Quitting diet soda is not easy. At first. But soooo worth it in the end.
I even knew all of the crappy, unhealthy, facts about it and how bad it is for your body, and I still kept drinking it.
Instead of being really grossed out by all of that info, I just chose to ignore it because I love a Diet Pepsi with lunch, and dinner, and as my 2 o’clock pick me up. It was definitely an addiction of sorts.
It wasn’t until I started feeling physically sick to my stomach (like, nauseated sick) after I’d have my afternoon soda, that I knew something had to change ASAP. I finally felt what all those unhealthy facts were all about. And it grossed me out.
So let me tell you how I quit diet soda.
This is what worked for me, so I hope it can help someone else out too!
Two main things that helped me to quit diet soda (and possibly other bad habits):
- Limit it (But don’t completely eliminate it)
- Find substutions
Let me break it down:
LIMIT IT (But don’t completely eliminate it):
So here I am, I know I want to stop drinking so much diet soda because it’s making me feel like crap, but straight up quitting has just never worked for me. Instead of no more diet soda, I told myself that I could only have a soda at lunch time, 3 times/week. This way, I could still get my fix, but would definitely be cutting way back.
And let me tell you, it was hard. But at the same time, not that bad. Confusing? Well, when I’d pick up my sandwich for lunch, I’d be thinking, “you know what would go really well with this sandwich?…a diet pepsi.” But I sucked it up because I knew I could have one tomorrow. And midway through my meal, I wouldn’t even be missing it.
And slowly but surely, I actually preferred water to soda. Not only was I feeling so much better on my water days. I was saving a few bucks everyday.
And on my soda days, I would still sometimes get that sick nauseous feeling. My mind was in tune with my body > > > Soda makes me feel like crap >>> Water makes me feel good and healthy.
Soon enough, I was on board with water at all times. I just had to be extremely conscious about my choices in the beginning. And now my subconscious chooses water.
Start with whatever rules work for you. Maybe you decide to only have some during the day but not at night, great! Or you only drink one when you’re eating out, good start. Just keep modifying it and cutting back over time.
The important thing is to make your rules and stick to it! Don’t be wishy washy, use some discipline here.
Another thing that makes quitting a bad habit easier, is finding a healthier/better alternative to get excited about.
Quitting diet soda got me to play around with other drinks. I started squeezing lemon or grapefruit into my water and adding other fruits to it too. Then I discovered sparkling water <<< best drink ever. Why was I never into it before?!?
This shift in my diet soda habit was actually the start to a much healthier diet all around. I started looking at food differently and substituting bad snack habits with ones that were just a tiny bit healthier. And I still keep looking at ways to tweak my diet to get more bang for my buck. Making these small changes led me to feel much healthier and happier.
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These are some ideas that really worked for me when quitting diet soda. Hopefully, they can help you out too. I cut diet soda out a few years ago but will still have one every now and then. It’s all about balance.
Do you have any tips for quitting bad habits?