Drinking Soft drinks is an Addiction

posted Sep 22, 2014, 4:57 PM by Rebecca Smith
Quitting soft drinks isn’t easy, but it is well worth it. It’s no secret today that soft drink is bad for you. Whether it’s regular soft drink loaded with sugar, calories, and chemicals or diet soft drink loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, the negative effects facing soft drink drinkers can range from obesity and bone loss to diabetes — and some studies even suggest links to cancer. Bottom line, the sooner you quit, the better off you’ll be.

In addition, soft drink is costly. Let’s say you buy, and drink 3 cans of coke a day, at $3 a can. That’s roughly three a day at $9 — or about $63 a week x 52 weeks a year = $3276 — not to mention the amount it will cost you in health-related medical issues down the road.

So, where do you start and what do you do? The first step is to admit it’s an addiction — both chemical and behavioural. I know it will not be easy, but try the cold turkey approach. Just do it, and move forward. Not an easy thing to do, but doable nonetheless and necessary.

Prepare yourself to feel like crap for a bit until your body has detoxed from soft drink and broken the chemical addiction. I don’t have a scientific answer on how long this will or should take because everyone’s body is different, I can tell you, based on other clients, is that you will feel bad for around a month, some people feel exhausted and grumpy for about for a month with headaches off and on for the first week or so.

The best way to manage the biochemical aspects of your detox is to make sure to stabilize your blood sugar with balanced meals (some protein, fat, and carbs) every 3 to 4 hours. Hydrate with water as much as possible to help flush out chemicals and boost your energy. Don’t go cold turkey on quitting caffeine though. Caffeine in the right dose and the right form actually has health benefits — from accelerating metabolism to better cognitive function —grab a regular cup of coffee or green tea drink. Just remember that coffee is dehydrating

Next, from a behavioural view point try switching to carbonated soda water or mineral water and adding some natural flavour to it like a splash of juice or a couple slices of lime This allows you to get the bubbles and some flavour without the chemicals, calories,

Again, this won’t be easy, but after you get over the hump you are going to look better and feel better in every way.

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