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I’m a mom of three, wife of an active duty military member and blogger – I am a busy mama. Since my husband is often away on military duty, I am always on parenting duty. It can be exhausting. I’ve been focusing lately on living a healthier lifestyle so that I can be at peak performance as a mom and just for myself. Recently, I’ve been working to eliminate the soda habit from my busy afternoon routine. Through trial and error, I’ve found 6 tips to break the soda habit that have worked for me.
Any busy woman understands that afternoon energy drag. For some reason, I’ve always needed an afternoon energy pick-me-up. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, but I have been a diet soda drinker for years. I enjoy the carbonation and the energy boost that it gave me each afternoon. I’ve made the commitment to break that habit and find better alternatives to daily soda. These are 6 tips that have worked well for me.
6 Tips to Break the Soda Habit
Just Don’t Buy It
If you don’t have it in the house or in the office, you can’t drink it. Don’t go through the drive-through or buy it at the convenience store. Just don’t buy it.
Eliminate Food or Environment Triggers
I love to eat popcorn as an afternoon snack. Unfortunately, popcorn and soda are an unbreakable combo to me. Now I choose different afternoon snacks so that I don’t feel that compulsion for soda as a link to my snack food.
Sometimes the environment makes me think sooo-oda. For me, sitting on my couch in the afternoon blogging is associated with drinking soda. Now I make sure to sit at the table in the afternoon while I’m working and that helps me derail the soda compulsion.
Add Some Fun
We all know that we should drink more water but often it just doesn’t seem like a fun enough replacement for my afternoon soda. I like to add some fun by adding ice cubes made from fruit juice or an energy drink, like V8 V-Fusion + Energy, which tastes like fruit.
Add Bubbles to Your Nutritious Drink
One of the big reasons that I like soda is that I like the carbonation. I like those bubbles in my drink. I’ve discovered that if I add seltzer water to a nutritious drink, I enjoy it as a much better choice and don’t miss the soda. Adding seltzer water has made it much easier to give up the carbonated soda craving.
Substitute a Natural Energy Drink
In addition to the carbonation in soda, I crave the afternoon energy boost from caffeine. I’ve chosen to substitute a nutritious energy drink to give me the energy boost that I need in the afternoon. V8 V-Fusion + Energy Drink provides a natural energy boost from Green Tea and offers a combined serving of fruit and vegetables in just 50 calories.
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Get the Flavor from a Different Option
There are times when I miss the taste of soda. I plan ahead for those times by keeping hard candy on-hand that is flavored like my favorite soda. I can enjoy the flavor that I miss with a piece of hard candy and then enjoy a refreshing and nutritious drink instead.
Which is your favorite tip to maintain natural-energy in the afternoon and keep up with your busy life?