So You Want to Stop… Drinking Soda

by Elle Penner, MPH, RD
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So You Want to Stop… Drinking Soda

The reasons to stop drinking soda are abundant. Whether you want to cut down on empty calories and added sugars, consume less artificial sweeteners, wean off of caffeine, or even save money, ditching soda is a great place to start.

I actually used to be a big soda drinker–the diet type in particular. Something about it being calorie-free gave me permission to drink it with reckless abandon–so I did. At one point, I consumed more soda than water throughout the course of the day.

Back in 2006 I decided I wanted to rid myself of a dependence on artificial sweeteners, so naturally I started with soda. Over the course of about a year I went from drinking 2-3 sodas per day to 2 to 3 per month. I still very much enjoy a cola with my cheeseburger and french fries, but now that I drink it so much less frequently, I have no problem treating myself to the real deal.

As a former soda-drinker myself, I thought I’d share some tips and tricks I found helpful along the way for those of you who also want to get off the sweet stuff:

1. Be okay with scaling back slowly. If you drink 3+ sodas a day, switching to tap water cold turkey will most likely make every sip feel like a punishment… not to mention induce some serious caffeine withdrawal headaches. I bet you can rather painlessly replace 3 sodas per week with tap or sparkling water, though. Heck, maybe even 1 per day! Whatever the number, make it reasonable. Soda has not, and will not kill you over the next few weeks or months while you gradually get off of it. Over time, you’ll miss those first few sodas less and less and eventually you’ll be ready to cut out one or two more.

2. Get on a soda schedule. Keeping #1 in mind, jot down a schedule for weaning your soda consumption. By writing a plan, you’re thinking through and committing to a reasonable approach to drinking less. For example, if you normally drink 3 sodas per day, cut down to 2 per day for an entire month, and then 1 per day the month after. From there, you can gradually cut down even further. Allow yourself 5 per week for the 3rd month, 4 per week for the 4th month, and so on.

3. Explore tasty alternatives. Once you start cutting out soda, you’re going to want to replace it with other fluids so you don’t get dehydrated. When I first started cutting down on soda, I really missed the carbonation + flavor combo. Bored with tap water, I began exploring the wonders of sparkling water. Most of the time the carbonation alone did the trick–but when I craved a sweeter beverage, I found just a splash of juice worked wonders. 1-2 ounces of cranberry, orange or any other 100% fruit juice blend can make all the difference. Another favorite soda alternative is flavored water. Adding some cucumber slices, berries, citrus fruit or fresh mint to a pitcher of water gives it a refreshing essence of flavor.

4. Have alternatives handy. Once you find a few suitable soda alternatives, make sure they’re within reach when you get thirsty. If you just love the tingle of carbonation on your tongue,  keep your cabinets stocked with club soda, or invest in a Soda Stream or one of these more classic soda carbonators and make it yourself at home. If you like flavored water, slice up a bunch of oranges, cucumbers or rinse off some berries at the beginning of the week and make a fresh pitcher every morning. Fill up a water bottle before heading out to run those afternoon errands. If you’re prepared, when thirst strikes you’ll have one less excuse to grab for a soda. Oh, and if you’re prone to caffeine headaches, have an an anti-inflammatory on hand, or a bag of green or black tea to help ease those withdrawal pains.

5. Adopt a no soda policy. When I first decided I wanted to stop drinking soda, the first thing I did to start scaling back was adopt a “No Soda at Home” policy. It was highly effective. Seriously, if it’s not in your house you can’t drink it! This one change helped kickstart my journey to cut back. Here are some other “No Soda” policy ideas:

No Soda…

  • At work
  • On campus
  • On road trips
  • Before 5pm
  • At restaurants
  • At the movies
  • As mixers in alcoholic drinks

Try choosing one to start, and then adopt more as you feel ready.

6. Break the routine…by substituting a new one. For me, soda drinking, much like my morning cup of coffee, was a ritual. I found my daily walk to the soda machine was just as much an excuse to escape the office and chat with a co-worker as it was about getting a cold drink. Luckily I was able to convince my colleague to trade the soda for a few flights of stairs and a pit stop at the water fountain after. Think about when you habitually grab a soda and then figure out how you can change the scenario and make a healthier beverage choice. After just a few weeks your old, bad habit will likely be replaced with your healthier routine.

7. Make yourself accountable. If you’re the type of person who is motivated by accountability, telling your family, co-workers and friends that you’re giving up soda really works. When I decided to cut out soda, I told all of my girlfriends. It kept me honest when we were together, but I also found their support made a big difference. They still check up on me to this day to make sure I haven’t fallen back into my old soda habit! When you start cutting out soda, keep yourself accountable by telling people around you, and reap the benefits of having their support along the way.

8. Redefine the word “stop”. After reading the 2nd paragraph you might look at the title and think, “She still drinks soda though…” Why yes, on occasion I do! But I no longer consider myself a “soda drinker.” There’s a big difference! Just because you want to “stop drinking soda” doesn’t mean you can never enjoy one again. Maybe for you “stop” means getting down to 1 per week, say when you’re out to a nice dinner or as a lunchtime treat on Fridays. The best way to approach a long-lasting behavior change is by making it sustainable and avoiding those feelings of deprivation. If allowing yourself a soda on occasion makes you happy, by all means! In the end, it’s about making healthy habits the default and enjoying treats along the way.

Have questions or other tips about how to stop drinking soda? Share them in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

About the Author

Elle Penner, MPH, RD

Elle is a nutrition and wellness writer, recipe developer, blogger and nutrition consultant whose favorite things include her camera, carbs and quality time with her toddler. For more from this busy mama, check out Elle’s lifestyle blog or connect with her on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


253 responses to “So You Want to Stop… Drinking Soda”

  1. Jackeline says:

    Great article! I used to drink 2-3 regular sodas a day! Nowit’s about two a week. And I’m still working on it. Best advice is to slowly and subtly get off the sugary drug.

  2. Sheri Wichner says:

    I have stop drinking pop it has been one month and I am still not drinking pop. Just no sweeten Tea

  3. Jennifer Brum says:

    Valentine’s Day will be my 4th anniversary of quitting pop cold turkey. I only remember the date because we were at a wedding. I took a sip of my Coke and it was watered down and nasty. Right then, I decided I was done. I was used to drinking 2-4 cans of Mt Dew a day. I switched to black tea and water. Occassionally I’ll drink milk, juice, etc. I’ve accidently had a sip twice since then when I grabbed my husband’s glass when we’ve been out to dinner and it was horrible.

    My husband was drinking a six pack of Mt Dew a day. After he had the flu last year, he only drinks it when we go to dinner/at family gatherings, etc. We no longer have it in the house.

  4. poppthechute says:

    True Lemon, True Lime and True Orange. Dehydrated fruit juice and citrus oil, no sugar. Add a packet to a bottle of water and you’re set. It’s great for cooking as well. No calories.

    • Msfranxie says:

      Sweetened with stevia, has one carb per serving.

    • Judy says:

      Where do you buy True Lemon? I have never seen it!

      • Katydyd says:

        When in Florida, I get mine at Publix; When in NE Ohio, Acme. I carry True Lime with me at all times. I’m a “well water girl,” and when I’m stuck with “city water,” the True Lime does a nice job of hiding the chlorine taste. True Lime is definitely my favorite, True Lemon is OK, and I’m not very fond of the True Orange. (Personal preferance, I’m sure.)

  5. Samantha says:

    I had to quit cold turkey. My husband drinks so much Mt. Dew that he can get physically sick, so it is definitely not easy, and I even now have the urge to drink one, but I am coming up on a month clean with absolutely NO soda. I’ve been drinking orange, apple, and grape juice and milk like no tomorrow. But I know if I didn’t quit right when I decided to I would never be able to cut back from the two or three a day.

  6. crystalfire294 says:

    Your article was great, and reminded me of myself a while back. When I first tried to cut out soda completely I didn’t allow myself any, and after a while I would get so frustrated that I would eventually break down and practically binge on sodas. Later I tried a less extreme approach of letting myself have one on Saturday, and Sunday. It really made a difference. In the mean time, tea gives me the caffeine pickup I need without the calories and sweeteners. 🙂

  7. Shannon Benson Algren says:

    I honestly use to drink 3 3liters a day ,,,yes I said 3 3liters a day,,,when I would open the last 3 liter I would start worrying if I could get more,,,,,addiction you bet…..I stopped cold turkey until I could control it now a 3 liter goes bad most of the time before I drink it I tend to forget its there

    • An addiction without question. Good for you cutting it out, Shannon!

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    • Parent First says:

      Your story is an inspiration. I would drink three to four 32 ounce sodas per day. I have tried to quit numerous times. This is another attempt. I have had one 32 ounce soda in the last two weeks. I am hoping I can get to the day when I forget its there too.

  8. David Zachary says:

    I was a 2-3 cup/day coffee drinker and a 2-3/can of soda drinker. I did not suffer from headaches and I know I was piling in a ton of calories.

    I quit cold turkey around the middle of January (along with coffee). Found out I had gout, the caffeine is a diuretic (which is a no-no) and the carbonation can influence your pH (another no-no). The withdrawal head aches were a bear. I quit on a Friday and by that evening I was incapacitated: head ache, nausea, light sensitivity… basically a migraine. Saturday was a repeat, but all day. I took some head ache meds and Fenegrin. Sunday was better, still taking meds to lessen the symptoms. I was operating at about 80% for at least the next week (head ache and trouble focusing). For the remainder of the month I could “feel” them calling me. This month has been a lot better, though minor head aches are off an on.

    Don’t kid yourself. If you are a heavy caffeine drinker… you are addicted. The physical and mental withdrawals can be a hurdle. If you realize you are a caffeine addict, then getting a glass every now and again may not be the best thing. You may change from soda to coffee or tea, to keep your addiction fed. It then come down to one simple point, do you want caffeine to have a hold of you. A lot of people say “Duh, YES!” You may not be one of those.

    I wish I had seen this article when I quit. The author makes a lot of excellent suggestions.

    • epickett says:

      At one point I thought I might be addicted to caffeine, since it doesn’t affect me. I can drink a 2-liter of Coke and fall asleep in no time flat. However, I’ve never had withdrawal symptoms on those occasions when I didn’t have any for several days. So I can only assume that I like pop for the taste, and not for the caffeine, because things like Faygo Orange or Root Beer are just as good to me, and they don’t have ANY caffeine. But that means I’m still stuck with a ‘taste’ addiction’ that I haven’t been able to break yet. 🙁

      • MrsD84 says:

        Sounds like a sugar addiction. You are correct, no caffeine, but lots of sugar! That’s the trouble with soda, it’s a lot of sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

        • epickett says:

          That might be it. I’ve been known to stir a couple of spoons of sugar into a glass of water if there wasn’t any pop around. But I still have to figure out how to break that addiction…

          • MrsD84 says:

            Well, I’m not sure but I think I would just slowly cut back. I’m not sure I would replace with an artificial sweetener, personally because I feel artificial sweeteners are bad in other ways. But that’s my opinion and I know some people swear by them. You need to find what is right for you. Cold turkey might be to much of a shock to you system so I suggest cutting back. Good luck!

