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get off so I can stop the sugar but still have the taste without chemicals? I need one everyday is that very bad? HELP PLEASE

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  1. When I kicked soda and still wanted the bubbles I'd do club soda and some of the sugar free syrups that you get in the coffee section (DaVinci, Monin, etc.) I liked the Cherry and Blood Orange flavors, kinda like an Italian Soda. I don't know if there's a Cola flavored one, but I'm sure if there is, it wont taste like Coke or Pepsi so most people probably wouldn't like it.

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    1. re: Azizeh

      I second club soda. I like it with just lime juice. If you want it sweet, add some simple syrup. To me, this is infinitely more refreshing than caustic cola.

      1. re: Agent Orange

        I like about three parts lime seltzer to one part cranberry juice cocktail. Keeps the sugar way down while still providing flavor and fizz.

      2. re: Azizeh

        In a regular supermarket you can get these syrups or a a liquor store? Thanks

        1. re: nbermas

          I've found this a refreshing change from my normal six-a-day diet cola habit:

          Slice some fresh ginger, add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and a couple of envelopes of sugar substitute (plus a squeeze of honey if you like). Dissolve in half a litre of boiling water, and let steep for half an hour. Refrigerate. Put an ounce or so in the bottom of a glass, and top with either cold water or soda water (if you want the fizz). I find this really helps settle my stomach after a meal.

        2. re: Azizeh

          I think the italian soda idea is a good one. When I quit sodas I did club soda with cran raspberry dumped into it. I too missed the bubbles.

          If you need sugar, make some goodies - little chocolate chip cookies, brownies... Something you can cut up into small nips to get you over the hump.

          When I was working I drank probably 8 sodas per day (diet). Eventually, you get over it.

          1. re: Sal Vanilla

            Sal Vanilla: The sugar is whats I need to stop so does the italian soda have sugar? I drink only 1-1/2 per day but I can't anymore.

            1. re: nbermas

              The classic recipe for an italian soda is club soda, some sort of flavoring syrup (fruit-flavored, normally, but there are a few other choices), and cream, if desired. The only sugar in that would be in the flavoring, but I think there's a few sugar-free brands out there, or you could always make your own, then it would only have *natural* sugar, not refined sugar.

        3. First, I personally don't think there's anything wrong with having a soda addiction. There are much worse things to put in your body.

          That said, if you want an alternative, try flavored seltzers. If you're one of those diet soda drinkers, there are many fruit flavored diet seltzers -- and the lime flavored ones taste an awful lot like 7-Up or Sprite.

          Sometimes I also like to make "soda tea". I'll brew up some really strong flavored green or black tea -- I mean really strong stuff. Then I dilute it with soda water, or ginger ale, refrigerate and then serve chilled. It's like carbonated iced tea.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            "First, I personally don't think there's anything wrong with having a soda addiction. There are much worse things to put in your body."

            There may well be, but soda is way up there. Taking in the insane quantity of sugar contained in soda (especially when you're talking about several a day) has got to be one of the foremost contributing causes of the epidemic of obesity and juvenile-onset diabetes in this country.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I have to agreewith BobB, the stuff is nasty. Not only is the sugar horrible, the chemicals just don't belong in a human body. Even with diet sodas, the side effects of these and the caffine aren't healthy.

              Years ago, without any other change to my diet or exercise, I gave up my pack a day diet soda addiction and lost 30 lbs.

              Learn to love water - add a squeeze of lemon/lime or a spring of mint/parsley for variety.

              1. re: alwayscooking

                So as not to hijack this discussion I posted my ravings on the subject in a new thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/616417

                1. re: alwayscooking

                  I've gotta agree - nasty stuff indeed . . . osteoporosis, diabetes, and of course dental caries if you're taking in the sugared variety all take a huge toll on health and are strongly linked to the consumption of carbonated sugared drinks. The artificially sweetened ones can't be much better because of all the chemicals. Maybe try that great sounding recipe using tamarind from Maria below and sweetening it with something like Stevia which is a natural sweetener (available at trader joe's) and going light on the carbonation . . .

                  1. re: vday

                    vday: I agree about the health concerns want to stop before I get any illness at all. I am going to try to make Maria's drink this week. Thanks

              2. First, you could explore the variety of low-sugar colas out there. And if you just don't like the taste of a diet soda but otherwise would partake, try Coke Zero or the Diet Coke with Splenda. (Personally, I don't like that. I prefer regular Diet Coke.)

