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McBryBry
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(07-17-2017, 04:26 PM)
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So, I've finally stopped drinking regular soda. I decided that I was cutting out the sugary drinks because they're awful and I've drank water and Diet MD for months now. However, I think I should keep going and get off of it entirely. My friend started drinking Clear Mountain Ice sparkling water. The different flavors are pretty good and I think I've figured out that the carbonation is what I crave. However, I'm skeptical on if these things are actually any better than diet soda. Would these be a good idea? Or I'm thinking just regular sparkling water, maybe get some flavor like Mio.
Nerfgun
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(07-17-2017, 04:28 PM)
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the sparkling water / mio thing works pretty well.

what I found is that the carbonation is sort of the main thing. the flavour is important too but the bubbles are the weirdly 'addictive' quality.

watch out for sodastreams or other pressurized thingies though. or slayven will post that gross pic again.
MindofKB
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(07-17-2017, 04:28 PM)
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I kicked soda by drinking sparkling water. For me, it was definitely the carbonation that had me hooked. Now I just drink a sparkling water whenever I get that old craving and it works like a charm.
Lyte Edge
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(07-17-2017, 04:28 PM)
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Sparkling water is great and satisfies the craving for carbonated beverages for me. You can get cans that are already flavored, so no need to buy any flavoring.
Al-ibn Kermit
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(07-17-2017, 04:28 PM)
The clear mountain stuff sounds like it's the same as diet soda.

If you want to cut out that craving for sweetness, I'd just go with sparkling water and see how it goes.
JCHandsom
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(07-17-2017, 04:29 PM)
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Or some other brand of sparkling water. Did the trick for me.
Raven117
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(07-17-2017, 04:29 PM)
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Le Criox. Find a flavor you like.

Or

Topo Chico...my favorite. Its really fizzy but its just mineral water from Mexico.
Warm Machine
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(07-17-2017, 04:29 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nerfgun

the sparkling water / mio thing works pretty well.

what I found is that the carbonation is sort of the main thing. the flavour is important too but the bubbles are the weirdly 'addictive' quality.

watch out for sodastreams or other pressurized thingies though. or slayven will post that gross pic again.

What is gross about SodaStream?
shawnbuddy
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(07-17-2017, 04:30 PM)
Just drink water. You don't need flavors.
DonShula
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(07-17-2017, 04:30 PM)
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Carbonated water worked for me. I've replaced 80-90% of my diet soda drinking with it.
DriftingSpirit
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(07-17-2017, 04:30 PM)
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I think Sparkling Water is a good alternative. I also completely dropped soda and it feels pretty good. I drink regular water for the most part though.
Earthbound64
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(07-17-2017, 04:30 PM)
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Coffee and seltzer water.
(Obviously separate, not together)
Basoes
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(07-17-2017, 04:30 PM)

Originally Posted by shawnbuddy

Just drink water. You don't need flavors.

hahaha no
DonShula
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(07-17-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Warm Machine

What is gross about SodaStream?

It's gross when it explodes and leaves a bloody mess in your house.
Ottaro
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(07-17-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Have a kidney stone.

You'll be drinking nothing but gallons of water in no time.
Mondrian
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(07-17-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Topo Chico - Twist of Lime flavor, if you can find it, is BETTER than any soda i've ever had.
Lyte Edge
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(07-17-2017, 04:31 PM)
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I see that Mio has some of the same chemicals and artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas. Seems like using that with sparkling water is essentially just making diet soda. I'd stay away from that.
Earthbound64
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(07-17-2017, 04:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Hate to be the bearer of bad news

Still beats diet soda though

http://nypost[link removed]/sparkling-water-is-really-really-not-good-for-you/[

"Originally published by The S*n"

So, a garbage rag that's reprinting stories from a reprehensible company.
DriftingSpirit
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(07-17-2017, 04:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by Basoes

hahaha no

95% of what I drink is just regular water. It isn't all that bad. I've been thinking of adding fresh lemon or something like that though. Just to try some different things.
SG-17
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(07-17-2017, 04:32 PM)
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Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar, if not worse. Go cold turkey to flavored seltzer or plain water.
rrs
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(07-17-2017, 04:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by Warm Machine

What is gross about SodaStream?

bad things happen when you aren't careful with compressed carbon dioxide and the company's former plant being in the west bank while being an Isreal based company, for that political can of worms
Last edited by rrs; 07-17-2017 at 04:37 PM.
Duane Cunningham
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(07-17-2017, 04:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nerfgun

watch out for sodastreams or other pressurized thingies though. or slayven will post that gross pic again.