    • joea says:

      David, you show great self-discipline to endure such hardship. You should congratulate yourself for doing something most could not do.

  9. Shelley says:

    I read somewhere that diet soda will trick your brain and you eventually drink more and more diet soda. I believe that happened to me. I try drinking water especially at the office but you know something…I hate water and I know it’s good for you so I’m going try again with putting some citrus fruits in the water. Thanks for the information.

    • Andrew Lewis says:

      It’s the aspartame in the soda that makes you thirsty. It’s an artificial sweetener in which the goal is to cause the person drinking the soda to crave more. So yes, their marketing trick must be working.

    • Christine says:

      Or you can try drinking crystal light. They have great flavors and 0 sugar and only 5 calories. I thought it was gonna be hard, but in only 2 weeks I started losing weight. Amazing what a little change in your drink habits can make.

    • Rachael says:

      Sounds about right. I was fine until I read this article and now I’m salivating all over the place. Ugh diet soda is a b**ch.

  10. Lia says:

    So you show a very appealing photo of a soda in an article about not drinking soda?

  11. shayne says:

    ugh i hate pop i think it is honestly one of those things that the earth would be better off if it had never been invented i drink lots of water crystal light sugar free kool aide and unsweetened ice tea

    • Louise says:

      I am trying to drink more water but I only like cold fridge temp. I don’t drink water at work as I cant get to the loo all the time but at home I just bought diet cordial. A few drops to change the colour and Im right. I only had a diet coke or energy drink at lunch at work and still do. Just the one a day but weekends are my bad times. I don’t have diet coke in the house that’s my water time.Cordials done wonders.

      • brendanstallard says:

        Um-I know I’m going to be in the kak for offering this opinion here, but my question is genuine, personal and wondering.

        I’ve _never_ in my life drunk much cola/fizzy stuff. Just didn’t fancy it much. I knew that it was made from sugar-and being English-my dentistry needs all the help it can get.

        Then, before I had gastric-bypass surgery, the nutritionist showed the class how much sugar there is in a can of coke/cola. That was scary enough.

        Two years into the bypass surgery, and having lost a ton of weight-I still get a lot of times, even following rigid discipline, where I suffer vomiting. (After by-pass surgery, the only safe food is goop.)

        On one of these occasions, throwing up and feeling terrible-it HURTS till it’s out, and then you feel just wretched……we happened to keep some Coca-cola in the house for the visits of my FIL.

        I snagged one of those and felt INSTANTLY better, it was like a wonder cure.

        I’m still dead careful about what I ingest, but I do enjoy the occasional Coke Zero mixed with ice and water. It does seem to settle my stomach a bit, especially when it’s grumbling-then I take it neat.

        It’s maybe four 12oz cans a week.

        Is there any reason I shouldn’t keep drinking this stuff?


        • debbie says:

          Hi Brendan,

          It’s the ginger in Coke products that settles your stomach. I had a long bout with nausea and sipping Coke was the cure. I suppose ginger ale would do the same thing. Wondering if there might be another non-soda alternative out there.

          • brendanstallard says:

            “It’s the ginger in Coke products that settles your stomach.”


            Ah! How interesting!

            I’m not married to Coke-I’ll happily glug some ginger ale. I’ll give it a whizz.

            Thanks for the knowledge.


          • Coach Stevo says:

            You might also want to give some ginger tea a shot. As ginger-y as you want it and none of the calories and sugar.

          • brendanstallard says:


            Wilko, researching it as we speak.



          • Maria says:

            Debbie & Brendan,
            My massage therapist told me about Red Raspberry Herbal Tea to calm my stomach. On a side note for women with cramps: Take Evening Primrose Oil (looks like gel pills) & drink the raspberry tea to relieve cramps. It works a lot better than the 800 mg of ibuprofen I was taking several times a day & the herbal way was much better on my stomach.
            A guy I know swears by the Ginger Root for not only health benefits but also for upset stomachs & takes a little piece of it to eat or puts it in a glass of water. I cannot eat or drink the straight Ginger like that so I found that Sprite helps – that’s what I grew up on. If you like Japanese food, they serve pickled ginger with sushi. I can eat the Japanese Ginger when I eat sushi & I have to admit that it does help with my Nausea.
            Hope this helps.

          • Kay says:

            I had the same problem when I was pregnant, I never drank coke, just diet coke which was a big no no being pregnant. I was soooo nauseas the only thing that settled my stomach was coke. Gingery ale didn’t even work for me, it had to be coke. I tried not to drink it to much…only when it was really bad but I def know where you’re coming from. That being said. I drink diet coke at least once or twice a day now and not much water. I keep telling myself I’m going to stop because my two yr old son sees it and wants it and I don’t want him to start off unhealthy. I just bought orange juice this week and I think I’m going to start substituting OJ with the soda. Diet soda is really bad for you by the way, it crosses the blood brain barrier, it’s horrible for your bones, it’s terrible for diabetics. Even knowing all of this I still drink this. I def have to stop!

          • Katydyd says:

            Ginger tea for nausea. Fennel and Peppermint tea for a stomach ache.

  12. Marcia says:

    It has helped me a lot not to keep it in the house and when I am out and want soda I either order it with a meal or purchase a small bottle at home when I choose to. Usually its that day but also, its usually only every 3 to 4 weeks I have one. This is so much better than a 2 liter a day.

  13. Audra Allen says:

    I have started to cut back on soda also. More water in my diet and it seems to be working. I do have the craving at times. Sometimes it feels like if I just can have a mouth full I be ok 🙂 its a working process but I’m very determine to reach my goal

  14. Maria says:

    Thank You very much for the very useful information! I tried to cut down on soda on my own but was not able to even though I knew it was bad for me. The diet soda did not work for me, not only because of the taste but also because I would see people drink either a Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi with their large meal. I finally knew that I could not lose weight & drink less soda on my own so I chose to go to a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program & that was the best decision I ever made because they helped with my Soda addiction by slowly cutting down on soda & switching to Diet Soda then lessening the amount of soda I drink on a daily basis. Now, I usually only drink soda when I’m at my Mom’s restaurant or on Sunday when my entire family gets together for lunch. Many days I don’t even drink soda because I’ve gotten use to drinking more Green Tea & flavored water since I still like the carbonation at times. I’ve also have increased my water intake & I always have water or some other healthy drink in my car since I drink a lot. Along with decreasing the amount of food I’ve been eating & exercising more I’ve lost around 25 lbs. so far. I haven’t felt this good in many years!

    Your article is very timely for me since before my weight loss I wouldn’t have ready to hear the truth of what you were telling us on this blog. Hearing your words again along with still being in the weight loss program has wanted me to continue the healthy plan that I’m on & continuing to decrease the amount of soda that I’m drinking now. The Soda Stream machine sounds like a great idea & I’ve seen it in stores so I will check it out further. Keep up the great informative posts that I enjoy reading!

    • Coach Stevo says:

      Wow, Maria! What a great story!

    • Ceri says:

      Maria – what an encouragement, I am just starting my journey to lessen my pop intake as is it way above the needed amount, but it has been one of those things in my life over the last couple of years I have come to ‘need’.
      The only thing that concerns me and this is a note that you may need to research a little more due to my inability to retain correct information for long periods of time….You say you always have water or some other healthy drink in your car….This is not a scare tactic now but a genuine note that I saw on research that had been linked between water that was kept in cars overnight and breast cancer?????
      And like I say I don’t want to go scaremongering but it was something I read along the way somewhere?
      Keep up the good work though and thank you for your inspiriation

    • says:

      I help people with healthier choices. I used to drink a pot of coffee and coke daily!

  15. JessicaW says:

    I stopped smoking AND drinking soda a little over a week and a half ago and surprisingly it wasn’t really all that bad for me. I miss it, but in the long run, my life will be 100x’s better than it was!

    • Maria says:

      Congratulations Jessica!!!

    • Jake Kaskey says:

      Let me echo Maria with some massive congrats! Not just slaying one beast but two at the same time? Takes not just skills but guts 🙂 Keep up the amazing work!

    • Anna Farrow says:

      Way to go. How are you doing so far?

    • Nahhdas says:

      Congrats Jessica. I stopped smoking months ago too but with the addiction of diet soda is getting hard…

      • Sherry David Duin says:

        Seltzer water is a huge help. For me it was the carbonation that I missed. Ask my husband, I’m now addicted to the sparkling/seltzer water. This can be a spendy habit if you buy the name brands. We have a Fred Meyer (Kroger owned store). I get the 12 pk for just $2.50. I priced out a Soda Stream and the cost was the same or less than buying this store brand canned soda. And I don’t have another device on my counter. Also, using a tracker like the MyFitnessPal app helps because you logging everything you put in your mouth. When I use the app, the weight comes off easy. This helps me be just as accountable to myself as if I announced to the world what my goal was.

        • Nahhdas says:

          Yessss, Sherry same with me, I need the bubbles. I have Seltzer water in my refrigerator as well as ice tea. I’m so proud to inform that I haven’t drunk any soda for the last 3 week. Yeahhhhhh!!!! Thank you for your tips.

      • Tina says:

        Aspartame is poison, think about that, your putting it into your body

    • basha676 says:

      I quit smoking 1yr ago and soda a month ago.the soda thing I have to say I miss …I also Joined a gym and told all my friends so I get their support as well as well as keeping no secrets makes me more accountable for my actions .I read these pages and get many tips and encouragement.Thank you for saying what I say every day ,”My life will be 100x’s better for it”

    • Casey says:

      I am taking my food addiction the same way I quit smoking. Food/sugar addiction hits all of the same brain receptors that smoking and drugs do. I dropped my cigarettes 11 1/2 years ago and I haven’t had so much as a drag since then. I kept a journal with me and any time I would get the I needs….I would jot down what I was feeling why I was feeling it and I would tape motivational stuff through out the journal as they pertained to that feeling. I am hoping it works the same.
      Good luck on your stopping smoking & drinking soda. Remember that hurdles and triggers will be thrown at you but they are only temporary.

    • Jay Bee says:

      I’ve never smoked soda but I am happy to hear you don’t anymore.