                Perrier is good for a nice carbonation jolt. When you're tinkering with club soda, for what it's worth I prefer Canada Dry - more fizz than some others - and along with lime I've had some luck using dashes of angostura bitters... you could also try other bitters. That adds some of the depth a cola has. You can sweeten a little to taste with your choice of sweeteners, diet or otherwise... just go really light on it. Agave nectar is very good, has similar calories to sugar but a much lower glycemic index (is absorbed into the system more slowly).

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                1. re: Cinnamon

                  i believe that the low calorie colas are strongly linked to osteoporosis.
                  no colas seem to be ok

                2. I understand your addiction...well sort of. I was addicted to Diet Sunkist for about 15 years...crazy I know. I had to have one a day. I would come home from work, crack open that can of pop like a beer. Ahh..I really enjoyed that soda. I got off the stuff after friends kept telling me how bad diet soda was for me...especially the citrus flavor cause of the acid. I slowly weaned myself off the stuff drinking the flavored soda waters.

                  1. hey OP-- you can do it. i recently stopped drinking soda myself. it feels really good to get rid of that last ball & chain. there are a lot of fizzy drinks out there, folks will tell you to replace the bad soda with the not-quite-so-bad for you soda. . . that's great if it works for you. for me, i'd drink the expensive happy soda for a while-- then slide back into nasty cheap soda from a machine when i was having a bad day. i was never able to fully kick that habit until i gave up sweet fizzys of all kinds for a couple-three weeks. i drank water. plain, non-fizzy water. sometimes a cup of tea. haven't had soda in months-- but cracked a can to go with pizza last week. had a few sips, then saran-wrapped the can for the next day and went back to my glass of water :) i no longer really dig soda (though i don't beat myself up if i drink soda socially (omg gimme a break, if my 20-year-old self could see me now)), and i feel much better. it's about breaking the habit, *any* habit-- you always find out you never needed it in the first place.

                    1. Make your own healthy Coca-Cola using tamarind paste (the main flavor ingredient in Coca-Cola anyway), club soda, lime, lemon, vanilla and whatever sweetener you like.

                      Read more here:

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                      1. re: maria lorraine

                        maria lorraine; I never ever new that and I love the taste of tamarind. You have given me the best ever tip in cooking, drinking whatever. You are my HERO, thank you very much.

                        1. re: nbermas

                          Aw, shucks. Thanks. Homemade Coca-Cola is *extra* tasty.

                          1. re: maria lorraine

                            If this pans out (block of impenetrable tamarind in fridge notwithstanding), I will be very, very happy. (Speaking as someone who's tinkered with citric acid, fruit oils, lime zest and juices, etc., to come up with a palatable 'cola' ... to date, unsuccessfully. On the other hand, I have a lot of really terrific ingredients for homemade cleaning products now.)

                            1. re: Cinnamon

                              The paste or soup base is much easier to work with than the blocks of tamarind.
                              Especially if yours has hardened. I find it best to keep the ingredients fresh, and not worry about fruit oils or citric acid. BTW, I love homemade cleaning products.

                      2. There is Zevia soda, sweetened with stevia.

                        Plus there is one other "natural" soda that I can't remember the name, comes in a bottle, that is sold at health food stores that does a diet soda with a sugar alcohol.

                        I also read that Coke is working on a stevia sweetened cola but no telling when that
                        will come out.

                        Also google "Prairie Moon", they made unsweetened soda concentrate so you can
                        sweeten it with whatever you like.

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                        1. re: tobycat

                          Big fan of the Zevia, especially the cola and cherry cola brands. Not quite soda but so much tastier than faker sodas.

                        2. Coca tea, but don't get a urine drug test.

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                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            What Pass knows, and was not being facetious about, or off topic about, is that it was a common drink in Peru served to people deplaning at high altitudes to help them adjust to and combat altitude sickness. For Peruvians and Bolivians, the coca tea provides a source of energy similar to coffee.
                            You can buy it in a decocainized version here in the states. It still has a little cocaine in it.

                            1. re: Scargod

                              When we went to Cuzco/Machu Picchu about a dozen years ago, they were still serving it. Seemed to work.

