Kicking the Coke Habit For Good!

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The sun is back after a rain-filled week…Hallelujah!

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Eric and I took advantage of the nice weather to get outside for our first hike of the year.

We weren’t the only Canadians with Spring Fever! We could barely find a parking spot…

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Ladies and Gents…meet Dwight K. Schrute! Or just Dwight for short. ;)

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I picked myself up a Garmin Forerunner 305 at Costco this weekend!!

I have been wanting one for over a year now and my Polar RS200 has been broken for several months so I finally forked over the cash for a Garmin. Costco seems to have the best deal in Canada (aside from one sketchy website which I deemed was perhaps not the most reliable).

Eric couldn’t stop laughing at how HUGE the watch looks on my wrist. I had to explain to him that it’s a runner’s thing and I am PROUD to wear this beast!

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If you are an Office fan you will understand where the Dwight name comes from. On the show, Dwight is known for wearing a huge calculator watch, which the Garmin kind of reminds me of. ;)

I can’t get over how many cool features this watch has. You can train or race against a ‘virtual partner’. This will be so motivational for me on solo runs. You can also upload all of your workouts and track/compare with the software. I still have half of a manual to read, but so far it has been quite easy to figure out! I can’t wait to use this on my 15km race this Sunday!

We tested out Dwight on the hike today. I set up the automatic pause feature, so the timer pauses every time I stop for a rest. At the end of the workout (or during) you can look at how much ‘rest time’ you had. It prevents the need to keep pausing and starting the watch each time you stop.

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It was about 18C today and just perfect for a hike!

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So peaceful.

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Winter BE GONE!

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We brought some of these on our walk for a snack:

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Eric and I love going on hikes together because it gives us uninterrupted time to just talk about anything and everything…

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We had one VERY interesting talk that I will be telling you about soon. :mrgreen: Oh, it’s a DOOZEY!!!!

We walked for an hour and covered 2.9 miles of hills, rocks, waterfalls, and rays…

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We worked up appetites for lunch…

A protein packed spinach, lentil, hummus, and tomato Ezekiel wrap:

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My breakfast this morning did an OK job of holding me over. Not as good as my first batch of vegan overnight oats for some reason (I may have just been extra hungry this morning though!).

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An apple which was way too soft and not very good…(I like crunchy apples!)

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and a handful of dried organic apricots and a dark chocolate:

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I spent the afternoon organizing my bakery stock and taking inventory. It feels so good to get a jump start on the work week. This week is going to be VERY busy and EXCITING as I am training my first employee, meeting with the organic farmer’s market director, finalizing the new GF Glo Bar, and of course doing my regular orders!

In my last post, I told you that Eric is trying to kick something COLD TURKEY from his diet!

If you guessed COKE you were right!

And no, not the illegal kind of coke…this kind… ;)

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Eric has been addicted to Coke since he was a young boy. In university, he often drank up to 6 cans a DAY as a way to be able to stay awake. He cut back a bit after university, but he still drank about 2 cans during the work day. I used to encourage him to drink healthier things, but he never showed ANY interest in stopping so I dropped it years ago.

Well, what does he do totally out of the blue last week??

He tells me that he decided to cut Coke (and all pop) COLD TURKEY out of his diet!!!!

He has not had a Coke since the beginning of our vacation in Florida, and not one sip at work. Apparently, his coworker bought him a Coke last week and set it in front of him and Eric didn’t even drink it after much teasing from his coworker. I was so proud when he told me this story I almost shed a tear! lol. I gave him a big, beaming bear hug because I am just so proud of him!

I asked him why he decided to do this all of a sudden and he said, ‘It is the one consistent thing in my diet that is bad for me and I realized that I could replace it with something healthier.’

When the craving strikes, he is trying to beat it by making tea or having 100% pure orange juice.

So far it has been working…BUT, he admitted to me this weekend that he is craving one REALLY BADLY and he is worried that he might crack and have one and then be hooked again.

I immediately thought of you guys and I knew that you could help Eric! I said, ‘MY AMAZING BLOG READERS CAN HELP YOU!!!!’ :mrgreen:

He needs the encouragement now more than ever and I was hoping that you guys could leave Eric a comment below and encourage him to stick with cutting Coke out of his life. Then he can read the comments when he is craving some. Actually, this could help ANYONE out there who is trying to cut something out of their diet. Eric REALLY wants to stick with it, but he is afraid that he is not strong enough!! Any encouragement you can offer is greatly appreciated. :) maybe those of you who are also trying to kick pop out of your life can offer each other support!

Today’s question- Do you have a story to share about pop/soda? Do you like it and have you ever tried to cut back? What about diet pop?

My story with pop is a simple one- I always disliked pop since I was a very young child. I have never been a fan of carbonated drinks for some reason! The only pop I ever drank was the orange or pink stuff…and I drank it very rarely because I always preferred juice as opposed to carbonated drinks. I know a lot of women who are addicted to diet pop…they drink about 6-8 cans a day and can’t kick the habit.

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 11, 2010

I didn’t know there was an auto pause on the Garmin. I press start/stop only sometimes when I stop. Sometimes I just let it run….ah ha ha no pun intended.

Maybe if you start referring to Coke as ‘poison’ it’ll help. That’s what I do and ummm I don’t wanna be drankin’ poison now do I??

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2 Leah June 10, 2010

I didn’t know about the auto pause on the Garmin either… Guess I should read the manual!

As for Coke… I gave it up when I was pregnant, and now can’t stand the taste of it. I still occasionally drink a Sprite or 7up but they aren’t a favourite.

Go for it Eric – You can do it!

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3 Rachel April 11, 2010

You can do it Eric!!!

I gave up Diet Coke on February 22, 2010 and haven’t looked back!

We are here for you!

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Wow congrats!

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5 Denise April 12, 2010

I gave up pop for lent and now I can’t even handle the taste or carbonation of it now!

You can definitely do this Eric!

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6 Mandy A April 11, 2010

I’d love to see suggestions for kicking the soda habit! I’m sadly one of the people you mentioned that is addicted to diet soda. I will down 6 cans a day – no problem. I CRAVE them. I’d much rather drink that than water. Sad, isn’t it? I’ve tried to kick the habit MANY times only to start back up – worse off than before!

Best of luck to Eric!! He’s doing an incredible job!!!!!

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7 Lauren M. April 11, 2010

I grew up drinking Diet Coke. My parents were diet coke FIENDS when I was growing up and I never really drank anything else. When I got to high school, my track coach told us how bad it was for us and told us to stop drinking it….so I did. Just like that. I stopped. I don’t remember it being hard to stop. It was weird. Instead of getting a diet coke with my dinner, I learned to order an iced tea or lemonade (I don’t drink lemonade anymore either). My boyfriend still orders coke if we go out for pizza, but I’m trying to get him to stop. I feel so gross when I drink it. All bloated and gassy. It was the best decision I ever made. I know it’s hard now, but keep with it Eric. I never ever ever ever crave soda anymore. Ever. YOU CAN DO ITTTTTTT!!!!!!

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8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 11, 2010

I don’t like carbonated drinks either! Occasionally I may crave the bubbles, but maybe once every few months.

My hubby kicked the diet-soda habit with the Target brand drink mixes that are like Crystal Light. I know you guys don’t have Target, but maybe he can try some flavored water, or carbonated water instead???

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9 Anna @ OatsnBoats April 12, 2010

That’s exactly what my hubby’s doing – reducing his soda intake by replacing it with “water” – the Target brand mix kind of water (his favorite is the cherry-limeade).

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10 Jen O April 11, 2010

Good luck Eric! I have been there so I know exactly what you are feeling. Once you abstain from drinking it for long enough the craving will go away and you will probably be grossed out by it. I think for me just seeing what it is actually made of (diet or regular) makes it real easy to stay away from it. I think another good idea is having other options like the new Crystal Light with natural sweetners or carbonated water or whatever you like to have when you are craving a soda.

Congrats on the new Garmin! I am OBSESSED with mine!

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11 Lauren M. April 11, 2010

Oh…by the way, my boyfriend is going to super jealous of that Garmin when I tell him you bought it. He’s been wanting one for a while. ;-)

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12 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

haha uh oh…this won’t help…but it may or may not be the coolest item I own! lol

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13 Cassie April 11, 2010

I switched most drinks to water awhile ago, and you feel SO much better! :) Juice is yummy, too!
You can do it Eric! :D Maybe try eating more fruit…you might crave less sugar! (Ie, the pop) maybe?

Those watches sound awesome!

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14 Melissa April 11, 2010

This is such perfect timing for me! I gave up coffee about 2 weeks ago after a love affair with it for more than 12 years (I think I started when I was 13). The first three days were absolutely awful but I’ve been fine since. Along with the coffee, I gave up artificial sweeteners – which I obviously used for my coffee. The problem now is that whenever I’m tired, I don’t know what to turn to. I think I’ll incorporate tea at some point but I really love the taste of coffee. If I drink decaf, then I’ll still need the sweeteners. I’m not sure what to do…

Congrats to Eric for this! I know this doesn’t really compare at all, but what about some flavored sparkling water??

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15 Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 11, 2010

I gavesodat up a couple of years ago for 6 months, but as soon as summer hit I craved it like crazy! I’ve unsuccessully tried to quite many time since.

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16 NC April 11, 2010

Any flavor of POM with some club soda with some icecubes should do the trick . This is what i did when my husband wanted to give up drinking pepsi … , when he had a craving for one , I used to give him this . Hopefully this helps eric …

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17 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

wow great idea!!

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18 Holly April 12, 2010

Also try seltzer water since it is carbonated it will be good for that craving–they have all kinds of flavors. It is absolutely true that eventually he won’t even like the taste of coke or at least will not be able to finish a full soda. Stay strong! :)

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19 Lindsay April 11, 2010

I used to drink like 36 cans a week and then i found out that I was allergic to aspartame and my legs were swelling horribly and I was just so sick. I was also eating alot of equal(aspartame sugar) and I had to be admitted to the hospital because my body was having some really bad reactions. So I had to stop cold turkey from drinking diet coke and I havent take a sip since I left the hospital a year ago. If I drink anything now it tea or something with real sugar!!

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20 Laura April 11, 2010

no matter what struggles i have on my road to a healthy lifestyle, i know that not drinking soda keeps me moving forward instead of getting me sidetracked without even noticing. (it’s so easy to slip a few cokes into the day without thinking twice!) my pops did a bit of a 180 a few years ago – from 3 pepsis and 2 mello yellos a day to only water and juice. i think he’d testify that he feels much better these days.

you really can do this, eric. really. and guess what? it’s gonna be WAY AWESOME not to be tethered to the soda machine! keep at it, dude.

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21 Ashlee April 11, 2010

I used to drink sodas all the time..maybe around 6-7 a day. In 7th grade for Lent, I gave up all sodas. Just like that. I had one soda (Coke from Sonic) the day after Easter and I got sick after my first sip. Ever since then (I’m almost done with 10th grade now!!), I haven’t touched a soda. They disgust me. I replaced my soda drinking with water, milk and the “once every blue moon” sports drink for swim meets. Not drinking soda had led me to loss weight as soon as I stopped and not only that, but I feel, sleep and even look better…not as bloated, better skin, ect. I personally think drinking sodas is like pouring your health down the drain. I even convinced my dad to stop drinking sodas and he hasn’t had any for about 2 years now!! Good luck:)

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22 abi April 11, 2010

–> eric you are awesome!

angela I also have a random question for you.. was the sketchy website gpsccity.ca?? I was thinking of ordering from there, hahah! I don’t have a costco membership, but thanks for the tip about costco!

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23 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I think someone told me that website was good, but I can’t remember now!