  16. mm says:

    I have 8 to 10 litres a day ha

  17. Trisha Lynn Dux says:

    I solved my caffeine and sugar craving/addiction issues with the addition of a good, natural multi vitamin. I would tell myself I needed to quit/cut down, but couldn’t fight the insane cravings I would have for carbs as I did it. Once I added a proper vitamin, to give me what my body was actually craving, I was able to cut back with no issues. Don’t rely on a store bought vitamin, get one that actually dissolves in your body and contains forms of vitamins you can actually absorb. Happy to share where I get mine, if you message me.

  18. Coach Stevo says:

    I really enjoyed this article, Elle. I like “harm reduction” approach and your suggestion of breaking a soda habit with a healthier alternative. Time and again, the habit research points to how much easier it is to replace a habit than stop cold turkey. My own soda replacement was Perrier and then an old-fashioned seltzer bottle.

  19. Slippy says:

    I was a nothing but soda kind of girl until 3 or 4 years ago. I cold turkey quit. I was already drinking caffeine free soda, so no withdrawal symptoms. I personally think cold turkey is the way to go. But, we all have to do what works best for ourselves. I just stopped. Never replaced soda with something else. Here is the most unbelievable part, I CAN’T stand soda anymore. The couple times I have had a sip…..blah! Good luck to anyone trying to give it up! It took years of trying and not succeeding.

  20. Gloria Bennett says:

    I have found something that I really like and it is Lipton Green Tea w/honey in the Pineapple/Mango flavor that you add to water. I drink it now and I really have not missed the cokes at all. It comes in individual sizes that you can mix in water on the go, and it also comes in a large pitcher size that I make and keep i the fridge all the time.

  21. Wendy says:

    I used to think I couldn’t eat a meal without a soda…or two, sometimes three. I knew, however, I wanted to cut the calories, the sugar, the yucky additives but how to do that when addicted? I started with the caffeine. I switched to Sprite or Sierra Mist or other caffeine free alternatives. That was hard. I had caffeine withdrawal headaches but I got through it.
    Then I limited the number of sodas I allowed myself and began substituting juice for soda. Still wanting to kick the sugar and calories, I went to milk and finally water. I used to think I couldn’t drink water which is funny because I now keep a reusable water bottle at hand nearly all the time. I didn’t try going cold turkey, I knew I couldn’t but I was also convinced that I could, in fact, kick the soda habit. Given how addicted I was if I can do it, so can you. You just have to find what works for you 🙂

  22. Darlene says:

    Elle, Thanks for a great blog! I got off the soda kick too! But I did it by first going cold turkey at home…that’s what worked for me. Everyone is different. Do what works for you. I’d still have soda when we went out for dinner, the movies or a pit stop at Wawa. When I was comfortable with not having it at home I took another step and stopped having soda when we were out to dinner. As time went on I stopped having a soda when we stopped at Wawa. My choice of beverage for the most part has been ice cold water and an occasional no sugar ice tea out to dinner or at Wawa and an occassional glass of 1% milk at home. Now I have one about once a month if that and I don’t miss it either. In fact my husband decided to start buying Root Beer for home and I might take a sip once in a blue moon. What really helped me stop was when I read how they make soda…what”s in it. But I have to say, having plenty of ice water available was and is key to me not drinking the bubbly. I also made up a schedule of how to get 8 cups 8 times a day. This is my schedule: 8am – 8oz. for breakfast; 10am – 16oz. for snack; 12pm – 16oz. for lunch; 5pm – 16oz. for dinner; 7pm – 8oz. for snack. Now that I’m getting use to that amount I’ve been upping the water even more by 16 more ounces! And I feel great!!! I don’t feel as sluggish from over dosing on soda. Thanks again for a great blog!

  23. Gretchen Hill says:

    After my surgery 2years ago, I never try drinking soda because we know that this is not good for the health. But after reading this article, I wanna try to get back soda, will try to drink 2-3 soda’s a day.

  24. liswar says:

    great ideas – here’s my fave bubbly bevvy (aside from champagne, which of course is a treat) – although it is also nice with tap water: add equal splashes of apple cider vinegar & apple juice concentrate – about a capful of each in a pint of mineral, soda or still water. There is also an ACV/honey blend that you can get in health food sections, but I find it a little too sweet. ACV is very good for you in lots of ways, & this drink is so refreshing! Cheers 🙂

  25. MMFabrizio says:

    Excellent article! I just recently stopped drinking soda myself. I was drinking 4 – 5 20 ouce bottles of Mt. Dew a day. I had to do cold turkey though, because I’ve tried the weaning off so many times before and failed. I decided to stop cold turkey when I measured my hips so I could start tracking my progress on MyFitnessPal, and REALLY didn’t like what I saw.

    It was on grocery shopping day, and I had just ran out of soda and had been looking forward to buying a bunch more, but decided at that moment, that no, I wasn’t going to buy any. I bought 3 huge packs of water bottles (I think they hold like 20 bottles each). And some Crystal Lite.

    Now yes, I realize I’m using that as a replacement, but I’m okay with that because it is still much healthier, and I’m actually drinking water now. I used to NEVER drink any water at all. And I don’t always use the Crystal Lite, I do drink some of the bottles of water, as plain water, which I never did before.

    So, it’s a great improvement.

    And it’s great to see how many other people are kicking the soda habit too!=)

  26. Sarah Yates says:

    I absolutely agree the method of cutting down vs. going cold turkey. I’m a coke-zero-holic and I know I’m a ticking time bomb with all the bad side effects the chemicals cause. Thanks for this article…motivating and great advice.

  27. Bridgetwolfbear says:

    I stopped drinking soda cold turkey. Though it’s not easy as my whole family is still drinking soda. So now I make homemade sun tea, green tea, herbal tea, and drink a lot more water. Every now and then I will make up a small bottle of crystal light. But this gives me a few more ideas about to add to my water.

  28. Becky says:

    We bought ourselves a SodaStream for Christmas. It carbonates our (filtered) tap water. We don’t use any of the flavor packets that come with it. But we do sometimes add a splash of tart cherry juice, or pure ( no sugar added) pomegranate juice, or a squeeze of lemon or lime to flavor it sometimes. Sometimes we just drink it plain. No more cans! No more bottles! No more soda pop!

  29. Alice says:

    I have Osteoporosis and my Dr. said caffeine is very hard on your bones. I wish I had never drank any caffeine at all. I sure would have a lot less pain. I used to drink Cherry Coke or Pepsi most of the time, but, I did not know it was harmful then. I sure don’t drink it NOW!

  30. Megan says:

    Cutting soda was probably the best choice I ever made! It reduced so much bloat because I drank soda… a LOT! Even if I try a sip of it now, it tastes horrible to me! Best alternative is that I make sparkling Crystal Light with my sodastream 🙂

  31. Anna Farrow says:

    I am so glad that I kicked the habit of pop! It was not easy.

  32. fittoday14 says:

    It was very hard for me to cut back & stop drinking it for a very long time. I basically only drank soda as a kid- I hated juice and water. It wasn’t until 2005 when my co-workers begged me to get a DeerPark water in our office that I was like, “I don’t drink water, what do I care.” And they were all like, “Why don’t you drink water? You’re killing yourself drinking soda and hardly any water.” It was a wake up call and I’m glad I listened! Since then I began drinking more water and less Soda. I can’t say I cut out soda completely since then, I do have my occasional diet or regular Coke every few months. BuT, it’s nothing like before. I’m so glad I did it! 🙂

  33. jen says:

    When I started my diet a couple of weeks ago I decided that not only was I going to cut out fizzy drinks, but also a lot of juice too. I was so shocked at how much sugar was in a glass of juice, and whilst all of the soda in my house was always sugar free – the chemicals used in it cannot be healthy!
    I went completely ‘cold turkey’ and now only drink water and haven’t missed it at all. If you miss it, remind yourself what you would be drinking!

  34. Sean says:

    I quit cold turkey 5 or 6 years ago – it’s REALLY expensive in addition to the health issues, and I really got sick of all that recycling piling up, and buying it by the case at Costco. I installed a reverse osmosis filter under the sink and that water tastes outstanding.

    I’ll have ice tea when I go out and periodically I’ll have a soda – it’s not that I can’t drink soda, I just choose not to. Anymore, I find that the diet soda I used to consume by the gallon tastes pretty unappealing. No withdrawal headaches either, for me.

  35. beef3309 says:

    Just shared your article with everyone at work in our weight loss group. I am an addict to soda, and what is worse it is something I passed on to my kids. We have already adopted no soda in house except for special occasions and none when we eat out. I haven’t quit but I get the little 8-10 oz bottle and sip on it occasionally over couple of days and throw part of it out. Sody is a tough monkey to shake off! I have noticed since going days without a whole can, when I try a fountain drink it seems super sweet, so I am making progress.

  36. Natasha says:

    I gave up fizzy drinks September 2013. Just stopped having them completely (on their own) and now I have 2L (or less depends on what the day holds) water a day, lemon barley water, probably some juice and a cup of tea in the morning. I barely have coffee any more and the weekends I sometimes have a few glasses of alcohol but its a lot better then I used to be.
    I used to love drinking Coke-Cola and Lemonade… but now the only time I have it (probably once a month as well) is in a Bacardi and coke… that’s the only time I drink the fizzy stuff now…

  37. Paperdollprincess says:

    I recently began changing my lifestyle to healthier eating habits – basically the “make healthy choices” approach rather than “diet”. Deep down I have known I need to cut out sodas. I regularly start with a 32 oz in the morning for breakfast, then drink it throughout the day with every meal and sometimes in between. As I am seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle overall, sodas are high on my list of things that need to go – Diet Coke specifically. I have justified it because it’s “diet”, but I am convinced it is not healthy to put that much artificial sweetener in my body or artificial other stuff. My new eating approach comes from a Biblical verse that says “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable.” I know Diet Coke is not profitable to my body in any way. Over the years, I’ve wondered how much the carbonation and artificial ingredients might be affecting my internal organs (i.e. kidneys, urine imbalances, etc.). Today, before I saw this article, I had decided to set out three bottles of water a day on the counter. Before picking up a soda, I am committing to drink at least one 16 oz bottle of water first. Then I’ll allow myself all the soda I want. So far today, it is 3:30 pm and I’ve only had about 2.5 oz of soda and I’m not craving it. After drinking the water first, the soda is not as appealing as it was before. Another recent decision regarding this change is that I am now buying my sodas in bottles rather than cans. When I open a canned soda, I feel I must not waste it, so I end up drinking all of it regardless of whether I am that thirsty or not. With the bottles, I can take a sip or two if I am having a strong craving and then close the bottle until another time. One other new thing I am doing toward this goal is I’m logging what water and soda I drink into Myfitnesspal app. That just gives me that little extra accountability and visual of what I’m putting into my body. Hopefully these ideas will be a good start for me as well as some of those listed from the article above. Thanks for the article and the encouragement.

