Are you a soda drinker? I’ll admit that I enjoy a good fizzing drink now and then but it can turn into a bit of a problem for me. It’s an addiction. I want to help you break the soda addiction for good!
Does soda have a place in a plant-based diet? I don’t think it does, at least not a big place.
3 Tips to Break the Soda Addiction
If you find yourself drinking soda after soda I have news for you! Now it’s time to break that soda addiction. I’m not saying never have another drink of soda but don’t let it be in control. If you have to have it to get through your day then it is an addiction.
Deal with the Real Problem
I used to jump on the soda bandwagon while on long trips. Soda is convenient and you can find it everywhere. Plus it is a socially acceptable way to cope with your problems. People will often reach for soda when stressed or frustrated.
During those stressful times when I’m tempted to “chase away” the problem with food or drink I literally say out loud, “I know this soda, coffee, chocolate, etc. (fill in your blank) wont take away this situation but I’m choosing to have it anyway.” For some reason I feel like addressing it out loud helps me gain perspective and make a better choice.
As I mentioned in the previous point some people replace (or supplement) meals with soda. While soda will contribute quite a few calories it will not provide any nutrition. I’ve found that when I eat well I don’t want to screw that up by drinking soda. On our road trips we don’t eat as well as we do at home, eating poorly seems to go hand in hand with soda consumption. Soda doesn’t sound as appetizing after a day of healthy eating.
Pull a Switcheroo
The biggest thing I do when getting off of soda is switch to sparkling water. I love the “burn” I get from sparkling or carbonated water. Sometimes I’ll add lime. Sparkling water can get expensive (as can soda) but I usually stick to the store brands. I don’t drink it constantly but will enjoy it for a few days while I’m kicking the habit. There are other brands too that are made with better ingredients. My husband likes Zevia Soda, it is sweetened from stevia. It could get expensive if you had a big soda habit but I think you are better off using it to break the habit then enjoy it as an occasional treat.
Do you have a soda/coffee/chocolate/etc. problem? How do you deal with it?
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