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24 Gina April 12, 2010

Abi, you can order the Garmin from the Costco website without a membership. I think they charge you an extra $10 or something.

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25 nut April 11, 2010

That is so beautiful. Your location of living is absolutely stunning. You need lots of food to fuel your busy body and mind. So productive. Good luck to Eric. I have never been a pop person. We had it every now growing up, but mostly we just had it on occasions…like at Christmas, or if the parents ordered take-out for a treat. Its so carbonated. I am hooked on things like hot chocolate and hot cocoa!

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26 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010
27 maria April 11, 2010

I used to be addicted to soda so, so bad. Both diet and regular. My advice to your husband is to stay strong. It’s not easy, but once his body gets used to not having it regularly it will get easier!

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28 Morgan April 11, 2010

Go Eric!
My husband went cold turkey on Diet coke and it had an amazing snowball effect on him. It caused him to drop all other artificial sweeteners from his diet (after some prodding from me!) and clean up his eating. Without really trying, he lost 10 lbs. in 3 months! He said he has never felt better.
When a craving strikes, he has some water and goes for a short walk. It’s a great excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!

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29 kayla@wholesome April 11, 2010

I used to drink Coke Zero at least once every single day. It became a part of my day that I would look forward to. When I became vegetarian last year, I decided to kick the artificial sweetener habit, which meant Coke was kicked, too! The first month was a challenge, and I would crave pop nearly every single day. When I was craving it, I’d tell people around me (especially my boyfriend), and they would say things like “you just don’t need it”, “it’s not worth it”, and so on. Basically, I found that surrounding myself with people encouraging me to kick the habit was the trick for me. Also, you’ll be amazed by how much less burpy and gassy you will be without the carbonation. Good luck and you can definitely do it!! Just give it 30 days, and you will have that crappy habit beat :-) If you’re taking care of yourself with what you eat and how active you are, then you definitely don’t want to muck it up with soda. Good luck, and you WILL beat the habit!!

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30 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Congrats! I stopped consuming artificial sweeteners in 2007. I was consuming MASS quantities of them in fat free yogurt and I knew I had to stop…so I went cold turkey and havent had any since. This meant no fat free anything basically (they are in everything!), and I used to have a huge addiction to chewing gum and I put an end to that too. It was so hard but very worth it.

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31 krista April 12, 2010

Angela,

Just wanted to mention there is gum from health store made from xylitol which is quite good.

I used to chew a lot of sugar free gum which made me feel bad, but was addicted!

I order mine from Vitacost -in search to upper left just put in gum, and it comes up-not sure if you have in Canada.

krista

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32 Jacquie April 11, 2010

Eric,

Like your beautiful wife, I’ve never liked carbonated drinks. The bubbles tickled my nose which I didn’t like so unless I have a glass of champagne, it’s out of my diet. However, my family and I do know about bad addictions and if we can get through them, you can definitely kick your love of soda! You can do it!

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33 Debbi April 11, 2010

I love pop. I grew up on Diet Coke and I used to drink MANY cans a day. I kicked the aspartame and didn’t want to drink sugar pop so I just cut pop out all together. It’s hard. I seriously love pop and only allow myself one when we go out to eat which is fairly rare. I never thought of myself as addicted to pop but I was, I still am because I still crave it. It sounds like a weird addiction but it’s so true. And it’s not the caffeine, I switched to non caffeineated several times and it didn’t make a difference. Actually, it did because the caffeine withdrawl headaches were awful. I haven’t had pop for about a year now. I stick with mostly water and the occasional lemonade or iced tea. And V8. I wish him well and the pictures outdoors are beautiful!

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34 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Thanks for sharing your story…congrats on kicking the habit!

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35 Mandy April 11, 2010

Diet coke was always a big thing for me at home. Never really liked the regular pop too much (too sweet for me). But diet pop just had that right mix of carbonation and sweetness….couldn’t get enough of it. It was always at home so I took full advantage, but I knew it was bad.

First year of university I ate on campus and was still drinking diet pop or ice tea (even worse for sugar).

But then when I moved into my own house I stopped buying it (mostly because it was too much for me to carry home for groceries), and I’d still crave it, but it wouldn’t be there so as a student without a car what could I do? I’d just drink some water or tea instead. And now I don’t need it at all. I still crave the carbonation slightly sometimes, but I don’t have any at home so I don’t drink it.

Every once in a while at a restaurant I’ll still get a diet coke (so maybe the habit isn’t kicked completely), but it’s more like a treat so it doesn’t really have a hold one me anymore.

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36 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I think not keeping things in the house is such a great tactic! If its not there you CANT drink it…at home anyways. Good work!

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37 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker April 11, 2010

That watch is super huge. My in-laws bought me the Garmin Forerunner 405cx for X-mas (bought one for my husband, too) — which is equally as huge. But I traded mine in for the smaller FR60.

It has fewer features, no GPS, but I can’t stand the feel of the huge watch on my arm. That being said — hope you enjoy! It’s definitely awesome and well worth the heft. And, though mine isn’t as fancy, it has helped me log my long runs in marathon training <3

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I like how they have different sizes to suit everyones needs…I personally don’t mind the size too much myself but everyone is different! Eric can’t even wear a watch at all because he can’t have anything on his arm.

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39 Kelly Michelle April 11, 2010

oh man I was addicted to diet coke bad, back in the day, like 2-8 servings a day and I would crave it like no other. One day I just cut it out and went cold turkey… It gets easier and now the thought of it is gross!

Two helpful tips:
1. think of how much money you are saving that stuff is expensive!
2. Make your own “soda” this helps with the bubbles craving. Get sparkling water and mix two parts of the water to one part 100% pure fruit juice. It works well with apple, grape or pomegranate but I’m sure anything would be fine. This is also a great tip for people that love juice but want to cut back on the calories/sugar in it! It is seriously so yummy, it has a soda like feel but as far as I know sparkling water (or club soda) is just fine for you.

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40 Megan @ Eat.Scrap.Run April 11, 2010

This is a great idea – I need to cut my diet coke habit!

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41 Kerry April 11, 2010

Diet Coke addict here…..it’s sad, I just see the silver can and smile. I can’t say I’ve made a commitment to stop yet, but one of the things that motivates me most is the economics of it. Maybe if Eric puts the amount of money he’d pay for a Coke in a jar every time he wanted one, you guys would be on your way to another cool vacation?

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42 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

love the way you think ;)

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43 Elizabeth April 11, 2010

I used to drink diet soda religiously, but I gave it up a few months ago because I felt like the artificial sweeteners ramped up my appetite. Interestingly enough, ever since I did so my binge eating has been much, much less severe. But, I was even more glad I gave the stuff up when I found out recently that the stuff in Diet Coke can actually cause MS-like symptons in people sensitive to certain chemicals. Can you believe that?
And, not to use fear tactics to scare Eric into giving up cola, but scientists have begun to believe that cola can cause an increased risk of kidney disease. Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/22/health/nutrition/22real.html

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44 katie April 11, 2010

i got the garmin 305 from my boyfriend for christmas – he calls it my “dick tracy” watch since it’s so big – but i absolutely love it!! i used the virtual trainer on my recent half marathon and it worked out really well [even beat my goal time by over 5 minutes!] :)

best of luck to eric :)

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45 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

wow I never thought to use the virtual trainer during a RACE…very fun…might do that this weekend!

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46 tracy April 11, 2010

you can do it eric!
if you have a craving for the ‘fizz’ get some soda water, and mix it with some strong flavored juice. i like organic pom/blueberry/cranberry.

after a while of not drinking soda, if you DO have one, it tastes bad. too sweet.

good luck!!

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47 Allison @ Food For Healing April 11, 2010

was the talk about babies!!?? Please say yes! haha

I used to drink a fair amount of pop. mostly diet. But one day i just quit drinking it, I almost never have any pop now, and if i do on occasion i try to have Blue Sky Natural Soda

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48 Danielle (Coffee Run) April 11, 2010

I used to be addicted to diet coke until I realized all the chemicals were causing my skin to break out and I was SUPER grumpy :?

YOU CAN DO IT ERIC!! There is nothing in coke that relieves stress or makes you happy. It’s totally mental. Plus, it’s really bad for your health: It has a PH of 3.4 which is strong enough to dissolve teeth & bones! It can also be used to take rust of pennies :?

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49 Kris April 11, 2010

Eric, just think of the 16 teaspoons of sugar in one can of Coke! Not only is the sugar bad for your teeth and weight, but sugar has a destructive effect on the body. And, without all that caffeine, think of how much less wired you will be and how much better you will sleep! A win, win situation! I try to drink ice water rather than soda, and if I want the fizz, I’ll have fizzy water, either with fruit essence (not sugared or artificial sugar) or with a little soda added. I also add frozen berries. Cucumber water is very refreshing also. Hope that helps, and hope we readers provide some help to you when we get some much inspiration from your lovely wife!

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50 s April 11, 2010

I lost 40 pounds in about 6 months from just giving up drinking things like coke and energy drinks. There are a lot of calories/sugar in those drinks and the sugar high isn’t worth it. I was basically a healthy eater other than that. I lost another 15 when I introduced more frequent exercising into my week (both cardio and serious weight training)

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51 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

truly inspiring how changing one thing could do so much!

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52 Katherine April 11, 2010

Go Eric! Just think…drinking coke is not going to feel even half as good as achieving success in the goal you set for yourself. You’ll have a couple of sips and realize that helping yourself provides soo much more satisfaction than that flavored sugar water!

Plus, I have a feeling you may hear some taunts from that coworker who brought you the can of coke if you don’t keep your resolution. Hearing “I told ya so” is NOT worth it ;)

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53 Staceyhttp://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ April 11, 2010

I used to love a can of diet pop. One a day or a few times a week. I have cut it out as my last thing with aspartame. My husband also has cut it out and we no longer have it in our house. In the afternoon when he would usually reach for a pop, he now has herbal tea. I like to make Iced herbal tea’s to help curve that cold bev. craving.

All that caffeine, sugar, or aspartame is so unhealthy.

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54 David April 11, 2010

Give up the coke Eric! Big brother says so :)
We’ve cut it out of our diet pretty much as well and its worth it

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55 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I love that big brother is commenting :)

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56 kellyO April 11, 2010

I just recently gave up my life-long Dr. Pepper addition and FEEL SO MUCH BETTER!!! I occasionally have a diet Coke, but not often. Now water with lemon/lime is my drink of choice. Huge change for me. You can do it, Eric!

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57 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Good job!

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58 laurie April 11, 2010

i kicked the diet coke habit by mixing lemon/lime or raspberry seltzer with a splash of juice (orange, V-8 splash or pom). all natural and ALMOST like drinking a flavored soda!

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59 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I love V8!

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60 EaterNotARunner April 11, 2010

I didn’t know about the “pause” feature! Thanks :-)

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61 Marlow April 11, 2010

He should definitely try a fizzy water!!

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62 Eve April 11, 2010

Woohoo Eric! You should arm him with a bag of sugar and a teaspoon and tell him to go to town (I read 10 tsps/can online today, but someone has already said 16?) when he has cravings! (haha, or not!) I cut out HFCS and all artificial sweeteners a couple years ago, and I basically stopped getting headaches, it was awesome! Something I LOVE to do is have club soda with a wedge or two of lime – people have already mentioned club soda/juice, etc. I bet you could totally sweeten a club soda drink with agave or something to make it more pop-like.

