On top of all that, each visit to the vending machine is costing you $1.50 (50 cents if you’re employer isn’t a startup).
In the interest of keeping you sexy, alive and rich, Your Money tapped nutritionists Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet, and Rania Batayneh of Essential Nutrition for You to help you kick the can for good.
Full disclosure: I kicked the habit back in ’05, but do partake in the occassional Dr. Pepper like the Texan I am.
Wean yourself slowly. “If you presently drink four a day, go to three,” says Gans. “Do that for a couple of days, see how it goes, then drop another one.”
Switch to seltzer. Try flavored seltzer or use a splash of fresh fruit, like lemon lime or an orange, says Gans. Batayneh’s a big fan of Pellegrino with raspberry.
Size matters. “Change the size of the bottle you buy,” says Gans. “Actually, buy a larger one because it’s cheaper. Only pour yourself one cup at a time—if not, drinking straight from the bottle will make you drink less.”
Ask what you want. “What do you really want the soda for? Sweetness or caffeine?” says Gans. “If it’s caffeine, drink healthier green tea instead. If it’s sweetness, revert back to the flavored seltzer idea or mix a quarter cup of 100 per cent fruit juice with three-fourths of a cup of a plain seltzer. Tip: Any store brand seltzer will do.