Thursday, May 08, 2014
I have kicked the Diet Dr. Pepper habit 3 times before. The last time I even lasted 3 months before falling off the wagon. What's interesting to me as a therapist is how similar my behaviors are to anyone who struggles with any addiction, be it chemical or behavioral (drugs, gambling, etc.) There is the physical discomfort of giving up the desired substance or behavior as well as an emotional loss.
Diabetes runs in my family. My father is diabetic and my deceased brother was as well. Recently I read some articles linking aspertame to an increased risk for developing diabetes and it scared me into making the decision to get off of diet sodas of any type. My goal is to withdraw from the caffeine first then give up all soda. On May 2, 2014 I drank my last Diet Dr. Pepper. Saturday I felt lethargic and had a moderate headache. By Saturday evening I was in bed with a pounding headache, dizziness. My eyeballs even hurt. It was weird. I'd never had such severe withdrawal symptoms before. Sunday morning I felt slightly better, but not much. Throughout Sunday and Monday the withdrawal symptoms came in waves, each slightly less intense. Today--Thursday--no headache or fatigue.
Now it's on to the hard part--breaking the behavioral patterns and giving up soda entirely. But I believe it is worth it. More research is coming out about the dangers of processed foods including artificial sweeteners. The game is on and I intend to be a winner.