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June 5, 2012 7:47 PM
I did... but did it cold turkey after a major operation. Dr. Oz did a segment not too long ago on how to cut it... He said to replace some of your soda with orange juice each week until you gradually replace all of your soda with juice. At that time, start cutting down your juice (sugar) and replace with water.

BTW, I drink alot of Crystal Light energy. Hope this helps.
  5535924
June 5, 2012 7:47 PM
I was never huge on pop, but every so often you need that carbonation! If I really really want a pop, I'll make sure its a fountain soda and ill do 3/4 coke zero or diet coke, and top the rest off with cherry coke. That way you've got the flavor but not all the calories. Another option is sparkling water like LaCroix or Mendota Springs. They have tons of flavors (coconut, peach pear, cran-raspberry, lime, lemon, etc...) Best part is, there are no sweeteners, artificial or otherwise, it is calorie free and it counts toward your water intake.

Otherwise, if you truly can't give it up, just make sure you figure in the extra calories for that day and either budget accordingly or fit in an extra workout.

Good luck!!
  10446770
June 5, 2012 7:47 PM
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Why not just exercise it off? Once a week is hardly the kiss of death. Besides, if you have it to look forward to you won't be as crazy to binge on it.


agreed work it into your diet a couple days a week or everyday if needed until you can limit the intake ... may be over on sugar but hey no need to ruin a whole day nor feel guilty about it -- my soft spot is pizza!!! so i incorporate it in!! ;-)
  6956032
June 5, 2012 7:47 PM
Cherry Coke Zero is delicious. It's easy to get used to. I love it for a treat!! Please make sure you still get your water in though. It will help you tremendously. flowerforyou
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June 5, 2012 7:48 PM
I know what you mean! When I first started on this site in April 2012 I was completely addicted to Pepsi, I would drink 8-10 A DAY!! I just went cold turkey on it girl! I now drink 1 Diet Pepsi a day (along with a ton of water and an occasional Vitamin Water Zero or Diet Snapple Peach Tea) and haven't had a regular Pepsi in almost 2 months and I am still losing an average of 1.5 pounds a week, so it is possible! Good luck!
  21152462
June 5, 2012 7:48 PM
Changing my eating habbits has helped reduce my pop cravimgs.

I used to easily drink 1-4 a day now it is far less.
June 5, 2012 7:51 PM
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I drink cherry coke zero, and I have never had any problems. I don't let it replace my water intake, but its a nice treat with zero calories and extra energy. I have never found any legitimate study that says aspartame has any ill effects. The whole "it makes you crave real sugar" is a myth.


No it won't make you crave real sugar but it has ill effects on your health.
  8336780
June 5, 2012 7:51 PM
okay here's what i do to get rid of any craving (especially for peanut butter)
as soon as i get up to go get the food item i make myself go get water
then i drink as much water as i think i can handle at the moment, usually 2 cups.
after that i go get whatever i want and have just a little bit to cure the craving before going back for more water.

i'm addicted to water!
but that's a good thing :)

also if you don't have a soda for about two weeks it will hurt your stomach the next time and then you don't even want them!
June 5, 2012 7:53 PM
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Not from the aspartame or artificial sweeteners : caused by the phosphoric acid in the soda regular Coke, Dr. Pepper and others are included....


I'm curious, do you have any scientific studies that back this up? For the last several years all I heard was "Aspertame, aspertame, aspertame" until it became clear that the science didn't back up the paranoia. And now, suddenly, in every thread that mentions diet soda, it's "Phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid."

I'm not saying you're wrong, I would just like to see some actual scientific evidence from SOMEONE.
  12238061
June 5, 2012 7:54 PM
I like it tooflowerforyou
June 5, 2012 7:55 PM
Soda = BAD. There is absolutely no benefit to drinking soda or any sugary drinks and I'm pretty sure we can blame soda for 3/4 of America's obesity problem. They are trying to ban sodas over a certain size here in NY. Switch to water and just imagine that it's a refreshing cherry coke. LOL
  19783801
June 5, 2012 7:56 PM
If you don't mind experimenting, you might want to make your own. Reading this thread has me curious about how it could be done.

I drink fizzy water daily but try to reduce or eliminate refined sugar in my diet. The SodaStream syrups use Splenda. They make a "Cola" flavor and maybe adding Sugar-Free Davinci Cherry Syrup at the right level will result in a tasty alternative. DaVinci also uses Splenda.
  16830316
June 5, 2012 7:56 PM
I was a big time pop addict. It would be nothing for me to hit 3 - 5 cans a day. I wish I had some sweet trick or awesome advice to give you to help you give it up. I was watching the super bowl this past Feb (2/8/12) and I think I was closing in on finishing a 2 liter. I looked down at my soda and just thought about how crappy this soda was actually making me feel. I decided at that moment that I would just give it up and quit cold turkey. Withdrawls sucked and I used sweet tea to help me get through that and after about a month I was good.

I'm not sure that I'll give it up forever, that seems like a bold statement, but I feel like it's up to me now and not the soda...
  614133
June 5, 2012 8:00 PM
FYI: The sugar consumption involved in drinking soda is cited for causing tooth decay. However, the acid in soda has been shown to erode tooth enamel, leading to dental cavities as well. In fact, the acid in soda can begin damaging enamel just 20 minutes after drinking soda.

Caffeine dependence may also form as a result of drinking soda that contains caffeine. Research suggests that individuals can develop caffeine dependence as a result of drinking soda and may experience withdrawal when caffeine consumption decreases.

Another unfortunate health effect of drinking soda is the weakening of bones. Some animal studies have shown that phosphorus in soda leaches calcium from bones. Similar studies on humans have suggested that drinking soda may lead to a tendency toward broken bones.