                          2. One a day? How about a Cuba de Libre? Perhaps switch entirely to a scotch a day, like me. You will thank me.

                            1. nbermas..I was addicted to COKE. I think what really was my fix was that first big swig and feel that wonderful burning in my throat. I have'nt had one in many months. We were on vacation Islamorada Florida and I had the urge for a COKE, They had a vending machine in the place we stayed but had no COKE. I put my money and randomly hit a button. Out came a Diet Sunkist Soda. I almost trashed it but gave it a shot. The first swig burned my throat and I was hooked. No sugar, but bunches of sodium. Give it a shot

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                              1. re: HotMelly

                                HotMelly: I have more on the high blood pressure so I need to stay away from any sodium but I get such migraines and the coke always helps so I am in a major dilemma, so I was wondering if the tamarind paste has alot of sugar, I might have to just drink seltzer with lemon, limes and oranges for now.

                                1. re: nbermas

                                  No sugar in tamarind. But check the label of any tamarind paste or base.

                              2. I switched to Pelagrino for a while, now I just usually have filtered tap water.

                                1. nbermas

                                  i was up to about 4-6 cokes a day when i drew the line. that was august 1, 2008 so I am coming up on a year now. rather than try to replace the flavor that I knew I couldn't, and not liking the flavor of most diet sodas, i've been drinking unsweetened ice tea. when i can't find that i have to make due on occasion with another kind of soda. On those occasions I put up with the extra sugar but it is a rare occasion.

                                  once my year of celibacy is over, i plan to allow myself one or two cokes a week. if i can't manage that i'll have to give it up entirely. good luck to you.

                                  (edit/add) i notice your original posting was back in april. how have you been doing?

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                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                    KaimukiMan: I went off for about 3 weeks had 2 deaths in the family within 3 days and then a dog so I wasn't really in the mood to watch anything but keeping my spirits up and Coke did help. So I am back to about 1 per day but my teeth are saying NO, it is hard but I will conquer this. Thanks

                                    1. re: nbermas

                                      I'm rooting for you nbermas. You are on a worthwhile quest. Hang in there and you can be successful!

                                      I allowed myself to be sucked into the 1 or 2 a day habit at my workplace where everyone seemed to have sodas with lunch. (my addiction was Dr. Pepper) Now I drink water, tea, or a variety of fresh squeezed juices which are diluted with nice fresh water over ice. Sometimes I add a little sugar or stevia powder to tea, but feel good about being able to control the amount. It has been important to me to get off the carbonated stuff almost completely, . . . an occasional glass of champagne being the exception:-)

                                      1. re: vday

                                        vday Thanks very much, so far about 1 today. I started making tea with ginger but it hasn't cut it yet. I will keep trying.

                                      2. re: nbermas

                                        wow, sounds like the old line from "airplane", looks like you picked the wrong day to give up coke. you are forgiven. and all joking aside, sorry to hear about your losses.

                                        im looking forward to one or two a week, hope i can manage that. If you can manage to keep to one a day you are doing better than a lot of people, but its nice to just want it instead of feeling like i need it.

                                    2. Just say NO!! Go cold turkey. You'll have headaches and mood swings for a couple weeks but you seriously need to break the addition; not just to the sugar but the carbonation are ruining your health.

                                      I did it; you can too.

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                                      1. re: KiltedCook

                                        Cold turkey is a good approach if you take some steps to set yourself up for success . . . remove all product from the house, don't hang with people who are going to want to drink soft drinks in your presence for a while (find some iced tea types), find a substitute you really enjoy for when you get "the urge" (probably will have to have some significant amount of caffeine in it - or just go buy some caffeine at the drugstore), figure out what time of the day your cravings kick in and do things to anticipate that and have other options readily available, set up a reward system and treat yourself to something nice for sticking with it for the first week (then month, etc)

                                        1. re: vday

                                          My goodness. Sounds like you're actually talking about cocaine, not coke. How hard can it be not to drink soda anymore?

                                          1. re: linguafood

                                            linguafood:Well I have to report I kicked the cola habit and now it is seltzer, frozen ice tea with juice in it. It has been for at least 5 days so far so over the hump. But it is very hard to not frinl soda I get migraines and the soda has caffeine and that is what they use in migraine medication, so before you cast stones......

