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Cutting WAY back on soda

Posted by tylerh1701, 10 October 2012 · 131 views

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I can easily drink 3 to 4 sodas a day (36-48oz). I love the stuff. But I've started with some reflux problems over the last month or so. I was hoping they would go away on their own but they haven't. So it's time to start changing my diet, and the first step it so cut way down on my soda intake. I wouldn't consider myself an unhealthy eater, but soda is definitely the biggest guilty pleasure in my diet. (FWIW, I'm a bit chunky but not super overweight. 6'0" and 206lbs.)

My goal for now is to cut down to 12 oz/day until I drink up all my stashed soda. After that's all gone, I hope to consider soda more as a "special treat" than an "everyday necessity".

The reason I bring this up is that I'm on day 1 of my cut back. I'd normally have consumed at least 32 oz. by now (20 oz for lunch and another 12 oz can) but I haven't had any yet today. About an hour ago I started with a slight headache and at this point it's turning into a pounding one, and I'm starting to feel miserable. I had a classmate a while back who said he went cold turkey from soda and missed a day and a half of work, but I thought he was just being a wuss. Now I'm starting to understand what he was going through...

Anyways, any of you guys have any food vices? Or gone though any food detoxes?




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I can easily drink 3 to 4 sodas a day (36-48oz). I love the stuff. But I've started with some reflux problems over the last month or so. I was hoping they would go away on their own but they haven't. So it's time to start changing my diet, and the first step it so cut way down on my soda intake. I wouldn't consider myself an unhealthy eater, but soda is definitely the biggest guilty pleasure in my diet. (FWIW, I'm a bit chunky but not super overweight. 6'0" and 206lbs.)

My goal for now is to cut down to 12 oz/day until I drink up all my stashed soda. After that's all gone, I hope to consider soda more as a "special treat" than an "everyday necessity".

The reason I bring this up is that I'm on day 1 of my cut back. I'd normally have consumed at least 32 oz. by now (20 oz for lunch and another 12 oz can) but I haven't had any yet today. About an hour ago I started with a slight headache and at this point it's turning into a pounding one, and I'm starting to feel miserable. I had a classmate a while back who said he went cold turkey from soda and missed a day and a half of work, but I thought he was just being a wuss. Now I'm starting to understand what he was going through...

Anyways, any of you guys have any food vices? Or gone though any food detoxes?
Well, I don't know much about withdrawals and such but it's really great that you're trying to cut back on soda. I for one only drink soda when I eat out but I'm trying not to now.
I remember a while back I used to drink a ton of soda in a day as well, then I decided that it was really not doing me any good so now I don't drink the stuff at all (it's been a couple of years now). I know some people say that it's really hard to resist the craving to drink it again but it hasn't been for me, there are so many other good drinks out there that I've discovered due to dropping soda that it really didn't bother me.
Soda was my poison of choice. Drank so much of it my bones hurt.

Then one day, I ended up on Atkins and learned to love water. Lost a fair amount of weight (though apparently I found other ways to gain those back...or who knows, maybe I'd be spherical today if I hadn't.)
@rCrysis - Thanks! :)

@MoCiWe - Any recommendations of good beverages to drink? I thought Gatorade/Powerade would be alright but apparently that has quite a bit of citric acid in it as well.

@Rasen - I have a feeling I'm going to get well acquainted with water. I don't dislike it, but I have to go to the restroom all the time when I drink a lot of it.
My wife and I are quitting soda, started a few weeks ago. The first week was tough, but now it's not too bad. We allow ourselves to drink a soda here or there, maybe two a week. I am definitly sleeping better and saving money.

Our biggest replacement for soda has been a big glass of ice water with a lemon wedge. Pretty tasty!
I do drink some Powerade and Gatorade as well, not that much though, I tend to stick to the Zero ones now since they are more healthy, I drink a lot of water, juices like minute maid and ocean spray, Capri suns, I have a lot of those little flavor packets that you add to the water in many different flavors (Hawaiian Punch, teas, crystal light etc etc), those little hug barrel drinks are surprisingly good, lemonade, iced tea, half-and-half, ovaltine, there are these fuze drinks that are okay but they are a little bland, I do still drink things like Brisk and Hawaiian Punch. We have a Keurig machine in the house and there are some really good drinks on that as well, I like the flavors of the Vitamin Burst ones especially. I also like any Blue Raspberry drinks, like the drink they have in the milk jug but those are pretty sugary, same with the Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool-Aid.

So I don't necessarily drink 100% healthily I still think I do far better then I used to and I try to drink more water then anything else but I just like having a drink with some actual flavor to it.
I think it's a great thing to drop soda. I significantly cut back on soda last fall, and haven't gone back. All I can say is that keep plugging along, it's a great thing, and your body will thank you.
Best thing to drink if you're getting off soda is cabonated water (seltzer) .. the stuff is great and is actually found to be beneficial, even by many as a water alternative. soda is horrible for you, phosphoric acid is shipped by those huge drums you see with the toxic crossbones, not meant to be ingested! also high fructose corn syrup, .. whereas carbonated water gives you the great gassy bubbly we know and love minus everything else. give seltzer a try. i love the stuff!
Thanks for all the support guys, I know I'll be better off without the soda, so I'm definitely sticking with this.

