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Old 04-25-2014, 08:31 AM
 
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Real ice tea. Real fruit juice, maybe diluted with some soda water.

Try to wean yourself gradually from excessive sugar and especially sugar substitutes. I've basically given up HFCS, sugar alcohols (mannitol, sorbitol, xannitol), and what I call "the pink packets" -- aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. And I feel SO MUCH BETTER. Good luck!
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Give it up cold turkey and start drinking water or sparkling water. It'll take a few weeks but you'll be glad you did.
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Old 04-25-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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I just got done drinking 15 2-liter sodas (both regular and diet) in the past week and I feel sick. Especially after reading articles that say high-fructose corn syrup may be the culprit behind my gout and fatty liver. I have also read that Splenda, which I thought was safe, contains chlorine and is harmful to my health.

So are there anything that is 100% safe? I know water is but I can not only drink water because my craving for soda goes through the roof after a few days so need long-term alternative.
I struggle with it too, because I feel like it's the only thing that will quench my thirst, although I KNOW that water is really the only thing that quenches thirst. But I know the craving can go away because when I was in high school working in a fast food place, we could drink all the pop we wanted free, and I did. But I would periodically stop drinking it for a set time period and always when I went back to it, it didn't taste good anymore. It's just what you get used to. I'm in the same boat because there is nothing I like more than a sugary, carbonated drink. But I know if you quit cold turkey and drink water instead, you'll get over the craving.

They do have those carbonated flavored waters that are calorie free at Walmart - grape flavored, etc. I haven't even tried them, but know people who drink them. No artificial sweetener, but does have other stuff you may not want. Still sounds better than diet pop.


Clear American White Grape Sparkling Water, 4ct: Beverages : Walmart.com
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Old 04-26-2014, 09:43 AM
 
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I just got done drinking 15 2-liter sodas (both regular and diet) in the past week and I feel sick. Especially after reading articles that say high-fructose corn syrup may be the culprit behind my gout and fatty liver. I have also read that Splenda, which I thought was safe, contains chlorine and is harmful to my health.

So are there anything that is 100% safe? I know water is but I can not only drink water because my craving for soda goes through the roof after a few days so need long-term alternative.
Have you thought about seeking help from an addiction specialist?
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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I just got done drinking 15 2-liter sodas (both regular and diet) in the past week and I feel sick. Especially after reading articles that say high-fructose corn syrup may be the culprit behind my gout and fatty liver. I have also read that Splenda, which I thought was safe, contains chlorine and is harmful to my health.

So are there anything that is 100% safe? I know water is but I can not only drink water because my craving for soda goes through the roof after a few days so need long-term alternative.
I commend you on searching for a healthy alternative to soda as it is extremely unhealthy.

You probably don't want to hear this but I'd vote for water.

Anything with carbonation, i.e. bubbly, is acidifying to the body. Keeping your body in a slightly alkaline state is a key to good health.

Sugar is also acidifying to the body. High fructose corn syrup, a highly processed industrial "food" made with genetically modified corn is way worse than sugar. However, even plain organic raw sugar is quite acidifying to the body.

If you drink high quality water, it does have a nice taste, once your taste buds re-adust. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon or fresh lime to your water for an extremely healthy flavor enhancer. Lemon has twice as much vitamin C as oranges! It's also a powerful alkalizer for the body.

Here's another trick. Add fresh mint to your water. You can try different types to see which taste(s) you prefer: peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, lavender, catnip, etc. This time of year you can pick up starts of these mint plants are many nurseries and then transplant them when you get home. They grow very easily and soon you'll have plenty of fresh mint to add to your water. Mint has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, it taste really good in water!

Again, way to go on your search for a healthy alternative!
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:46 PM
 
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I commend you on searching for a healthy alternative to soda as it is extremely unhealthy.

You probably don't want to hear this but I'd vote for water.

Anything with carbonation, i.e. bubbly, is acidifying to the body. Keeping your body in a slightly alkaline state is a key to good health.

Sugar is also acidifying to the body. High fructose corn syrup, a highly processed industrial "food" made with genetically modified corn is way worse than sugar. However, even plain organic raw sugar is quite acidifying to the body.

If you drink high quality water, it does have a nice taste, once your taste buds re-adust. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon or fresh lime to your water for an extremely healthy flavor enhancer. Lemon has twice as much vitamin C as oranges! It's also a powerful alkalizer for the body.

Here's another trick. Add fresh mint to your water. You can try different types to see which taste(s) you prefer: peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, lavender, catnip, etc. This time of year you can pick up starts of these mint plants are many nurseries and then transplant them when you get home. They grow very easily and soon you'll have plenty of fresh mint to add to your water. Mint has strong antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as being loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. Plus, it taste really good in water!

Again, way to go on your search for a healthy alternative!
Just grow them in pots or planters or they will overtake your whole garden!
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Old 04-26-2014, 05:50 PM
 
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Water.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:16 PM
 
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Just grow them in pots or planters or they will overtake your whole garden!
This can be true :-) Cats tend to love mint of any kind, not just catnip, a nice side benefit to having it around for the water and other drinks. Some mint family plants I didn't mention like thyme, oregano, and rosemary don't take over the garden but grow to a nice bush.

Also, one thing I forgot to mention is to "bruise" the leaves before you add it to the water, if the water is cold. To do this, you can simply rub them with your fingers and nails or you could use a mortar and pestle. This will release the flavor. Chopping them works pretty good but not as good as bruising them.
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