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Should you stop drinking soda? A food expert weighs in

By Michelle Edelbaum, September 16, 2009 - 10:26am

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Michelle asks: Did you quit soda? How did you do it?


At age 51 I quit drinking diet soda, particularly cola. I had been drinking diet cola since the age of 16. I drank diet drinks because sugar soda tastes like syrup to me, and doesn't quench my thirst. I recently realized that my constant headaches were probably coming from artificial sweetener toxicity.

I quit soda cold turkey. In order to maintain my caffeine levels (caffeine withdrawal is ugly), I started drinking unsweetened cold-brewed green tea. The switch was completely painless. I don't miss cola at all. My headaches completely disappeared.

Sometimes I miss that "fizzy" feeling on my tongue. I buy a bottle of carbonated water and drink it straight and it satisfies me.


09/22/2013 - 8:13am

I just stopped drinking it.


04/18/2013 - 1:25pm

It's always a pleasure to hear from someone with epxretise.


11/27/2012 - 3:44pm

Used the money I would have spent on sodas to buy a high quality blender (VitaMix). Use seasonal fruit to make smoothies (never waste overripe items-just throw them in). Like to freeze them- more like a granita. No preservatives-unlimited flavor combinations. Just started making pop-sicles by pouring mixture in freezer molds. If I do want an occasional fizzy drink I buy an unsweented bottle of seltzer water (much cheaper and no processed sugars). Also stopped ordering soda in restaurants-stick with ice water.


10/20/2012 - 12:38am

I was--and still could be--a "Colaholic". At one point in time I would even wake up in the night to sneak a glass of cold cola. The aftertaste I experienced with the diet sodas and with artificial sweetners turned me off totally from any of these cola substitutes. Fortunately I made a discovery that has changed my drinking habits. Measure for measure the sweetener Whey Low has one-fourth the calories of sugar. I now drink my version of sweet tea made with Whey Low. Whey Low is available on line. I use one family-sized decaffienated tea bag (sometimes add one flavored decaffienated tea bag to vary flavor) to two quarts of water. After brewing I add 1/2 cup Whey Low (caloric value equal to 6 tsp sugar). Pour over plenty of ice. This has become my new "addiction". However, I do not wake in the middle of the night to sneak a cold glass.


07/31/2010 - 11:33am

I went cold turkey Jan. 22, 2010, after my doctor threatened to put me on long-acting insulin because my blood glucose readings were sky-high and medication, diet, and exercise weren't helping. Having to prick my fingers every day for blood sugar readings is bad enough...I wasn't about to give myself an injection every day if there was ANY way I could avoid it. IIt was hard as I had been/was a Mountain Dewaholic for the last 40 years. I went from drinking Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper at every meal (even breakfast - usually with a refill) and snack to water. Now, I have milk for breakfast, and water for snacks and meals. I have never been a coffee drinker (too bitter for me) so I did suffer caffeine withdrawal. To help with the headaches that come with caffeine withdrawal, I took 2 Excedrin Migraine twice a day for 2 days, then one tablet twice a day for 2 days, then dropped to 1 tablet a day for 2 days, then none. I went from an A1c reading of 9.3 in Jan. to 6.5 in April. My doctor was very pleased. He had suggested substituting diet soda for regular soda several years ago when I refused to give up my soda habit. I hate the taste of diet (and am hard-headed) - if I couldn't have the real thing, I didn't want it at all. I had a sip of Mtn Dew once (since I quit) in March (at a kids' birthday party and I had finished the water I had taken with me). It was HORRIBLE. It felt grainy and SO sugary in my mouth that I don't think I'll ever slip back into my old addiction.

It is difficult but doable. Trust me, if I can do it, anybody can!


05/04/2010 - 4:31pm

i finally replaced soda with green tea. sometimes i make iced tea and add carbonated water for a little fizz...


04/29/2010 - 1:15am

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