Ditch the Soda – You Can Do It!

I don’t think I have to tell you that soda is bad for you, but I do know that it is very hard to kick the habit. Been there, done that. BUT, with a little effort, I can promise you will feel better and your health will benefit too. Here’s how I kicked my soda habit.

Don’t go cold turkey

Allow yourself to cheat. To start with, maybe let yourself have one soda a day; then you can move to one every other day; etc. Even if you really slip up, forgive yourself and get back on track. The goal is to gradually replace your soda intake with more and more water. It will eventually work.

Don’t completely forego caffeine – at least at first

The most painful part, at least for me, of giving up soft drinks was the dreaded headaches that came from caffeine withdrawal. It takes your body a little time to adjust. Coffee is a life-saver, and it has several health benefits as long as you keep it to about two cups a day. Just one hot cup in the morning and one cold one in the afternoon did the trick for me. You can either brew an extra cup in the morning and pour it over ice in the afternoon, or treat yourself to a Starbucks iced drink .
If you aren’t a coffee drinker, try a caffeinated tea. Even better, grab some Stur Energy all-natural caffeinated drink mixes and just add water.

Splash with flavor

You can flavor your water with lemon, cucumber, strawberries, you name it, but you may still have a sweet-tooth. If so, one of the best ways to satisfy that craving is to add a natural stevia sweetener.  And, if you want to make it really easy on yourself, just choose one of the many flavors of Stur’s drink mix to add to your water. Not only are a few flavors caffeinated, but a few of them also contain saffron and fiber to promote weight control. Stur is sweetened with stevia, calorie-free, non-GMO, free of artificial ingredients and preservatives, and a family-owned business in New Jersey. Additional information about the company can be found on Stur’s website.

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Take it a step further

While you are doing something good for yourself, do something that is also good for the environment. Avoid buying disposable plastic bottles, even if they are recyclable. Invest in a good BPA-free cup and/or a coffee mug made from recycled plastic. I find that the more “good” I can package into a life-style change, the more motivated I am.

 

Cheers to a better you!

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