Despite the heightened awareness about its many negative effects on our health, whether it's to get through the mid-afternoon slump or paired with lunch or dinner as our beverage of choice, many of us still reach for soda daily for a jolt of caffeine and sugary satisfaction.
For some people, drinking several sodas a day is a fierce habit. You know drinking soda is a habit when you find yourself going to the grocery store at 10 p.m. because your refrigerator is tapped out, or you feel like having a tantrum when the drive-through attendant tells you the soda machine is broken. If the idea of drinking one token soda a day is unfathomable, you just might have a serious soda habit.
There are lots of reasons to drink less and eventually quit drinking soda pop, from wanting to lose weight or decreasing sugar consumption, to saving money, to making health or medical changes. If you’re ready to take the plunge, prepare yourself for the transition and don’t be afraid to take your time. Find some alternatives to soda pop that you enjoy so that your transition will be as seamless as possible.
Here are 5 easy ways to drink less soda:
1. Drink A Glass Of Water First
If you drink soda pop because you are thirsty, try drinking a glass of water first. If you’re bored or thirsty, the water can help with both. Drinking water first will give you some time to consider your options instead of mindlessly reaching for a beverage. You might find that you feel great after drinking water and don’t want a soda pop after all. If you still crave your soda pop after drinking water, then assess whether it will be worth it to drink or not.
2. Choose A Healthier "Caffeinated" Beverage
Antioxidant-rich green tea is an excellent alternative to soda and has been shown to offer a number of overall health benefits. Studies have shown green tea may protect skin from sun damage, stabilize blood sugar levels and decrease the risk for certain types of cancer.
The taste of green tea can be easily enhanced by drinking it over ice or adding fresh-squeezed lemon. Consuming green tea can also aid in weaning you from your perceived need for caffeine - the beverage contains a small amount (significantly less than soda) of naturally occurring caffeine.
3. Try Seltzer Water
If it’s the bubbles you love, consider switching to seltzer (or carbonated) water. You’ll get all the sensations of drinking soda pop without the sugar or flavorings. It also comes in bottles and cans so you’ll feel like you’re drinking soda pop. You can liven seltzer water up by adding a splash of fruit juice to give it more flavor. Try squeezing a lime into your seltzer water for some sugar-free flavoring.
4. Experiment With Juicing
Go to the market and purchase fresh fruit. Then get creative by making your own homemade juices. This is a quick and easy way to not only banish soda from your diet but also get the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless. You can try a tasty carrot juice or make a smoothie with several types of fruit. Just be sure you don’t go crazy with juicing because there’s still a lot of sugar. To stretch the beverage without adding calories, try mixing equal parts sparkling water and juice.
5. Make Good Old Water A Habit
It is recommended to have at least 4 servings a day of water for women and at least 6 servings for men. When you need to quench thirst or hydrate your body, nothing does it better than water. If cold, refreshing water was more convenient, and if we were reminded to drink it during our day, a lot more people would reach this daily goal. Keep water bottles ready to go in your refrigerator, and every time you leave the house, take a bottle with you. If chilled water is sitting in your car or on your desk at work, you'll be more likely to get into the water-drinking habit.
Sodas are one of the most popular drinks because of its caffeine and most of the time because of the refreshing taste. But there is also a need to lessen the amount of soda that a person should consume to maintain a healthy lifestyle. In this post, I shared with you the 5 easy ways to drink less soda.
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