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SKJONGV Posts: 8
8/21/13 4:08 P

Stain the teeth,they don't ground them away, so that's a plus.

Tea comes in a variety of tastes so if you don't like black there is always green, white, herbal,spices, fruits, lots to choose from.
And then there is what my mother did. She bought one of those carbonating machines and drinks homemade bubbly water.

PTREE15 SparkPoints: (7,047)
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8/21/13 4:03 P

I gave up diet soda a little over a year ago. My stomach is much less bloated and I don't crave sweets the way I used to. I think the fake sweetener just makes your brain want more sugar.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,589
8/21/13 9:11 A

SKJONGV - coffee and tea are gross, that's why. Coffee smells so appetizing, and then the first sip changes my mind. I've tried it with creamers, sugar, etc., and it makes me gag every time. Tea smells funny to me, so I haven't tried it in years. Perhaps I should, although coffee and tea stain the teeth as well, so no gain there.

I'm persnickity, I know. emoticon

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,498
8/20/13 5:58 P

I have stopped drinking diet cola on a few occasions but I wind up over eating, so I've returned to one soda mid afternoon, it seems the bubbles fill me better than water and the caffeine is that little pick me up that gets me through to dinner. It might not be the best option but it seems to work for me.

BREWERFAN71 SparkPoints: (30,090)
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8/20/13 5:56 P

It's funny I saw this today-I know 4 people who are currently trying to reduce their soda intake. All are diet sodas-Mt. Dew, Coke, & Pepsi. I should say that I am not a soda drinker-if it disappeared tomorrow, it wouldn't affect me in the least.

I am sure many people can drink diet soda with no ill effects, & that's great, but one thing that hasn't been mentioned is that your kidneys have to work harder with soda vs. water. My dad is a type 2 diabetic and has developed problems with his kidneys-his doctor has limited him to the amount of non-water beverages he can have. He's already been hospitalized twice due to dehydration & had to have dialysis one of those times. Not saying this will happen if you drink soda, just saying it's good food for thought, to think about why we drink & the role it has in our bodily functions.

NEWMEXICOPARROT Posts: 200
8/20/13 2:58 P

I am really torn about the diet coke thing. I really like coke zero....I too have done research and looked at different studies and they seem to not be conclusive and can't distinguish other behaviors separate from the soda drinking. I try to live by the moderation in all things and just have a coke zero on occasion and drink water most of the time. I have to say that I really don't like water, I get my 8 glasses in and when I run I hydrate but if I have a choice it would be coke zero everytime.

TMR155 Posts: 3
8/20/13 2:56 P

I stopped drinking diet soda when I was pregnant & breastfeeding. I also gave up eating anything that used artificial sweetners. After 13 months of not eating/drinking artificial sweetner I now can't stand the taste of it.

Since then I can take or leave soda most of the time... every once in awhile I want one so I have the real thing... with real sugar if it's available.

I don't know if it's good or bad but these days I'm figuring that if it's from a lab it's probably not the best choice for my food and drink.

SKJONGV Posts: 8
8/20/13 2:40 P

Dmjakes,

pardon me, but if you drink it for the caffeine, why not drink coffee or tea?

As for me, the healthier food(and fruits) I ate, the less I felt the urge for sugary drinks. I still have a can of pepsi max now and then, but not often.



DMJAKES Posts: 1,589
8/20/13 1:25 P

I'm a diet Coke junkie myself...I've tried several times to cut back gradually and have gotten really close once. Unfortunately, the caffeine keeps my frequent headaches under control, and I LOVE the taste. There is nothing better than McDonald's diet coke....yummo!

The time when I was down to a couple a week, I did notice a LOT less bloating. My dentist wishes I would quit sipping it off and on all day--it's hard on your tooth enamel.

Let me know if you come up with the magic bullet 'cause I'm all ears for that one. emoticon

RMR9798 SparkPoints: (87,624)
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8/20/13 11:59 A

I gave up soda about 2 years ago. I originally gave it up for Lent, then just decided to give it up totally. I figure it has to be healthier just to drink water, and less expensive too. Now, I don't even think about having soda - I crave water.