                                            1. re: nbermas

                                              Glad you did it! I couldn't start a day w/out coffee because of my caffeine "addiction". Not sure I would get migraines if I couldn't have it, but I would have a _really_ hard time waking up.

                                              I kicked soda a couple years ago with the occasional diet coke (I find it's great with spicy Chinese food), and now find it almost insufferably sweet.

                                              My drink of choice is Pellegrino.

                                              1. re: nbermas

                                                Good for you, nbermas! If you don't mind my asking, are you getting migraines *because of* the caffeine withdrawal, or do you tend to get migraines regardless? I ask because a very dear friend used to get horrible migraines at work, and the first thing I would do for her is run to the soda machine to get a Coke. I know caffeine helps migraine sufferers--and I used to get clusters myself, so I have felt your pain and know it sucks. If you want to kick caffeine for other reasons, again, I understand the desire. But if you need a soda to help with your migraines, I think you should cut yourself a little slack. :)

                                        2. I assume you don't drink coffee or tea? Since Coke has caffeine, coffee would satisfy some of your needs I would think.
                                          Unless there's a lot more to this than I understand I don't see why one Coke a day is a big deal health wise. You could drink a half a can with lots of ice and then finish the other half later in the day. Dilution would be an improvement. If it's the sugar content of a regular Coke that is a fraction of a bigger health issue relating to sugar then I would suggest ice tea with things in it like lemon, mint or other flavored teas. Something cold and refreshing might be the substitute you need.

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                                          1. re: Scargod

                                            Appears to be a sugar thing, so I'd suggest finding a tea or tisane that's naturally sweet. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf used to have several options. Looks as though some of the ones I puchased a few years back are no longer in stock, but there are lots of tempting varieties here:

                                            I chose to kick sugar last year (completely for a while) for health reasons. You'd be surprised what you stop craving once you haven't had it in a while (well, at least in terms of beverages!). Damn you, Scargod. Every time I reply to you that double-entendre thing kicks in. ;) But beyond what anyone may be thinking, I even craved CHOCOLATE less once I stopped eating it so regularly.

                                            I also REALLY like Harney's decaffeinated passionfruit tea, though I do sweeten it a little. It's very tasty iced. Here are some other tasty options from Harney (and you can take a road trip there):

                                            Now, come clean, nbermas. Inquiring minds wanna know WHAT IS THAT PICTURE IN YOUR AVATAR? Quid pro quo!

                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                              looks like... a llama training/obstacle course?

                                              1. re: soupkitten

                                                I know.--others have suggested the same. But in exchange for the many chow tips I have posted for nbermas on my local board, I was hoping she (he?) might put some of my curiosity to rest for good. :)

                                                1. re: soupkitten

                                                  I think it's a dog on its back, asking to have its belly rubbed.

                                                2. re: kattyeyes

                                                  It is a llama course, we were in Rhode Island came upon this little farm and the husband and wife do this for a living so we stopped and they couldn't have been nicer. I had never seen this before and so he gave us about a hour demonstration, it was adorable. That made my day, that's why i love to travel anywhere and go the pretty way and end up finding the heart and soul from people you would have never had the pleasure of meeting.

                                                  1. re: nbermas

                                                    Ah! So it's a llama jumping over a barrel:-) Love those llamas!

                                                  2. re: kattyeyes

                                                    Kattyeyes: Thanks for the tips!! Have a blessed day.

                                                    1. re: nbermas

                                                      My pleasure. I hope some of these options work out for you. If it makes you feel any better, I used to drink a LOT of Coke (and not decaf, either) AND espresso and just thought I was peppy. ;) I never got withdrawal headaches when I stopped. I know people usually do. For once, I must have been lucky. Wishing you similar luck. Take care!

                                                      P.S. I know you're in FFD County somewhere--you guys should definitely consider a road trip to Harney. Then you can actually sample the teas to see which ones are for you. You can eat lunch there, also.

                                                      P.P.S. Thank you for telling us about the llamas!

                                                      1. re: kattyeyes

                                                        I will at the end of the summer have a anniversary coming up and we will go up that way, thanks.

