I quite all soda pop July 16th will soon be a year but i know what you mean i could pick it up again easily but i don't like no nutitional value artifical sweetners so i drink water or decaffee coffee tea with no sugar ! I drink more water since i quit pop and save a bunch of money in the restraunts !
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4/6/11 1:11 P
One way to reduce the craving: drink seltzer water with a squeeze of lemon or lime. Refreshing and bubbly, but no calories, no sodium and no artificial sweeteners. Almost all restaurants serve it, too, if asked because their bar has it to make mixed drinks.
Check it out!
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I am a new member of SparkPeople. Glad to be on here and to fight the good fight with you all.
I absolutely crave Coke. I am worse...I love regular soda. It was so bad that I would drink two 20 oz sodas on weekends.
Now, after three weeks, I only have one per week. It feels better and easier that way - just one per week. This past weekend, I did have two. I am now on day two of no soda, and it is improving. I noticed that I dont think about it nearly as much.
I say just keep on with it. Like one of the members said here, "it will come around naturally". She is right - it will get better.
Dr. Oz just talked about this on his show today.. Check out his site. it's a 28 day challenge
9/23/10 1:33 P
I was a huge Diet Coke addict, I drank at Least 2 liters a day, that was all I drank, I even drank it with breakfast. But when I started having stomach problems I had to stop drinking it and it was SO hard. I craved it for 3 months. Some days I didn't think I would make it through the day I wanted one so bad. But I have not had a Diet Coke since December 30th, 2009 and I think it has made a huge difference in both how I feel and bloating. I had friends and family that would email me all the time with research about the adverse effects of Diet Coke, but until last December, I really didn't care to stop (that's how addicted I was). I Never thought I could give it up, and I never even liked the taste of water, but now I drink water all day and I no longer crave Diet Coke. Obviously you know Diet Coke is not the best choice of beverages, but your 1-can a day habit is minimal. Only you can decide if it is something you are willing to give up and if it will be worth it to you. Best of luck to you!
I am addicted to diet coke too. I have to have atleast one per day!! I am trying really hard to competely get it out of my diet but it has been difficult. All the ideas here are really good and I am going to give it a try!!!
There are some addictive behaviors that one must give up in order th have a healthy lifestyle or their only option is death, but come on enough is enough. If I must give up everthing I love I might as well be a hermit within myself. Then I would be misserable and so would everyone around me. It is not wrong if you are honestly not hurting yourself or your other loved ones.ENJOY LIFE a little.
I used to be really bad about Diet Coke - more than some of you were describing. I have gone through periods when I didn't have it at all, and then slowly began to drink just a bit. I am to the point now that I can have it in the house and not touch it. I am drinking a lot of water - and I am sure that is better now. But if I decide I want it, I do give myself permission to have it.
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I don't think lifestyle changes are about deprivation. When you take something away from a child, the child will scream for it. I was addicted to Diet Coke as well, and it is awesome how I have slowly weaned myself away from it. If you drink nine glasses of water, you will find that you don't really crave as much Coke. I have gotten to the point (in only six weeks) that regular Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi taste nasty to me...I am down to drinking a Diet Cherry Coke from Sonic every afternoon, and an occasional Diet Coke Zero or Pepsi Max. Don't stress, it will come around naturally.
I was a soda addict....I could seriously drink 12 a day if I let myself. I switched to Coke Zero, but found that it seemed to cause me to feel anxious and slowed my weight loss...I went back to regular, but just don't bring it into the house...that way, I drink NO MORE than one a day..it's probably the hardest thing for me to give up.... :(
9/4/10 12:33 P
You know what? One can per day will not kill you, and if it makes you happy, I say go for it!
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2,532 9/2/10 4:59 P
I had to quit cold turkey also. I love diet cherry coke. Took me a little while to not want it anymore. Good luck.
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1,137 9/1/10 10:23 P
I pretty much went cold turkey and just drank water instead. I think the key is to keep the water handy at all times and make the soda a ways away. For me this was easy, the vending machine is on a different floor. Good luck!
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9/1/10 5:27 P
I'm the same way I always see tons of post about how bad for you diet coke is and it makes me wonder. But I only have 8-12 oz. a day(if that). And i drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Is it the best thing for me? No, but i figure that sometimes we have to have our guilty pleasures.
9/1/10 6:55 A
was completely addicted but got laid off in april and went cold turkey after that and it has been about 4 months w/o. i think i had 1 or 2 since then but it doesn't taste the same. also my stomach is calmer. the stuff is delish but i think very harsh. good luck
I am also addicted to Diet Coke. I wish I had never started years ago. But I'm finding myself only having it about 4 days a week lately so that is much better than my old 2-3 a day. That's how I was several years ago. It's been a slow process for me, but I'm glad I like water better now. I used to hate to drink water. Now I drink about 12 glasses a day.
