
Aunt Keeks

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 14:41
I quit soda by chance....I doubled my water and could not squeeze in soda anymore...normally I drink 80 + oz of water. When I went to 160 oz I had no more time for soda!! I am now drinking about 100oz of water and don't crave soda at all anymore.
You can get there from here.
oldedr

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 17:03
i made the gradual transition from soda to diet soda(root beer /dr.pepper)..and then to decaff diet coke..now on walmarts low calorie drink mix(cheaper than crst.lite)..make by the gallon.
SarcasticGir...

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Posted: 14 Jan 2011, 23:04
I cut out pop a couple of months ago in favor of lots of ice water but I really missed drinking something with flavor. I picked up a few boxes of green tea (my faves are Bigelow's Blueberry and Pomegranate and Lipton's Orange, Passion Fruit & Jasmine) and have a few mugs throughout the day. There is caffeine but not as much as coffee so it helps the energy level a bit. Plus, I've read that it can aid in weight loss (can't hurt, can it?). I love it without adding any sweetener, but I'm sure it would be just as good with a little honey or artificial sweetener added. It's also good cooled down as iced tea.
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Sammy1227

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Posted: 15 Jan 2011, 13:13
Well its two days with out pop. I'm drinking coffee in the morning just one cup but to help me through the day. And i've been drinking a lot of water. I decided to do the flavored water so i have that. Its working. Thank you for the advice. I think I might be able to kick the addiction. Smile
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MandaJoMiles

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Posted: 15 Jan 2011, 13:47
Maybe try Crystal Light instead? There are a lot of flavors, so you just have to find one you like!

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