How to Quit Soda

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Are you the kind of person who doesn’t even realize you have a soda can in your hand until the click-fizz of the tab triggers a Pavlovian response in your salivary glands?

Diagnosing your habit is one thing, but in a society where soda is everywhere, quitting is a tricky business. There is hope! The first stage is to quantify – count the calories (240 per 20 oz. bottle of cola) and count the dollars and cents (and do the math to calculate your yearly expenditure).

Try distracting yourself by filling the fridge with healthy alternatives to keep you on the straight and narrow every time you make that kitchen-bound walk of shame. A jug of cold water with fruit is a good option. Diet soda, however, can be just as addictive – and almost as unhealthy.

It can help to reiterate your reasons for quitting, too. Health: make it your duty to only refer to ‘soda’ as ‘artificially flavored sugar drink’. Cost: make yourself a promise about what you’ll spend your yearly soda savings on. And pride: grab a buddy and arrange to get off the sugar drink at the same time. Together, you can go through this new infographic offering some serious solutions for quitting the habit.

soda infographic

Sources

McLeod, S. (2013). Pavlov’s Dogs. simplypsychology.org

MacMillan, A. (2016). 13 Ways to Stop Drinking Soda for Good. health.com

MacMillan, A. (2015). Stop drinking soda, for (your own) good. cnn.com

Hart, M. (2014). I Tried to Quit Diet Soda 4 Times. Here’s What Finally Changed My Ways. greatist.com

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (2011). Waistlines in people, glucose levels in mice hint at sweeteners’ effects: Related studies point to the illusion of the artificial. sciencedaily.com

Geary, K. (2014). How to Break Your Soda Habit. rebootedbody.com

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Babs is a content writer at Enova International, Inc. with a Bachelors in Cinema Studies and English from the University of Illinois (ILL-INI!). She loves binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! Find out more about her on Google+.

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