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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/14/13 1:49 P

Those headaches, along with your other symptoms are all signs of withdrawal. Everyone commonly agrees that many of us suffer from withdrawal from sugar, AND caffeine. What we don't then say.. is that to have withdrawal, you need to be addicted.

This is important because we know how to treat addictions. Abstinence.

In some cases we slowly drop addicts down to lower levels, and even less addictive drugs, but in the end, we need to go cold turkey, and never take the addictive substance again.

I quit Pepsi cold turkey, and it was bad. Proper hydration helped, and I just gritted it out. I can't just have a little bit of pop, without becoming unable to control how much I drink.

People like to say, everything in moderation, but for some things, this is not true. Sugar, and caffeine are not something your body needs, or would normally consume. So your body isn't made to handle it.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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11/14/13 1:46 P

Patti, the fizzy water I drink does not contain aspartame--it isn't sweetened at all. The ingredient list is "carbonated water, natural flavors." They say the flavors come from "essence oils extracted from the fruits," which is pretty meaningless (and I know "all-natural" is far from synonymous with "healthy"), but it's a much better option than soda and like I said, really hits the spot for carbonation for me.

11/14/13 1:29 P

the flavored water is high in asparatine which makes it hard to lose weight and is toxic... I switched to coffee with almond milk and straight normal green tea... in any amounts that I want
then I started losing weight after long plateau

KBEHNKE81 Posts: 12,652
11/13/13 10:56 P

Went for two decades without a trace of caffeine, then started a full-time job and couldn't get through the morning without it. Now a cup of coffee in the morning usually does it for me, but on occasion I need a diet cola pick-me-up. But when I have to go without - headache! Bummer.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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11/13/13 10:25 P

I love a good carbonated beverage, but don't drink soda. I do drink seltzer--both flavored (but not sweetened, so no calories) and unflavored. It perfectly satisfies my desire for carbonation without calories, sugar, or sugar substitutes.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/13/13 9:54 P

I understand the love of carbonated beverages. I can just speak from personal experience--I still love soda. But I no longer feel addicted to soda. I gave them up in May. And I might have a soda once every three weeks or so. I kinda view them like I do other treats--ones that I don't allow myself to enjoy TOO often. But I was only able to get to that point by going cold turkey for 6-8 weeks.

KERWRISTEA SparkPoints: (96)
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11/13/13 9:40 P

Thank all of you for your responses. I was thinking about switching to sweet tea for a while and start gradually sweetening it less. I love the fizzy taste in my drinks, which is why it is hard to find something to put in place of my soda. I have tried the little by little route, which works for a little bit. I know that a lot of the powders are not good for drinks, but I just feel like the drinks is what really gets me off track. Sometimes, when I am really thirsty, I just feel like there is nothing better than a nice, ice cold carbonated drink. I even tried the carbonated water with flavors, but find that I just do not like the fake sweet taste.
I was drinking diet soda for a while, until I read about how it is almost worse for you to drink diet than regular. I stopped drinking diet soda, and saw a lot of changes.
I know that nothing will happen over night and that this, as well as anything else, takes time, patience and persistence. Thank you ladies for your responses!!!

JOANBRESLIN SparkPoints: (11,674)
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11/12/13 6:00 P

I personally dont see why I must give up my diet cherry coke. I dont drink any other soda n I actually LOVE the taste. However I do not care for other diets soda. I drink unsweetened iced tea.

BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/12/13 4:34 P

Sometimes the powdered packets that you put in water aren't the best of options. What I personally do is drink black coffee for my caffeine intake. Unfortunately though it's a taste that you have to get accustomed to. I also ended up weaning myself off of soda and instead I drink a lot of unsweetened iced tea. If you really want to add flavor you could try Truvia or Stevia.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
11/12/13 4:14 P

I made the switch from regular soda to diet years and years ago. And I stayed fat. Recently I gave up diet soda (and all artificial sweeteners) and I made the switch by making my own brewed iced tea. I lightly sweeten it with sugar, honey, or one of the natural no-calorie sweeteners.

I choose to get off soda while on vacation. I figured it was best not be be working because usually work stress triggers my desire for soda (and caffeine). I bought a collection of fruit tea bags off Amazon. I was definitely prepared. And it worked. You have to be ready.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,233)
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11/12/13 1:07 A

Do the caffeinated drinks include coffee? if so, what I did was get a Coffee Substitute, and starting removing a little normal coffee and replacing that with the Substitute, after a few days I would remove even more coffee and replace it with the Substitute. In time it was totally the Coffee Substitute, WHEN I drink coffee, except for the very odd occasion I have a 1/2 strength coffee in a Cafe.

Where it comes to the soda, perhaps you may like to try the gradual reduction as described re the coffee, but replace the soda with some water. Now when I have something with fizz, it is over 3/4 water with a little of the 'fizz'. It's actually quite nice.

Some people go cold turkey, but I don't actually subscribe to that for most of this type of thing because you are asking for withdrawals, which is never pleasant, whereas doing it really gradually either prevents it, or it is only very minimal.


KERWRISTEA SparkPoints: (96)
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11/11/13 10:45 P

Coming back into SP, I know for a fact, that I am indeed addicted to soda and very sugary, caffeinated drinks. I want to give this up, and I have in the past, but suffered the seemingly never ending days of bad headaches and bad moods. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to what I can do to start substituting out my caffeine? I tried diet citrus green tea, but something about the tea that I just do not like after a couple times (same with any tea i have ever drank) I tried doing the water flavors and things like that also but I just can't seem to find something to successfully get past all of this. Suggestions and ideas would be awesome from you guys as I am still very new to all of this!

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