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CMW405
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1/29/13 9:48 A

I know everyone is telling you to go to water and that really is great advice; however, if you find yourself slipping back toward soda - then going cold turkey to water may not be the way. I started to give up a 3-4 a day Coca Cola habit 6 months ago. I actually had to quit in the same way that I did cigarettes. I did a step down program. I swapped to sprite at first in order to work on cutting the caffeine out - less headaches than trying to cut both the caffeine and the sugars. Then I started to drink less of the sprite. I couldn't go straight to water though, or else I would slide back to the flavorful soda. So I went with healthier fruit drinks like Apple Juice and I really liked the V8 splash combos. I got to the point of only 1/2 sprite with dinner and that's when I started to swap some of that juice out for water with low calorie flavor additives (like crystal light) in the water. And then I started to cut the flavor additives out. As I drank more water and was actually satisfied by that, I started to cut the soda out altogether. I've been soda free for a week now with no desire to jump back on that wagon. Good luck on your journey, you can do it!



SUNSHINE6442
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1/29/13 4:36 A

You need to balance your blood sugar....Fluctuating blood sugar can cause headaches, so balance your sugar levels by eating a carb and a protein. Something like a bread stick with sesame seeds and a slice of turkey.

Eat turkey, tuna and add seasame seeds to salads and veggies daily to reduce headaches....they have magnesium to help headaches. Also your body might be inflammed...add the spice rosemary to your foods to help prevent or lessen headaches

Pre-diabetes and diabetes can cause headaches because I used to get severe migranes... improper nutrition can cause them and dehydration also. Drink lots of water...

If you wait more than four hours to eat your blood glucose drops, and so do your energy levels///try to eat a little something every 2-3 hours so your body will have a steady supply of fuel.



NYXWOLFWALKER
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1/29/13 4:04 A

I've not had soda in a month, not because I chose to give it up I just haven't had the craving for it but I still drink my coffee so still getting that caffeine "fix" so to speak - you might be crashing because of the lack of caffeine but if you are still getting caffeine then that might not be why it might also be the sugar that your withdrawing from if regular pop or the junk that is in the diet stuff and yes its possible to have withdrawal from artificial sweeteners.



MISSHATTAWAY
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1/28/13 6:44 P

I don't have any advice, but I wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I recently gave up a pill addiction 7 months ago, but I'm having a hard time with soda. Crazy right? well, the problem is soda is legal and you can buy it anywhere. Caffeine addiction is not much different than any other kind, it causes withdrawals which is what you're experiencing and unfortunately there isn't much you can do but wait and allow your body to adjust. Everything takes time.



DIANNEGLADING
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1/28/13 5:40 P

Lots of water and green or white tea (decaf), it should help. But it does take time for your body to adjust, it should take about a week or 2 depending on how much soda you drank.
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MICHELLEXXXX
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1/28/13 5:32 P

If your withdrawal is from caffeine in diet soda... You could:
1. Wat it out; your body will eventually adjust to the withdrawal.
2. Drink a cup of green tea; it should curb the caffeine need and provide antioxidants.

And WTG for giving up soda!

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/28/2013 (19:37)


BMS555
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1/28/13 5:02 P

I recently gave up soda, which is a major feat since I drank a lot on a daily basis. But now I find myself crashing around mid afternoon and getting a head ache. Any ideas on how to prevent this or things that are better to drink to help?



 
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