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7/28/13 2:17 A

Good for you! I gave up Diet Coke (I drank fountain pop every morning) on July 1st and so far it's going great. For me, it was more the $$ I was spending and the other junk I was buying every time I stopped to get a pop. Too many trips to the store, too much money spent, and too many calories consumed.

Anyway, I replaced my morning pop with an iced latte and even though I don't love coffee, it has helped with the headaches.

The real test will be when I go back to teaching in the fall. That early morning will be the real test. I'll be okay though.

Good luck to you!

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/23/13 11:57 A

Even if the withdrawal is less for diet pop, and easier to quit, you all have to admit that it would be much easier to be completely off of diet pop before heading back to the hectic schedule at school. It may be easier to slowly wean yourself off, but it might also be impossible to do this at school.

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7/23/13 9:56 A

P.S. The withdrawl is not that bad, I stopped cold turkey on a weekend. I was getting headaches about 29 days of the month!!! When I stopped , I marked my calendar, when I got to 18 days, no headache, I knew I made the wonderful choice to stop this horrible stuff!!! I really should be banned. I would Never drink a Soda again!..

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7/23/13 9:50 A

OMG!!! Good for you!!! I drank Diet Pepsi for 25 years!! And suffered all those years with awful migranes, twice hospital visits, had cat scans, was told it was hormonal, was told it was due to scoliosis, inheritance, etc.. All along it was the ASPARTAME in the diet pepsi, they are KILLERS!!!! I don't suffer headaches anymore.... I am so GREATFUL I stopped drinking this HARMFUL STUFF!!!! Good for you...:}

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7/22/13 6:41 P

Russell, she is trying to give up diet soda, not the real stuff. It's more tough to give up the real stuff and I congratulate you for doing so. What an impressive achievement!

Giving up diet soda is a little easier. I sort of tend to agree that it is more of a habit than an addiction.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/22/13 4:03 P

I went cold turkey. I was addicted to Pepsi, and drank a 2 liter minimum daily, even after being diagnosed as a diabetic. It will take 3-4 weeks to stop thinking about it as much, but you should be okay when you go back to college. If you start to wean yourself slowly off of it, you will still be drinking it, and when time gets short, you will just resort to drinking the convenient diet pop.

It is harder, but if you can't choose to stop consuming something, then it is an addiction, and should not be consumed at all by you. Yes, you may have withdrawal symptoms, but do you really want to draw this out, so that you are facing these issues while at school?

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7/22/13 3:53 P

I did, I just stopped cold turkey

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7/22/13 2:19 P

I'm going to try again soon, maybe with Perrie this time.

7/22/13 2:12 P

You can do it! I used to drink 6-8 diet cokes a day and it was ruining my life! The first two weeks were brutal but then it is all better. I recommend having a few caffeinated beverages every day until you are used to it, I had serious withdrawal headaches even with caffeine but it is worth it in the end. Take it from all of us you are totally doing the right thing.

(the extra $$ is nice too. add up what you spend in a week and x 52...eek!)

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7/22/13 2:07 P

I didn't give it up completely, but noticed that when I drink diet cokes, they tend to upset my stomach so now I very rarely drink any kind of soda.

7/22/13 1:48 P

Gah! Diet soda! My whole family is addicted to the stuff, and I drank it when I was your age! Happily, I broke that habit, and now it tastes like battery acid to me!

As someone else said, iced tea really helps. I've drank it for years now. Depending on what kind you get, it can have a bit of caffeine in it, which will help with the withdrawals. If you want to cut the caffeine habit, you can slowly switch to an herbal iced tea later.

Good luck and be well!

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7/22/13 12:50 P

I started drinking diet soda when I was 18 and just gave it up at the age of 62! I used to drink a diet Pepsi as soon as I woke up, around 5:00 a.m., and would have between 2-4 more that day. I also drank water, which I happen to like. I replaced the early morning diet Pepsi with a bottle of flavored water and continue to drink water, flavored or not, throughout the day. It was easy for me to do and I really don't think much at all about giving up diet soda. I will have a can maybe once every two weeks and surprisingly, it's never diet Pepsi. It's usually diet root beer or diet cream soda.

Good luck! I hope you succeed with giving up diet soda.

