From Frugivore — Most of us have a serious, tumultuous and long term love affair with soda. From Pepsi and Coke to Dr.Pepper and Sprite, just the sound of the can when you first pop the top can have us drooling. But just because you love something doesn’t mean it’s good for you and soda is the perfect example. Drinking one can of soda a day has been linked with an increased risk of stroke and heart attack and of course obesity. The sugar in soda is what keeps us coming back for more so going cold turkey is not going to be easy, that’s why Frugivore is giving you these simple steps to help you kick the habit and get on the road to healthy living today.

Replace the Fizz

Soda drinkers are in love with two things: with caffeine and with carbonation so in order to quit you’ll need a swap that addresses both. Get your fizz fix by taking a shot glass (1.5 oz) worth of 100 percent juice, such as pomegranate, blueberry or sour cherry, and mixing it in with sparkling water, sounds strange, but it works

Get a Caffeine Substitute

Cutting out caffeine abruptly can make you feel like you’re dragging, get your caffeine fix but swapping your can of Pepsi for either iced or hot green tea, which is loaded with health benefits and has a specific compound, L-theanine, that makes it a gentler source of caffeine. If you want to cut caffeine altogether, do it slowly, cutting down the amount a little bit every three days.

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  • Katie M.

    One thing I found, having a hard tme drinking water, is to have a cup with a straw… It’s easier to take little sips insead of picking up the glass or water bottle. Before you know it the glass is gone! I’m still working to kick my soda habit, but taking in more of other beverages helps…. and the straw helps with that!