Man. I can't even look at one of those things without being reminded of that now. (Which I guess is a good thing.)
DOWN
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(07-17-2017, 04:33 PM)
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Diet soda is fine. Why do you want to drop it OP?

Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Hate to be the bearer of bad news

Still beats diet soda though

http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/sparkli...-good-for-you/

How does it beat diet soda? Elaborate
BannedEpisode
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(07-17-2017, 04:33 PM)
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Black coffee.

The caffeine will help and it's not bad for you if you don't add sugar/cream.
SG-17
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(07-17-2017, 04:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by BannedEpisode

Black coffee.

The caffeine will help and it's not bad for you if you don't add sugar/cream.

I'd say coffee with whole milk and no sugar.
Lyte Edge
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(07-17-2017, 04:34 PM)
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Originally Posted by DOWN

Diet soda is fine. Why do you want to drop it OP?

Diet soda is not fine and in some ways is worse than regular soda. My doctor recommended I cut out diet drinks completely the last time I went for a check-up.
HylianTom
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(07-17-2017, 04:34 PM)
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After being a six-pack-per-day soda-head for years, I switched to a coffee(morning) and tea(afternoon/evening) pattern about 3 years ago. Worked really well.
DOWN
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(07-17-2017, 04:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lyte Edge

I see that Mio has some of the same chemicals and artificial sweeteners found in diet sodas. Seems like using that with sparkling water is essentially just making diet soda. I'd stay away from that.

Originally Posted by SG-17

Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar, if not worse. Go cold turkey to flavored seltzer or plain water.

Y’all serious? Artificial sweeteners aren’t a problem so check your facts
McLovin
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(07-17-2017, 04:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by shawnbuddy

Just drink water. You don't need flavors.

Yeah I mostly just drink water, maybe I'll put lemon in it once in a while. Sometimes I'll get on a diet soda kick for a few weeks then just stop all together. I remember I once had a friend who never drank water because she didn't like the taste. I'm like how is this a thing? How are you even alive right now?! lol

Originally Posted by SG-17

Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar, if not worse. Go cold turkey to flavored seltzer or plain water.

Thats actually not true, except for maybe splenda(I believe it turns into something bad when you digest it). Aspartame is bad for you in high doses... like drinking 4 liters back to back doses. Sweeteners like stevia are pretty safe, although I think it tastes horrible. I personally like Erythritol since it doesn't do anything in your body and you just pee it out. Going cold turkey is good advice too, but most people can't do that.
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Raven117
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(07-17-2017, 04:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Hate to be the bearer of bad news

Still beats diet soda though

http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/sparkli...-good-for-you/

Dear gawd....Dat clickbate.
Earthbound64
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(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by DOWN

Y’all serious? Artificial sweeteners aren’t a problem so check your facts

So what's the problem with diet soda, then?

I mean, aside from eating away at tooth enamel.


Originally Posted by Raven117

Dear gawd....Dat clickbate.

It's a story reprinted from The S*n
So, of course it's absolute garbage.
asagami_
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(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
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Plain water, or if you want to drink something with flavor, try aguas frescas.
daveo42
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(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
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Coffee
Tea
Water

Sparkling and seltzer water are garbage. Never understood how anyone could like them.
theWB27
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(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
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You should stop cold turkey. I went to juices for flavor and continued drinking lots of water. I used to drink two to three 24 ounce Dews a day.
Mighty Chin
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(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
Water.
Schattenjäger
(07-17-2017, 04:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by DOWN

Diet soda is fine. Why do you want to drop it OP?


