This bait and switch combination gives you both sugar and caffiene to ease your transition. If you despise the taste of tea try adding lemon or honey to it, otherwise substitute coffee. As for juice, buy only 100% juice and buy high quality juices, or blend your own smoothies. I recommend Naked juice, POM juice (which also has caffiene).
2. Avoid Dangerous Soda Traps
Be aware! The worst soda traps for me are at movie theatres. Popcorn & Pop is a staple item during a movie and I craved soda the most in these situations. Find what unique situations you will be the most tempted to drink soda; baseball game, movie threate, fair or event gathering. Then avoid these situations as much as possible. Another option is to arm yourself with hard candy and a water bottle.
3. Fast Food's Sidekick
It's no mystery that fast food chains make a killing on selling us large vats of cheap soda (of which we agree to pay far too much for). I would strongly suggest avoiding fast food altogether, but I find myself unable to follow even my own advice. The best advice is to never order a #'d meal. Always order off the menu and choose water (cupped water/not bottled) because its free and better for you. Remember, be vert stern with yourself.
4. Expect Withdrawals and Cravings
There is no way to calculate how long or how often cravings and withdrawals will affect any specific person. It's best just to assume it will be happening for 2 months after quitting. Any minor relapse will only prolong this phenomenon. My personal cravings lasted over 30 days and were very intense.
5. Avoid Energy Drinks
It's easy to look to the Soda's annoying little cousin during this period of time. But do not be fooled by energy drinks' caffiene & sugar injected liquid. Jumping to an even more dangerous beverage will only transfer your addiction to a much more potent drug. Then you will need to find a blog about 5 easy tips to quit drinking energy drinks forever.
I have not consumed soda for over 4 months now. You can do the same.
Here is my list of the top 5 alternative drinks when quitting soda. Enjoy
Here is also my list of the best alternatives to soda and my ongoing search for the greatest all-natural root beer in the world.