Your pictures of your hike are awesome! :)

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63 Meg April 11, 2010

Eric, when I discovered that I had many food intloerances which were doing more harm to my Crohn’s disease, I at first didn’t think it was possible for me to cut out so many foods…one being chocolate. Oh man, was I ever a chocoholic. I found ways to sneak it in wherever possible. Once I cut it out I had huge cravings for it, I would try eating so much other foods just to try to take away the craving, but it would never work, I would just be sad that I couldn’t eat it. Then last Christmas in 2008 I cracked and tried a piece of peppermint bark. It was SO good! I ended up eating a few handfuls of it, but within a couple hours I was curled up on the couch…for 3 days. That was that, I no longer crave chocolate. I’ve found great alternatives to it though, such as carob…so good! Anyway my point being, is that just pretend that if you drink it, it will make you feel sick..or seek out other alternatives to the cola…I know theres a brand at Whole Foods called Zevia…it’s stevia sweetened pop…0 calories. I saw it the other day in the Toronto Whole Foods. They had a cola flavour…maybe that would help with your craving?
Anyway…good luck with it, you can do it!!!

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64 Lizzie April 11, 2010

I haven’t had coke since I was probably 8. Can’t stand the stuff. And in my 20’s all of them just became too sweet for me. I used to have a fair bit when I was bartending, as during a busy shift you need some instant energy :) I’s like to try the whole juice/seltzer thing though. Your hike looks like heaps of fun! I had a cold today, so couch time for me, but excited about getting out in the Spring weather!

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65 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

You just reminded me…the one fizzy drink I used to have in university was RED BULL…I would drink the diet stuff from time to time. eek.

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66 lex @ sweettoothlex April 11, 2010

I have the 305 and LOVE it! I definitely haven’t used all of the cool features it has but I do find it great for programming your own sessions.

I’ve never been addicted to pop (soda for our American Friends). We really only buy it if people are coming over so there is an option (or a mix if there’s alcohol).

Hopefully it works out for him – I agree a fizzy water may be a good alternative!

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67 Ellen April 11, 2010

i used to be a total diet pop addict! i would drink it all day, because after all it’s like water (err.. not quite). i love carbonation, so i started by making my own spritzers at home with club soda, stevia and citrus juice. it wasn’t nearly as satisfying, and occasionally i would still succumb when i was at restaurants or parties.

what really got me to kick the habit? kombucha. it’s an expensive addiction, but i see it now as a special treat and it’s good for my health. i allow myself one of the fizzy treats a day and it keeps me “clean” :) i now brew it myself too, though i can’t yet keep up with the rate i drink it.

(PS- it’s also a good source of vitamin b12, so it’s perfect for vegans!)

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Ive always wanted to try Kombucha…I’m a bit scared!

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69 Michelle April 11, 2010

Don’t be scared!! :) it’s really yummy! I enjoyed it my first time a couple weeks ago. it is pricy though :) worth it for a treat sometimes though :)

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70 Ellen April 12, 2010

definitely don’t be scared– though maybe dilute it with juice at first. it’s tangy and effervescent, but that’s what makes it good. i even got my dad to give up alcohol for months after he replaced his daily glass of wine with a bottle of kombucha! never thought i’d see the day. trust me, if he can do that, eric can kick the coke.

also, i’ll point out that kombucha gives me more energy when i’m tired than anything with caffeine! it gives me wings, no red bull required.

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71 Ellen April 12, 2010

also, soda cans contain BPA–another reason to skip the pop.
(sorry to monopolize your comments!)

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72 Maureen April 12, 2010

Does it come in a can or a bottle and where do you buy it?

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73 Ellen April 12, 2010

comes in a bottle. i like GT/Synergy brand. you can buy it at whole foods, co-ops, and even many “regular” grocery stores (usually in the dairy section, even though it’s totally nondairy).

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74 Kelly April 11, 2010

I had a MASSIVE soda habit, I made the switch to diet soda about 10 years ago and was drinking 3 cans of diet soda each day, plus about a 2 liter every night. I also quit cold turkey (last August) and now only have diet soda in a very rare mixed drink. I drink a TON of water now.

Go Eric – you can do it!!

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75 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

wow good for you Kelly! :) woot

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76 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 11, 2010

Hiking is my favorite kind of exercise — it’s so nice to be outdoors and enjoying a social activity while getting your heart rate going.

I gave up Diet Coke but still “slip” sometimes. It’s been really bad this week with 17-hour jet lag but I’m hopefully back on the wagon.

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77 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

We all have slips…it’s human…you can do it! Lack of sleep is a trigger for SO many things.

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78 Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 11, 2010

What a beautiful hike :) Looks gorgeous!
And stay strong Eric – you will kick the habit for sure :)

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79 Caryn April 11, 2010

Not strong enough? psh! Of course Eric is strong enough! If he’s already gone this long with no Coke (and resisted the coworker’s little temptation shenanigan) then he definitely has this thing under control! I agree with other people that mixing some carbonated water into juice (or drinking it by itself) can help with any cravings for something sweet and/or bubbly. Good luck, Eric!!!!! :)

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80 Ali April 11, 2010

On cutting the coke:

I’m a big fan of mixing sparkling water with juices as someone mentioned above.

Other ways to start drinking water more is to flavor it! Some of the things i like to add:
1. Fresh Ginger (sliced)
2. Cucumber (sliced)
3. Mint (organic food grade essential oil makes it really refreshing, you can also use mint leaves but the float and get annoying)
4. Lemon or lime wedges (squeezed of course)

I just fill a glass pitcher, put one of the things above in it and put it in the fridge, cause the colder the better! It’s amazing how just a little flavor in plan water can make it so much yummier! I also do it with my water bottle i carry around with me everywhere, so i have refreshing mint water where ever i go

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81 Blaine April 11, 2010

Fizzy water, though it might be a good step towards kicking the Coke habit still actually causes bone mineral leaching – NOT good!

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82 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I don’t know anything about fizzy water and Im curious why it would cause bone mineral leaching now…

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83 Michelle April 11, 2010

i did a bit of online research and it looks like the phosphoric acid in carbonated drinks can leech calcium from your bones if you are not taking in enough calcium to counter the over abundance of phosphoric acid. In a regular healthy diet with lots of variety and moderation this wouldn’t be an issue, only when healthy beverages or foods are cut out and a high amount of carbonated beverages are consumed. :)

My Nutrition Teacher told us a story about one of her clients who had osteoporosis in her twenties, and they couldn’t figure out why based on her food intake.. then they looked at her beverage consumption and she drank a CASE of diet soda every DAY !!!

Moderation will save you life :)

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84 Jes (Self Motivation) April 11, 2010

What beautiful pictures! Several years ago I gave up soda (I call it soda) cold turkey for a month (as a personal challenge). The first week was the most difficult, but after that it wasn’t so bad. I did eventually go back to drinking soda but not nearly as much as I used to.

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85 JenRD April 11, 2010

Is he having any headaches from caffeine withdrawal? Tea or coffee can help with that. Replacing soda with sparkling water or seltzer can replace the initial cravings for the fizz. Also, chewing gum can help–especially cinnamon gum. There is something in the cinnamon flavor profile that helps with cravings, including cigarettes! If he doesn’t chew gum, maybe some hot water with a cinnamon stick swizzled in might help? Good luck!

Jen

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86 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Yes he has had headaches..I think the tea does help a bit, depending on how much he drinks. Eventually the body will adapt Im sure :)

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87 Babs April 11, 2010

What perfect timing! I quit drinking soda jan 1st. It’s definitely tough. And I was having some hard-core cravings recently, so this was the perfect time to hear of other people pushing through. I’ve had a few (prob 3) Izze’s and they help a bit, because of the fizz. Eric don’t bail on me :) We can kick the habit together!

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88 jessica April 11, 2010

My trick to cutting Coke (and Diet Coke): Read the ingredients!!! Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, caramel color, phosphoric acid, natural flavors and caffeine. Diet Coke is even worse because it’s ALL chemicals (hence no calories). Now, do you really want to put all that syrup and chemicals into your body? Or would you rather give your body something it NEEDS and will make you feel good? Water rids your body of toxins, tea has multiple health benefits, etc. Hope this helps!!

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89 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Very good points!

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90 Jennifer April 11, 2010

Eric, you can do it! Ironically enough, I gave up Coke at the beginning of last week. It has almost been a week for me and I am doing okay. I try to not focus on how much I want one and instead think of all the other healthy things I can put in my body. And, really, if it will eat rust off of metal, then imagine what it really does once inside us!

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91 Sarah April 11, 2010

I’m one of those women who is addicted to diet pop. Over the years I have been able to cut down and even cut it out of my diet for several weeks at a time, but somehow I always come back to it. There’s always an excuse to be drinking it. I don’t get enough sleep so I need the caffeine, I need to focus at work and it helps me, et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum. It’s funny that I’m reading this blog because my boyfriend and I just had a conversation about our addiction to coke products and how we would both like to give them up. When you think about it coke addictions can end up costing as much as nicotine problems. Scary thought! I think it’s really admirable that Eric is able to just cut it off completely like that. If he is craving something more fizzy that’s at least semi healthy, I’ve heard club soda + orange juice is pretty tasty. It lacks caffeine, but it has that tickly carbonated goodness that make my insides happy :-p. Wishing Eric good luck!

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92 Edith April 11, 2010

Eric: I used mountain dew to survive my first year of grad school, and I survived. I quit cold turkey and switched to all kinds of tea and green monsters in my second year, and I wrote an awesome thesis. Your life will be just as good, in fact, even way better if you keep at it! You’ve already lasted so long – don’t waste the effort you’ve already put in!

Also, if you do start drinking coke again, you will hear all million of angela’s readers crying, and that’s going to be pretty loud and annoying ;-) Oh yeah, and heartbreaking. You wouldn’t break all our hearts at once, would you? :) kidding, but good luck!

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93 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

hahahah amazing comment…Eric enjoyed :)

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94 Julie Boyer April 11, 2010

I have struggled with a Diet Coke addiction since high school. Never more than 2 cans a day, but totally crave it. I gave it up for a year once, and then just one can did it for me and I was hooked again. Like Eric, it was my only vice. I tried to substitute cranberry juice and club soda, for the carbonation, which sometimes worked for a while. The day I found out I was pregnant though, I drank my last full can and haven’t touched it since. I miss it though and can’t promise that I will have given it up forever. So, I wish you luck Eric, it’s not easy but I do recommend not drinking even ONE.

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95 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I’m going to hold you to it post-pregnancy! ;)

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96 Ellen April 11, 2010

I used to drink multiple Diet Dr. Peppers or Diet Cokes in college. When I went abroad, I stopped b/c canned sodas weren’t easily found and if so, they were expensive. I could felt completely different after going without soda for a few days. After a while, I realized it wasn’t that hard to let the habit go, and I could tell how much better I felt.

Every few months, I crave a diet soda. But after the first few sips, I realize how crappy it makes me feel: bloated, heavy, and almost like I have a metallic liquid running through my veins!

You can do it, Eric! Sodas are pure crap–diet or not. Why drink a can of chemicals? There are so many better, smarter, tastier options out there!

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97 Diana April 11, 2010

I used to drink all sorts of pop all the time and quit a couple years ago. What really helped me was drinking carbonated water (club soda) with a little lime or lemon juice. You still get the bubbly feeling without all the sugar and chemicals. Zero calories and zero sweeteners. Just water and a little carbon dioxide. Delicious!

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98 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

That does sound kind of fun to try…I bet you could also squeeze in some fresh orange in there. congrats on being pop free for 2 years :)

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99 Danielle April 11, 2010

Dear Eric,
I was TOTALLY addicted to Diet Coke for years and years and years. Like you, I knew it was part of my diet that could use some help and could be replaced, although I had many fits and starts with trying to give it up. Then, I finally made up my mind. I haven’t had a diet coke since December 31, 2008! About a year and 3 months! The first few weeks were hard– as they will be for you too since COke has the SUGAR factor. But stick with it. Every day you will grow more and more proud of yourself! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t still want a diet coke to some degree for about the first year! But, Now, it doesn’t even phase me. YOU CAN DO IT!

