Have you really ever thought about how much soda you actually drink in a day? Do you have just one or maybe two? Or maybe six? Is it controlling you?
I woke up one day just like any other morning. I went through my morning routine as normal. I took a shower, got dressed for work, kissed my wife good-bye, and headed out to drop the kids off to school on my way to work. I didn’t feel any different than usual. As I got to work, I started getting a headache and realized I hadn’t had a soda yet that day and it just clicked.
It was controlling me. At this point, I realized that I had to do something. I didn’t like the fact that I was relying on soda to feel “normal”.
Here are 4 steps that you can you use to kick the habit:
Commit to kicking the habit. You need to make up your mind that you actually want to quit drinking soda. This sounds simple, but most people skip this step when trying to change a habit. It is pointless to start the process if you aren’t “all in”.
Track how much soda you are drinking per day. Write down how much soda you are drinking per day in either cans or ounces depending on you typically consume it. Do this for one week to get a good idea on how much you are drinking on average.
Start reducing the amount gradually. For the first week, reduce the amount you are drinking per day by %25. For example, if you typically drink 4 cans per day, drink 3 cans instead of 4 for the first week. During the second week, reduce the original amount by %50 percent (i.e. 2 cans instead of 4). During the third week, cut the original amount by 75%. In the last week, decrease the original amount by 100% (i.e. no soda).
Stock up on substitutes. Determine what you are going to replace the soda that you are drinking with. I would recommend water. This has multiple health benefits, but is also cost effective as well. Also, think about the fact that there are a lot of people in the world that do not have access to clean drinking water. Take advantage of it!
This process will not be easy, but you can do it! Make up your mind that it something you really want to do and get started.
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