                                                3. Ahhh coke the wonderful bubbly. I am addicted too. I have tried to kick the habit and have failed miserably but I can say that you just keep trying. I do not have coke in the house. Here I just drink tea or water and maybe some Kool-aide (hmmm that sounds good right about now). I work at a convenience store and it is hard for me to go to the bathroom so what most people don't tell you is when you get off the sodas you get off the sodium too and that causes a lot of peeing lol so at work I drink coke to keep from doing that, but now I am on blood pressure medication that has a diuretic and well.... lets just say I drink tea at work cuz it just doesn't matter. I could tell you what to try and I could tell you cold turkey but you aren't going to quit until you are ready to quit. Its much like smoking, to kick the habit you have to be ready to. Go small, it doesn't hurt to take baby steps and eventually you will make it. Just know that you are not the only one battleing this thing.

                                                  1. I can't remember; did you say why you have to stop drinking this one can a day? Certainly no more an addiction than one cup of coffee or tea or many other things. Is there a medical reason? You don't have to share what, but if there is then that's a different thing entirely.

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                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                      No no medical reason that I am aware of, but I am on the cusp of high blood pressure and maybe the calories are stupid calories versus good calories. I am trying other things and I do like seltzer water but love Cola more. I will keep trying, thanks very much.

                                                      1. re: nbermas

                                                        Keep trying--you will get there one step at a time. As much as it isn't a sexy beverage, try to get into the habit of drinking water and thinking of other beverages as treats. I drink lots of water, second to that would be milk and green tea (not combined!). It's like anything else--you just have to get used to it. And I was all about sugar and milk in my flavored black tea--I relegated that to the no-no list when I was trying to quit sugar. And, after a while, I promise you just won't miss it the same way. And if I haven't mentioned this previously, get yourself some agave if you don't have it already--easy to find at TJ's or a health food store and better for you than sugar when you need to sweeten something just a bit.

                                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                                          But, k-e, he's only drinking ONE a day!

                                                          1. re: c oliver

                                                            Empty calories are empty calories, babe. I commend anyone who wants to try to quit soda, whether it's one a day or three or five. If you want to lose weight, reduce your blood pressure, (insert what you want to try to fix here), kicking soda is a step in the right direction. Kicking other sugar (in your coffee, in sweets you eat) is a big help, too. I only share this because I used to weigh more, quit sugar, then weighed less. Walking helps, too (and helps reduce blood pressure).

                                                            1. re: kattyeyes

                                                              The funny thing is I don't use sugar in coffee, tea or anything else I drink but I do walk almost every day sometimes twice a day. I am a big fan of ice cream though but just switched to frozen yogurt so every little bit helps. Thank you,

                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                I rarely have a Coke so that's not an issue for me. And, as you know, I consider most desserts "empty calories." Hmm, I guess mashed potatoes are empty calories and empty fat. Interesting :)

                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  Mashed potatoes have been changed to using a little potatoe water, olive oil and a little sour cream instead of milk and butter so everything is changing.

                                                              2. re: c oliver

                                                                coliver, he is a she, thanks for sticking up for me.

                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  admittedly nber is only drinking one a day, but if you are someone who doesnt smoke or have any other "addictions" it is very annoying to have something with that much power over your life. I get to decide when i eat or drink and what I eat or drink... i get irritated when my body is trying to make those decisions for me.

                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                    I agree totally and that is my problem I just don't want soda in my life but it will go away soon.

                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                      That's such an excellent point, KM. I don't mind my body demanding a cup of coffee in the morning but totally GET the point.

                                                                1. re: nbermas

                                                                  It is actually a naturally occuring sweetner that serves as an anit-microbial and is why many gum companies add it to their product.

                                                              1. So, maybe this isn't supportive of nbermas, or maybe it is.

                                                                I had my first coke in a year this afternoon, I have to admit... it was wonderful. Like seeing an old friend again. But like seeing an old friend, you realize that you see them in a different way after a separation.

                                                                I could easily see why and how I became addicted to the stuff. My lips are still feeling the buzz (yes probably psychosomatic, but who cares) I could also see why I wasn't so fond of it as a kid. After a year apart, it was a rather surprising first sip. Then I gave in and luxuriated in it.