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100 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Congrats!

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101 Katherine @ Lipgloss and Spandex April 11, 2010

I wish the US Costco had the Garmin :( I really want one, especially now that I’m doing longer distance running. Oh well.

Congrats to Eric for deciding to quit Coke! :P I used to love soda, including diet, but it was too spendy when I was a student to keep up that kind of habit! So I switched to crystal lite for awhile because I didn’t like plain water, and then eventually to water. Now I drink tons of water all day long. I have a diet coke now and then when I go out to eat, but not often.

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102 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

I heard good things about PCNATION.COM in the US!!! Very low price!

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103 Katherine @ Lipgloss and Spandex April 11, 2010

Thanks Angela! I’ll look into that. :D

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104 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 11, 2010

That is so great that he is giving up coke. As a kid I used to drink 3-4 Mountain Dews every single day after school.

If he craves having something with a lot of flavor, Crystal Light really worked for me. If he craves the carbonation, a flavored carbonated water would work well. Good luck! It may not be easy just stay away from it as much as possible and things will go well :)

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105 alyssa April 11, 2010

I’m not a fan of the soda flavors so giving up soda was pretty easy but I find water to get very boring! I understand sometimes it just isn’t refreshing enough so I stick to seltzer water with lemon and lime squeezed in. It might not be the healthiest thing considering water isn’t meant to have carbonation in it but it keeps me from running to the aspartame sweetened carbonated waters!

YOU CAN DO IT! :)

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106 John April 11, 2010

Take it from a guy who drank 4 litres of pop EVERYDAY……GET OFF THE POP!!! I’ve been off it again since the start of the year and once I got through the cravings it’s been a breeze. You save money and you’re not a slave to pop.

Another note: my Dad in the last 3 years or so has had kidney stones and the doc said they can be caused by pop! and he was a big pop drinker too. Kidney stones are painful from what I hear…closest thing to giving birth a guy can get :-)

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107 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 11, 2010

Wow GO YOU!!!

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108 Christine (The Raw Project) April 11, 2010

I’ve been soda free for a few months and have been seriously cutting back before only having 1 a week or so. It was a little hard at first, focusing on the money savings was a huge driver for me. Now I don’t crave it at all.

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109 Kelly April 11, 2010

GO ERIC! You can do this, no prob. Easy-peasy.

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110 Pam C April 11, 2010

Here’s something you can do to inspire yourself.

Take an old crummy dirty penny and soak it in some coke. When you take it out it’ll be all shiny and looking brand new! Do you really want to have that corrosive power working on your stomach?

I won’t lie I don’t like soda but loved diet coke until recently a health problem changed my taste buds and now I can’t stand it! So kicking the habit was easy for me.

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111 Monica April 11, 2010

Good luck to your hubby! I stopped drinking soda during high school, only to pick up the habit again briefly during my freshman year because soda was the only way I could get down the heavy booze, haha. Needless to say, I have some pretty bad memories associated with carbonated beverages now, and can’t imagine drinking one for the heck of it :)

Also, a celebratory “woohoo!” for the first hike of the season! I love spring!

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112 ErikA April 11, 2010

I can’t believe that Eric is trying to do something positive and here an adult has to taunt him -kudos to Eric on not caving in and having the coke. Anyway maybe a better organic type of pop would help him get through that coke craving – even kombuca might help it has that fizzy taste of soda. Keep up the good work Eric.

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113 Rebeca April 11, 2010

I JUST did this… Well, I drank Diet but that’s worse. I gave it up for lent and decided to continue.

What saved me was seltzer. I made tons of “chia fizz” drinks (seltzer water, fresh mint leaves and chia seeds). I also would just flavor it with a slice of lemon, orange, etc. I realized that what I really loved was the carbonation more so than the actual soda. I hope that helps!

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114 Stephanie April 11, 2010

Good luck Eric!!! You can do it!!

to answer your question – I gave up diet coke. it used to be my lunch back at the height of my eating dissorder. While in a treatment program, I decided that the only reason I drank it was because it was filling (carbonation!) gave me the energy I so desperately lacked, and had no calories or fat. Sounds like an E.D. crutch to me! So that was the end of Diet Coke.

Oh, and if Eric needs a visual,I once used coke in a plugged g-tube!! The acidity ate away at the blockage. Worked like a charm. It’s like draino for g-tubes. Nasty.

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115 Rawkin Robin April 11, 2010

Ugh the trouble of Coke…I myself find this a struggle every once in a while (with Diet Coke). Here are my suggestions for satisfying the craving. 1st off – for me, when I want pop, in order to satify the craving, the replacement beverage must either be carbonated or sweet with a chocolate or vanilla flavor. My suggestions: Homemade iced coffee or iced tea mixed with stevia or agave and creamer (silk soy vanilla creamer is awesome). (Tip, make ‘ice’ cubes of tea or coffee so your drink doesn’t become watered down.) The other drink is a combo of iced tea with a carbonated drink like soda water and squeeze some lemon in.

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116 Katelyn April 11, 2010

Not sure if you’ve seen this and it is extrememly gross, but I sure couldn’t lift a soda to my lips after watching it. :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjXXkEWqXWY&NR=1

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117 Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 11, 2010

Congrats to your hubbie!!!!! I stopped drinking soda a year or so ago and i’ve NEVER looked back! I feel amazingly better.. it’s unbelievable! And you will stop craving it. Now, I can’t stand it!

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118 Eric April 11, 2010

Wow, thanks everyone for the support. To tell you the truth, the main reasons I wanted to quit coke were:

1) Expensive – especially if you buy from vending machines
2) I hated that everyday at 3:00pm I felt a major loss of energy and felt like I required one.
3) Its just not good for you…

I can’t say that I feel any better around 3:00pm, but I have been trying other things. Tea or Orange Juice seem to work best for me. Tea is good but I never drink hot drinks on hot days, so for the summer it is no good. The Cafeteria at my work sells Orange Juice for $2.60 for a small little bottle, so I’ll have to buy some and bring it in. I have noticed getting headaches a lot more frequent, which I assume is the caffeine withdrawl. I’m not sure if tea is the best substitue though since I don’t like having to depend on something, also I still put quite a bit of sugar in my tea, but I’m taking baby steps here. =) I think someone else mentioned Fruit, that helps also.

The only hard part of kicking the habbit is being at work, my co-worker calls Coke the “Lifeforce”. He drinks anywhere from 3-6 cans a day, but I think I’m getting to him as he recently talked about cutting back.

Anyhow, here’s hoping! Thanks again everyone for the encouragement!

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119 Naomi O April 11, 2010

I used to be a pop monster. seriously! I drank tons of diet pop and it made me feel so gross. I gave up drinking pop (and a few other not-so-good foods) almost a year ago and feel better then I ever have! I dropped so much weight, am running my first half marathon in 2 weeks and have soo much energy! Stick with it and lose the pop cravings man! You will feel FANTASTIC!

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120 AO April 11, 2010

Diet Coke addict here, although I am proud to say that after many years of drinking up to 4 cans daily I’m down to 1-2 a week now (on the weekends). I gave up other sodas and other artificial sugary drinks years ago (other then the very very occasional mixed drink at a bar) and feel so much better not drinking junk all the time.

What really helped me with breaking the daily Diet Coke habit (I was stuck on 1 a day for quite some time) was giving yourself something else you enjoy that will help with the cravings so you don’t ever feel deprived… in my case, I used tea, and the slight caffeine boost I got there was enough to ward off the worst of the cravings. Plus, there are so many kinds of teas, I had fun trying out a bunch to see what I liked. Also: If you’re craving the carbonation, maybe mixing fruit juice with carbonated water might also be helpful?

GOOD LUCK ERIC! Just think of all the better things to drink out there. :)

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121 Kt April 11, 2010

Great Job Eric!!
My tip is every time you want a coke, channel that energy into getting angry that it even exists. I know this sounds weird, but it’s true- isn’t kind of unfair that a company tries to get you to drink something BAD for you just to make money? They don’t deserve your support :)
You guys are such a cute couple BTW!

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122 Sana April 11, 2010

Eric, you can definitely kick the habit! When I started college 3 years ago I made a decision to give up coke and all soda. It was very hard at first but I decided that I am doing this for my body. I want to be strong and healthy and drinking a can of coke or soda isn’t helping me in any way. It has been 3 years and I have not had a sip of coke. It’s possible but you have to believe that YOU CAN DO THIS!

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123 Jolene April 11, 2010

I am not a huge fan of pop … it is liquid poison. You can do it Eric!!!!!!!

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124 Maya April 11, 2010

Go Eric! If you feel the coke monkey getting to you, try seltzer water with juice!

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125 Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 11, 2010

I purchased a Garmin 305 last year in the hopes I’d put it to good use this year when I get back to training again. I just set it up last Thurs., but have not gotten the opportunity to try out all of the features that I am sure it has. I did not know that it had this feature but I love that, so I’ll check that out! What a wonderful place to hike, wow! I love hiking and mountain biking, fun stuff.

As for the addiction of soda pop, I once was a diet coke addict many many moons ago, and I don’t know how in the heck I was because when I taste it today, it is not a good taste whatsoever. As for regular coke, I don’t ever drink it, I don’t drink soda at all for that matter. I am a water, green tea and coffee drinker but mostly water. Now, I do have to say and I don’t know what it is, but when I’ve eaten a real hamburger, which I do not do as I am attempting to become a pescatarian, some day, but having a burger, fries and a coke just seems right. :)

I think if you have Eric go to http://members.tripod.com/Barefoot_Lass/cola.html, he might think twice about continuing to drink Coke….teehee! Or Google Uses of Cocacola….and holy schmoly you will freak!

Eric, you can do this, once you don’t have it anymore, you won’t even crave it. My hubby was once addicted to Diet Mt. Dew when he was in the Army due to the fact that it kept him alert during training, he eventually stopped it cold turkey and to this day he wonders why he would’ve even wanted to drink something full of sugar like that. I’m so glad!

Good luck!

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126 Bec April 11, 2010

During my worst disordered eating days I could drink up to 12 cans of diet coke a day. I gradually cut back to 1 to 3 per day BUT was drinking 3 to 4 cans of red bull per day plus coffee. I stopped my diet coke and red bull habit cold turkey when after I left my job a little over a year ago. I have not touched diet coke since but have had the occasional (I could count the times in the last year on one hand) lemonade or sunkist. The thought of diet coke makes me literally feel ill now. I don’t even like the smell if someone else is drinking it. Giving up red bull was harder. I had many slip ups the first three months or so. Once again I have had the occasional one since but no longer crave it. Carbonated beverages actually make me feel sick to my stomach now. I still drink coffee (usually just in the morning). I drink a lot of soy milk, cranberry juice and tea now. If I can kick this habit, anyone can. I think the key is to allow some slip ups but have one and get back on the wagon. No one is perfect and going cold turkey is really tough. If you forgive yourself for slip ups I think you have a much better chance for success instead of simply believing it is all too hard and giving up. Go Eric!

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127 Kristina April 11, 2010

I used to LOVE Coke… to the point of owning a lot of old Coke memorabilia. But then one day I realized how many liquid calories you’re unknowingly consuming when you drink soda, and I think that was a turning point for me. I never drank soda at home, but every time I went out to eat I’d get one. Now I feel a sense of proud accomplishment when I go out to eat and just order water. I feel like I’m really doing something great for my body, and that makes me feel great! :D

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128 :: Rochelle April 11, 2010

I weaned myself off of soda back in my BA years and what helped was carrying around water and if the urger for a soda struck I would reach for a Peligreno. There’s something about bubbles in the soda that was my “crave” factor. Also, a visual representation of how much sugar is in soda can help…. Check out sugarstacks.com

Best wishes!

