16. Soda provides zero nutritional benefit
One final reason to give up soda is that there’s virtually no nutritional benefit to be gained by drinking it in the first place!
It’s a can of empty calories that will only end up hurting you. Even pizza, McDonalds, or other fast foods contain at least some healthy ingredients within them (not that I’d encourage over-consumption of those things either).
I find that a great way to stay healthy isn’t necessarily asking yourself what’s bad for you and then avoiding it, but asking yourself what nutritional benefits you’ll receive from consuming a certain food or drink.
If it doesn’t have any value to offer you, skip it – and, unfortunately, soda fails this test.
Sadly, all the scariest consequences in world don’t make it any easier to give up a favorite ritual. And as mentioned above, sugar can be chemically addictive, making it extra hard to break free from soda.
Below are some suggestions on how to kick your habit and reduce your risk of the negative side effects described above.
I’ve had great success with these methods and highly recommend giving them a try today
Don’t go cold turkey. If you’re drinking more than one can per day of soda, it’s going to be almost impossible to quit “cold turkey.” Instead, cut your intake by half and keep gradually reducing your consumption over a period of two to four weeks.
Change your routine. Does the walk to your desk involve passing the office vending machine? If so, change your route. While avoiding the sight of soda is unrealistic in the long-term, you can still use this strategy to avoid temptation by bypassing your regular purchase points.
Replace your favorite drink. Try replacing soda with another beverage that isn’t full of sugar or artificial sweeteners. For instance, try herbal tea, sparkling water with a squeeze of fresh lime, or a glass of milk to quench your thirst.
Find a new reward. Taking a hit of soda can be a nice reward that you probably feel you deserve. In this sense, it may not even be the actual drink, but the ritual itself that you’re addicted to. Your new reward could come in the form of an activity, such as chatting with a co-worker, going for a short walk, or browsing your favorite website for a few minutes while you clear your mind in a healthier manner. When I gave up soda, I would make a cup of tea with a work friend for ten minutes. After that, I had totally forgotten about my desire for a Coke!
Keep track. At first, it’s a good idea to record how much soda you’re drinking so that you know you’re not consuming too much by accident. This can also be a good way to discover weaknesses in your day. For example, I used to reach for soda after stressful meetings or emotional events. Identifying these instances helped me to come up with a plan of attack for seeking out healthier alternatives.
Know your goal. Assign a day that you’ll be soda-free by and stick to it. This may involve calculating the gradual decline in your soda intake so you don’t have to go cold turkey.
The bottom line is this: if soda had any benefit to offer whatsoever, its negative health consequences might not be so significant.
But you have virtually nothing to gain by drinking it in the first place!
Giving up any favorite food or beverage can be difficult, but do yourself a favor and use the strategies above to kick your soda habit and avoid these 16 hidden secrets about this dangerous beverage.
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