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    AMBERLYNN777   31,361
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Aspartame is an @$$hole.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It has been 10 days since I have had any aspartame (15 since I ran out of diet soda and decided to give it up, but I had a couple of slip ups). I STILL FEEL TERRIBLE! OMG this is AWFULÖ I need to remember this feeling every time I want a diet soda. I canít believe I donít feel better yet!! I have NO ENERGY, really achy and in a BAD MOOD. I donít know what else this could be? It isnít that time of the month, I donít think I am getting sick, I am only left with how I am eating/lack of aspartame.

In order to substitute for my caffeine- In the mornings I have been drinking my protein shake with cold-brewed coffee & chocolate almond milk ((LOVEit)). So I know I donít feel terrible because of caffeine withdrawal. I am under more stress since I started grad school, but I donít see why that should make me feel so lethargic & achy.

My next baby step is to slowly increase the amount of veggies I eat & slowly decrease the amount of processed stuff I eat. This includes slowly cutting out my beloved cheese, which I am heartbroken over. I recently had allergy/food sensitivity tests done and it shows I am very sensitive to dairy products. I know my naturopathic doctor said I would see the biggest difference in how I feel if I was willing to go on a strict diet and give up everything I am sensitive to cold-turkey (and the list is staggering people!!). Iím not willing to do that, I know I would eventually rebel, say F*%# this and eat the restricted foods. I work best with baby steps and small changes, that way I donít feel like I am being punished.

I just hope I feel better soon. I do notice I am a little less hungry than I normally am, which is good. But I am already catching myself wanting to go back to diet soda because I feel so terrible. I didnít think withdrawal would last this long!! Guess I just need to stay strong and stick with it & hope for the best.

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AMBERLYNN777 9/12/2013 12:19PM

    WOW 6 weeks is a long time but I really appreciate having some sort of time reference to look forward to feeling better- THANK YOU!! Even if mine ends up being a little longer/shorter/whatever, it is nice to know your negative symptoms were gone/better in 6 weeks- that is encouraging!! It will keep me going to have an "end date" in sight!
I haven't been able to go more than a few days without cheese (since I put it in everything!!) but I would be interested in seeing if it helps my skin to give it up. Interesting to think it might help with the aspartame W/D too- thanks for the thought!!
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SNAPSHOTSTACY 9/12/2013 10:32AM

    Good job with staying away from the poison! It took, literally, SIX weeks for all of my symptoms to finally go away. Seriously, SIX!
I did start feeling better after about two weeks. But, it takes a long time for your body to expel all of the crud & heal up.

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/12/2013 10:20AM

    I'm dairy sensitive, and I still sometimes cheat -- and my body tells me ASAP. Go a few days without it, and you can sometimes really feel a difference. Maybe it will help too with the aspartame withdrawl?

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AMBERLYNN777 9/11/2013 8:19PM

    Thanks so much for the support!! I needed it!! :) I'm hanging in there! emoticon

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 9/11/2013 11:42AM

    That sucks that you are feeling so terrible - hopefully you will start to feel better very soon.
Good luck with the elimination diet! It will be very tough, I'm sure, but if you are able to eliminate the foods you are sensitive to, I'm sure you'll feel so much better in the long run!

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WOLFKITTY 9/10/2013 10:11PM

    Good luck!! Hang in there!

Thanks for posting this. Every once in awhile I think of drinking soda.. then I think that maybe diet soda wouldn't be so bad for me. This helps to remind me that although I don't struggle with giving up soda, like cigarettes, I don't even want to start!


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EERTOLA 9/10/2013 9:46PM

    emoticon Great job!

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SPARKLISE 9/10/2013 8:23PM

    Don't give up now after doing so many days! emoticon emoticon

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STEVEN_D 9/10/2013 8:15PM

    Good luck, I've heard bad things about that stuff.

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