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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I've decided I need to quit a bad Coca-cola habit and am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how stop drinking the evil stuff?
post #2 of 20
switch to Pepsi??? hehe sorry had to be a smart ass.
post #3 of 20
Even tho I have actually treated people with addictions (as an intern!) , I am sorry - I am no help here. I LOVE coca cola and nothing would make me change to pepsi! Even when I should not drink it, I crave it. No addiction tho, lol

I wish you well but why would you want to give up this wonderful beverage?
post #4 of 20
Get a bottle of your favorite pain reliever. Caffiene withdraw is not a fun thing, but it won't last forever.
post #5 of 20
I chewed gum...seemed to help

now I'm addicted to gum!
post #6 of 20
Drink a glass of water and / or do 10 minutes of exercise everytime you crave a coke. Exercise will release endorphins and give your body an instant kick. Water is simply good for you.

I'm down to 2 cans of coke a day. Used to drink a lot more. Another thought is to just start eliminating a can a day in weekly increments. Cold turkey from caffeine is not fun!

Good luck!
post #7 of 20
I used to be addicted to cola. It was horrible, like crack! I would suggest two things. First of all, switch to a natural cola like "Blue Sky". This is nice because you get the cola taste without getting major cola withdrawals. You could have one can of Blue Sky and one can of cola per day (i don't know how much cola you currently drink, but just substitue half your daily consumption with Blue Sky) and then try to gradually wean yourself off. Secondly, you can switch your cola cans to those half-cans, you know those new ones they have come out with? This at least gives you the cola taste, but not the whole huge can.

You could also buy soda water (fizzy water) and mix with juice, half and half. This gives you the bubbly sour beverage you are looking for, and the juice gives you the sugar.

Something I have tried that worked once was switching to diet coke/pepsi, and then i didn't like diet as much as regular so I would drink less. Unfortunately now I"m addicted to diet (doh!). But oh well.
good luck!!
post #8 of 20
Good point about cold turkey. I limit my coke intake but if I had no self control, I'd drink it all the time. We have an office receptionist who drinks diet pepsi for breakfast! I tried to tell her the diet stuff in it turns into fermeldehyde (which keeps me away from anything with aspetame needless to say) but she still loves the stuff, sigh!!! I cheered coke c2 - because it has wonderful Splenda (sucralose) in it and als, the fine print says sucralose AND aspertame (Wahhhh!!) So, I am still a coke classic drinker!

Seriousuly - and I apologize for being flippant in my earlier post - do it in increments. Our body gets used to anything we put into it and it will thank you if you go slowly. It is not healthy to do it cold turkey. That should happen only if you have an illness that requires a neogastric tube and you can't eat abslutely anything - saying that as someone who has been there - I called it the ice chip diet because that was all I was allowed to touch my lips.

Do things when you would otherwise be drinking coke. And find things to do with your hands where you used to hold the coke can or glass. As someone suggested, H2O is great or Perrier with lemmon if you want a treat! Are ypu giving up all soft drinks? What about changing to ginger ale or seven up? And can you drink caffeine free coke?
post #9 of 20
Did you know a regular can of coke has 10 tablespoons of sugar in it!!!

Alas, I do!! I put splenda on my cereal and drink 2 cans of coke a day. Go figure!!!
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CyberKitten
Even tho I have actually treated people with addictions (as an intern!) , I am sorry - I am no help here. I LOVE coca cola and nothing would make me change to pepsi! Even when I should not drink it, I crave it. No addiction tho, lol

I wish you well but why would you want to give up this wonderful beverage?
It is a wonderful beverage - but way too much sugar. And I absolutely detest diet. And Pepsi, I would rather go without!

Quote:
Originally Posted by CyberKitten
Seriously - and I apologize for being flippant in my earlier post - do it in increments. Our body gets used to anything we put into it and it will thank you if you go slowly.
No offense taken. I just know I should quit and seem to have no will power while I'm at work. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
post #11 of 20
Congratulations on your healthy decision! This will be quite a transition! I used to drink coffee like there was no tomorrow. I would literally drink pots a day. I loved my caffeine! After much thought and consideration, I decided to end my caffeine habit. This is such a difficult drug for which the body to have to endure withdrawal symptoms. I do things all or nothing, so I just quit cold turkey. My body completely shut down, ugh! The headache was excrutiating. I could hardly function. I was fatigued, so sluggish it took me all day to start to even wake up, I stayed in a daze and talk about irritable! I also had other physical symptoms including nausea. These symptoms had passed within a week, albeit one very long week! The transition was well worth it! I feel that I'm much healthier for it. I now treat myself to the occassion cup of gourmet coffee.
I said all this to encourage you to take it slowly. Depending how much you drink a day, perhaps cut out one 8oz serving a day, perhaps less, over the course of a week or however long it takes. You could take a pain reliever to help with the headache and drink lots of water!
Congratulations again! Please do keep us updated how you are progressing and how you feel as you cut back!
post #12 of 20
Well.. the easiest way to cut back is to HAVE NO MONEY!

