Just like any habit, cutting down our soda consumption isn’t easy. Study after study has linked the sweet drink with obesity and Type 2 diabetes. If you’re looking to kick the habit, here are 5 ways to make the transition to a healthier lifestyle a little easier.
- Educate yourself – Many people don’t even know the calories or nutrients that are in their soda of choice, knowing what you’re putting into your body is the first step towards choosing healthier options.
- Set goals – While you’re motivating yourself to be healthier, include cutting down your soda intake on your lists. Add it to your phone reminders and put a sticky note on your computer to stay aware!
- Choose a healthier habit – Replace your routine with a healthier habit. When you’re craving a soda, eat a nutritious snack, go for a walk, or drink some water.
- Take small steps – Little by little, lessen your soda intake. If you drink a soda every day, try taking a day off every week until you don’t want it anymore.
Fruit-infused water, herbal tea, water, and sparkling water are all great alternatives to soda. For more heart-healthy tips, please visit www.heart.org.