                                                                Most of all I was aware of the complexity of the flavor. Yeah, I feel stupid typing it - but after a year I tasted coke in a whole new way. For so long it just tasted like what it was "coke." Now I could taste beyond the sweet. I tasted the cola flavor, i tasted the vanilla, I could appreciate the background fizz of the soda water. And not being a coffee drinker, I really felt the caffeine. Ice tea is great stuff, but it wont give you a buzz like a coke can (oh... i made a pun! )

                                                                I am gonna try to limit it to 2-3 a week, I don't want to surrender to the stuff again. I just hope I continue to appreciate it, it is so much better than needing it.

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                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                  I find your story to be quite supportive. I think (as with anything else) when you become so accustomed to ____________, you no longer appreciate its taste, nuances...and, sure, you sound like an addict describing it, but I understand where you're coming from completely, because I've loved Coke since I can remember...all the way back to childhood. ;) One suggestion: TRY THE DECAF. Believe me when I tell you I was a major Coker (please note the capital C!) and felt so much better after the switch. I will always love the taste, but I don't NEED the SPEED.

                                                                  I actually had a Dr. Brown's Black Cherry yesterday for the first time in ages (required with a pastrami sandwich). No buzz, but it was especially enjoyable, much like your Coke experience.

                                                                  Don't forget, "Coca-Cola adds life. Have a Coke and a smile." For nostalgia's sake, here's looking at ya, kid:

                                                                  Dammit, now I want one, too!

                                                                2. I do understand the problem as I have a serious soda habit. When I was discussing it with my doctor, he got a very tight smile on his face and said "Really, how hard is to just stop drinking the stuff?" Very, very hard for me. However, we have started drinking a mixture of half Pellegrino, half light cranberry juice and it does help. You aren't the only one struggling with this dietary issue.

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                                                                  1. re: Jambie

                                                                    Well, I just had that "coke and a smile." This was the end of my second week after a year of abstinence and so far I have had 5 or 6 colas. 3 of them on August 1&2, and two or three since then. One of those was a pepsi, and I discovered that I still strongly prefer coke.

                                                                    The best part is that I now have a coke only when I really want one, not because it is my default beverage. Last night I thought a coke might be nice, but when I thought about it I realized I just wanted "something" to drink, so I had some iced tea and was perfectly happy. This afternoon as I finished a bunch of errands i thought "I want a coke." And I really did want a coke. So I had one, and enjoyed it. But i don't think I'm gonna want one for a while again.

                                                                    My main message is that it is possible to kick the habit, and still be able to enjoy one occasionally. At least so far. I do believe that taking a break and getting out of the habit of drinking one without thinking about it is important.

                                                                    How are you doing nbermas?

                                                                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                      I quit totally but 1 every maybe 2 weeks, I am so proud of myself and I deserve some gold stars. Thank you for asking.

                                                                        1. re: nbermas

                                                                          Cheers to you, nbermas. Keep up the good work! * * * * *
                                                                          They're only black, but they're stars just the same. ;)

                                                                          1. re: nbermas

                                                                            fantastic.... really glad to hear it.

                                                                        2. re: Jambie

                                                                          Agreed. I live on caffeine- free, diet sodas. I also buy Pellegrino by the case. I wish I could just enjoy plain water, but I can't drink it unless I'm eating

                                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                            You could possibly try making your own fruit and berry infused waters, I read about this in Self mag, in an interview with Heather Graham who does this.

                                                                            1. re: DishDelish

                                                                              Thanks for the tip. However, if there's one thing I hate more than plain water, it's water with a hint of something in it (which seems hypocritical, since I live on diet soda, which is, essentially, flavored, bubbly water).
                                                                              I hate, hate, hate lemon/lime/orange/cucumber/etc. in water and won't touch it. Bizarre, I know.

                                                                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                What about strawberries or other sweet berries? I guess you could also mix half 100% juice and half water ... that might be a good way to get more water. =) I do this with my 2 year old and 6 year old if I ever give them juice, and then I started doing it myself. It really helps break a sugar habit. =)

                                                                                Hey, we all have our own unique taste buds. =)

                                                                                1. re: DishDelish

                                                                                  yeah, i tend to agree wit invino... drinking diluted beverages is kind of like listening to music that is played so softly that you miss the melody, just an occasional note coming thru. Annoying rather than satisfying. Drink a lot of water to satisfy your thirst, and OCCASIONALLY enjoy a SMALL serving of the good stuff, whatever the good stuff is for you.

