How to Give Up Soda

There are many reasons to quit drinking soda, but a soda addiction can be hard to break. Try these methods to kick the can for good.

You will need

  • Diet soda
  • Citrus slices or fresh mint
  • Fruit juice
  • Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Coffee
  • Milk
  • Small amounts of regular soda (optional)
  • Club soda (optional)

Step 1 Don't go cold turkey Don’t try to give up soda cold turkey. Instead, cut back a little bit every day until you’re down to almost no soda. If calories are your main concern, try switching to diet sodas.

Step 2 Spruce up water Spruce up plain water with citrus slices or fresh mint. Be creative and try adding different things to your water until you find something you can drink all the time.

Step 3 Drink fruit juice Drink 100 percent fruit juice. While fruit juices tend to contain a lot of sugar, they also contain nutrients that are good for you, unlike the empty calories of soda.

Step 4 Drink unsweetened tea Drink unsweetened tea. Try herbal or green teas, or drink tea with milk or lemon and sweeten it with honey or artificial sweetener.

Step 5 Make lemonade Make your own lemonade with fresh lemons, water, and a small amount of sugar or artificial sweetener.

Step 6 Drink milk Get into the habit of drinking nonfat milk instead of soda. Milk contains calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein, all of which are essential for the health and maintenance of your body. When you find a replacement for soda, you won’t remember why you ever drank it in the first place.