7/22/13 12:42 P

Yes, I have. I had to quit cold turkey, I'm not really good at just decreasing the amount of something I'm eating/drinking to eventually cut it out. I had one recently, and I HATED the taste of it. I've quit drinking soda several times throughout my life, sometimes on accident, other times intentionally. The only time I'm really in danger of drinking it is when I'm sick and my throat hurts, because the carbonation helps with that, but it isn't worth it because then I have to stop drinking it all over again!

ANARIE Posts: 13,174
7/22/13 12:33 P

Think about how much you spend on it. You could probably pay for your semester's textbooks with the money you normally waste on brown fizzy water!

Think of something that you have wanted for a while but haven't bought because it's "too expensive" or "a waste of money." Then find a pretty jar or tin. Calculate how much you normally spend on diet sodas in a week, and put that amount of cash in the tin. If you buy a soda, it has to come out of that cash. If you don't buy any soda, you get to keep that cash and put it toward your "waste of money" goal. By the time you go back to school, you'll have good head start on your fund, and by the end of the semester, you'll have enough to take a vacation or buy a good bike to get around campus, etc. You'll be amazed at how fast the cash adds up.

7/22/13 5:57 A

I also gave it up very slowly and I am now about two months from being completely free of it.

Tea helped me. I learned to sit down in the afternoons, even if only for 10 minutes, to enjoy a cup of very hot tea in the winter and a glass of cold tea in the summer. I don't add sweeteners to either (after all, that was one of the main reasons I was getting off soda) and I will admit that this was tough at first. BUT, it was worth it.

I also drink a lot of water with essential oils in it. They are a bit expensive, but fantastic.

Whatever you need to do, go for it. You will not regret giving up these "drinks."

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7/21/13 11:10 P

I do not suggest giving it all up at once. I did it slowly last year and I don't drink much at all anymore. I drank almost a 2 liter every day! I started by cutting my diet soda and drinking tea half the time. Then I stopped with the Soda and drank tea and water. I then switch to 1/2 decaf 1/2 regular caf tea. Then I started drinking all decaf with SOME caffeine free diet soda but mostly lemonade/ tea/ filtered water. I can't drink a lot of bottled water because of the chemical process, but if it is filtered through charcoal or is reverse osmosis water I can drink it. I now drink mostly vitamin water or Target's Simply Balanced Essence Water (I love the blood orange) and an occasional soda or tea when I am out, since I can't always trust the water. I will also have a caffeinated soda when I have a migraine because it helps the most. In the last week I have had NO soda at all, even though we have been out to eat several times. Most weeks I don't have soda, it just really depends on the sweet tea. Good luck!

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7/21/13 11:01 P

Yes, I gave it up about two years ago after drinking it from the age of 15 and I am now 53! and fell off the wagon for a week, but stopped again and it has been months now. I will be honest I miss it sometimes but it isn't worth it. It actually worked against my healthy eating and I ended up craving alot of sweets and it also made me agitated. Now that I don't have it I am calmer. I gave it up cold turkey and had headaches. I drank coffee (small with skim milk one sweetner) and that helped me through. Also unsweetened ice tea works too. Do it -you will be glad you did. :) Hope this helped you.

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7/21/13 8:48 P

Yes, I have. But not on purpose, it just happened. Moving into a new apartment on the fifth floor (no elevator) made dragging heavy bottles up less appealing, so we gradually stopped buying soda. Instead we got a soda-machine and started drinking carbonated tap-water.

Are you really addicted? Or could it be that it is it just a habit? If it is the latter you could try replacing it with a new habit that suits you better. Drink water or home-brewed ice-tea in its place. Think of all the money you will save! If it is a caffeine addiction you could face one week of headaches and cravings or take up drinking black coffee.

Not sure this was helpful, but wishing you all the best!

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7/21/13 8:10 P

Has anyone else here given up soda, specifically diet soda? I have been drinking diet soda since I was 14, and now am 22. The amount of soda I go through has gotten progressively worse over this time. I've heard more and more about how dangerous it is, and have wanted to stop numerous times, but I am so addicted. Tomorrow, I really want to stop. I want to stop because I go back to college. That gives me around 4 weeks.

Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for me on how to cut it out? I know there will be withdrawal symptoms, so just want to know how to manage those. Thanks if you can help!

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