I used to drink like four or more a day, only soda... but then the money goes for other things, like bread, milk, cheese, eggs, meat... ect...

You can also try switching to diet? All I drink is diet Cola, diet pepsi, diet seven up (which about three years ago made me barf my guts out.) It will taste funny at first but after a while you wont mind it anymore.

Also.. do you have a garage? A storage shed? Put your soda outside. I think no matter who you are sometimes you just dont want to go to the damned garage to get a soda. We have a big fridge we got for free in there... and mom stores all the regular coke in there when we can buy it.

After a while actually the regular stuff will be to sweet. I used to be able to chug a mountain dew, no problem, but now I have to have it a bit watered down with lots of ice, its just too sweet. Even pepsi is too sweet.

Basically it's just control. Buy a big canister of that insta-tea stuff.. the lemon flavored is nice, and get a giant pitcher to mix it in. This way you can just go to the fridge and pour yourself some of that if you want something sweet to drink and you dont want water. You could also try drinking more juice but that often is more expensive
post #13 of 20
I used to be addicted to coke. Now I just drink a glass or two a week.

ATM, I'm having a glass!
post #14 of 20
just stop buying it(dont even go down the isle it is in), if it is not in the house, you cant drink it!

seriously, i have no idea, i cant stop either, so i just stick with diet sodas

but have you tried drinking juices and teas?
post #15 of 20
Hmm guess i am a weirdo who needs the sugar..i burn burn burn burn burn burn burn... but i have always been that way


and i love my PEPSI
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mferr84
just stop buying it(dont even go down the isle it is in), if it is not in the house, you cant drink it!
I actually do quite well when I'm home because we don't have it in the house.

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Originally Posted by BigOrangeMenace
Well.. the easiest way to cut back is to HAVE NO MONEY!
If I stop carrying change this would help. Work is the problem cause of the pop machine. Too darn easy to pick one up.

This is my plan.

Step 1: I've admitted I have a problem. I would rather call it a habit rather than addiction but either way. I want to change it.

Step 2: Keep myself to one bottle a day to start out with. Try not to get any before 10:00 in the morning. If I get one first thing, then I finish it by noon and want another one.

Step 3: Continue to report my progress here and be accountable to all of you. After all, you have taken the time to answer my post.

Wish me luck and thanks.
post #17 of 20
Can you not get caffeine free?. I can't drink the regular, it has to be diet.
post #18 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by journey
good question - why do you want to quit? Because of the caffeine, or because it's bad for you all together? I know I'm being just as bad for switching to aspertame, but the reason I switched was because of Weight Watchers and the sugar level in regular coke. Did you know a regular can of coke has 10 tablespoons of sugar in it!!!
yeap, I found that out when I worked for our local bottler - the weight difference btwn a pallet of Coke and a pallet of Diet means they have to load the trucks very carefully! Made me think, How much sugar is in there?????

I don't know how much you're drinking now, but you've had some good suggestions already. I don't keep regular soda in the house, but I do have a 12pk of my favorite flavor soda in diet form. I bought it over two weeks ago and I still have 4 cans left. I despise the taste of any diet sweetener, so any time I have a craving I sip on one of them, and half the time I can't even finish it.

Key for you will be determining why you're quitting and keep reminding yourself of that. Substitute, cut back volume gradually, wear a rubber band and snap it any time you crave the soda. Good luck - we'll be here to listen when you get cranky!!
post #19 of 20
In high school my dance coach gave us all the challenge of "quitting" sodas. I managed to do it and since then I only ever have a soda if A) I'm at a friends and they have nothing else available including not having a Brita water filter or B) I'm out to eat and they have no lemonade. So basically I drink a soda once every two months or so. Whoever said that it will become too sweet for you once you stop drinking it is absolutely right! I can manage to drink it from a restaurant, but if I have to have it from a bottle or can I can only drink a quarter of it before I can't take it anymore! You say the coke machine at work is a problem, is there a juice machine as well? I know a lot of places have Minute Maid machines or machines that dispense bottles of water. If you do have something with either of those options you should try just buying from that instead.

Good luck to you! You'll be so glad you did it!
post #20 of 20
Congratulations on trying to make the change. I rarely drink soda and only have regular Coke on-hand in case I get an upset stomach. When I was in college 1994, we did an experiment in a health class. My thing to "give" up or "reduce" was soda. I started drinking more water, reduced the soda, and found that I felt better. I also found that I have fewer headaches too and the migraines have virtually stopped. To this day, I'm amazed that people think soda will quench a thirst on a hot, humid summer day!! Good luck.
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