How does it beat diet soda? Elaborate

Diet soda has artificial sweeteners which some claim are just as bad as sugar

Flavored water has no sweeteners
Earthbound64
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(07-17-2017, 04:38 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

some claim

Says the person who linked to a reprinted S*n story.
Schattenjäger
(07-17-2017, 04:38 PM)
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I like to drink mineral water like Perrier and San Pelligrino
The minerals give just enough flavor
I just hope carbonation isn't bad for you
DOWN
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(07-17-2017, 04:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Diet soda has artificial sweeteners which some claim are just as bad as sugar

Flavored water has no sweeteners

Maybe think about why they are claimed to be bad before just saying they are bad
Schattenjäger
(07-17-2017, 04:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Earthbound64

Says the person who linked to a reprinted S*n story.

I don't know anything about the Sun just saw the article this morning in the post and decided to share
Faiz
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(07-17-2017, 04:40 PM)
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I prefer cold turkey transitioning to water but you could also do:

Flavored water, then infused water, then straight water. Infused is near enough to being straight water tbh, but best to go to completely pure water and break the mental addiction to flavor entirely imo.
CrocMother
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(07-17-2017, 04:40 PM)
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I love the GAF diet soda defense force!
black_13
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(07-17-2017, 04:40 PM)
There's nothing wrong with a couple diet soda's a day. Show me a clear study saying diet soda is bad for you.

Yes water should be the main drink for staying hydrated but a couple diet soda's is really not that bad for you.
shawnbuddy
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(07-17-2017, 04:42 PM)

Originally Posted by Basoes

hahaha no

Regular, unflavored water is the best thing you can drink.
McBryBry
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(07-17-2017, 04:42 PM)
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Originally Posted by black_13

There's nothing wrong with a couple diet soda's a day. Show me a clear study saying diet soda is bad for you.

Yes water should be the main drink for staying hydrated but a couple diet soda's is really not that bad for you.

Therein lies my issue. I drink more of them than I do water. So if I switch the carbonation to the water, that could help.
SG-17
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(07-17-2017, 04:42 PM)
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Artificial sweeteners cause the body to produce insulin due to the taste of sweetness and since there aren't any sugars to metabolize it can cause increased resistance and contribute to diabetes moreso than real sugar, especially in those already at risk for diabetes.
DOWN
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(07-17-2017, 04:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by CrocMother

I love the GAF diet soda defense force!

More like the “please stop the unscientific vague fear posting”

Artificial sweeteners have become the most studied food ingredients in the world over the past four decades and continue to be safely consumed in all major world markets, especially those that have studied the sweeteners themselves
Nerfgun
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(07-17-2017, 04:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Diet soda has artificial sweeteners which some claim are just as bad as sugar

Flavored water has no sweeteners

what do you think the "flavours" are? it depends, some are aspartame, some sucralose... some are natural fruit juice but that can be sugary... you make the call

Originally Posted by SG-17

Artificial sweeteners cause the body to produce insulin due to the taste of sweetness and since there aren't any sugars to metabolize it can cause increased resistance and contribute to diabetes moreso than real sugar, especially in those already at risk for diabetes.

There does seem to be something to this, it's not proven or a consensus, but milk has a similar effect that has been measured in trials, as I recall. if you can turn "down" your sweet tooth that really is the best thing.

what I do personally is try to get to 2000mL of regular (filtered) water first in a day. I have an espresso then nothing but water until I hit that mark. if I do, i'm really not thirsty anymore and this helps reduce overall intake of diet sodas and such to the evening. that said I luuurve my rum & diet cokes so I do look for alternatives that aren't crazy-sugared fruit juices or other horrible things.
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DonShula
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(07-17-2017, 04:43 PM)
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For what it's worth (ie nothing), I quit diet soda because I found it was giving me headaches and irritability when I had more than two in a single day. I'd get a weird loopy feeling in the afternoon that was somewhere between a headache and sinus pressure and fatigue. Hard to describe.

I've switched to basically coffee and water now, and don't have those problems anymore. I might have a couple diet sodas per week, if that.

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