  38. Jessica Schultz says:

    I stopped drinking soda a few months ago. Instead, I drink water and milk. It does a fairly good difference in my health, and helps out with my weight loss.

  39. Me says:

    I stopped drinking soda as I was concerned about the amount of artificial sweeteners I was consuming. I find now that I actually dislike lemonade, and I’m rapidly going right off of other fizzy drinks too. I had a bottle of Pepsi max, a former favourite, given to me at the weekend, and it remains unfinished in the fridge. Previously I’d have drank that in one sitting. (It is designed as a single drink). I am so pleased that I bothered. Now, the most part I now drink water, tea, coffee and somethimes no added sugar cordials. Not course I’m still consuming artificial sweeteners, but fewer.

  40. Jordan says:

    I think your dentist – at least – would disagree that there are no health benefits to giving up fizzy drinks!

  41. Jordan says:

    Point #6 is a great reminder of a truth that’s very easy to overlook/forget! 🙂

  42. Andrew Lewis says:

    Aspartame, while it does not inflict hunger, is designed to make the user’s mouth dry, which makes them want to drink more. This is why most gum brands use aspartame now. You eat the gum expecting for it to bring moisture into your mouth, but it just causes you to think you need another piece of gum. It’s a huge marketing trick. Thirst, not hunger.

  43. Brittany says:

    At one point I know there was a study about artificial sweeteners being linked to cancer. I’m not sure if it was ever ruled out but just a thought.

  44. Micki74 says:

    I wanted to quit smoking and give up sodas too but decided that I should probably do them one a time because one may help keep me sane while I was giving up the other. I quit smoking 18 months ago and do not miss it one single bit. I started weaning myself off of soda 2 weeks ago, I’m weaning a LOT faster than the article but the headaches are already starting to be less and less and this is my 3rd day with absolutely no soda whatsoever.

  45. Sterling says:

    i used to drink alot of Mt Dew. I stopped that after learning about one of the ingredients and its effects on your brain. I still drank alot of soda. I stopped that complete and, for a week or 2, did get headaches and stuff but I went on through it. I havent had soda since around the first week of october and feel much better. I still drink coffee, but its black so no superfluous calories and black coffee can act as an appetite suppressant, so thats a bonus too.

  46. Geraldine says:

    I started with giving up soda for Lent and I got used to drinking Iced tea instead and since then I only drink one on a special occasion.. Then I drink water….

  47. Margaux Milchen says:

    I drink lots of coffee…my doc said it was good for me and so …I do and will continue. I only drink zevia soda which is made with Stevia and only when I am having mixed drinks. Of course if I’m out…which isn’t often, then any diet soda will do. I don’t want to drink shots lol.

  48. LL11 says:

    “The reality is that artificial sweeteners such as aspartame are perfectly safe”. Many doctors, scientists and others disagree with you. There are a lot of conflicting studies on it though.

    • Stuart Atkinson says:

      Actually no there are 2 particular conflicting studies done about 5 years ago that the media went into a frenzy about saying “Aspartame causes cancer” and then millions wasted in research showing what was already known to Chemists and Biologists alike, there is no problem with it. As for all the people who say “If it’s not in nature don’t have it” enjoy the health benefits of rotten food (preservatives are not natural food normally just decays very quickly), massively increased prices (since the food can’t be bulk produced and transported due to said rotting issue) and finally disease and death comparable to that of Africa (90% of health benefits are through the artificial production of drugs and medicines since holistic remedies are either placebos or the same drug just 1000% diluted).

  49. agentrock says:

    I admit, I am a soda addict. It’s horrible because it’s so bad for you. I have to stop drinking it last year though when I got my wisdom teeth pulled because it hinders the healing process. Had to quit cold turkey and mad did that suck. I went through the caffeine withdrawal and felt like total crap for about a week or so. After that, however, I felt better than I ever had before! And I lost a couple inches off my waist. For awhile afterwards, I would only have one once a month if that when we ate out at a restaurant.
    This winter, being cooped up indoors, I drank it a little bit more and got hooked on drinking it again. It’s tough, just like any addiction. I got back off of it but it was harder the second time around, probably because I didn’t HAVE to like I did last spring.

  50. glory0621 says:

    I stopped drinking soda almost 2 weeks now. I stopped cold turkey. After a few days, I experience sweating. My doctor said, I was having withdrawals from the sugar. After the first week the sweating stopped. What I did to stop sodas, was put filtered water into a soda bottle and add little favor..etc orange, berry. Having it in the soda bottle worked for me. 🙂

  51. Judy says:

    I too have decided to stop drinking diet soda. I have consumed 4-12oz. Cans/day for longer than I can remember. I noticed that I was experiencing ” urgency” to urinate during the day. I was going at least 15 times a day. I was going crazy with it…then I saw a Dr. Oz program addressing the artificial sweetener issue. He stated that there has been no link shown that they cause cancer, however, in some people they trigger your bladder muscles to over contract, causing too frequent urination! Bingo! I am down to drinking 1/day and occasionally 1 every oh her day and have noticed a SIGNIFICANT difference! I hope this helps someone!

  52. Sciakath says:

    Years ago I attended an event where Joan Lunden said something to the effect, “I’ve never seen a thin person drinking a diet soda.” That stuck with me, but did not sink in until just about six months ago, when I found myself drinking 72+ oz. of Diet Coke daily. With my doctor’s gentle urging, I quit cold turkey one day and avoided it altogether for over 3 months. Kept drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day, so caffeine withdrawal was not an issue. I have noticed my energy level is much more consistent over the whole day, my attention/focus is better and I don’t feel bloated. I do miss the bubbles, though! So about 1-2 times a month, I will treat myself to a Diet Coke. It tastes OK, but does not have the “pull” it once had. Kind of like visiting an old boyfriend and wondering what it is you ever loved about the guy….

  53. Carol W says:

    Good article. Thanks!

  54. mssheila says:

    I appreciated the timeliness and suggestions in the article. I gave up ‘sugar’ for lent and that meant giving up my not so secret nemesis, Coca Cola. I love it. I limited myself to 1 a day, but even giving up 1 was hard. I have given it up in the past and started back with the rule only on weekends, but it crept into the week. I never liked diet soda, the taste is nasty. I will see if I can make it an occasional treat using some of the suggestions. I noticed a weight loss right away after giving up sugar (high fructose corn syrup is the worst for you), perhaps that will be my incentive!

  55. BB says:

    i used to drink about 1 2 liter a day of diet. I got sick in 2012 w/ an autoimmune disease and the only thing i got to drink in hospital was ginger ale. I’m totally off diet soda, but the ginger ale sure packs on the calories. Any suggestions

  56. I really did too much diet soda. I will make an effort to cut back.

  57. Serabeth says:

    I’m currently drinking diet soda as I read this…I never drink water. I drink at least a 2 liter bottle a day. Two to three cups sounds like a joke to me, lol….Hardly classified as an addiction compared to what I do. I’ve been addicted to diet soda on and off since I was 16 years old, and I’m 25 now. I have at various points in my life quit for certain periods of time…Here and there a week or two, sometimes a few months, and once or twice close to a year.

    I’m kind of like an alcoholic, though, in that one drink brings it all back and I’m hooked again. I do lose the craving for it after a while, but if I drink even 1 soda, I need to go to the store to get some more.

  58. kat says:

    my hubby must have soda if I don’t buy it he will way I can drink a can but each time he gets a glass I Must get I a sip! a must 😉

  59. C.d. Loken says:

    Thank you so much for this post! I have been ‘contemplating’ cutting back on my soda intake, but kept putting it off because I didn’t have a plan. With your great tips-now I can!

  60. Linda Horner-Segovia says:

    I am just starting to cut my soda intake, I will try cutting down to 2 a day, I am at 4 aday now, I get the head aces. If I cut it cold turkey, tried that did not work for me, thanks for the insite of how to do this in a good way,

  61. Jamie says:

    I am working on eliminating Diet Soda from my diet right now, mainly because of the artificial sweaters in it that aggravates a lot of my health conditions, Migraines, Vertigo, joint pain and so on and so forth, so far, so good I have only had one Diet Soda since Sunday and that was tonight. My cousin, a doctor said that it would be better to consume 1-2 regular sodas a day then the diet soda because of the artificial sweeteners (she by the way is my person who is checking up on me 🙂 ) I have not had any with drawl headaches so far. I still have my cup of coffee in the morning witch helps curb the caffeine craving

  62. mystic1709 says:

    im glad im allergic to diet soda or actually the artifical sweater in it but it make replacing with alternate sweet drinks a hassle because most have aspartame in it. i do however drink regular soda but rarely more then 3 12oz cans a day. and also drink atleast 1 large glass of water a day. i used to drink alot more but cut down. from time to time it fluctuates and i may drink more. after i quit smoking i stress drink now instead of stress smoke. so its just one more habit i need to cut. been smoke free for about 5yrs now. so if i can do that i can do this.

    • Clair says:

      If you are a pepsi drink, they do have Pepsi One that is does not have ANY aspartame in it.
      If you are looking for water mix ins that do not have it, i would suggest Crystal Light PURE (Make sure its the PURE). Propel zero, and Koolaid (but not the fizz drops).

  63. AnswersOnTheT says:

    Water upsets my stomach, a Doctor told me drinking to much Skim Milk or Fruit Juice is bad, & even Decaffinated Tea makes my Migraines worse….. So what’s left, besides soda?

    • metoadtoo says:

      Water gives me heartburn. I drink two to three cans of caffeine free Coke (not diet) a day. Yes, I’d love to stop drinking cola, but I do not like water or juice or tea or coffee. I drink milk and cola, with a little water too. I’m not a person that can just drink all day. People who can drink bottles upon bottles of liquids (of whatever kind) befuddle me. How do they do it? If I drink 50 ounces of liquids a day I’m doing great. Would love to change, just don’t know how.

      • K M says:

        I used to feel the same way. But once I got off soda and just made myself drink the water (I essentially carried my water everywhere even the bathroom and made myself take at least a sip every ten minutes or so) I realized one day that the heartburn was gone and it hasn’t come back. It was definitely a transition that I had to commit to. I posted my strategy above for ditching the soda. It was tough, but I’m so glad I did.

      • K M says:

        Oh, and my headaches are virtually gone also. Maybe once a month now instead of several days a week. Again it was a tough transition, but it was worth it!