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4,038 8/27/10 4:33 P
I sometimes wished that i was introduced to drinking colas but i was. My mother did not allow it in the house i guess until was ateenager and i guess she gave up with a housefull of teenage girls all the time might as well let it appear but we had to bring it in she did not. Girls seems to always be dieting. I have cut back but i still must have diet coke every day but i wish that one was my limit maybe it would be easier to break but i still must have at least two. But like a doctor i know once said if it taste good to you spit it out it is not good for you.
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600 7/26/10 1:14 P
I skipped my diet coke today and I am drinking decaffineated ice tea instead, no sugar or sweetner. I am little tired though and it is only noon.
I was addicted to DC also. I've only had one for the month of July. I still think about DC, though. I'm substituting Crystal Lite for it. One of these days I'll get to just ice cold water...
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7/22/10 10:48 P
I am sloooowwwwlly weaning from my Diet Coke addiction! I have an "other goal" of reducing my DC to 3 or less cans a day. I know that's still a lot but I was drinking at least 6. On the flip side, I drink at least 12 cups of water.
I was a huge addict, I would drink it everyday and a lot of it, tried to quit on several occasions, but just couldn't do it. Then on July 6th when I was returning to work after the Holiday weekend, I had no DC left at work and didn't stop to get any, I decided that day that I just was not going to drink it any more and I haven't had a drop since. I amaze myself sometimes, there is a 6 pack here in the fridge which I'll keep for company since it doesn't even bother me to have it in the house. I only drink coffee, water, or sweetened tea. I think your weight loss efforts will go further if you can give up the DC addiction.
I have cut down, but I just can't give it up altogether. I know it isn't the best for me or my metabolism, but it is one indulgence that gets me through the day. I am glad to know that I am not alone in that.
7/20/10 1:29 P
i was addicted too. i am now about 3 months soda free. i'm sure i've saved some money...now buy more bottled water
I don't like coffee but I have to have my diet coke everyday or I go thru withdrawal. I have cut back and at one time I went a whole year without it.
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600 7/19/10 12:07 P
Finishing my daily morning 32oz fountain diet coke with lots of ice right now. I know it is bad for me, for my teeth, but oh how I love it. And why is it that if you reach for a coffee in the morning people are ok with that, but us Diet Coke drinkers are somehow crazy for drinking it. It definetly is not as socially acceptable as coffee which although I am no expert think is probably just as bad.
I say give yourself a reward twice a week. Pick two days and what meal or time of day you can have it and reward yourself for working hard and eating right. I don't know about any of you, but I can sure push myself harder when I workout if I have a reward of something I'm craving on my mind as I go! Good luck!
Edited by: SOCKRMA18 at: 7/14/2010 (12:03)
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5,004 7/14/10 10:22 A
I must admit that I was a Cherry Coke Zero addict (up to 5-20oz bottles a day~!!!). I finally realized that I was not able to drink just "one every now and then." I quit pop altogether on 2/12/09 and have not looked back since! Yes, there are times when I crave it (shopping is a perfect example!), but I know me and I know it won't stop with just one!
Not sure if that helps but wanted you to know that it is possible to quit!
I too love it. In the past, the habit of shopping and buying a cold Coke as my 'reward' has carried over to now. It is a hard habit to break. Your body reacts to diet sugar in much the same what that it would to regular sugar. The taste is the stimulation. We become like Pavlov's dog and start salivating if we associate a place with a pleasurable taste. Coke is it. Have I reduced the soda intake? Absolutely. Is it gone? No.
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7/5/10 3:49 P
Love diet coke. I've tried giving it up, but it's been tough. I might have to try the cold turkey way.
I was one of those people who drank like 1/2 a gallon of Diet Coke and/or Diet Dr. Pepper every day. Rt. 44's at Sonic, bottles, cans, anyway I could get it for years. I quit cold turkey in March. I am not one of those people who could just cut down. I'd tried that. It had to be off my list of drinks completely in order to stop. So I did. I had a headache for four days and that wasn't easy while trying to teach. It took a few weeks before I stopped craving one. Now I'm fine without it. I know that is what is helping me be able to drink 8 glasses of water each day...the lack of diet coke.
I usually drink one in the morning (not every day)and its usually caffine-free. I don't consider myself an addict, but I do enjoy drinking it. I also love my coffee (caffine free or half and half) in the morning!
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6/29/10 9:21 A
I don't think one a day constitutes the label of an "addict". I know some people who drink 4-5 a day; that's what I'd consider one. As long as you keep it under control, you should be OK, right?
I drink a DC about 4 days per week ... the other days I drink iced tea w/splenda. Other than my one caffeine drink each day I am drinking water trying to get in my 8 glasses. I hope the one a day isn't going to be a killer for me.
I'm totally addicted to diet coke. While I only have one a day (sometimes two), I crave it, especially with certain foods. I know it isn't good for me, but is it really bad? I figure there aren't many things that I indulge in, the zero calorie kind won't hurt too much. But then I see information about it making it harder to lose weight. To drink, or not to drink?
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