7 Tips and 8 Alternatives to Stop Drinking Soda

There are many reasons to stop drinking soda.  For one, it can make you get fatter and counter your effort at weight loss. It can also stain your teeth.

The caffeine content makes it a diuretic and this will lead to loss of fluid in your body due to increased urine production. Soda is an artificial stimulant, thanks to its high caffeine content.

Furthermore, soda can lead to sleep disorder and insomnia.

Many people are aware of the possible dangers involved in taking soda, but very few understand how best to get free from their obsession for and addiction to soda.

In this write up, you will learn about certain things you can do get free finally from the love for soda.

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Stop Drinking Soda

Tips To Quit Soda Successfully

Below, tips that can help you stop drinking soda will be highlighted.

  • Be certain of why you want to quit: You need real strong reason in order to quit soda successfully. Is it due to excess weight gain or any of the other reason given in the introductory aspect of this write-up? Your reason will act as your stimulant to quit.  It will act as the required drive to help you get over this unbecoming habit. Each time you want to give up again, your original reason for quitting will keep you going.
  • Remove all soda drinks from home: One of the best ways to quit soda is to get rid of the ones you already have in the fridge at home. It may look like a waste, but this is one waste you can afford, provided your reason for quitting is important enough to you.
  • Go for a substitute: Instead of drinking soda, why not switch to something else, like fruit juice, milk or even plain water. Never attempt to substitute soda for coffee; do not forget that both soda and coffee have one thing in common: high caffeine concentration.
  • Monitor how much soda you take: Keep a tab on the amount of soda you consume and this will help you put your soda consumption in check. Even if you cannot quit soda intake at ones, you can target cutting the amount you consume by certain percentage every day. Consistency will help put an end to addiction to soda.
  • Make your alternative drink available always: While cutting down your soda intake, make sure your alternative drink is available. While reducing soda intake by certain percentage, replace gradually with the alternative drink and you will be able to completely replace your soda with the alternative drink before long, though with consistent effort.
  • Sleep adequately: Most people who take caffeinated drink do so because they need something to keep them awake during the day. Why not get adequate sleep during the night so that you will never have to depend on caffeinated drink to keep you awake during the day?
  • Perseverance is the key: Withdrawal symptoms may set in during the first few weeks of quitting soda. The symptoms get heavier if you were a heavy drinker. If you persist in your decision to quit soda, the withdrawal symptoms will fizzle off.

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Alternative Drinks to Soda

You need to get good alternative drinks to soda in order to stop drinking soda successfully. You will learn below about certain alternatives and how to prepare them at home.

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Mango Agus Frescas

This is very light and highly refreshing water drink. It is infused with fruit essence and will serve as the perfect replacement for that unwanted soda.  It is delicious, healthy and light.

In place of mango, you can always use honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon or strawberry.

mango

What you need

  • 4 cups of cubed mango
  • Half cup of water
  • Half cup of white sugar
  • 4 slices of lime
  • 24 fresh mint leaves
  • Ice

What to do

  • Puree the mango and water using a blender. Continue until it becomes smooth.
  • Add adequate sugar to achieve your desired taste.
  • Cut the lime into two
  • Place each of the halves in 8 glasses and add 3 mint leaves in each.
  • Use a cocktail muddler to crush them inside the glass.
  • Fill each of the glasses with ice.
  • Add the pureed mango inside the glass and serve.

Sparkling honey ginger

It is perfect for all time, be it the winter or the warmer weather.

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What you need

  • 4 ounces of fresh ginger
  • 4 cups of water
  • Half cup of honey
  • Sparkling water per serving

What to do

  • Peel the ginger first
  • Slice it into thin pieces and chop it roughly afterwards.
  • Place your ingredients in a saucepan; a nonreactive saucepan is the best.
  • Heat the mixture to boil
  • Gradually reduce the heat to simmer
  • Continue cooking for another 30 minutes. It should have reduced to just 2 cups by the end of 30 minutes. You can cook it further to make it thicker and also increase the flavor.
  • Leave it to cool and strain it
  • Store it in the refrigerator and sip when you want.
  • It can store for up to 2 weeks

Lemon basil soda

This is grown-up lemonade.  It is highly refreshing and it is a perfect replacement for soda. It is equally delicious.