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129 Elizabeth April 11, 2010

I also used to be addicted to Coke…it was tough for me to kick the habit. I did Kris Carr’s ACT Cleanse last April and told myself that I would go 28 days without drinking soda and then after those 28 days I would re-evaluate and see how I was feeling about things. After that time, I did not crave it anymore! I drink one every once in a while now but it tastes really really sweet to me (I never realized how sweet a Coke tastes until after I gave it up). One of the things that helped me when I was having cravings was a few sips of kombucha tea (like GT’s which they sell at Whole Foods). It’s really fizzy and gives me a burst of energy like soda used to do. I feel SO much better not drinking it anymore and you can DEFINITELY break the habit! Doubt your doubts! :)

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130 Sam April 11, 2010

I have found that sparkling water often helps curb my soda cravings. The carbonation is really satisfying. :)

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131 Steph April 11, 2010

add some club soda to your orange juice. the carbonation may help fufil your coke cravings!

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132 Jen April 11, 2010

I used to have a diet coke addiction about 1.25 litre bottle a day. It started when I was in grade 9 and went on a school trip (before then I had NEVER drunk coke) and lasted til I had finished university (about 3 years ago). I know have sparkling mineral water as it gives me the bubbles (and is a bit more exciting than still water) but is much better for me. I have relapsed twice (had one glass on two separate occassions) but it was just one drink and didn’t go back to drinking it all the time.

So good luck Eric and if you do slip rememeber you don’t have to keep going after that and don’t think if you have one drink you’ll be drinking it all the time again.

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133 Marina April 11, 2010

That’s so great that Eric is trying to be healthier! Don’t you just love it when our healthy habits rub off people around us?
My bf doesn’t eat really healthy, but he tries, and I’m glad that we are making progress :))

I was never much of a soda/juice drinker. All the sugar and stuff in it freaks me out. I’ve heard that coke makes your erythrocytes glued together, awful!
Sparkling water with a bit of lemon is a great substitution :)

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134 ann April 11, 2010

Any kind of water with fizz, add some lemon, lime or orange juice. I always do lemon. Touch of sugar if you need it. It has the pop fizz that I sometimes miss from other drinks. I drink Harmony chocolate milk now where I used to drink coke (pizza, chips…………it is organic milk… about 5 per bottle but 2 back when you take back the bottle. Organic planet and whole foods carry it. Drink some see if you like it as a sub for pop. I haven’t had a pop in 2 years and drank 6 or more a day. When i really want a pop those are my treats to get past it.

Best of luck to you,
I know you can do it.

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135 Kate April 11, 2010

Go Eric!

I was a die hard diet soda fan from way back. In high school I had one can a day, unless we were on vacation or went out to eat. In college I started drinking diet soda with every meal (even breakfast). On weight watchers I would drink at least one can a day, maybe a 20oz bottle with tons of water. When I quit weight watchers because of my binging, I stopped using artificial sweeteners. I was still drinking a couple cans a week.

During the last few months I would drink a random can or 20 oz bottle–until a few weeks ago when I decided to buy a Sobe green tea right before work. (Do they have Sobe in Canada? Think enhanced sugary juice drinks.) I took a swig and my goodness it was so sweet! I also noticed I’ve started being satisfied with fruit for desert instead of tons of chocolate.

What helped me (because I love carbonation) was drinking sparkling water mixed with juice or the kobucha drinks from Millennium. Neither are things I would have drank when I was on weight watchers, but I feel so much better drinking these things.

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136 Run Sarah April 11, 2010

I used to drink tons of juice but eventually cut back when trying to lose weight! I drink soda on occasion now but just as a treat.

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137 pam landy April 11, 2010

I sent you the whole forward on water or coke because it was too long to post but here are some of the most shocking facts about Coke…

In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years.

Slightly and by slightly I mean really disturbing right??
Hope those give him some motivation!!!

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138 Rika April 11, 2010

You can do it Eric!! You’re a powerful warrior, a beast! RAWWWR! :D

and on the side note: tehe, it’s so cute that you guys call it “pop”!

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139 Erica Rose April 11, 2010

Well, we share a name so OBVIOUSLY you are made of awesome! One of the best reasons to stop drinking it, is that the phosphoric acid in it, plus Vitamin C (in your diest) equals… KIDNEY STONES!! From what I’ve heard, it’s the male equivalent of giving birth! You can totally do it!! Maybe try just plain sparkling water for awhile, to get the bubbly feel. Good luck!

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140 Carbzilla April 12, 2010

Yep, you need a Soda Stream! I swear you’ll never go back!

Big news? You’re such a tease! More cats? :)

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141 Molly April 12, 2010

Hi Angela & Eric!

Stay strong Eric, I feel like when I’m trying to kick a bad habit, I think about it more, like all the time, so the best way to beat it is distracting yourself with something else to keep your mind off those cravings. Easier said than done, I know, but keep at it, you’ll feel soooooo much better in the long run!

Also, Angela what is the protein powder that you use? I’ve been experimenting with a few, but haven’t found, ‘the one’. Any suggestions? Thanks :D

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142 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 12, 2010

hurray for getting the garmin you’ve wanted! i bet you learn some really great things about how your body operates with it :) i have to admit, i really enjoy a diet coke or diet dr. pepper once or twice a week sometimes. it’s not a regular thing…sometimes i’ll go weeks without it, but it’s something i like. i have been drinking a lot more tea or coffee though, which helps with not drinking as many cokes as usual :)

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143 Meredith April 12, 2010

I used to have coke and toast for breakfast everyday. I just don’t buy the stuff anymore. Out of sight, out of mind.

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144 jenn April 12, 2010

That’s so awesome about your husband.

I drink a soda VERY rarely. A few diet ones year.

I’ve been teaching my kids from a young age that they won’t like them so they tell everyone they don’t like them. We’ll see how long that lasts.

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145 Sasha April 12, 2010

A friend of mine narrated this incident: we’ve all read circulated emails on how coke is strongly acidic enough to dissolve teeth, bones not to mention of all the damage it can do to our stomach lining. When her friend’s young son lost his tooth, she put it in a glass of coke and left aside for a few days. And lo, the tooth actually did begin to crumble and show signs of dissolving.

Brrr…I know for a fact that coke (or any aerated drink for that matter) really plays havoc with my tooth enamel but this story really shook me up and I’ve stayed coke-free for more than 15 years. I may have a sip once a few years when everyone’s insisting that I drink something.

Love your recipes, by the way. Have been inspired to buy an oven and begin baking myself. Just of out curiosity, what kind of oven do you use? A microwave (nah!) or a convection oven? Thanks for any tips!

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146 Diana April 12, 2010

I was addicted to lipton iced tea when I was younger! My mom stopped buying it when she noticed I drank waaaaaay too much. The first few weeks I complained a lot but eventually I just totally forgot about it. Nowadays I never drink the stuff. It’s way too sweet and yucky. A big glass of water or tea or natural juice… much better!

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147 Rachel (Suburban Yogini) April 12, 2010

Yay for Eric.

I’ve never been addicted to pop or anything but I did used to be a smoker (eeeek)!!!! I quit cold turkey a few years ago and y’know, even now I get the odd craving.

They way I dealt with cravings was to clean my teeth. Give them a good clean, mouthwash and floss. I never felt like smoking a smelly cigarette then when I had a nice fresh mouth. This trick works for me when I’m snacking through boredom and know I’m not hungry so it may well work for sweet sticky pop!

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148 Sarah (GF vegan) April 12, 2010

I confess, I’m a diet coke addict. I’m curbing my addiction too though. It’s easier than kicking my cheese addiction. I just remind myself of all the bad things it does to our bodies and visualise all the healthy alternatives. I’ve cut down to one-two diet cokes a week, instead of two per day.

You can do it, Eric!!! Well done :) Going cold turkey is truly impressive x

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149 Jennie {in Wonderland} April 12, 2010

I used to drink Coke or Pepsi pretty regularly, but I was REALLY addicted to Red Bull / Rock Star and all those energy drinks. When I worked for Disney, we had to act like cartoon characters on speed, so I drank about 3 large cans of energy drink a day! The worst day was when the vending machine didn’t have any and I CRIED at the thought of going for 8 hours without one. Ha! I quit there and then ;-)

I used to still drink diet coke on and off when I would go out for dinner. I guess I just stopped gradually. A few things that helped – I always felt increasingly worse every time I even had a sip. All those bubbles and fake sweeteners played havoc with my tummy.

Plus, my partner’s father told me that when he was a police officer, they used to use Coke to clean crime scenes, toilets and get vomit off of squad cars [from drunk people]. And I thought, I’m putting THAT in my BODY? It was not a pretty picture.

Now I drink green tea, water and Green Monsters. At restaurants, if I’m really craving a treat, I ask for sparkling water with lime syrup. Replace the Coke with other things — and soon you won’t even miss it. Not to mention your body will adjust to not having it and won’t tolerate it if you DO have a can.

What I would keep in mind though, is that one can does not mean you’ve slipped up and should therefore go jump off the CN Tower! Just draw a line under it and start over.

Good luck – we’re all rooting for you. And at least you’re not kicking a REAL ‘coke’ habit. That would be difficult [and a bit awkward for us, ha ha].

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150 Jennie {in Wonderland} April 12, 2010

Oh, and PS: one concrete thing you can do – my boyfriend is trying to give up chocolate. He used to buy a bag of mini-chocolate bars a day. Now he puts that money he would have spent in a jar in our hallway. We’re saving up for a really fancy dinner out – or maybe a vacation, we’ll see! It’s a perfect representation of how much $$$ we spend on useless, unhealthy things… and it’s really motivating!

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151 Aoife - Adventures in Veg April 12, 2010

Good luck Eric! You can do it – and you’ll be delighted you did. :D Just think of what it is doing to your insides…it really is enough to put you off!

Carbonated water with lime or lemon is a nice replacement, or juice diluted with carbonated water. The thing about replacing Coke with orange juice though is it is still bad for your teeth if you drink too much, that’s all.

When I was trying to lose weight a year or two ago, I got seriously attached to drinking Diet Coke, (for me though that meant one a day, heh) – it’s scary because I think for women, if we’re calorie concious a diet drink is an ‘invisible’ drink; it is ‘nothing’ so we fill ourselves up on it rather than eat food. It scared me that I’d reach for one rather than eat something :( not good! It’s interesting from a psychological perspective (whoa, deep ;) )
Now I only have one if I’m out and drinking, as I drink spirits. But one or two is enough.

Best of luck Eric!!

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152 Natasha April 12, 2010

I started drinking San Pellegrino with lemon juice squeezed in a few years ago to aid digestion, and the surprising side effect was that I started drinking less soda. I guess it was getting my bubble fix. Sure I have a soda from time to time, but if I have my sparkling water and lemon I’m good to go.

Hang in there Eric :-)

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153 Stephanie April 12, 2010

Eric, You can do this. I just remember reading that if you leave a metal nail in a can of coke, it will disintergrate over time. Think of what that stuff is doing to your insides! Yuck!

Hope this helps!!

Stephanie

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154 Kath April 12, 2010

TOTALLY did not know about automatic pause!! That would be so helpful. Sometimes I stop mine at long stoplights and then forget to turn it back on!

GO ERIC!!!! Coke is probably the worst thing in the world you can drink and the best thing in the world to cut out :)

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155 kim April 12, 2010

Kristen at kristensraw calls it “THROAT DRAINO” ’nuff said.

Go Eric!! You can do it!!!

