I started with cutting out soda all together and that lasted about two weeks before I realized that I hadn't had a good night sleep during those two weeks because I was drinking more coffee throughout the day. Then I tried to cut down the coffee and I started getting dehydrated because I wasn't interested in drinking enough water. It didn't take long to realize that I'm better off drinking soda rather than be a grumpy, tired girl.
My friend Stephanie introduced me to SodaStream. I've seen these things on TV before, but I've never used one or tried the soda from one. SodaStream is a machine that allows you to carbonate water and add the flavoring that you like to customize it to your own taste. When they promote this product on TV they talk about how much money you'll save, how you're waste consumption will go down and about the more natural ingredients that they use in their syrups.
I put the machine to the test. The first thing I did was test the SodaStream out. I filled up one of the bottles to the indicator line on one of the bottles that comes with the machine. I just used cold tap water. Then I lifted the lever so I would have easier access to the nozzles. I screwed the bottle into the nozzle until it was tight. I slowly moved the lever back down. Then I pressed the button on the top once and held it down until it stopped fizzing. Then I pressed it again and waited. Then I did it a third time and it made a loud air buzzing noise. After that noise I knew it was time to release the bottle. After making a huge mess in my kitchen I would suggest unhinging it slowly by lifting on the lever SLOWLY. You'll hear the air being released from the bottle and some of the fizz with rise. (Or all of the fizz if you do it too quickly)