  64. funkyc says:

    A friend of mine stops drinking soda every other year. This year I joined him. I have one exception. On any plane ride this year I allow my self a ginger ale. Because my Dad always had a ginger ale when he flew. Those are the only two sodas I have had this year. I’m not even craving it. Its just milk, water and crystal lite. Next year I might even do no artificial sweetners.

    • Clair says:

      If you want to cut back on chemicals in general, try finding a water mix that does not have aspartame in it. Even just switching to the Crystal light PURE.

  65. Jessie says:

    Giving up Coca Cola was very hard for me and I had tried many times over the years. When I started a low carb high protein diet Dec 7th 2013 I decided it was time. Back then I could not tell you when the last time was I had a glass of water but I could tell you when I had my last coke. Now 4 months later I am ok without it and don’t crave it like I did at first. I am sure not drinking coke has help with the weight I have lost also.

  66. Paul Daniel Cook says:

    Here is how I stopped. I switched immediately to sweet tea and drank that for a little while. Although there is sugar in it, there was not all of the rest of that “bad stuff”. A few months ago I switched to unsweetened tea, cold turkey. I tried it unsweetened in the past and thought I wouldn’t like it, but I do. If I want anything sweetened now, I use stevia, a very little, because a little goes a long way. Stevia is a sweetener that comes from a plant and has no sugar or calories. I just found out yesterday that there is a soda called Zevia and they have a few flavors to choose from. You could find these at your local health food store or you could ask them to get it, for you die hard soda drinkers. For me, it’s water or unsweetened tea.

  67. JillM says:

    Great ideas !!

  68. Jazzinjenn says:

    I quit drinking soda 6 months ago and coffee 4 weeks ago. I was lucky to not have any headaches. I still crave them both, but resist drinking them. I don’t like juices because they are too sweet. I tried decaffeinated green tea but found that too bitter. I have found I sleep better at night and my skin has also cleared up (finally!).
    I opt for icy-cold water. Boring – maybe. Healthy for me – most definitely!!

  69. K M says:

    I had a revelation one day as I was driving away from the MickeyD’s drive thru with a large Coke, light ice, that I was “killing myself with these things.” I stopped and dumped it out, but my husband is a soda drinker and I needed a strategy to get through the cravings at home. I started picturing the cans with a poison symbol on them and I also told myself that I could have one anytime I wanted, as long as I drank a couple of bottles of water first. So far I haven’t given in to any cravings and the tie between soda and poison has become the first image that pops into my mind.

    Now I need to focus on giving up bottled water, as I can’t stand our tap water here in Phoenix, even filtered multiple times. I started with Dasani (still supporting Coca Cola 😉 but have now switched to Costco’s brand. My husband has offered to put in an RO system, but I am under the impression that they waste far more water than they produce. One vice for another?

  70. Julie says:

    This is embarrassing to admit, but I drink close to a 12pack of Diet Pepsi a day. I really want to stop drinking this much, but as you can imagine the withdrawal headaches were horrible when I tried quitting cold turkey before. I guess I just need to start by trading one can a day for a bottle of water and start from there. Anyone want to be by partner/coach in this journey?

    • Carman says:

      I used to drink that much Diet Dr. Pepper a day, now I limit myself to 4 or 5 a day. Still way too much, but I just started last week. I have a 32 oz glass that I fill up 4 times a day at work, and drink a couple 8 oz glasses in the evening. Hopefully I can cut back more next week. Good luck.

    • Nahhdas says:

      How are you doing Julie? Were you able to stop drinking? I am drinking 2 liters of diet pepsi per day and I want to stop as well.

    • Clair says:

      I am a firm believe that diet soda is worse for you than normal soda.
      If its the fizz you need try seltzer water. If its the caffeine, try a cup of coffee or an excedrin. That usually seems to help me.

  71. Patti says:

    I stopped drinking (or eating) anything with aspartame about a year ago. It may or may not be bad for you, but I just didn’t want to keep taking chances. I went from being a 3 or more per day Diet Coke drinker, to drinking one regular little “baby” Coke in the morning. Then more gradually crept in — especially on weekends. I gained several pounds as a result of adding those calories in, so finally cut Cokes out altogether. Now I drink LeCroix carbonated water (no sweetener, no sodium, and they have some great flavors) when I want a soda. My current habit is to drink at least four cups of water before breakfast, then a small can of Spicy V-8 juice, water throughout the day, and a LeCroix with lunch and/or dinner. I will occasionally drink a regular Sprite or Sierra mist when we go out. All this to say that, surprisingly, I don’t miss the taste of cola or the caffeine at all! I feel better, my skin looks better, and I’m sleeping more soundly. Seems like a fair trade to me!

    • Clair says:

      Over the past 6 months I have switched soda to flavored seltzer water. I tried the LeCroix but it does not taste that good to me so I have been getting the safeway brand 12 pack. I now only drink soda on rare occasions and I have stopped liking the taste of it mostly.

      It took me 16 years to realize why i felt like crap all the time was because of aspartame. I would visit my aunt every summer and all she drank was diet pepsi. Since she lived in Arizona i figured my headaches were just from the heat.
      Then working at a desk job, I would drink the water mix ins. I was always tired and headachy. I switched them out to water mix without aspartame and haven’t looked back. Now I can not even chew a piece of gum without an instant headache but I know not having it is so much better for me.

  72. Chris says:

    I was drinking 2-3 diet sodas a day (and taking tons of migraine medicine). I discovered that the aspartame was causing about 99% of my migraines!

  73. Mary Ann says:

    I stopped drinking soda after foot surgery. I felt lousy after the surgery and didn’t drink soda for a week. I thought this would be a good time to quit. I’m now drinking ice tea/lemonade mix. It’s delicious. I haven’t had a soda in 7 wks.

  74. Jamie says:

    What I have done since moving out of home, is have a stash of soft drink in cans, but only have 3 in the fridge at a time. My logic is that if I have a friend over I need something to offer them, but having cans mean I don’t open a bottle, as if I did that I would be inclined to drink it. Its easier to say no to can, than it is to an “opened” bottle, and even if I did give in, it is still a substantially less amount than a bottle.

  75. Nikki says:

    I haven’t drink pop for 11 months since I started dieting. I drink nothing but water, but once in a while, i drink Green tea or ice tea.

  76. thr3mom says:

    Aspartame is a real poison…I was drinking 1-2 diet drinks a day havin headaches and seizures…one day I had what we thought was a stroke and after several test one doctor out of 10 said I found the problem you have aspartame poisoning(google it its real)…it took almost two weeks of just drinking water to get rid of it out of my can kill you…artificial stuff is BAD for you..if its not found naturally leave it alobe..

  77. Sue says:

    I stopped cold turkey drinking all sodas in October of 2012. I used to drink a huge amount of Diet Mtn Dew and thought I couldn’t live without it! I had a headache for a month but got through that and have felt so much better and love to drink water! I especially love real fresh squeezed lemon in my water – it gives me more energy that caffeinated drinks ever did and no crash afterwards! I feel my life is much better now!

  78. Ryan says:

    I was an extreme case. I would kill two 2-liter sodas every three days. I was also drinking a LOT of whiskey. I finally woke up and realized I didn’t want to feel like crap anymore, so I cut all of that out of my diet, and in less than a month I have lost 14 lbs, and I feel amazing!

  79. DancinDJ says:

    Well, I am a dyed-in-the-wool soda drinker. Regular soda. I hate the artificial sweeteners. Besides the awful taste, it gives me a headache after just a few sips. I drink 3-4 20-oz Pepsi’s in a day sometimes. Lately, I have cut down to only 1 or maybe 2 during the day. That is still 40 ounces of soda pop which is a lot of SUGAR and CALORIES.

    I did quit a couple times, and was sick for 2-3 weeks with headaches and flu-like symptoms. Doctor said it isn’t just the caffeine that caused the withdrawal, but also the sugar addiction.

    I do like water, and have no problem drinking it. However, I crave the fiz in the soda. Fruit juice is a good substitute; however, read the label. There is no carbonation, but there is just as much sugar as a soda pop.

    I think it comes down to ………How much do I want to quit drinking soda? If we want to quit bad enough, we will just do it. Which do I want more…. good health, lower weight, or the continued addiction of Carbonated Drinks. It’s a CHOICE.

  80. fish1552 says:

    I gave it up coming up on 2 years ago. Yes, I may have one if we’re out at a restaurant and their choices are slim, but it may be one every month or two. What I found though, was that my taste for soda just is not there any more. It now tastes sickly sweet most of the time.

    And while I cannot bring myself to drink plain old water, I made the choice to use things like Mio or Crystal Light that I can squirt in the water. I did it suddenly and this was coming from 6-8 20 oz Mountain Dew’s a day.

  81. erika says:

    don’t listen to the one idiot saying it’s harmless when science has proven it is. stay away from horrible advice.

  82. Cody S says:

    Water with a little lime juice helps with my with urges for a Mt Dew.

  83. Lisa says:

    I began chewing peppermint gum and the taste is bad. I quit cold turkey on doda and it has been 35 days since i had any sugars at all. No candy, sweets, soda whatever has sugars added.

  84. LTRob says:

    Started my weight loss of 110 pounds by doing this. Never again. Been 3 years.

  85. Rachel says:

    Wait, what’s wrong with diet soda?

  86. Anya says:

    Every time I wanted soda i would drink water and psych myself put by thinking how refreshing and delicious it was. Took a month or two but I’ve been soda free for two years now.

  87. Steven says:

    i went from about 8 cans of coke a day to about 6 cans of pepsi max. it help me lost 72kg. i find having the pepsi max helps with me not eating but i am now doing to try to cut back to 1 or 2 a day. here goes nothing

  88. Sabine Stroehm says:

    I gave up all sodas in about 2001. It was the first step in a long succession of small changes designed to better take care of my body. And it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

  89. Felicious1908 says:

    It hard but it can be done. I drink sparkling water all the time. I occasionally have soda as treat or when I have a migraine and then only a few ounces. Once you cut soda from your diet, you will lose weight and not miss it.

  90. victizm says:

    I drink about 22 beers a day. EVERY FRICKIN DAY!! Never touch soda though. Now thats bad for ya…

  91. Tricia says:

    I’ve been trying to cut down on soda and I’m using kombucha as a substitute. A friend of mine taught me how to make my own (it’s really easy) and I’ve been experimenting with different flavors. I let it ferment a few extra days to get more fizz. It’s really good, and healthy too!