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
8/20/13 11:56 A

I used to drink more of it and during my major weight losing periods in the past have considered it the lesser of two evils if I wanted a coke as despite studies and experts, it makes no sense to me that drinking diet sodas makes people gain weight, other than the idea that, yes, for some, probably the sweet taste makes it harder for them to wean themselves away from high calorie treats with sugar or I suppose the taste could trigger cravings like other sugary things sometimes do for me.

But some of the sweeteners in there did give me headaches so I basically have had less and less diet soda in recent years.

I have come to believe if I do want a sweet coke (rarely), an old fashioned natural artisan local brand is better, or even just a plain sugar coke.

Somewhat recently following surgery, I was just waking up and had a terrible headache and for whatever reason the nurse gave me a tiny can of real coke with a straw in it two saltine crackers and I swear it was the most heavenly meal I ever had lol.


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8/20/13 11:40 A

Hi, Punky !

I have a confession, I was a Diet Coke addict. I would routinely drink a 2 liter bottle a day. that's no exaggeration. I could drink Diet Coke before going to bed and it wouldn't effect my sleep at all. For years, I tried quitting and for years, I kept going back.

I knew that drinking all those preservatives, chemicals and artificial sweeteners wasn't any good for my body. I knew I had to give the stuff up because I couldn't drink it in moderation. At the time, I really was addicted.

Well, it took a while, but I eventually weened myself off the stuff. Today, I drink flavored fizzy sparkling waters, mineral water, tea, fruit juice. No more soda UNLESS it's organic. I will drink organic or natural sodas with no preservatives or chemicals.

How did I feel ? One thing I noticed after giving up Diet Coke was my skin cleared up. I had adult acne. not a lot, but enough to be annoying. When I stopped drinking soda, my face cleared up. no more zits. Over all ? I think I am much healthier because I don't drink the stuff anymore.

If a person can drink soda in moderation or once in a while, I think that's okay. I don't think a Diet Coke once a week will harm a person's health. But, I was one of those folks who could drink a 2 liter bottle. no more. I haven't had a Diet Coke in several years and I don't miss them.


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8/20/13 11:17 A

I'm glad to know that I am not the only "coke junkie" out there. I have an extremely hard time giving it up when I am consistently drinking it but if I go a few days then have a coke again I can't handle the sugar and I'll get grossed out. I've been buying diet code red mt dew for when Im giving up coke and because I'm not a big fan of the taste I don't drink as much. But there is nothing like a cold coke to me. If you gave me a choice of a piece of cake, french fries, or having a coke.. I would pick the coke. It's pretty sad.

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,045
8/20/13 10:46 A

the more I remove myself from anything that is too sweet...the more I enjoy the natural sugar of fruit. So to answer your question...giving up on sugars and artificial sweeteners helps me lose more weight because my cravings are diminished and I am satisfied with healthier options

SUNSHINE99999 Posts: 6,907
8/20/13 10:18 A

I gave up soda two years ago at my doctor's suggestion and don't miss it.

SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (8,659)
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8/20/13 9:33 A

I love diet coke and see no reason to give it up. I have read all the negative reports and have not found one study that shows any conclusive proof that it is harmful. I am sure I get more aspartame daily than most people, and I have been doing it for many years (not just in the soda, other products too, including using the sweetening packets on cereal, fruit, yogurt, etc.) .

I manage my weight mostly by counting calories and trying to assure that I do get a reasonable amount of healthy foods (proteins, veggies, etc.) Diet Coke and most diet sodas have NO CALORIES. In spite of all the hype and stories that make people think otherwise, foods with no calories do not make you fat, and eliminating them will not likely help you lose weight.

The exception would be if the sweet taste seems to make you crave other sweets and more foods. If, and only if you give in to that, the diet cola can contribute in some indirect way to gaining weight, or failure to lose weight. If you count calories and do not cheat, the diet coke will not make you fat, or keep you fat.

