Lets face it, for the die-hard soda fans, nothing tastes better with your afternoon lunch than your favorite ice cold soda. If you’ve been drinking soda for years the chances are pretty good this craving won’t change overnight. No matter how many times your kids remind you that phosphoric acid, an active ingredient found in most carbonated beverages, is frequently used to clean car battery terminals and toilet bowls you probably still include soda as a default grocery item. I don’t order phosphoric acid in its purest form to clean my toilet bowl, I just pick up a 2 liter of Coca Cola!
Phosphoric acid is not the only health hazard found in soda. The combination of sugar, caffeine, phosphoric acid, high fructose corn syrup alone is enough to warrant a research project in economics class to determine how much the dental industry would be impacted should the combination of these substances suddenly become illegal!
If you want to learn just how bad soda is for your body, look it up on the internet. I found a really good article a few years ago called What Happens to Your Body if you Drink a Coke Right Now by Liz Lewis. While I was reading the article, I was already well aware that I had an addiction to Coca Cola that was much stronger than my addiction to cigarettes ever were. I successfully quit smoking cold turkey. Soda wasn’t as easy of a habit to kick and every time I tried to quit drinking soda, my addiction just got stronger so I went about it a different way. I decided not to break the habit at all.
Huh? I bet you’re confused but yes, you read that correctly. Instead of breaking the habit, I decided to keep it, I just changed the rules a bit to include more water. A month later, my soda consumption went from 5-8 cans a day to zero. If you’re addicted to soda and not water follow these rules and for at least six weeks and let me know how well it works for you.
Rule #1: Every time you buy a soda, buy a 20 oz bottle of water at the same time. You can have your soda but you have to drink that entire bottle of water first. If you are still craving that soda after you finish your water then by all means, have your soda. After all, you paid for it.
Rule #2: After an hour passes from the time you finish your bottle of water rule #1 resets. In other words once you get another craving for soda return to rule #1.
Optional rule #3: Record your progress. Save your water bottles an coke can / coke bottles or simply write down how much of each you are drinking to track your progress. You may be surprised to notice your body becoming more thirsty for water as you continue to slowly retrain it to crave the fluids it really needs. Also feel free to keep track of your weight, measurements and sugar levels. Also note your energy levels.
When I applied these rules to my soda habit I suddenly noticed one day that it had been well over a month since I had consumed a soda and I felt great.