Many individuals choose to drink diet soda in order to avoid the sugar and calories in regular soda. Drinking diet soda, however, is not a perfect solution. Diet soda drinkers are still vulnerable to the acidic effects of soda. Furthermore, some artificial sweeteners, commonly used in diet soda, may contribute to serious health issues as well.

Some effects of diet soda are felt throughout the body, and this type of drink can lead to kidney damage, bone loss and stroke. Many people who drink diet soda assume this beverage, because it does not contain calories, will help their weight loss efforts.

If you want a fizzy drink go to one that has "natural" ingredients....if you can't read the name you shouldn't put it into your body!!!
June 5, 2012 8:00 PM
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QUOTE:

I drink cherry coke zero, and I have never had any problems. I don't let it replace my water intake, but its a nice treat with zero calories and extra energy. I have never found any legitimate study that says aspartame has any ill effects. The whole "it makes you crave real sugar" is a myth.


No it won't make you crave real sugar but it has ill effects on your health.

Prove it. Show me a link to an actual study by actual doctors.
June 5, 2012 8:01 PM
I was massively addicted to coca cola (the regular type with sugar). I would try to give it up and get horrible headaches and finally about 20 years ago, I said "enough is enough" and went through withdrawal cold turkey. I would not allow myself to have one. I did occasionally have a diet soda but those hurt my stomach and it was a very very rare thing if I even have a soda (well, I had lap band surgery in Sept 2011 so no more at all). It was tough but you can do it. If you still want to try drinking diet sodas, you can add some davinci's sugar free cherry syrup to it to wean yourself to the point where you can quit (or do they make diet cherry coke?). I know it can be hard to get accustomed to but they really aren't that good for you. Good luck. It took me several attempts to break the habit!
June 5, 2012 8:03 PM
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Prove it. Show me a link to an actual study by actual doctors.


just wondering, why do you need an actual study?
you're already on the internet, just look it up yourself lol
June 5, 2012 8:03 PM
Phosphoric acid has been linked to lower bone density in some epidemiological studies, including a discussion in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
June 5, 2012 8:04 PM
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QUOTE:


Not from the aspartame or artificial sweeteners : caused by the phosphoric acid in the soda regular Coke, Dr. Pepper and others are included....


I'm curious, do you have any scientific studies that back this up? For the last several years all I heard was "Aspertame, aspertame, aspertame" until it became clear that the science didn't back up the paranoia. And now, suddenly, in every thread that mentions diet soda, it's "Phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid."

I'm not saying you're wrong, I would just like to see some actual scientific evidence from SOMEONE.
June 5, 2012 8:13 PM
I kicked the soda habit a loooong time ago due to problems with my bladder, but every now and then I just *have* to have something fizzy. So I keep several yummy flavors of sparkling water around, because it isn't the caffeine or the sugar I'm craving, just that bubble-bursting fizz! It's really hard to quit, but you can do it!

(But I will agree that cherry coke is probably my biggest soda weakness ever. I will have a zero cherry coke maybe once every couple of months, just as a really special treat. :D)
  23436569
June 6, 2012 12:16 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Prove it. Show me a link to an actual study by actual doctors.


just wondering, why do you need an actual study?
you're already on the internet, just look it up yourself lol


It's a hot button for some: the tossing out of facts or stats without any science based evidence. [Not to say that was what the OP did, I'm just commenting on why sometimes people will ask for a link.] Personally, I disregard most of what I read that throws out a "this is bad" comment, unless it is just a generic comment like "playing on the freeway is bad", which is common knowledge. People who can include a link to an article or website have a better chance of helping others to understand the point they are trying to make.
  23802181
June 6, 2012 6:04 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:


Not from the aspartame or artificial sweeteners : caused by the phosphoric acid in the soda regular Coke, Dr. Pepper and others are included....


I'm curious, do you have any scientific studies that back this up? For the last several years all I heard was "Aspertame, aspertame, aspertame" until it became clear that the science didn't back up the paranoia. And now, suddenly, in every thread that mentions diet soda, it's "Phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid, phosphoric acid."

I'm not saying you're wrong, I would just like to see some actual scientific evidence from SOMEONE.



I used to drink at least 1 coke a day. I stopped cold turkey last year for about 8 months. Some of the symptoms I was having went away. I was found to be VIT D deficient before stopping. I started drinking it again and some of my symptoms returned. I stopped drinking it again in April of this year. I had read some articles about phosphoric acid and calcium affecting your bones.

Here is one:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/468217-why-is-phosphoric-acid-bad-for-you/


and the author lists her references. There are probably more. And as with lots of studies you have opposing results. There is a beverage and soda lobby which tries to curtail information released / hires its own labs etc. This is the way most of the world works so you just have to decide for yourself.

The phosphoric acid put into colas is 75% to 85% phosphoric.

My husband used to drink lots of diet pepsi when he was 19 or 20 and developed kidney stones which the doctors told him were from the sodas. He never drinked diet after that.
Edited by ncahigh On June 6, 2012 6:05 AM
June 6, 2012 6:34 AM
I haven't kicked the soda habit and don't plan too, but I did find it useful to purchase cans rather than bottles. I tend to drink more just because it's available. If I only have 12oz in front of me, it's all I end up drinking. It's helped to drastically reduce my intake.
  16308337
June 6, 2012 6:38 AM
Cherry coke zero ?
June 6, 2012 6:39 AM
You have it once a week, or you have it daily every week? I don't really see a problem in giving yourself that treat once a week. It is obviously something you really enjoy.
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