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156 Lisa April 12, 2010

I am just like Eric. I’ve been using diet coke as my caffeine for years now. I’m a doctor, so it makes it worse because I know how bad it is for me. I decided to give it up for lent and found it getting easier and easier. Yesterday, I was super tired and it was hot so I succumbed and went for one. It tasted disgusting. I wanted nothing to do for it. Tell Eric he just has to make it through a few weeks and then he will find that he’s not having any trouble!!!! I know he can do it.

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157 Ashley April 12, 2010

I’m also trying to kick a habit, one which might be a smidge worse than soda – energy drinks. (I drink the sugar-free ones, which means they’re more chemical-ridden than the originals.) I have tried to quit three times now…I succeed for about a week, and then go back to them either because I NEED a quick fix for energy or because they just taste so darn good to me! I’m a busy college senior, so sometimes I have TWO a day. Not good at all :(

I know you can do it, Eric! I’m going to try once and for all to kick mine as well.

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158 Therese April 12, 2010

Congrats on Dwight!!! I had an old Garmin for about two years (a two-time hand-me-down) but for Christmas my fabulous boyfriend bought me one and I couldn’t be happier!!! It has really helped me to train for my races this year and allows me to almost not even worry about pace and just go with it, I know my Garmin will beep at me if I’m off or when I need to rest. And SO many features! YIKES! Took me two weeks to figure out how to change it from miles to km!

As for kicking the pop habit, I used to be a huge pop drinker, my whole family was. When I started eating healthier I found out that pop is the #1 WORST thing you can keep in your diet. Seriously, #1!!! There is absolutely nothing nutritional about it at ALL. So when I would crave it, I would think about that and then also think about the ingredients and the fact that it basically equates to drinking sludge.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having one every once in a while though but at the beginning? Best not to, you want to make it a habit first. It’s hard, but just think about why you’re doing this in the first place!

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159 Katie April 12, 2010

Oh! Way to go Eric. I recenly (as of Jan) gave up my 4 can a day diet coke addiction. It was hard. Not as hard as when I quit smoking but hard enough to cause discomfort.

I switched over to Perrier. No added sodium in the diet so no worries. I would mix it with POM juice or orange juice. Sometimes I’d make a blender concoction and add 1 cup of Perrier to it to give it bubbles. Sweet and bubbly was important to me but naturally sweet was the key.

I’ve been diet coke free for a while without any regressing. Now I’m down to just drinking it straight with a wedge of lemon or lime. I no longer Jones for the “sweet”.

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160 Breanne April 12, 2010

i gave up pop cold turkey a few months ago!
the only time i’ve had pop since then was when i was sick with the stomach flu (gingerale). Truthfully, pop always made me feel bloated and gross, and then i heard a story of people using coke to soak and clean their DIRTY OVEN RACKS. EWW!! that’s really when i knew i didn’t want it again! now if i want something fizzy i mix soda water with some juice. probably not that much better cause of the sugar, but i don’t feel gross like after having coke!
not drinking pop will make you feel SO much better!

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161 Majl April 12, 2010

Hi Eric and Ange,
I too, was addicted to Coke, and used to drink about 6 Diet Cokes a day. I have been Coke free for about 5 years now. I put aside all the money I spend on pop in a jar and within 6 months, I had close to $300!!! I took my boyfriend for a nice dinner and bought myself a new heart rate monitor.

Reading up about how bad soda is for you keeps me in check; it is carbonated liquid poison. I make sure to remember that whenever temptation arises. My favourite replacement is a little pomegranate juice with carbonated water and and a wedge of lemon or lime, and a few ginger slices.

Keep it up!

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162 Brittany April 12, 2010

Don’t drink it!
I was brought up on diet coke since I was a child! (I’m convinced that my mom used to put it in my bottle lol.) As I got older, I noticed that I was really starting to pack on extra weight. I heard a rumor that the caramel coloring in coke (as well as the other chemicals) were known to actually hold on to extra pounds. As soon as I decided to cut it out of my diet cold turkey (and I’m talking at least 2 liters a day,) I started to see IMMEDIATE change in my weight. Not only that, but I had much more energy throughout the day! You can totally do it, and once the cravings are gone, you will definitely be thankful that you did.

If my story isn’t convincing enough for you, consider this: I work at a bakery cafe, and at the end of the day we put the nodules from the espresso machine into a big bucket of Coke because the chemicals in it has the capability of breaking down the bacteria! We use it as a cleaner! After witnessing that, I totally was appreciative that I gave up that nasty stuff!
Good luck :)

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163 Lea April 12, 2010

I drink at least one two-liter bottle of diet soda every day and I’ve been thinking very hard about quitting. It helps my own determination to quit to read about Eric’s success (which IS 100% a success-just because he feels weak now doesn’t diminish his accomplishment!). Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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164 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear April 12, 2010

I rarely drink soda / pop, but when I do it’s usually Coca-Cola and the regular one. I hate the taste of light soda. Once in a while it’s fine have one and because I grew up not drinking coke or other sodas but rather juice / water / sparkling water it’s never been an issue for me. I also ALWAYS buy small cans so there is no danger to get hooked too badly when I actually never have it around :)

Good luck to Eric, I’m sure he’ll make it!! :)

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165 Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 12, 2010

HA! Your title made me LOL. =D

I am so jealous of your Garmin! I want one!! What a beautiful walk, we spent a lot of time outside this weekend too- it was gorgeous!

I have never been “addicted” to pop, but there was a time when I would drink diet at LEAST once a day to stop myself from mindlessly nibbling. I cut down some but I was still having 1 every couple of days, and decided to stop cold turkey- aside from the occasional Zevia (made with Stevia)- a couple of weeks ago. So far, so good! There are SO many chemicals in the fake stuff, and SO much sugar in the real stuff- and too much of anything is NOT a good thing!

Good luck, Eric!!

xo
K

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166 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 12, 2010

Ever since I began my healthy lifestyle 2 years ago, I switched to diet coke and I would drink it probably twice a week. And then about a month ago I cut it out completely! I really don’t want all those chemicals in my body.

Where did you go hiking? It looks like a beautiful trail! Have you ever hiked at Webster’s Falls? It’s one of my favourites. :)

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167 Daniel April 12, 2010

You can do it! You have the will power!
My Mom gave up soda for Lent this year and took up drinking water. She used to drink 2-4 cans of diet Dr.Pepper cherry vanilla w/e it was everyday and almost no water. After Lent she now drinks about 2-3 24oz bottles of water and has NO DESIRE for soda whatsoever!! She feels better and her hair looks much better~ Just stick with it and you’ll feel wonderful!

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168 healthy ashley April 12, 2010

Luckily I never got hooked on soda so I haven’t had to quit it!

Enjoy the Garmin. I love mine!

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169 Maura April 12, 2010

I named my car Dwight too! It’s quite the appropriate name. :P

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170 LaurenB April 12, 2010

Wow, what a beautiful hike!

Giving up a favorite food or drink is definitely tough, but I always try to think of it as being MY choice, and not that it is completely off limits. I’ll say to myself things like “Sure, you can have that if you want, but do you really want to?”

I just find that if I view a particular food/drink as being completely off limits I crave it even more!

Good Luck!!!

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171 Crystal April 12, 2010

Eric! Don’t drink the coke! The virtually all non-organic corn (including HFCS) is GMO. It will literally kill you! (I am not sure about Canada, but this is 100 % the case for the US. The European Gov. will not even allow their citizens to consume such dangerous GMOs!)

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172 Jamie @ Blueberries and Spinach April 12, 2010

If he really gets a craving for something bubbly, I know Whole Foods carries an all natural soda called Zevia. It’s sweetened with stevia and has no artificial ingredients. It comes in all sorts of flavors like Lemon-lime, black cherry, orange, root beer, and cola. I’ve had a couple of them, and I think they’re pretty good.

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173 Life Lite April 12, 2010

I just gave up diet coke. I have loved soda since I was little but had cut it back to one or less a week but like Eric I realized that it was the one unhealthy thing I needed to kick. I’ve been sipping on mocktails of soda water and juice and Kombuchas when I’m craving the bubbles. Good Luck Eric!

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174 Christina April 12, 2010

LOVE the Garmin name! I have one too. Unfortunately it died on me yesterday during my 5 mile run. Boo!

Me and you have the same soda history! I never like carbonated drinks as a child, and the only one I ever drank was orange soda. I would hold it in my mouth until it went flat and then swallow it.

You can do it Eric! Just keep thinking about that fact that you can put a metal nail into a cup of soda and eventually it will disintegrate. You don’t want that in your body!

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175 Katy April 12, 2010

Like others have said, I realized that it was the fizz I craved as much as anything…so I gave up soda cold turkey, and started drinking club soda and tonic water. After about a year, I had a diet coke as a treat and realized — it really WAS a treat. Now, I have a soda every couple of weeks/months and I enjoy every sip, but never feel like I *need* it.

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176 Jen April 12, 2010

I’ve been running with a borrowed Garmin Forerunner 305 for about the last week. Wow! That thing is amazing! But I think when I purchase one I’ll go for the simpler 110. (The 305 confuses me!) What made you choose the 305?

As for your hubbs going off the coke, make sure he has plenty of advil around for the withdrawl headaches! They really suck! I used to drink diet cherry coke (beginning with breakfast!) every day. I decided to quit coke out of the blue last summer, and, except for an occasional beer or wine, stopped drinking alcohol this fall. When I feel like drinking something special I go for sparkling water with ice and lime.

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177 Jordan April 12, 2010

As a good little Southern girl, Coca-Cola has been a part of my diet for years. I never drank more than a can or two each day and sometimes not everyday, but I decided to cut it out because it’s just empty calories. I do crave it when I eat certain foods and will even give in every now and then, but drinking it makes my stomach feel so heavy. I’d rather enjoy the calories of a rich piece of chocolate anyways than in a can full of HFCS!

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178 Paige @ Running Around Normal April 12, 2010

I didn’t realize there was an auto pause on the Garmin. Gotta look into that! I love mine:D
YOU CAN DO IT, ERIC! My boss, who had like, 7 Mtn Dews a day quit, so I know you can!

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179 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries April 12, 2010

Eric, you are a better person than I! I am currently trying to quite Diet Coke and while I’ve cut back, I still have 2 to 3 a week. It’s still an improvement though! I just realized that if Eric can do this, so can I. I’m officially trying to quite cold turkey from this point forward. I hate the thought of all of those chemicals in my body. Icky.

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180 Leah April 12, 2010

My boyfriend gave up all soda a few years ago and replaced it with homemade iced tea and water. He still wants it every once in a while, so what he’ll do is only get soda if we go out for dinner. We only go out for dinner 1-2x a month, so that’s the only time he’ll drink soda, and that’s only if he really wants it. That way, he can still satisfy a craving, but it’s not in the house tempting him. And, since I have never liked soda, I’m not bringing it into the house, either.

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181 Leah April 12, 2010

My boyfriend gave up all soda a few years ago and replaced it with homemade iced tea and water. He still wants it every once in a while, so what he’ll do is only get soda if we go out for dinner. We only go out for dinner 1-2x a month, so that’s the only time he’ll drink soda, and that’s only if he really wants it. That way, he can still satisfy a craving, but it’s not in the house tempting him. And, since I have never liked soda, I’m not bringing it into the house, either. You can do it, Eric!

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182 Aimee April 12, 2010

I can really appreciate how important this is for Eric. He definitely has a lot of support behind him. I drank a lot of Diet Coke until about 4 years ago. It was right around this time 4 years ago when I found out that I was pregnant with my son. I immediately stopped drinking Diet Coke and I aside from a very occasional Diet Coke when I go out to a restaurant I almost never drink them.

I stumbled upon the healthy living blog world about a year ago. Since then my diet has changed immensely. I have even started running and dabbling in yoga. I am happy to say that I am addicted to green monsters (or blue ones of late thanks to a huge bag of frozen blueberries from Costco). I am learning so much about nutrition, baking, cooking, exercise and just how to really get the most from the food I eat.