Good news is that I took 2 Tylenol and it significantly reduced my headache for the time being. :)
I've been off of soda for 4 years now and I'll never go back. It smells like gasoline to me now.
I went off cold turkey. Withdrawal headaches will only last about 3 - 4 days. I did have to take a lot aspirin to help with the pain.
As for the reflux, I suggest digestive enzymes. They will help with almost any digestive problem.
I quit drinking sodas and anything with caffeine or calories in it a couple months ago. The first week was pretty bad when I pretty much quit cold turkey and only drank water (no lemon). I had headaches and you realize how hard it is to order food at fast food restaurants when you just drink water, mainly if you get a combo.

After that first week though I didn't really "crave" a soft drink anymore. I had a more natural thirst level, I slept better and I felt like I had more energy after the detox.

I notice you mentioned having to go to the bathroom alot when you drink water and that goes away after a while. Your body has stored a lot of excess water from drinking soft drinks so it was constantly expelling stored water when you started drinking more water. Also will notice you will lose weight quickly when you switch to just water.
The zero calorie sodas are worse than fully sugared versions. The sweeteners in Diet and zero calorie/half calorie drinks are linked to cancer and brain disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Heavy aluminum intake associated with the blue food coloring found in even allergy pills mimics early Alzheimer's. High silica content mineral water will help flush the aluminum and there are other ways to detox off soda. The headaches might also be from caffeine, so replace the caffeine you're now not taking in or you'll get withdrawal headaches.
I've got a soda habit that really really needs to be dealt with, too. I've thought about going cold turkey, but always seem to find some reason or another why I can't start it just yet. It's kind of pathetic.

Reading this post and all the responses has me feeling inspired to get moving in a better direction. I just asked my wife not to buy anymore 2 liter bottles (football Sundays lead to lots of pizza and soda here; this weekend I'll be seeing if I can live with football and healthier fare) Good luck, Tyler, and thanks for the nudge!
All through college, I used to drink 2-3 cans per day (I'm quite a bit smaller than you). I noticed I was having some real stomach problems, which I first suspected was minor IBS or some version of celiac, but managed to tie to either too much caffeine or too much carbonation (turned out to be this).

I still drink soda, but average less than 1 can a day. I switched to mostly juice and water, and I've been ok since then.
I'd drink 2 2-liters of soda a day, every day. I used to drink the sugar based ones with Cactus Cooler being one of my favorites then moved on to diet types and drank them for a solid six years, and I absolutely love Pepsi Max, it gave me what I wanted more caffeine and a solid taste.

At the end of the day it was an expensive habit, and when I finally decided to change my entire diet, I also decided to stop drinking all soda and switched to Iced Tea. So far lost 30 pounds, and have no desire to drink soda, but I still drink a ton of liquids, just more water and Iced Tea. No real side affects, but I need to pick up another vice as I've always said soda was my one addiction.
food/drink addiction is a real thing, but fortunately, it's MUCH more easily remedied than drug/alcohol/tobacco addictions. So yea, you might have a few days in the start where you experience weird withdrawal symptoms. Ultimately though, it will only take a couple weeks till you don't care much about it anymore, and in 2-3 months, you probably won't be interested in it at all

But yea, soda is pretty terrible for you. I was very heavy in my teens, used to drink soda all the time. When I vowed to start being healthy, I gave up soda. In the first month, I had lost 12 pounds, and I hadn't even begun working out yet, I just stopped drinking soda and iced tea (drank only water). :D

Anymore, I will maybe have a soda when going out with friends for food and drinks, and most times prefer an iced tea instead. You'll probably definitely be easier off (with withdrawal symptoms) if you ease off it slowly, but it will be much quicker to get over it if you just immediately drop it out of your diet. If it was me, just go cold turkey on it and get the cravings gone!

Also try chewing gum when feeling a craving for soda, or chugging a huge glass of water. Both are effective ways of battling the craving.
Water is the elixir of life.

It might be hard to ween yourself off soda, but you will have a hell of a lot more energy in the long run.

It might take your body some time to adjust to the decreased sugar intake but once your body is independent of that you will feel much more lively.

Drink a shitload of water.
Wow, sounds like I am going through a transition that a lot of you have already gone through. Thanks for all the positive feedback.

@Danimal - Good luck Danimal, I find by far the most important part of cutting out any part of my diet is "out of sight, out of mind". So not buying those 2-liters will be a huge first step.

@the_grimace - Yeah, I'm happy I'm only trying to give up soda and not smoking or something worse than that. I think by this time next week I'll be feeling a lot better.

And I can't wait to see if I get more energy, right now I'm feeling very sluggish because my caffeine intake level has been non-existent today.
I hear crack cocaine is a great substitute for soda... Seriously though, good luck!

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