                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                    We really aren't much of juice drinkers in my household and my hubby isn't that much of a desert fan so i also don't do many sweets so when I have diluted apple juice it tastes fine to me because I am not accustomed to having too much sugar. Also ... I don't want to drink straight juice if I'm not giving it to my kids, that wouldn't be fair to them. =) Typically I prefer water though. It is listed as one of my fav. drinks on my profile. I also tend prefer eating the fruit than drinking a juice.

                                                                        3. Good for you! =)
                                                                          If you don't want chemicals and you can't do the sugar anymore don't do fake sugar either cause this is also just chemicals. The club soda is a good idea, but don't add sugar free syrup, try some 100% fruit juice to mix in instead.
                                                                          FYI: I used to add aspartame to many foods and drinks and I suffered from migraine headaches, then I went off and they almost completely stopped. The chemicals in aspartame are pretty scary. Here is an interesting article:

                                                                          tip: Try drinking equal amounts of water to every other beverage you consume. Or, drink one whole glass of water before the much desired beverage. You might be suprised, sometimes you may decide to forgo the other beverage because you have already quenched your thirst. ;)

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                                                                          1. re: DishDelish

                                                                            I have been making a seltzer, drop of orange juice and iced tea all together, it works for me right now. I have been also drinking a great deal of water too. Thanks

                                                                            1. re: nbermas

                                                                              That is an excellent solution!

                                                                              I ended up quitting soda when I realized it always gave me an awful stomach ache, and then shortly there after I began hearing what all the other horrible side effects were and this really made me happy with my decision of going off. I do occasionally splurge on an Italian soda with half and half and real sugar syrup, which doesn't give me the stomach ache for some reason, but this is probably 4-5 times a year. Other than that I do drink coffee occasionally, and have been addicted to this is the past but I don't even have to have it any more, I just love the flavor.

                                                                              I'm so happy for you! =)

                                                                              1. re: DishDelish

                                                                                Thanks again and good job to you too!

                                                                                1. re: nbermas

                                                                                  Boylan's diet cola in the bottle is terrific.

                                                                                  1. re: johnlockedema

                                                                                    diet = more sugar free *chemicals* which nb is trying to avoid.

                                                                                      1. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                        You are absolutely right ... I forgot about Stevia, do they make diet cola with Stevia now???

                                                                                        1. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                          I tried to like stevia, but it just tastes bad/artificial to me, despite the fact it's natural.

                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                            What about using honey for sweetness? Have you tried that? Have a COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL Day!

                                                                                            1. re: nbermas

                                                                                              My hubby does that for my daughter sometimes as a treat, she loves it. I haven't tried it though.

                                                                                              1. re: nbermas

                                                                                                This is going to sound ridiculous, but I don't particularly care for honey. I like it in baklava, and if it were drizzled over something such as tempura bananas, that would be fab...but honey as a sweetener, I just don't like. I think it's because I was supposed to try to eat spoonfuls of it when I was a kid 'cause it was "good for me"--you know, the whole allergy deal/hair of the dog--the thought of a spoonful of honey is a total turnoff unfortunately. I'd rather just go unsweetened. But I thank you for the thought and wish you a COOOOOOOOL day as well (please let this heat wave end already!!!)...makes me want a Coke, just kidding! ;)

                                                                                              2. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                I have to agree with you. The first time I tried Stevia though, my sis gave me a delicious cup of pomegranate tea (a very tart tea), and 1 Stevia tablet tasted good in it, other than that though I have strongly disliked it in everything else.

                                                                                              3. re: maria lorraine

                                                                                                there are lots of questions about stevia as well, and I agree with katty, it really tastes NASTY

                                                                                                1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                  Have you tried Xylitol? Its also a natural sweetener like Stevia except Stevia is derived from an herb and Xylitol is a sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Stevia is better for you but Xylitol tastes a lot better and is much better than chemical sweeteners.

                                                                                                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                                                                                                    Lots of flavor differences between stevia brands. Try the one sold at Trader Joe's.

                                                                                    1. firstly I also have to reccomend Zevia, but if you are used to coke, try the rootbeer or Black cherry, you won't like any other cola.
                                                                                      secondly something to think about 1 can of pop a day = an extra 10 lb / year. Not to mention the damage to your stomach and teeth, this is from the acid content and nothing to do with the sugar so even sugar free pop is harmful.