  92. Melinda Fritz says:

    dont replace with diet coke
    i like water with lemon

  93. Deanna Lee says:

    Wow, I alway passed my emails. Not any more , all this info was very helpful. I started at 200 now I’m at 232 very disappointed in my self. I’ve started again and cut out soda I was addicted to diet soda! If I don’t buy it and it’s not in my home I don’t drink it. My husband and son understand and stopped drinking it too. I used the excuse it was for company! Now company is offered a bottle of water. Since I stopped drinking soda, ice tea and coffee my stomach deflated and I feel human again. I had a battery of text and found out I can’t tolerate anything with caffeine . I touch it and my stomach inflates like I was plugged into a bike pump. Down to 222 and using my excise bike. I see a light at the end of this dark tunnel now. It was a dot before now it’s getting bigger every day.

  94. Donna says:

    This will be day 7 caffeine free for me! Thankfully with no side affects. I had been drinking 4 cans a work and 1 liter at home for as long as I can remember. Started by reducing myself to1 can daily for 3 days then 6 ounces for 2 days, was going to further reduce but was the weekend so wanted to see how long I could go before needing it and thankfully I didn’t so. I did add a vitamin B Complex daily hoping to replace the energy and not be exhausted, and it seems to work, I actually feel Less tired now then when drinking all that soda. I go non stop all day, and only get 5-6 hrs sleep, and am not a coffee it tea drinker. My boss cringed when I said I was going to stop caffeine/ diet coke, but actually made a comment this week that I am more alert and pick up the small details. I am finding drinking water at work difficult as get bored with the flavor so will look into adding fresh fruits.

  95. BBB says:

    There is a Pespi ad next to this article!

  96. Granddadjay says:

    Can someone tell me why a soda like Coke Zero caffeine free is not a good drink choice. What’s in the soda??

    • lee says:

      Coke Zero consists of chemicals: Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Aspartame, Potassium Benzoate, Natural Flavors, Potassium Citrate, Acesulfame Potassium and Carbonated Water.

      It’s all chemicals, except for the carbonated water. I think that’s the point of the article, just drink the water to avoid the chemicals and their side effects.

      Phosphoric acid for example will inhibit calcium absorption and contribute to bone loss.
      Researchers at Tufts University, studying several thousand men and women, found that women who regularly drank cola-based sodas — three or more a day — had almost 4% lower bone mineral density in the hip, even though researchers controlled for calcium and vitamin D intake

  97. Brenda K says:

    I thought for sure you would mention mixing with small amounts of water, and eventually more. You don’t notice a little bit and you get used to it before you totally replace with water. Half soda, and half water doesn’t taste the best, but it’s better than straight water. When you teach the point that straight water would be better than the mix, it is time to switch to water.

  98. One of the best choices I made was weaning down on soda. Eventually, making it my ’13 resolution to stop entirely. Been soda free for over 18 months now – if it sounds like an addiction – it was.

  99. 2 phatcat says:

    Completely off of it unless there is nothing left in the house to drink! (our water is Bad where we live!) We only have diet rite in the house because it has no aspartame. Aspartame is poison and makes you feel like you have diabetic nerve damage. Have been using Great Value brand water flavorings that have sugar and Stevia sweeteners and are 15 calories for each serving. My cravings have been diminished due to the fact that the water flavor packs are really for two serving and so I use one packet and it is 30 calories but very sweet! Also have kicked the Caffeine habit too!!

  100. brenda says:

    so really glad to hear all your stories, makes me feel like I can really do this!, I found out Mon. I have 1st of non drinker liver cirosis, I know I spelt that wrong sorry. anyways only cure is loose weight, I started at 250 and now im 238 the dr.’s have suggest the sleeve surgery. but im going to show I can do on my own. no more sodas or sweets! if I had surgery the rest of my life would be like that anyways lol. so keep your fingers crossed I got this though. positive thinking. thanks brenda

  101. Rita says:

    I gave up soda for lent this year and it helped me lose 10 pounds! I was exercising as well but definitely not drinking soda was the cause. I know this because after lent I started drinking soda again and I was still on my workout routine and my weight loss stalled. I could never give up soda for good. There is no way. But I have decided for the month of august to give it up again to get ready for my friends wedding.
    For me having it out of the house was not an option. (I live with my bf and he drinks it as religiously as I did). I bought an infuser and infuse water that I leave in a big jug in the fridge so it’s always accessible. I also drink more orange juice. There is no real way imo to stop drinking soda you just have to stop. Nothing can force you and there are no just have to have water always available and choose that over pop.

  102. Nicole Meech says:

    As I am trying to quit drinking pop I cut back by keeping a water bottle next to my pop bottle… For every drink of pop I take I take 2 or 3 drinks of water in between. I find it has helped keep me hydrated and therefore I am staying fuller and don’t crave as much pop. I have noticed the caffeine withdrawals but find the more hydrated I stay the less they bother me.

  103. Kelli says:

    I quit soda, particularly diet, but seriously, all soda over 1 yr & 8+ months ago. I still, to this day crave soda. I was highly addicted & drank soda instead of water. I was at one point drinking a 12 pk a day or more. I decided it was completely unhealthy, & I was tired of it. The real horrible cravings stopped about 3 months in, & I still crave it on occasion. I have a highly addictive personality I have realized & daily I have to tell myself no. I know, or am so afraid that If I drink even one soda, or have a taste of it, I’ll go back to drinking it again & don’t want to.

  104. DEBB says:

    how do I curb my appetite

  105. Bryanna says:

    I drank Coke and Redbull more than anything. I was addicted and it was to the point that caffeine didn’t even affect me. I ended up quitting it cold turkey and I had migraines non stop and kept getting sick/dizzy spells for a good week. I recommend everyone to quit drinking soda, but also don’t be like me and do it cold turkey. You will be miserable.

  106. Andrea says:

    In case this helps anyone: I found I was addicted more to the caffiene as well as the grab and go convenience of soda than anything else. I was drinking mainly diet pop for the caffiene. As you know diet soda is not exactly tasty and is loaded with chemicals and salt. I replaced it with unsweetened pure leaf tea ( sold in the soda/ sweet tea section of most grocery stores in a plastic bottle). It is made of just black tea ( so has caffiene) with a bit of ascorbic acid to preserve it (aka vitamin C). It is as portable as a bottle of soda. Also, if you need fizz in your life, they sell cans of fizzy water that you can easily squeeze a bit of lemon or lime into. There are many brands, but I like La Croix because it is inexpensive and comes in smaller cans so it doesn’t lose its fizz like a 2 liter bottle does. Of course, you can always carry bottled water or brew your own coffee or tea as well. But I found that in the morning rush it was easier to grab pre-made stuff, and water gets boring after a while. Hope this helps someone find a good replacement!

  107. BeautyKv says:

    Always on a yo yo diet having a hard time losing weight help 🙁

  108. BeautyKv says:

    Always on a yo yo diet can’t stop drinking Soda. Need help losing weight 🙁

  109. Pat Walter says:

    I still struggle with this today. When I first became “independent” I didnt buy soda at all for myself, it wasn’t around. But after moving in with my partner, they buy soda to this day, and it is tempting to have around. Im still at about 2-3 a week but I want to get down to less, more on a monthly scale. Great article to start thinking about though!

  110. AquaGuy says:

    I have a cup that’s a litre or more in size. So I would tell myself whenever I really wanted a soda – “if you want some soda, drink that cup full of water, then have the soda”! Most times my soda craving would be done after I’d had the water, and the times that it hadn’t, I’d drink a lot less soda!
    Didn’t realize just how much soda I used to drink until I stopped!

  111. yazmin says:

    I used to be a heavy diet coke drinker, sometimes it could be days the were passing by without me drinking any water and is a lie the you gonna get headaches if you cut it out just like that, one day I decided no more sodas for me,I start drinking lots of water and green tea, I drink coffee like twice a week and I don’t get any headaches, I used to get those whit the soda, but if you drink plenty of right fluids and eat healthy you won’t feel bad without the soda trust me is been more then one month for me,I don’t drink any kind of soda, is one of the best decision you can make! !

  112. adam says:

    my biggest thing, i no longer drink it canned or bottled, unless it’s a splash poured over my rum or vodka lol…..but even that is on ocassion…..very rare. i may have 1 or 2 glasses per month…..the high fructose corn syrup was the hardest thing to cut back on, since it hides in damn near everything……

  113. cat says:

    I cut out soda almost completely but slowly I’ve been drinking it more and more again- not sure how to get rid of it when it’s everywhere.

  114. Laura Wilson says:

    It’s been two months since I stopped drinking soda. I absolutely despise it!!
    It’s bad for your teeth and weight.

    Water is the best!!

  115. dee says:

    I stop drinking soda when my neighbor showed me it can clean your battery cables,that strong what does it do for your stomach

  116. Grace says:

    I gave up soda (coke) for lent about 2-3 years ago and it was tough but doable. I used to drink 2-3 cans a day and ballooned, especially my mid section. So I gave it up and surprisingly got used to not having it..though the first week was rough. What helped me was thinking I can have a meal worth 140 calories rather than a can of coke. It was really worth it 🙂

  117. Blackpumpkin80 says:

    Soda is awesome. I can’t stop….won’t stop. 🙂

  118. jamesbangor1999 says:

    Soda in the UK is known as soda water, what you are taking about is soft drinks such as diet Pepsi or diet cocoa cola.

  119. corey says:

    I stopped drinking everything but water and green tea about nine months ago wasn’t really.that hard. Although I do drink whiskey and vodka on sent weekends but that’s essential to my life

  120. Monica Marks says:

    I used to drink soda on a daily basis. Sometimes I would go a whole day without any water because of it. Almost a year ago I watched a documentary in a wellness class at school that talked partly about the evils of soda. Apparently that nice little buzz you feel after taking a sip of soda is your brain cells dying. After that I decided I wanted to quit soda because I love my brain, it’s my best feature. So whenever I want to drink soda I first have a glass of water of the same amount. If, when I finish, I still want the soda, I let myself have it. But I find that most of the time my thirst is quenched along with my craving. And I am proud to say that I have only drank soda a handful of times in the past year!

  121. Debbie R. says:

    I am addicted to soda with out a doubt. My parent used to put Pepsi in my bottle when I was small enough for a bottle. I refused to drink milk of any kind. I manage to cut it way down, but still have a bad craving for it when I have stress. I sometimes can go days without it, but then that stress full day arrives and it is so hard to resist. I really need to sub. tea and water as I am diabetic now. Trying to loose some weight and get my blood sugar under better control. So I have to stop and be stronger.

  122. mex gma says:

    I was tired of getting a bladder infection n going to the Dr office so I limit myself to one every other day. I m getting older so I have to take care of me.