You can add thyme in place of basil for better taste; any other herb of your choice can also go perfectly.

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What you need

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 8 ounces of sparkling water

What to do

  • Pick an organic, well-scrubbed lemon and cut it in half
  • Place each of the halves inside a glass cup.
  • Add honey and basil to each of the glass cup.
  • Muddle them well using a spoon.
  • Add the sparkling water and ice to each of the glasses till they are filled to the brim.
  • Enjoy it fresh.

Maple cream soda

This will prove to be a better drink to vanilla soda. The vanilla content makes it too sweet and it can therefore add up to 200 calories to your body, which will only make you add more weight.

However, maple cream soda is not too sweet and this makes it the better choice; it will equally supply only 35 calories.

maple syrup

What you need

  • 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
  • A quarter cup of pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces of sparkling water

What to do

  • Add all the ingredients together inside a large glass.
  • Add the sparkling water to it
  • Stir gently to mix them together
  • Add ice and serve

Sparkling lavender plum

You will find this to be one of the best alternative drinks if you desire to stop drinking soda. You can add honey to improve on taste.

Organic raw sugar, which is a more natural sweetener, can be used also in place of honey.

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What you need

  • Half cup of honey
  • one cup of water
  • one tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
  • one ripe plum per serving
  • 8 ounces of sparkling water

What to do

  • Add the lavender and water inside a saucepan and allow to boil
  • Add honey to the boiling mixture.
  • Remove it from the heat and allow it to steep for up to 1 hour.
  • Strain it afterwards.
  • Wash a plum and slice it into two for each serving.
  • Remove the pit and add it to a large glass
  • Add 1 teaspoon of lavender syrup
  • Afterwards, mash together using a spoon.
  • Add sparkling water to the fruit and pulp inside the glass.
  • Serve and enjoy
  • You can store it up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Make sure it is kept inside airtight container while in store.

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What you need

  • 1 ounce of pomegranate juice
  • 1 fresh cherry
  • 8 ounces of sparkling water
  • one slice of lemon
  • 1 slice of orange
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

What to do

  • Add the honey and pomegranate juice together inside a glass and mix them together.
  • Squeeze the orange and lemon into the glass and drop the two inside.
  • Add sparkling water and ice and stir them altogether.
  • Drop the cherry after and serve.

Ginger Switchel

It is equally called haymaker’s punch. Works during the hay harvest in those days. It also perfectly get rid of that urge for soda and can therefore help you to stop drinking soda.

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What you need

  • 8 ounces of water
  • A quarter teaspoon of ground ginger or a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger
  • 4 teaspoons of sweetener. You can use sucanat, sugar, honey, maple sugar, maple syrup or molasses.
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.

What to do

  • Add all the ingredients together.
  • Cover them up and place them in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours
  • Stir them together afterwards
  • Taste to check if the sweetener is adequate. Add more sweetener if need be.
  • Strain it if it becomes chunky
  • Add some ice
  • Add sparkling water too if need be
  • Serve and enjoy.

Lemon juice

You will love this to a great extent. It is nourishing and highly refreshing. It is not too sweet and will therefore not load you up with calories.

warm lemon water

What you need

  • 6 parts of water
  • One part of concentrated lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar per liter of preparation.
  • A pinch of salt

What to do

  • Pour the lemon juice inside a large glass
  • Add 6 parts of water to it
  • Mix thoroughly.
  • Add the sugar and stir.
  • Allow to stand for 5 minutes and stir again
  • Add a pinch of salt and stir well.
  • Serve and enjoy.

 

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