I have had the privilege of trying a few flavors of Glo Bars and I can’t wait until the day that they are sold in stores here in my area, because I am certain that you will enjoy widespread success. They are amazing!

Anyway, good luck Eric. And thanks for sharing your story Angela. You are quite an inspiration.

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183 Michaela April 12, 2010

I used to be addicted to diet coke. I decided a year ago I didn’t want to be anymore so I cut it out for a whole month. I told myself I can have it again at the end of the month – I think that helped because if you think you’re never having it again it makes you want it more. By the end of the month I opened a can, had a sip and couldn’t have anymore. I just didn’t feel like it!! I found it was more of a habit, I drank it at the same time every day. I still have it whenever I want, but it’s only about one can maybe once a month.

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184 Ashley B April 12, 2010

I know there are already 173 people who commented with good luck comments but I had to add this to the pile!!

My husband was addicted to diet pepsi for the greater part of his life…diet pop is just as bad as regular pop! I too tried to get him to give it up but them he was quitting “only for me” and not for himself. I told him if he wasn’t going to do it for himself, it wasn’t worth it because eventually he would resent me for it. One day, he just decided to give it up. After almost a year he was ready to treat himself to a pop when we go out to a restaurant, which I think is a good idea. If you go without it for so long without treating yourself, you’ll crack and get back in your old habits. But only treat when you are ready! Plus, he drinks about twice as much water as he would on a regular day if we’re going out for supper as well.

Good luck Eric! You can do it! Also Angela I need to find these wraps in Alberta somewhere, they’re all over the blogosphere and I’m starting to feel as though I’m missing out on something amazing :)

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185 MaryK. April 12, 2010

Hahahaha When I first read your post last night, I accidently read that Eric was going to cut out cold turkey from his diet. Then I reread and it made so much more sense. Man did that give me a good laugh. :)

Good Luck Eric!

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186 Jennifer April 12, 2010

Oh, is that Hilton Falls? Love that spot year round (hiking and snow shoeing with hubby and dog)!

Eric – you can do it! I used to religiously have a Coke every afternoon around 2pm. When I started eating properly, I found I didn’t have that afternoon energy dip that always had me reaching for a can ‘o sugar. Give it up for a couple months and when you taste one again, you’ll realize it actually doesn’t taste that good. Good luck!!

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187 Lauren April 12, 2010

Good luck Eric! Just think of all these people here cheering for you! You can’t give in! And trust me, before you know it, Coke will disgust you and drinking it will make you feel like crap.

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188 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place April 12, 2010

I, like many people out there, used to drink at least one diet coke every single day. You won’t believe the difference in how my body felt once I cut it out. The nagging headaches I used to have magically disappeared, I sleep 100 times better because I don’t have caffeine running through my body all day, and I KNOW i’m more hydrated that I once was. It’s tough at first, but you can do it!!!!

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189 Nichole April 12, 2010

Yuck soda. It has NO nutritional value whatsoever. I don’t know about in Canada, but in the US, it’s full of high fructose corn syrup. It’s high in sugar. It leaches your bones. It rots your teeth. http://waterforlifeusa.com/blog/uncategorized/8-ways-soda-fizzles-your-health/

As far as diet soda goes, some studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners in soda actually cause people to crave sweets more, so I don’t think that is a better alternative.

If it’s the carbonation he craves, maybe he could get hooked on seltzers, club soda, tonic water, or sparkling water instead! If it’s the caffeine he craves, I think tea or coffee (hot or iced) are great options. Provided he doesn’t add lots of high calorie trimmings, he’ll be getting tons of antioxidants along with his caffeine boost with few to no calories!

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190 Lisa April 12, 2010

I personally haven’t had any pop in about 7 or so years, but my boyfriend struggled with a coca cola addiction. He would seriously drink 2 in one sitting, and would then be gassy, bloated, and just feel all around awful.

To kick the habit, he limited himself to one pop, once in a while. Now, he rarely drinks pop (around me, at least!). I think one of the things that really helped him was identifying all of the bad side effects of drinking pop (bloating, feeling sick, burping, etc.). Actually vocalizing the source of these things helped to solidify in his eyes how NOT enjoyable pop is.

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191 Natalie April 12, 2010

I’m a bubble addict. I don’t do pop at all, when I need a bubble fix, which is often, I go for perrier water, or a little pure fruit juice topped with club soda.

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192 Shelly April 12, 2010

I used to drink Coke all the time in College. I had a 6 can a day habit myself. I actually waited until I had strep throat to quit b/c I couldn’t feel any worse and that way didn’t have to deal with the withdrawal! I also gave up caffeine entirely for 2 or 3 years before I felt like I wasn’t addicted to it. Once I felt like it didn’t have power over me, I let myself bring coffee and tea back into my diet.
As for cravings, I would avoid things that go well with coke (like pizza!) b/c that would just make me want a coke. And when I really wanted one, I would treat myself with something I really liked instead (like a piece of chocolate.)
Good fizzy substitues are sparkling water with a few drops of grenadine, or with lemon or cucumber.
Good luck, Eric!! Keep up the good work! :)

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193 Rosemary April 12, 2010

I used to be a diet coke addict myself and would drink up to four cans every day!!! Wow, just thinking about that makes me sick! Around the beginning of February I decided that I would stop drinking it, but still allow myself one diet coke during the weekends. I think that one of the things that a lot of us have learned about living healthy lifestyles is that we can’t cut out everything “bad” from our diet. Having one cheat day every week or every couple of weeks will not affect the big healthy changes that we’ve made.
BTW, even though I tell myself that I’m allowed one diet coke on the weekend, I’m finding that most weekends I’m not even craving it anymore. Sweet!

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194 Alison April 12, 2010

This post is very timely for me, because I recently told myself that I would quit drinking Diet Coke as soon as I run out of the supply at home (I have about 3 cans left). I have quit cold turkey a few times before and gone several months without it, but I always end up going back! The best is fountain pop! But like everyone has been saying, the ingredients are disgusting when you actually read them, and it does make you bloated. So, good luck Eric! I will be suffering with you too!

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195 Heather ODonnell April 12, 2010

When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided to give up soda for the duration of the basketball season (about 4 months). After that, I realized that track season was right around the corner, so I decided to continue my soda fast for track season, too. Once track season was over, I wanted to see if I could go for a year without any soda. I haven’t looked back since. And that was 17 years ago. I do the same thing in a lot of different areas. I went from wanting to run a 5K last summer to training for a marathon this year. Anyway, he can do it!

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196 LisaG April 12, 2010

I’ve recently almost given up diet coke. I only have a baby one occasionally. It helped me just knowing how bad the artificial sweeteners are. I’ve also about given up coffee. I drink hot tea w/ agave or honey; and drink iced tea w/ lemon or half lemonade. It also helped if you miss the carbonation to drink flavored seltzers. My kids also loved diet coke (or any soda for that matter) and I started by giving them occasional baby cokes. They don’t really miss it either. Good luck Eric; you won’t miss it. I realized it was making my stomach hurt and feel bloated.

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197 Lisa April 12, 2010

You will feel 100x better giving up soda! I gave up soda and switched to sparkling water. I feel so much better!

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198 Anne April 12, 2010

I can tell that anything I could possibly think of has already been “said” so short but sweet: wow, great decision and yeah, I find it’s true that if you stick with it, you will eventually feel completely grossed out by whatever product you were craving before. Me: diet coke. I had access to it at work for free. Bad for your teeth too, I think? Concentrated fruit or berry juices with sparkling water helped me – you get the fizz and the sweet taste, but NOT the coke ;-). Yay for making good choices for yourself!

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199 Kelly April 12, 2010

I used to have the same conversation (argument) with my husband about soda. I too finally gave up. He has stopped drinking so much of it but won’t let that last couple go. My husband’s complaint is that he doesn’t like just plain water. So I suggested he drop fruit in his water…strawberries, oranges, pineapple, whatever you like and make it fruit water. Good luck Eric! We are all pulling for you.

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200 Paige April 12, 2010

Youuu can dooooo eeeeet! Once you’ve been without a month, it won’t even be appetizing to you anymore! I once gave up all soda for 2 years. I have a soda every once in a while now, but it’s not something that I really crave. Good luck on kicking the habit!!

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201 Bethany (Not Unless I'm Being Chased) April 12, 2010

I wouldn’t say I’ve given up pop completely, but it definitely only makes up 1% of my total beverage intake (with Green Monsters probably being 65% ;)).
I stopped drinking it when I started working as a radio announcer — I live in fear of burping on-air! Horrors!
Now I simply choose to drink something else (water, tea, etc) because I feel less bloated, less artificially full and less jittery when I haven’t had a pop.
GOOD LUCK, ERIC! YOU CAN DO IT :)!

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202 Marie-Sophie April 12, 2010

Especially in summer I was always VERY tempted to drink lots of diet coke (the lemon flavour!) …. it seemed to be the only thing to really refresh me and cheer me up.
But when I changed my way of eating, I also cut out all fizzy drinks and all junk food ( I have crisps maybe every 3 months … I just try to make it a very rare treat).

To stop drinking the coke I would basically keep telling myself what was exactly in that drink!! I would picture how I put that drink into my body and then the effects it would have on my body!! And that kind of scared me off every time!
Sounds not too happy but it just helps you the first months you have to fight the urge! After that it just makes you happy to be treating your body well!

You can do it, Eric!!!

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203 Lifebeginsatthirtyright April 12, 2010

I grew up drinking Coke all the time – with dinner, throughout the day, sometimes in the middle of the night even!! I stopped drinking regular coke a few years ago and replaced it with Diet, however I don’t crave diet coke so I don’t drink it too often.

Tell Eric that when I stopped drinking Coke, I dropped 5 pounds. That is what Coke was causing me to carry around (not to mention the other gross side effects).

Sometimes if I have something big to celebrate, I’ll go ‘crazy’ and have a Coke. And it is so delicious. But because it is a special occasion drink, I can look forward to it the few times a year I have one.

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204 Allison April 12, 2010

I used to have a SERIOUS Diet Coke habit. At the worst of it, Diet Coke was the first thing I had in the morning (on an empty stomach, ick!) and I would drink cans throughout the day, up to five every day! When I went vegan I decided to also cut out coffee and soda, and let me tell you Diet Coke might have been more difficult to quit than cheese! I would get really intense cravings for that specific, bubbly taste. The thing is, a couple months after giving it up I had a Diet Coke, and the taste was NOTHING like I remembered it being! It was actually disappointing, because I had intended to give myself a treat and after tasting that Diet Coke I didn’t even want to finish it! It tasted metallic and gross, nothing like I remembered it. I said out loud to myself, “THIS TASTES LIKE CANCER!!”

Once you become accustomed to having whole, natural foods in your diet, processed, artificial garbage like soda just tastes nasty! I think that Eric has got the right attitude and the right approach, and once it becomes habit NOT to drink Coke, he’ll be there. The first few weeks are the toughest. And if he DOES drink a Coke, he shouldn’t feel like a failure! All-or-nothing is only helpful for some people, and if it’s not for him, there’s nothing wrong with a slow taper.

Good luck!

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205 Brooke April 12, 2010

I was addicted to diet coke starting around age 11. By high school, if I didn’t have a big diet coke by noon I would get major headaches. And by my first year of law school, I would drink a 12 pack of cans in a day or two! I finally decided to give it up about a year and a half ago – my husband and parents made the commitment at the same time, so that helped! I have not had any soda since December of 2008! It gets easier as the time goes by. The hardest part at the beginning was certain meals that I associated diet coke with and couldn’t imagine them tasting as good with some other drink. I still crave a big diet coke every now and then, and I expect that it will never go away, but at this point I’m not willing to throw away a year and a half of hard work over a craving! The longer you stick with it, the easier it is to say that indulging a craving is just not worth it. I drink lots of iced tea now (mostly decaf) and these days a big glass of tea sounds even better to me than a diet coke!

