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The Best Way to Kick the Soda Pop Habit

The Best Way to Kick the Soda Pop Habit

    I’ve tried on several occasions to remove soda pop from my life – or at least curb my reliability on it. While it does give you a sugar and caffeine high, the effects on that front are brief – and the long-term impact on your health certainly isn’t worth it.

    Up until recently, I was drinking several cans per day rather than drinking healthier options like water and milk, and all for the boost of sugar and caffeine that my body craved. But I made a decision that I had to seriously cut back on the habit because I was getting tired earlier in the day, and was beginning to fear diabetes down the line. Whether that fear was founded or not, it was enough to get me started on kicking the soda pop habit.

    I didn’t try just one thing to make it stick, either. I kept a few things in mind in order to keep me on track, since I’d tried to quit drinking soda pop before and had failed each and every time. The longest I’d ever gone was one month – and after that I fell right back into my old ways. So if you’re looking for the best way to kick the soda pop habit, here it is – from someone who’s tried time and time again to do it.

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    Buy a SodaStream

    Having a SodaStream in your arsenal gives you a few advantages in your battle to the kick soda pop habit.

    Firstly, it allows you to control the amount of soda syrup that goes into your soda. That means you can still undulge in a carbonated beverage every once in a while and not get whatever sugary syrup that store bought soda pop has. Secondly, you are being more environmentally friendly in that the bottles that the SodaStream comes with are better for the planet and you won’t be buying bottles and cans from the store filled with soda pop any longer. Finally, you’ll be saving money, as the materials needed to run the SodaStream are less constly than buying conventional soda pop at the supermarket.

    Again, willpower will be one of your biggest allies in this challenge – even with the SodaStream in your corner. Just make sure you get the SodaStream to work for you in this endeavour…and not against you.

    Indulge periodically – but only with the good stuff

    Quitting cold turkey isn’t ideal for any habit you’re trying to break – and when you’re trying to kick the soda pop habit you need to ween yourself off slowly or give yourself permission to indulge every once in a while. I went with the latter this time around, because the former has never seemed to work for me.

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    Why is that? Because by weening myself off slowly I still had the soda pop easily accessible, either at home or when I’d eat out for dinner. I didn’t commit to making it an occasional indulgence – instead I tried to remove it bit by bit, and that wasn’t measureable for me. By removing soda pop for the majority of the time and allowing yourself the opportunity to have some when you’re in a situation where – for example – you may be out somewhere where you may be needed to be the designated driver, you’re not only giving yourself some breathing room in the challenge, but you may find that you really don;t miss soda pop after all.

    Since I kicked the soda pop habit, I’ve had two small bottles of soda. And while I don’t crave it anymore – and I really don’t miss it – I do know that I can now have a glass of it every once in a while and be okay with that.

    Keep coffee and tea close at hand

    I do like my coffee. I drink it black, with no sugar or milk. I like my morning coffee…and maybe drink two cups of the stuff per day. And I’m beginning to get more and more into tea, especially since I largely removed soda pop from my life.

    In fact, if you want to have some replacements for soda pop in your pantry while you attempt to kick the soda pop habit, coffee and tea aren’t bad ones to have.

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    Start juicing

    Before soda pop was part of my diet, juice was. That’s because my parents let me drink juice well before soda pop was in the fridge. Mind you, the juice we had on hand wasn’t exactly the healthiest type out there – and juicing wasn’t something done in my parents’ house. But it is in mine.

    Get yourself a juicer – it doesn’t have to be the most expensive one…there are plenty of lower cost options out there – and start juicing. It is far healthier than any juice you can buy and will do wonders to help you curb your cravings for soda pop.

    Take trips down soda pop aisles in stores

    I have made a point of going to the soda pop aisle each and every time I go to my local grocery store ever since I took on this challenge, and I still do it to this day. I walk down the aisle to remind me of not only where I’ve been with my diet, but also where I won’t be going again.

    Kicking the soda pop habit isn’t easy, especially if you drank as much of it as I had been drinking. But if you are practical about yor approach to the challenge, consistent in what you do to stay on track and take what I’ve offered above as a means to help you take on the challenge, you’ll find that you can indeed kick the soda pop habit not just for a short while…but for good.

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    And isn’t that something worth resolving to do?

    (Photo credit: Yellow Soda Can via Shutterstock)

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    Last Updated on October 16, 2018

    What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

    What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

    Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

    One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

    If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

    But first, the good news!

    How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

    But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

    ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

    Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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    1. Embrace loneliness

    When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

    Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

    There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

    When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

    Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

    2. Facebook is not the answer

    Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

    Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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    When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

    3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

    It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

    There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

    • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
    • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
    • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
    • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

    The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

    4. Go out and meet people

    It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

    ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

    Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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    Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

    There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

    Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

    Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

    5. Reach out to help someone in need

    A burden shared is a burden halved.

    Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

    ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

    Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

    Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

    6. Be grateful and count your blessings

    Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

    If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

    Featured photo credit: Anthony Tran via unsplash.com

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