  123. Little B Anne says:

    I love soda! But what I like about it is the fizz. So I got a soda-stream and there is nothing in it but water, no sodium! So I drink soda stream with just lemon or lime in it and it really helps my crave. Now if I have any coke or any sweet drinks, I just think it tastes way too sweet now!

  124. Kiana9110 says:

    I stopped drinking soda cold turkey I’m on day 3 now I’ve been drinking 8 glasses of water over the course of the day so pray for me lol. It’s so hard not having it for dinner that’s the worst time other than that it’s not so bad

  125. LightOfValkyrie says:

    I cut out soda almost completely back in June and it’s been one of the best decisions I could’ve made for myself. I mainly just drink water or green tea now. Occasionally I will have a bottle of soda, and admittedly, it tastes so much better when you’ve not had it for a very long time. I have maybe one a month now, and this is coming from someone who’d drink it all day, everyday.

  126. Lost-n-Life says:

    Is everything on this site directed solely at women? I only ever see articles by women and using “she/her” when talking to the readers makes me feel that most, if not all, of these articles are for women. Understanding that men and women can be very different physiologically, am I on the wrong website for trying to better manage my health and weight? Or can these tips and suggestions work equally well, no matter gender?

  127. joea says:

    thanks Elle for posting this article. It gives me encouragement that with your system I may be finally able to quit the diet soda addiction. thanks. joe

  128. Heather Mathis says:

    I quit drinking soda after being inspired by my 16 yr old son. He has been soda free for 9 months, and I have been for 5 months now. Quit cold turkey and though I’ll be honest it’s hard some days I feel so much better overall. When I have a strong craving I drink sparkling water instead of plain water.

  129. Jagan K says:

    I used to be a big time soda drinker long time ago, but then somehow without me making attempts, I was able to stop it. I first moved to diet drinks like Hansen (the Sucralose one) but then after hearing the issues with Sucralose, I have now moved to the more natural Zevia (which has stevia and monk fruit extract ones). Due to the cost of Zevia, I drink only one can a day (sometimes I am easily able to skip days, so that I can keep my 6 Zevia cans for 8-9 days). The coffee addiction is there, but just 1 cup a day. I dont feel the urge to drink more than a cup.

    Zevia has been very good for me. It gives me that carbonation and the flavored soda thing, but with natural ingredients. I love the black cherry flavor of Zevia. If I dont find that flavor in a Kroger, get pissed off so easily

  130. Debbie Mullins Hilt says:

    Giving up soft drinks. Sure I am. I do okay then fall off the wagon.

  131. Greg Dahlen says:

    great ideas about cutting back on soda

    for a while now I’ve been pushing the masai diet. The Masai are a people in Kenya who are famous for living only on products from the cow: milk; beef; and blood that they extract from their cows without killing them. The Masai also follow an important rule: “If a man eats meat and drinks milk on the same day, he is a glutton.” Therefore every day, I, who follow the diet, have to choose whether it will be a milk day or a meat day (so far I haven’t found a source for blood.) While I like meat, I prefer milk, so basically I’ve been living on fluid milk products for the last six years. Most days I drink perhaps a gallon (3.5 liters) of some kind of milk, usually skim, and that’s all I eat or drink. Sometimes I have some cream, or half and half, or some other kind of milk: 1%, 2%, or whole. I have done very well on this diet, I am six feet, one inch and this morning weighed 151 pounds. On my last physical, my PCP told me I am in the top 3% of people my age healthwise, which I attribute to the diet (my PCP is very aware of my diet.) I believe this diet would be excellent for everyone, and am particularly interested to see if it might help people with various diseases, including biggies like cancer and AIDS, and have been pushing the medical establishment to test it.

  132. jamiebarger says:

    I bought a water bottle that has an infuser. I just fill the infuser with fruit and that gives me enough variety that I don’t miss soda *as much*. 🙂 my favorite combo so far has been a few apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

  133. Rag says:

    Have cut back on my soda intake, but have not picked up water to replace it. Have tried water enhancers, they are ok some leave an aftertaste, that is my big problem the taste. Help with eliminating that part. Doing this in baby steps.

  134. Kray52876 says:

    I stopped drinking soda and lost a lot of weight

  135. Kray52876 says:

    I drink a lot of water now and add lemon or kiwi and sometimes I even add slices of cucumber It’s actually really good

  136. Golden_Grizz says:

    Artificial sweeteners, aspartame in particular, have shown to lead to an increase in migraine activity in many people, myself included.

  137. Golden_Grizz says:

    I quit soda cold turkey August of last year to prove I could. The difference between me and the author was that I was *strict* with myself. No soda meant no soda. No cutting back. No stepping down to diet. N-o s-o-d-a.

    It’s been exactly 6 months in two days and I can’t say I even crave it. I took a sip of one to try it last month and it tasted like sugar water. I feel so much better and between that, diet, and exercise, I’ve lost close to 50 pounds.

    It wasn’t easy but so worth it. I’m done with soda for good.

  138. Helen says:

    Might be a silly question but do you know if sparkling water contains anything bad for you? I’ve switched to this recently but I’m wondering whether it too contains dodgy chemicals! Helen x

    • Hannah Bee says:

      I don’t believe so; always check the label. I find that all bottled water at least has different levels of sodium in so be careful you’re not upping your salt intake from bottled water.

  139. EloisaF says:

    I used to drink diet coke every day, all day. There were times when I would go 2-3 days without drinking any water, only diet coke. Since I’ve started working out regularly, I’ve cut out 99% of my soda consumption. I’ll only allow my self 1 diet coke a day, ONLY on days that I go to the gym, as a reward. There’s days that I don’t even want it, but I try not to deprive myself of what I like.

  140. Hannah Bee says:

    I’ve recently done “No Pepsi Max January”. I went all month and was very proud of myself; I can easily get through 2lts a day!!! I’ve now allowed myself back on the Pepsi Max but strictly weekends only, if necessary, or if I’m out for a meal and fancy one.

  141. Mrs_S_White says:

    I stopped drinking soda over a year ago. I knew there was an issue when I was drinking more soda than anything else. I would go days without drinking water because I would automatically be reaching for a Coca-Cola. I just decided I didn’t want to drink soda and I haven’t since. Sometimes I will get a craving but it usually passes. If I really need something carbonated I will have some sparkling water with lemon or lime. Best decision I’ve made.

  142. Casey says:

    I really love the idea of a splash of juice with the sparkling water. I never thought of that. I used to be a HUGE water drinker but after I had VSG surgery this was the only part of my taste buds that changed. Water is now very dense at times and as stupid as it sounds dry. I know how the heck can water be dry but it can be. I don’t know how it just is lol.

  143. Stac says:

    I used to drink 2 liters of Coke every day. It was ALL I drank. I have cut back to no soda at all. I started eating healthier and drinking water. Water is primarily all I drink. It was not as hard for me as I thought it would be. I know my body prefers the water.

  144. Chantelle says:

    Hi I am giving up chocolate, cake, sweets, soda aka pepsi max (not flavoured sparkling water)and crisps for a month for charity and I’m worried about the potential for withdraw symptoms especially with the soda as I don’t drink coffee, tea or energy drinks so its my only source of caffeine. Any advice?

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  148. Paula says:

    I never thought I’d quit soda (I HATE diet, so I don’t even go there), but all it took was a change in perspective. I used to burn through about a 12-pack per week. Since using MFP, soda=less food. And you guys, I LOVE food. So, buh-bye, soda. I have a pet water bottle that I take with me everywhere I go. I’m down to a 20 oz bottle on Saturday, my day to splurge on that meal that I’ve been wanting all week but couldn’t fit into my calories.

    Sincerely, mfp user PaulaWallaDingDong

  149. Lisa says:

    Drinking Coca-Cola is probably one of my worst vices. I love it but know it’s bad for me. Reading this article has given me some inspiration to try cutting back. The longest I’ve been able to quit drinking it for in the past has been a few months. I guess the biggest hurdle is the all or none mentality.

  150. lollord says:

    i meowed

  151. Kelsey says:

    Did you know that Diet Coke has more caffeine than regular Coke? Actually 30% more!

  152. keith says:

    if stevia Coca cola or life as it is called was not so expensive 5 dollars for a six pack of 8 oz bottles is absurd..and have yet to see Liter bottles

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  155. Rebekah Collins says:

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    then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i
    got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next
    thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on
    the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have
    happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to
    leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so
    surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was
    how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and
    still pleading for me to forgive, him i told him that everything is okay
    that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are
    married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting
    this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to
    say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World
    please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you
    need his help here is his email address or
    call +2348144368825 THANK YOU DR.

  158. Clara Williams says:

    i want to give thanks to my dr and i will always give thanks to DR
    OGUDUDU who brought back my love that has left me for 6years within
    48hours, i have said about this last week but i promised to always tell
    people about this every week end so that those that did not read about
    it last week will read about it this week, i have been looking for how
    to get this boy back to my life because i love this boy with the whole
    of my heart, i could not replace him with any body,one day i was
    watching my television when i saw a lady giving thanks to DR OGUDUDU and
    telling the world how he helped her i was so shocked i could not
    believe it because i never taught that there are powers that can bring
    back lost love, then that was how i decided to contact him too because i
    do really need my love back,when i contacted him i told him everything
    and he told me not to worry that my love will surely be back to my arms
    within 48hours at first i could not believe because i was thinking how
    could somebody that has gone for 6years come back within 48 hours,so
    then i decided to watch and see,unbelievable within the next 48hours i
    got a call from unknown number so i decided to pick the call the next
    thing i could hear was my loves voice he was pleading and begging me on
    the phone that i should forgive him that i should forget all that have
    happened that he did not know what came over him,he promised not to
    leave for any reason, that he was really sorry for what he did,i was so
    surprised because i never believed that this could happen,so that was
    how i accepted his apology and the next morning he came to my house and
    still pleading for me to forgive, him i told him that everything is okay
    that i have forgiven him, that was how we started again and now we are
    married, i promised to say this testimony in radio station, commenting
    this testimony is still okay but before this month runs out i promise to
    say this in radio station and i will,sir thank you very much.World
    please am begging you people to try and thank this man for me,or if you
    need his help here is his email address or
    call +2348144368825 THANK YOU DR…

  159. Soda Quitter says:

    After trying to quit over and over, I finally kicked the habit. Email me if you want to know more about how to quit soda at

  160. Ed Hanson says:

    I went cold turkey on soda almost 3 yrs ago, Oct 16, 2015. I was a serious soda hound, easily drinking 1 ltr a day, my favorites were cherry coke and cherry pepsi. I was going to have one last month, but just could not bring myself to it. I rarely drink anything other than water. I will have a beer or two a week, on average.

