Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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So you decided to stop drinking pop? Yay! It can seem like a daunting task, but with the right frame of mind and a few tips listed below, you can learn how to stop drinking pop now.
1. Gradually wean yourself off of pop/soda
Drinking pop can become an addiction, and with all things addiction the easiest way is to slowly wean yourself off of drinking it. I used to drink maybe 6-8 cans of pop daily, and sometimes more. When I finally took the leap to stop drinking pop, I attempted to go “cold turkey”, but got horrible headaches and irritability. I can honestly say I was addicted to drinking pop. So, I decided to slowly decrease my intake until I was no longer drinking any. Every couple of days, I would drink one less can and soon enough I was able to stop altogether. YAY!
2. Figure out why you drink pop
When you reach for that pop, ask yourself “why am I drinking pop?” Is it for the caffeine/sugar/taste? Or is it because you are thirsty/bored? I drank pop because it tasted good, and I like the artifical pick-me-up from the caffeine. Now, the amount of pop I consumed was probably due mostly to boredom. Let me explain: I like to multitask. I enjoy working on things while also sipping on something. For a long time, that would be soda. I wasn’t necessarily thirsty, just wanted something to do.
If you are drinking soda for the energy from the caffeine, you are going to have to keep drinking it throughout the day, as that caffeine and sugar wears off. Before you know it, you will be dependent on that drink.
Pop tastes good, don’t get me wrong, but there are ways you can drink water that add flavor. For instance, add a couple of fresh strawberries to a glass of water (it adds just enough flavor)! Or try adding a few drops of lemon juice. It can help spice up that otherwise tasteless water.
Tackling the last reason why you might be drinking pop: thirst. Most likely this is not the case. You might have been thirsty and so you grabbed a pop, but if you were really that thirsty, why not a water? The simple fix is that when you are thirsty, grab a water first.
3. Out of sight, out of mind
Don’t make pop easily accessible. I used to work at a convenience store and they let employees have free pop while they were working. Yikes! I was at my worst consumption levels while working there. Within an 8 hour shift, I probably drank 3-32oz pops. (Yeah, don’t do the math–I’m not proud of it). The point I am trying to make is to make it hard to be able to drink pop. Instead, make it easy to grab water.
Ways of doing this are to always have a water on hand at your beck and call. Stop buying pop, because if it isn’t in your home, you can’t drink it. Not only will you save a lot of money, but you will save yourself a lot of liquid calories (win-win).
At the end of the day, it is going to take hard work, determination, and willpower to stop drinking pop. It can be done, and you will thank yourself in the long run! If you haven’t already saw a theme in this article, water is going to be your best friend.
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