It’s January, and if one of your resolutions is to cut back or give up soda, it’s not always an easy one, especially given soda’s sugars and caffeine addictive properties! We’re here, however, to help you through it. And to begin, we recommend that you download one of our resolution planning guides and then follow these ways to reduce your soda consumption in 2015!
1. Go Cold Turkey
Just rip the Band-Aid off! Pick a start day (today!) and resolve to just stop altogether. You CAN do it!
Note: If you consume a lot of soda, you may experience caffeine withdrawals, so be cautious and mind your health.
2. Gradually Decrease Your Soda Intake
To start, track how much soda you currently drink, and from there, develop a quitting scheduling. For the first couple weeks, drink 25 percent less than you were originally drinking. The following two weeks, cut it in half from what you were originally drinking. And, the two weeks after that, 75 percent less than you were originally drinking. Before you know it, you’ll barely be drinking any soda – and, maybe you won’t even miss it.
3. Limit Soda To Specific Days
If you can’t quite give it up yet, pick a couple days each week to indulge. This doesn’t mean drink-all-the-soda on those days, but rather enjoy one, 12-ounce can or one, 20-ounce bottle of soda. Savor each sip! Over time, cut back to one day a week and eventually, no soda at all.
4. Switch To Water
Water does a body good. In fact, your body is made up of about 60 percent water! Not only does water keep you hydrated, it also improves your skin, aids digestion, helps circulation, and helps keep your kidneys functioning properly – just to name a few.
Think plain ol’ water is boring? Flavor it up by adding in a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, a few crushed raspberries, a twist of orange, or even fresh mint. Or you can purchase sparkling water for that fizzy feeling. Be sure to carry around a reusable water bottle – it helps remind you to drink up.
Try these other non-soda alternatives: hot tea or no-sugar-added iced tea.
5. Review The Financial Benefits
Cheap as soda is, it adds up quickly. Let’s break it down. For simplicity’s sake, say you drink a case (24 cans) of soda each week. That’s roughly $10. Multiply that by 52 weeks. That’s a whopping $520 a year! And that’s not even counting soda purchased while dining out. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather save that cash for a winter vacation to Hawaii!
What are your tips to help cut back on soda?
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