How to stop drinking soda and what you can do instead

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I want to ask you a question. When was the last time you did something really hard? Like really hard. So, difficult that just thinking about doing it gives you palpitations.

That was me 3 months ago. I decided to give up pop, specifically Pepsi.

Yes, I’m from Chicago so I call it pop. Try not to get lost in translation!

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Anyway, I had to have it.  All the time.  I would literally drive to Walgreens in a monsoon if we were out of it, just to satisfy my craving.  If I didn’t have it, I was moody as hell.

Have you ever been through that? Even if you are not a pop drinker, what is your comparable addiction?

We all have one. For some, it’s that after work cigarette. Other bite their nails. For me, it was pop.

The soda culture

Pop is such a part of our culture, you can literally almost buy it anywhere. They even had a vending machine at my last therapist’s office.

That’s part of the problem, isn’t it? For anyone who suffers with overconsumption, you can’t go anywhere without either seeing it advertised or having it offered to you.

As much as it gets its hooks into people, it really should be considered a controlled substance. A controlled substance is basically a drug/chemical you cannot consume without some form of government regulation.

Maybe that’s a little extreme, but I think if a substance is that controlling over a person’s life, there is a larger issue at hand.

I grew tired of being a slave to Pepsi.  Think about that for a second.  How INSANE does it sound to literally need liquid to function? (I am not applying that theory to water, because the consumption of water has positive effects on our body, and there is scientific evidence to support needing water to survive.)

But needing soda? That was my life.

I understand the visceral longing after an interminable day chasing toddlers.  In fact, as I type this, I can taste it in my mouth.  The sweetness, and the way I used to take a sip and sort of hold it in my mouth for a second so I could relish the carbonation. It is as real to me as if I was sitting here drinking one.

So, why do we drink Pepsi?

Stress relief?

Enjoyment of the taste?

For a little pick me up?

Fear of being “that person” who is the only person in the room not drinking it?

It could be any number of reasons.

We are addicted and what we have a hard time realizing is that all of those benefits we find in drinking pop can be replaced by something else.

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How to stop drinking soda

There are a lot of things you can do instead of drinking pop to achieve the same benefits.

Stress relief

  • Take a jog around the block.
  • Diffuse Lavender essential oil
  • Curl up with a good book
  • Take a hot epsom salt bath.

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For the enjoyment of taste

It may take some doing, but there are plenty of other things that taste good!

My best recommendation here if you crave a sweet pick me up is becoming an avid fruit eater.

Trust me, I’m right there with you. There is just something about a Pepsi.

But this is all about cost vs benefit. Pepsi/other sodas do literally nothing good for your body that cannot be accomplished in a better way.

Try drinking a glass of ice water and biting into a crisp apple. It might satisfy the sugar craving, and also the sensory need. (Pop drinking was largely sensory for me— with the carbonation.)

For a pick me up

  • Sniff some Peppermint oil
  • Take your b vitamins
  • Stay updated on your lab work to rule out other causes of energy dips
  • Go for a walk
  • Do something you enjoy

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You can stop being a slave to pop.  I did 90 days ago, and I will not look back.

It will not be easy.

You are going to have slip-ups.

Full disclosure, there might be some foul language involved.

But I 100% believe you can do it.

For deeper reading in the nature of addiction, check out this post.

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10 thoughts on “How to stop drinking soda and what you can do instead”

  1. My mom only allowed us to have soda on Friday’s with pizza. I am so happy she did that! I grew up not obsessed with it and stopped drinking it in my early 20’s. Nice post!

    1. Thanks! I got hooked on it about 20
      years ago in high school. I go through phases where I am fine barely drinking it, but would love to completely rid myself of it eventually.

  2. I stopped drinking soda back in February when I started my current weight loss plan. There are times when I absolutely crave it (Pepsi is my fave, too) especially from certain places and I’ve allowed myself to have one a handful of times. But that’s it. It’s tough, and no different than quitting other addictive things. Kudos to you for your effort and continued good luck.

  3. Addiction is an interesting thing. I love how you broke down this blog post. I’m not a big soda drinker, but when I want one, I WANT ONE! I may try some of your suggestions. Thank you for sharing! I enjoy reading your blog posts!

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