  161. TravelingOne says:

    I was drinking 5 to 6 a day, buying two cases of diet Pepsi a week. I now have maybe 1 or 2 a month, as a treat in a restaurant. Mostly it’s water and tea, and I am feeling so much better.

  162. dana pfister says:

    I quite smoking and drinking soda a week ago. Everyone keeps telling me how great I will feel, but I feel horrible. 🙁

  163. Markay says:

    I keep a 1 quart pitcher of water in the refrigerator. I like to flavor it with cucumber or orange slices and ginger root (delish) or lemon/lime or berries. I tried strawberries, but they got stringy and slimy so I make strawberry ice cube and they flavor the water nicely.

  164. celeste says:

    i want to lose 40 pounds but still want drink some soda

  165. Dade Dyana says:

    Hi Elle,
    I think there is something drastically different between someone that drinks soda on occasion and a soda drinker. I agree with you – finding an alternative is a huge part of the success. I immediately made the switch over to tea – I still was able to get my caffeine fix and I wasn’t drinking plain water. I think tea is a great alternative for people that are quitting soda. Have you tried tea at all?

  166. EDC says:

    I left sodas one year for lent and after that, it is not my preferred go-to drink anymore. I do drink one every once in a while, but when I do, I notice I want to drink another & another, so I really try to stay away altogether. I drink carbonated flavored waters…they seem to do the trick. 🙂

  167. alfabdall says:

    1-2 ounces of juice? Might as well drink from the bottle cap.

  168. Mike Maxfield says:

    An intermediate step to get rid of the massive amounts of sugar in standard soft drinks would be to start drinking the “Dr. Pepper 10” series of soft drinks that cut the amount of sugar in a standard 12 ounce soft drink like Coke from 39 grams to 2 grams, in effect allowing you to drink nearly 20 of the “Dr. Pepper 10 series of soft drinks for a single regular Coke. The Dr. Pepper 10 Series consists of A&W Root Beer, Sunkist Orange 10, Seven-Up, RC Cola 10, Dr. Pepper 10 – there maybe one for Ginger Ale but I am not sure as I don’t drink Ginger Ale. The ratio is even greater when you are drinking regular Pepsi, Orange Crush, Grape Crush, etc., which have even larger amounts of sugar in every 12 ounce portion. One positive out of this substitution is that it also makes the transition to drinking Diet soft drinks that have no sugar in them much easier (at least it did for me). I drink Coke Zero, Sprite Zero, and Diet Orange Crush in addition to the “10 series). And before someone accuses me of being shill for the soft drink industry, I am an engineer at the leading aerospace company in the world and have no ties to the soft drink industry less some shares in a mutual fund (I think Coca-Cola). What this has done for me is truly reduce my intake of sugar with the result of lower A1C test results (I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes) in early 2010. This strategy, eating fewer desserts, and drinking more water are my main focus in reducing sugar intake and losing weight (currently 211 lbs spread evenly over a 6’1” frame with a 2016 end goal of 199 lbs, and a long term goal of 185 lbs before I turn 65, 3 1/2 years from now…..

  169. Tess says:

    I’m terribly addicted to caffeine and am trying very hard to cut back on coffee and diet coke. I know diet coke is terrible for me. I’m down to 2 cups of coffee per day and a diet coke once a week. I dont’ think I can function without some caffeine!

  170. Brian Smedley says:

    My cardiologist wasn’t happy with me when I told him my habit of 3 to 4 2 liters
    Of Dr.pepper and mtn. Dew a week . I was urged by a lot of scolding that was too much and would throw me into A-fib. So right then and there I decided to make a drastic change. I only allowed myself 1 12 oz can of Dr.pepper a week every Friday. This was my reward day. I was suprised that I got thru the first week with no soda. The headaches were there. I drank my can of Dr.pepper with glee. I was proud of that first accomplishment. Can was consumed and then a new week began . 2nd week I got thru had my Dr.pepper. I’m proud to say I’ve been doing this over a year now . sometimes I might go a couple of days past my reward day. Not that I didn’t want it, but because I would literally forget about it. But most of the time when Friday comes I drink my one can. My new goal for 2016 is to lose 50 lbs. I weigh 228. I’m trying to substitute fatty and fried things with stir fry and turkey and baked chicken. Cutting out the oils. More salads and fruits and vegetables and less sweets coming in the house. So 175 to 180 here I come. Meet you as soon as I can. Oh and doing low impact aerobics and walking . being a heart patient on meds I have to be careful. So wish me luck everyone and I wish all the best to others trying to reach their goals..even if its also spiritual, financial, whatever. Fix the body the head will follow.

  171. Crow says:

    I’m almost two weeks soda free, and drinking a LOT more water. I feel a lot better, and have been getting fewer headaches each day. I’ve had very good luck with Mio and its ilk — it’s still artificial sweetener and caffeine, but it gets very easy to regulate how much you use once you get a feel for what amount equals what flavor. Combine that with my five dollar liter water bottle from the grocery store, and I’m almost completely soda free. 🙂 I had one when my brother took me to lunch today, and already even diet soda is starting to taste nasty after being off it for a while.

  172. Lynda Capelle says:

    I switched to “PEPSI made with real sugar” wanting to get corn syrup out of my diet. It tasted almost as good. I soon noticed that I wasn’t “craving” it and was just sipping at it instead of taking several swallows at a time. Within two weeks I noticed I wasn’t thinking about pop at all and only drank about one a week after that. I only have about one a month now. I seriously believe it’s the corn syrup in pop that is causing the addiction. I call this “The easy way.”

  173. Yvette says:

    I have cut soda out but I have replaced it with ice tea. I drink about 24 to 36 oz of tea a day. Is this an OK substitute for soda? I know it is not as good as water but is it better than soda?

  174. Sher says:

    I have made it to 1 soda a day. I only drink one now because the no caffeine headaches are so intense I can barely function. What helps with that?

  175. Manuel says:

    You people want a very good reason to not drink soda? Soda will clean off rust stains and it’s been proven

  176. Judy Colson says:

    I have been married for 7 months, i was 5 months pregnant, i love my husband so much, but he treated me so badly we fought because i have found numerous other emails, and texts on his phone from other women, i became so tired of of his womanizing behavior, worrying all the time, and i was always scared when i am not with him . one night he came back drunk, he also came with the another lady, when i i tried to confront him, he immediately started hitting me and he pushed me out the house and ask me to leave, i was lost and confused, i was stranded that i have to find a help from anywhere then i came across a spell caster Manifest Spell who lives in (UNITED STATE) who had saved many marriage so as i emailed Dr. Manifest and he told me what is needed and after 3 days, he restored my marriage, i and my husband came back together as a married couple again, i am so so so so happy, my marriage was saved by

  177. Bryen Margret says:

    Hello to every one out there, I’m here to shear my unexpected miracle that has happen to me through the help of Dr ozi I was happily married and we had two kids, we lived together as one because we both loved each other but before I knew it, my husband started acting funny and cheating on me, later on, he told me that he cannot continue with me so that was how he left me and my two kids without noting but there was nothing i could do to stop him or bring him back to me. I work so had to pay the kids schools fee and other responsibility for good three years. I cry all day and night because I didn’t know what to do to have my husband back to me until this faithful day I read the post from one Mrs Victoria testifying how the great spell caster helped her to get her ex back. I just wanted to try my luck because I never believe it will work but to my greatest surprise, am singing a new song i contacted the great spell caster and he told me not to worry because once he finish casting the spell, that I will get back my husband . The unbelievable happened on Sunday when I got a call and I was surprise to hear my husband voice apologizing to me that he’s so sorry for his Wrong did and telling me he’s back home again and we are happily united again. wow!!! I really appreciate your good works great Dr.ozi. I’ll always acknowledge your “FABULOUS WORKS” and there’s noting I could say than to tell the world about you. So if any one is out here seeing this post and you have similar issue like this, worry no more Dr.ozi is there for you, he can also offer any types of help like Reuniting of marriage and relationship, Curing of genital herpes and all types of Diseases, Court Cases, Pregnancy Spell, Spiritual protection and lot’s more. You can contact him on or call +2348162934783

  178. c w says:

    What about an article for people who are addicted to non-diet soda? Sugar is my problem. Not aspartame. I don’t know how people can stand diet soda anyway- it’s bitter and nasty.

  179. David says:

    How about you just stop drinking it? I didn’t need an 8-step program to give up a years long, multiple soda a day habit. I just sucked it up and stopped drinking it. Period. End of story.

  180. Joseph G. says:

    I like that to “stop” drinking soda doesn’t mean never again, just that it is no longer a part of my routine drinking habits. I drink diet soda a lot and I want to cut it out but I cannot cut it from my favorite cocktails (rum & coke, etc.) so now I know I can be balanced yet still feel like I made a real change in my life.

  181. SetsunaF_Seiei says:

    When available at a fast food self-serve soda dispenser is carbonated water (w/out the sweet syrup that makes the soda when it’s mixed). You get soda’s carbonation feel but without the sugar.

  182. Kat says:

    I actually gave up soda from one day to another lol haven’t drank soda in almost 9 months.. Well except 1 time with a mixed drink lol

  183. Bob Jindra says:

    Starting tomorrow, no consuming soda between the hours of 7 PM (when I get off work and head home) and 11 AM (two hours before I go to work)

  184. goerge lluminati says:

    hello to the entire world am katherine wendy from usa..i want to say to you all my testimony how DOCTOR confirmed me HIV positive for 10 years.due to this situation of mine the man i loved so much was about leaving me for my close friend when i came across am email of the great healer dr baz on Facebook,i read a testimony about him how he cured the cancer of a lady so i decided to give a try course i never believe i can be cured by a local doctor.i contacted dr baz for help and he told to be courageous and prayerful which i did.then he asked me for my name and few infos.then after two days he sent me a parcel containing an anointing oil,when i received it, he told to me to drink out of it.after drinking it i found out that i was pressed then i decide to go to the toilet when i was done i found out that my body system suddenly change then i email him informing him concerning the sudden change, he told to go for i test hopefully i decide to visit my doctor to carryout the test..when the result came out the same doctor confirmed me HIV negative.i just want to use this medium to say to all those out there going through any kind of disease not to give up there is a healer who god i brought to cure you,he can also help you win court cases..are you suffering from HIV,CANCER,PREGNANCY,SKIN EFFECT ION,any kind of diseases email dr baz today the ultimate healer on SUPREMESPELLS@OUTLOOK.COM you deserve to be happy

  185. tinyk88 says:

    I really want to stop drinking soda it’s like once i pop that can open and start drinking it just feels so good lol im definitely addict

  186. Elizabeth taylor says:

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