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cans of Mountain DewWhen I was growing up, I wasn't allowed to drink soda. Even back then, my dad was pretty smart. He said the stuff would make me fat and rot my teeth. Seems research studies are proving him right about the unhealthiness of soda.

When I was old enough to move out of the house, I started drinking soda like mad. My dad was right; I did indeed gain some unneeded weight and I had to go to the dentist because I had cavities.

If you are trying to kick the soda habit, try jazzing up water with natural flavorings. You can make your water super cold with ice chips, then add in some lemon or lime juice, along with a couple slices of the fruit. Keeping water refrigerated at all times will get you reaching for the jug instead of the can.

More tips include: not keeping any soda in the house, and switching to seltzer water if it is the bubbles you think you will miss. When I am thirsty I put a couple drops of lemon juice in my 16 oz cup, then add a couple sprinkles of Crystal Light to give a hint of added flavor. I am kept hydrated and sugar-free. I do the same with juice and iced tea, because I can no longer tolerate the taste of a full-strength sweetened beverage.

I stopped drinking soda a number of years ago because it was just too sweet, and, well (blushing here)... the main reason is because it gave me acid reflux, and would cause serious pain to my nose if I happened to burp. Once in a while I have a craving for a sip of soda, but I usually have to chase it with a healthy slug of water just to get the sugary taste out of my mouth.

Feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you have broken your soda addiction.


  • Peter Shekel

    I started reducing the amount of soda I drink a day and I started feeling more alive. I moved to water. I have to clean up my body from all the sugar that I consumed during the years and I think quitting your intake of soda is not something you should do, it's something you MUST do.

  • Tim

    What about just drinking diet sodas?

  • Anna Sattler

    Diet sodas contain that fake stuff, asperatane (SP) and are, in my humble opinion, just nasty. My advice is to switch to water or juice, you will really feel better, have more energy, and if it is the caffeine you need, like me, then switch to coffee. I have switched to 1/2 caff coffee and love it, chased of course with plenty of water.

  • Rocketboy

    I go for Perrier or seltzer myself normally.

    No increased feelings of being alive, or decrease in 'toxins' though.

  • Andy

    I use the Crytal Light packets (or, rather, their Kroger equivalent). Sugar substitutes don't bother me. But, what I really like is the Vitamin B boost it gives. If you're sick and out of energy, these do a lot to keep you functioning.

    Kidney stones are a great reminder to keep ones self flushed out.

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