I am 54 and healthy and not on any medications. I am also at goal weight and have maintained this for quite some time. My medical providers tell me that is rare for someone my age not to need medication for something, such as high blood pressure.

I am not going to make a claim diet soda is "good" for you. I realize it has no nutrition value and water would therefore generally be a better choice. But water is boring and I am glad I can have flavored sweet, fizzy drinks that I like better. Being at a healthy weight trumps the health benefits of "giving up all soda" by far, if one does not also lose the weight. That is my belief.

BELLYDOG Posts: 1,038
8/20/13 9:31 A

I haven't given up diet soda yet, but I try not to have more than two per day. At one point I was drinking 8 to 10 liters per day of the stuff with caffeine. I would get severe headaches and thinking it was do to dehydration, would drink more. Not realizing that it was caffeine overload giving me the headaches. When I changed my environment, I was quickly able to stop the caffeine and diet soda overload, and not miss it. But then as I returned to my normal environment, I started drinking the diet soda again. But I chose the decaf stuff. Moving overseas, it is difficult to find the decaf stuff. I try to drink mainly water, but the soda goes down easier and faster. I'm still trying to give up the diet soda, but DH drinks it by choice. So it is always around and available.

BEACHLOVER59 SparkPoints: (340)
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8/20/13 9:25 A

I would call myself a diet coke junkie. It is my drink of choice. I have gone off and on with drinking too much, stopping and cutting back. I feel like other than food :( I have very few vices so why not enjoy what I like. So it depends on the day of the week if I'm over indulging in Diet Coke or not drinking it at all. Yesterday I didnt have any. No effects for me one way or the other.

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (214,222)
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8/20/13 8:58 A

I have never liked the taste, or I should say aftertaste, of diet coke. I gave up on regular coke a long time ago because I wanted to give up sugar. There is a lot of sugar in Coke. I lost about 10 lbs.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (32,039)
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8/19/13 9:40 P

I used to drink a lot of soda. I switched from regular to diet and lost about 10 pounds over a few months. I didn't notice any difference in how I felt.

When I decided to quit drinking diet soda I did it gradually so that I wouldn't go through caffeine withdrawal. Again, I didn't notice any difference in how I felt.

My reasons for stopping soda were varied. I had been reading a lot about the effects of soda on bone loss, that artificial sweeteners can increase your sugar cravings and that it had too much phosphorus which could damage your kidneys. I tried researching the afore mentioned claims and really couldn't find supporting evidence either way.

I eventually decided that soda fell into the category of over processed food. I had decided that overly processed foods were not part of a healthy life style, so the decision was made.

I occasionally have a soda, usually as a mixer for a rum and diet coke. I treat it like I do other processed foods, as something I have occasionally but not as part of my regular diet.

For me, it's not that soda is evil or that artificial sweeteners are evil. I just think I can do something healthier.

DRODRIGUEZ3750 Posts: 30
8/19/13 9:03 P

I haven't stopped but I've cut down severely. Instead of a few cans a day I drink maybe a couple per week. I mostly just drink water now. It's hard to gauge the benefits just from not drinking pop but with all the unhealthy ingredients in it, it has to be for the better.

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8/19/13 8:37 P

Why are you playing with it? Why not just STOP?



FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
8/19/13 8:17 P

Watch out for Apartame in diet soda's that is bad news and can make you sick!

MSWANNALOSEIT Posts: 269
8/19/13 8:13 P

I have played with giving up cokes and diet cokes, I get on a kick and I will try to stop them but after a few days I'm right back to drinking them. I was wondering if those of you that have stopped drinking them what was you effects? Good or bad. How much weight did you lose and how long just by not drinking soda of any kind?

I know everyone is different but I was just wondering what stop drinking sodas do for yall.
Did you have more energy, weight loss, felt better, what was your out come. Thank you so much.

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