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206 Twisted Chicken April 12, 2010

I went totally soda-free in 1997…used to drink 5 or 6 Pepsis each day and stopped cold-turkey. It was difficult for the first several weeks but soon I realized I just didn’t drink that stuff any more. My soda-free life went along very well until 2008 when I started drinking caffeinated sodas again for the energy during an extremely difficult time for our family. I admitted to my husband that I was using it as a crutch to get through the days. Well, now it’s 2 years later and I’m still drinking 3 or 4 sodas a week. I really need to stop (she says while sipping from a Coke) because I just don’t need that stuff in my body.

Eric, you have inspired me to cut out the soda again. I just don’t need it and it’s time to stop. Thanks to this blog post I’m cutting it out today. No more soda for me. Stay strong in your resolve, Eric. You can do it and so can I. Our bodies will thank us. Good luck to you and thanks for the inspiration. I really needed it.

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207 Jessica April 12, 2010

My husband did the same thing but with Mt Dew. He used to drink one 20oz everyday and decided last fall to stop cold turkey and guess what… he’s had two 7-ups since last October! I’m so proud!

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208 Mama Pea April 12, 2010

You can do it, Eric!

Quitting soda is like quitting any other habit (smoking, nail biting, running around the house in your underwear singing Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the USA” into rubber spatula…just me?)

I’ve definitely had habits I’ve wanted to rid myself of and I think the key thing is breaking the routine when the craving hits. Chew gum, practice deep breathing, take the $1 you’d have spent on a Coke and stick it in a jar, paint your nails (maybe not), or just find a substitute that DOES work for you. I love the OJ idea, maybe if you mixed it with some carbonated water?

Have faith, it will get easier, but just stick with it!

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209 mkg April 12, 2010

ohh i def am addicted to singing in my underware…but hey it replaced my pop addiction :) HEHE

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210 Tamnmy Root April 12, 2010

Hi Eric and Ange! I am not sure if someone has posted this video yet, but if this doesn’t deter you,nothing will. ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F4t8zL6F0c

You can do it Eric!!!!!!!!!!! We have faith in you!!!

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211 Twisted Chicken April 12, 2010

Oh my, that video is just icky. That definitely reinforces my resolve against sodas. Every time I see a pop-top can I’ll think of that fat-filled glass. Thanks for that link.

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212 Tamnmy Root April 12, 2010

I know, it is the most disgusting video I have ever seen! Very, very effective. :)

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213 Anna @ OatsnBoats April 12, 2010

Two health related reasons not to drink Coke (or diet Coke).
1) Caffeine restricts arteries, restricted arteries is correlated with heart attacks. Coke won’t cause your heart attack (the soda kind), but it certainly won’t help!
2) Your dental health. Soda eats away at your teeth – our dentist actually told my husband it would be better for his teeth to drink beer than soda… he was pleased with that suggestion. Of course anything that’s better for your dental hygiene is also better for your cardiovascular health.

My dad has given up/reduced his soda intake at different times during his life and always found it useful to have mints nearby.
And if nothing else – remember you made this decision for yourself, so honor yourself by keeping to it!

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214 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle April 12, 2010

I had no idea the Garmin had a setting that would automatically pause when you stopped! I’ll have to check the manual. I gave up pop in high school when I learned how bad it was for me. I still have no idea how I just did it like that (can’t seem to cut out other things that are just plain bad for me :)) so I’m sorry I can’t be of more help! But maybe reading some things about the nasty effects of soda would help the resolve.

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215 Bree@beeskneeslife April 12, 2010

Pop wasn’t big in my house growing up. We had it, but it was mostly for friends and guests. Oddly, my siblings and I never really drank it – and still don’t. My parents don’t drink it either.

So I never really drank it until college. Working in the restaurant/bar biz got me started on Diet Coke. I liked the caffeine and it was free on the fountain or the bar gun. I was up to 3 a day probably 3 years ago. Then I was having just one a day up until last October, when I was on vacation and it just wasn’t refreshing. I got back and got sick, and just never had one again. I just didn’t like the taste anymore.

I have never liked full sugar sodas like Coke or Mt. Dew, but as a replacement I would encourage Eric to always have something on hand like water (or soda water for the carbonation) to keep busy, then if he needs the caffeine turn to coffee or tea. I also wouldn’t take an all or nothing approach…start slowly and don’t tell yourself you will never have another Coke, or you will want it that much more!

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216 Lynda April 12, 2010

I kicked my pepsi habit about 8 years ago and now I can’t stand any kind of pop (soda). I also gave up coffee about 2 months ago, it wasn’t difficult, I never really liked it anyway.

I also have the same Garmin, I’m sure I will love it when I figured out how to use it :) It seems kind of confusing. Any tips on how to use it would be appreciated.

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217 Lauren April 12, 2010

YAY!! So proud of him! He did not give in to peer pressure! :)

Costco sells these really could “pop type” drinks. They have no sugar added and are just juice and carbonated water in a glass bottle- like a beer bottle! I have never drank pop, but they are really yummy, and I think similar to pop. AND, they are sweet from the fruit juice. Check them out- their brand name is ‘Fresh and Pure’ and they come in a case of 12.

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218 Dawn April 12, 2010

I got my Garmin Forerunner 305 a couple of weeks ago, (from Costco too) and I love it!

My hubby is a Diet Coke drinker, and drinks 2 cans per day. He’s tried to cut it out many times, but unfortunately with no success. I’m going to give him some of the above suggestions…

Enjoy your day :)

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219 Rachael April 12, 2010

I kicked my (2-4 Liter/day) soda habit in May 2009. I don’t tempt myself by keeping it in my apartment. When I have guests over I make sure not to buy my favorites. Also, all of my friends know I’m off soda and that helps keep me accountable. I understand Eric’s worry that just one soda and he’ll be hooked all over again. But, an all-or-nothing mentality is just a set-up for failure. You can do it Eric!

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220 Jenn April 12, 2010

I stopped drinking Coke around October 2009. I just felt that there were better things for me to be drinking instead of all that sugar. I was drinking about 2 to 3 cans a day. I really don’t miss it. the odd time I will order one, but really don’t enjoy the taste ( too syrupy!).
You can keep the coke out, Eric! Anything you set your mind to do, you will be successful!

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221 Alexis April 12, 2010

I was a serious soda addict – I would get those gigantic fountain drinks and probably drink 2-3 per day. If I had cans of soda in the house, they did NOT last long.

In June 2009, I made a decision to get healthier and lose weight. Cutting out the soda was the first big change I made. It was tough, but I haven’t had one since and now drink almost solely water (and green monsters!!).

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222 Alexis April 12, 2010

I was a serious soda addict – I would get those gigantic fountain drinks and probably drink 2-3 per day. If I had cans of soda in the house, they did NOT last long.

In June 2009, I made a decision to get healthier and lose weight. Cutting out the soda was the first big change I made. It was tough, but I haven’t had one since and now drink almost solely water (and green monsters!!).

It’s definitely hard Eric, but you can do it! Try using a tracking system (I used sparkpeople.com, another one that’s quick/easy is dontbreakthechain.com) – it really kept me going because I didn’t want to break my streak! Good luck!

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223 mkg April 12, 2010

I actually just out of the blue decided to give it up too. My love was mountain dew said to be one of the worst kinds. I haven’t had a sip of any type of pop since Dec 29th 2009.

Yep I’m 104 days sober.

It wasn’t easy…but I no longer crave it :)
Good LUCK Eric You can do it.

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224 Rita April 12, 2010

Just had to share the Garmin love. As the proud owner of the forerunner 405 monstrosity and a husband who asks if i need a forklift on my runs I say boo to them. Does HE know what my pace was on that trial? Nope, but my Garmin does :)

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225 Angelalovesfood April 12, 2010

You know those posters they have at school that shows the effects of alcohol/drug consumption (along with those graphic images of what it can do to your organs?) Well…you can replace the word alcohol with “Soda”. Ha, and stick it in the bathroom or fridge!

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226 OSGMOM April 12, 2010

Eric I’ve witnessed some remarkable changes you have made in the last year, and I know this is going to be one more accomplishment! I’m rooting for you.

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227 Allison April 12, 2010

I think I may be the very rare person who had no trouble giving up soda…I stopped drinking it almost completely my freshman year of high school when my cross country coach told us it’s one of the single worst things we put in our bodies, especially as runners. So I started drinking water…now I may have a taste once in awhile (usually with alcohol…my favorite cocktails are Tom Collins and Coke & rum…) but if I were to drink a whole can now, I’d definitely feel sick!

Tell Eric to try (flavored) carbonated waters if he’s really craving some bubbles…or just drop a couple lemon or lime (or any fruit, really) slices in water for a touch of flavor. The key is to always, always, always have something to drink on hand! Bring a water bottle to work and keep filling it up at a drinking fountain if you have to.

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228 Carrie (Love Healthy Living) April 12, 2010

I also got addicted to diet Coke in college (why do they serve students this poison?). I finally kicked the habit about 5 years ago. The key for me was thinking about what I was putting in my body. Now I drink water and tea and that’s about it!

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229 Susan April 12, 2010

Beautiful pictures!! I definitely got me some spring fever too ;)

I’ve never been a pop drinker either – the bubbles hurt my tongue! Fountain soda is alright, but water is just more refreshing.

Has Eric tried club soda? It’s essentially carbonated water and pretty good! It’s better when a squeeze of lime or cucumber slices.

You can doooooo itttt Eric!!! :P

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230 Jessica April 12, 2010

I just recently did this myself. I cut it down to 1 a day and then I stopped. If I had a headache I would take a sip but nothing else. I do not keep it in the house and my husband only drinks a kind that I absolutely hate so no worries there.

Instead I drink orange juice, milk, or another type of juice. Occasionally I do get a non-caffeinated soda but it hurts my stomach now and I get terrible gas pains from it. I find that just focusing on your goal will help.

I did a post about it on my blog somewhere! :) Just search for it.

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231 Jennifer April 13, 2010

My friend just bought the same Garmin. Where exactly do you put the chest strap for the heart rate monitor?

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232 Jen April 14, 2010

Holy crap, there are a lot of comments.

I just wanted to recommend SportTracks instead of the Garmin software: http://www.zonefivesoftware.com/SportTracks/ It’s really awesome!

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233 Jennifer April 15, 2010

I have been debating whether or not to buy that Garmin for a while now. Based on your review I think I am just going to go for it!

Good luck at the race on Sunday! I decided not to enter this year as I am really just enjoying running for the sake of running right now but think that next year I will definitely aim for the 15k.

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234 Vegan Radhika SArohia December 16, 2012

I drink Diet Coke:(
I shouldn’t, but it’s my only vice, I don’t drink, smoke or do drugs (never even tried any of that stuff as I am total total nerd)
Also, all of my friends and family are omnivore, not a single vegan anywhere, I’m the only one. Sometimes Diet Coke is the only thing I can order on the menu!
That’s not a good excuse though
I’m also only vegan because I love animals…I’m not vegan for health reasons. My stupid low carb diet is only because I’m in a profession where I have to watch my weight like crazy. If I wasn’t in this particular profession, I’d have vegan versions of pizza, pasta, donuts, cake, chips, pastries, you name it. But I can’t have any of that stuff, so I have….a Diet Coke instead.
Maybe I’ll quit eventually…I do also drink coconut water and orange juice and cranberry juice and stuff. I’m totally rambling now haha:

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