Kick Your Soda Habit to the Curb with These Tips

You want to kick the soda habit but so far you haven’t had any luck. You know that the reasons are many and range from the acid in diet soda attacking your teeth in a manner consistent with methamphetamines to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer and that research is linking soda pop to obesity, stroke, diabetes and osteoporosis.

Let’s see if a step-by-step approach will do the trick.

First you need to determine if you like drinking soda pop for the fizz, the sweetness or both. If it’s for the fizz, you can solve it by drinking one of the many varieties of sparkling water. I’m talking about the sparkling water that is water and maybe flavor if necessary. There’s lemon, lime, grapefruit, cranberry, orange, etc. They have no added chemicals, no sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Side note: Did you know that Coca Cola saw their first decline in sales in decades? Not to worry. They’ve entered into the lucrative sparkling water category that’s primarily been led by La Croix and Canada Dry.

If you drink soda for the sweetness you might want to try eating fruit. An ice cold serving of fresh pineapple or crunchy apple would be so good for you!

1 kombucha fizzIf you’re like me, it’s both sweet and fizz. I solved my habit by making a delicious combo of 2 ounces of 100% cherry or pomegranate juice, 2 ounces of kombucha* and 12 ounces of sparkling water**. It’s sweet, tart and fizzy and I absolutely love it! This combo is really good for you too. You’re adding in water, fruit juice and tons of nutrition and probiotics from the kombucha. The trifecta!

We’re on a journey and sometimes the choices we have to make are difficult. For a lot of my clients and students it seems that giving up their Diet Coke is one of the hardest. The juice/kombucha/sparkling water approach seems to work for many of them. I hope it works for you.

*Kombucha is fermented green tea. It has 40 calories per 8 ounces. The brand I like best is G.T.’s and it can be found at Whole Foods and Hy-Vee. It’s cheaper at Whole Foods. Its health benefits are made possible because of its probiotics and variety of enzymes and organic acids. Loaded with B vitamins, kombucha has been around for 2000 years and is credited with curing/preventing cancer and arthritis. It’s known to build the immune system, detoxify the body and aid in digestion. Bet you can’t say that about your soda pop!

**I use the SodaStream Soda Maker. I LOVE it!

If you’d like more information, or would like to begin brewing your own kombucha, visit my website and contact me for more information.

Nancy Oglesby, the Practical Health Coach
Simplifying Healthy Lifestyle Choices

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