You know soda is not exactly good for you but at the same time, it can be hard to resist. Its sweet taste, pleasant fizz, and energizing jolt often seems like just what you need to wash down your dinner, get you through an afternoon slump, or quench your thirst at the movies.
Growing up, my mother would not let us have soda like the other kids and that got my siblings and I all grumpy.My eldest brother though,got away with it and i have seen him struggle to quit taking soda.He recently learnt of how unhealthy soda is and cold turkey stopped.
If you are reading this article and you seem to be hooked,I hope I will help you stop being dependent on soda and even get you better alternatives.
Remember,the more soda you consume (regular or diet), the more hazardous your habit can become. And whether you’re a six-pack-a-day drinker or an occasional soft-drink sipper, cutting back can likely have benefits for your weight and your overall health. Here’s why you should be drinking less, plus tips on how to make the transition easier.
According to an article by Health.com,the biggest risk for regular soda drinkers is the excess calories.The calories in regular soda are coming entirely from added sugar, and you’re not getting any value in terms of vitamins or minerals, or even good quality carbohydrates.
But soda may also be causing other types of harm. Studies have shown that its consumption is linked to tooth decay and diabetes, and it also seems to be bad for your bones. “It may have something to do with the phosphorus in soda, or it could be that people are drinking soda instead of other beverages—like milk—that have nutrients necessary for healthy bones.
But what about diet soda?
Diet soda is not the healthier option!
Sugar-free sodas may not have any calories, but that doesn’t mean they’re any good for you. In fact, they may not even help you lose weight. (Research on this topic has been mixed, at best, but several studies have shown that diet soda drinkers are more likely to be overweight or obese than regular soda drinkers.)
So,How to quit
Cassey Ho,on her blog recommends the following methods;
1.GET RID OF THE SODA IN YOUR HOUSE: Out of sight, out of mind! If it’s not there, you won’t be tempted.
2.CARRY A WATER BOTTLE: Stay hydrated! This way, you’re less likely to grab a can of soda when you’re thirsty. I really like to add cut lemons and fruit into my water so that it becomes tasty and flavorful! Water does not have to be boring!
Great combos are:
Raspberries + Lime
Strawberries + Cucumber
Strawberries + Lemon
Cucumber + Lemon + Mint
Oranges + Lemon
Watermelon + Mint
I mean, the possibilities are endless! Anything can work! Well…maybe except bananas…that would be weird.
3.FIND FIZZY ALTERNATIVES: A lot of times, we’re addicted to that cold, bubbly FEELING as we drink soda. But, what if you could get the same feeling without the added sugars and the extra calories? Would you do it? You can try sparkling water with infused fruits.
Sparkling water without added sugars are available in most grocery stores.
If you are trying to quit,don’t be so hard on yourself,but wean yourself off slowly.
Ps Don’t try quitting cold turkey!