5 Ways to Reduce Your Intake of Diet Soda
Don’t Quit Caffeine Cold Turkey
Cut back slowly to avoid caffeine withdrawal. For 2-3 weeks….each time you consider having a soda during the day, consider alternating the diet soda with a naturally flavored sparkling water. It is going to take time.
Try a Different Drink
Whether it is the fizz, sweet flavor, caffeine buzz, or refreshing sensation that draws you to a cold diet soda, you can trick your mind and taste buds. Consider an alternative such as sparkling water or naturally carbonated, sugar-free fruit beverages, seltzer with a splash of juice.
Flavor Old-Fashioned Water
Try to keep a refillable water bottle or glass full of ice cold water handy at all times. Add a slice of lemon, lime, orange, cucumber, or watermelon to boost flavor in a healthy way. If you don’t like the taste of your tap water consider purchasing an inexpensive water filter and drink filtered water.
Make Diet Soda Less Accessible
Stop buying by the case. If you walk to the vending machine every afternoon for a pick me up, take a different route. Consider a short walk for the sake of a walk to re-energize your mind, body, and spirit. Take only enough pocket change to work for one soda. Consider drinking this only on special occasions.
Rethink Your Reason For Drinking Diet Soda
Most people believe that drinking diet soda, will cut calories from their daily intake. A nutrition scientist at Purdue University, Richard Mattes, says that most diet-soda drinkers assume they’re allowed to indulge in more calories because they are drinking something ‘diet’. Don’t get caught up in this mentality. Excess calorie intake from foods and beverages can put persons at risk for weight gain as well as associated health problems.
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Original post date: Feb. 2015. Revised: July 2022.
This reply to Patricia's question on how to stop drinking soda is excellent. You did not just say "drink water" which we all know is a good thing, but actually addressed the underlying problem. I used to drink 32 oz. cups of coke two or three times a day and had a hard time giving it up. I figured out for me it was the icy cold part I craved. I started drinking ice tea that I cold brewed. I slowly cut back from a cup of sugar per 2 quarts to 1/3 cup and I am slowly alternating with no sugar at all on every few glasses. My goal is sugar free. For some reason plain water makes my throat feel dry - weird!
I used to drink diet soda products all the time. However, I would always suffer from caffeine headaches. A few months ago I made a change and now I only drink water. I treat myself to a soda every now and then, but I feel so much better after this change!