1. Get your fizz from another source. This is a big reason many Americans love soda–the fizz and sweet flavor! Trick your mind by switching out your soda for a sparkling water or a naturally carbonated, sugar-free fruit drink. Many companies have a variety of sparkling waters with flavors orange, berry, lime, or lemon. Want to make your own? Add cut up fruit to seltzer. Or a splash of juice.
2. Wean yourself. Let’s face it, it’s hard to stop cold turkey. Start by slowly cutting down each week. If you’re used to three cans a day, cut down to two. If you only drink one pop a day, cut down on ounces. You may find over-time, you prefer healthier options. It just takes practice!
3. Find a new caffeine go-to. Many individuals need a soda for an afternoon pick me up. Instead of choosing something loaded with artificial sweeteners, opt for an energizing green tea. If you’re not a fan of the bitter flavor, opt for a blueberry pomegranate green tea from Trader Joe’s or sweeten your tea with lemon. It’s great hot or over ice.
4. Drink more water. It’s easy to skip out on water when you’re in a habit of having a soda on a regular basis. Instead, try carrying a water bottle with you at all times and make it a goal to finish 40 ounces and eventually 64 ounces. If you’re used to drinking multiple pops a day, drink one glass of water after drinking one pop. Hopefully increasing total fluids can help decrease your soda consumption.