You longtime readers (thank you!) know that I have struggled with an addiction to Diet Pepsi for many, many years. I know all the science behind WHY I should not drink it, but I still do. My mom was a chain smoker when I was growing up and I used to get so angry at her and ask her why didn’t she just quit? She knew it was bad for her, yet she chose to continue to smoke. One day, she just up and quit….cold turkey….and now I can’t even wrap my brain around how she did it and never looked back. She didn’t cheat or complain about it—she just did it!
So that my friends is really what I need to do. I need to give up my fountain soda obsession and just stop this nonsense. I’ve cut back a lot over the past few weeks (going from 4-5 cans a day to only 1!) and this is what has helped me:
- Water. Lots of it. I have always loved water, so this one isn’t tough for me.
- Omega Infusion: Although I do love regular water, when I am eating meals I like to have something with flavor. I was given some Omega Infusion water to test out and I really like the taste. It gives just enough flavor, but not super sweet like some of the other flavored waters. It also packs the benefit of containing 80mg of essential omega-3s, Vitamin C, and four B vitamins. Since I do not eat any kind of fish, I need an alternate source of omega-3 fatty acids and I am thrilled that I can get it from a zero calorie drink! It comes in 4 different flavors–fruit punch, citrus, berry and orange. (my fave was the fruit punch). You can learn more about Omega Infusion over on their Facebook page and twitter account.
- Limiting carbs/snack items: I’ve had to cut out most carby snack items. I found that if I was going to have crackers or popcorn, I ALWAYS wanted a diet soda to go with them so if I don’t eat these, I don’t crave the drink to go with them.
- Eboost: this has been critical for the energy/caffeine component. Since I don’t like coffee or tea, I need to get some energy from something! This does the trick and does not give me any kind of energy crash later on.
These 4 things have helped me thus far and I’m hoping they will do the trick to help me kick the habit once and for all.
Have any tips that have worked for you?
Disclosure: I received bottles of the Omega Infusion to try plus compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions and addictions are 100% my own.