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1 Year - No Pop

Saturday, September 01, 2018

This has been like the fortnight of milestones! Passing 1000 days sparking, hitting 90 lbs gone, and now 1 year no pop (or soda or Coke, depending on where you're from)!

Full truth: I have a Diet Coke addiction. Even a year out, I have to say that I'm still an addict. It'll be a super hot day or just randomly, I'll be getting ready to sit down to eat and I'll think, "A diet Coke would be really good right now." The cooler at the checkout lane is another big temptation. I swear the Coke Zeros just scream at me. "You want me. You want me!"

I don't think I ever understood addiction until I gave up my Diet Coke/Coke Zero. I used to drink up to four 20-oz bottles a day. And why not? No calories, right?

Oh my gosh. You don't have to tell me how bad it is for you. I know. Didn't stop me from drinking it, though. Now that I have, I drink water and coffee and occasionally iced tea. And maybe, every few months, an alcoholic drink. Mostly, it's water water water water water. I actually love water now. I used to hate it. Why drink water when I could have a Diet Coke? Have you seen the movie Idiocracy where they're giving plants a Gatorade-like substance instead of water? That was kinda like me--giving myself a soft drink instead of healthier water.

I know, I know... sodium, chemicals, etc... According to Wed MD, diet soft drinks don't necessarily cause weight gain. Most articles that say so are citing a very small study not the large group of studies needed for conclusive evidence. But chemicals, people... Nuff said. That aside, I'm not going to cite the bazillion reasons health experts say not to drink the stuff. I'm not a health expert. But I can speak to my own experience, what's happened with me...

For me, diet soft drinks:
-- Are somewhat mood altering. They swing me high and low (kinda like other addictions would).
-- Give me awful headaches. I've suffered from migraines for years, often getting them several times a week. This past year, I've had three. Like three. The whole year.
-- Affect my continence. Yeah, that's embarrassing. The thing is, I found that the more I drank it, the more likely I was to leak because that little sphincter wouldn't hold closed until I was in the bathroom. (OMG I can't believe I just wrote that. But it's completely true.)
-- I crave a lot less sugar. Shocking but true. I don't know why, but I'll go with it.

I think those four things are really good reasons to give up the stuff for good. A year later, I feel so much better. And I know it's healthier not to drink diet soft drinks. For me, anyway. Those are my reasons.
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    I gave up soda in January 2013, so I know what you mean. I remember the cravings and about 8 months after I quit I was someplace there wasn't anything else to drink and ewwww - I took one sip and ended up tossing the entire can in the garbage. Your body does change and if you try it again, it will taste gaggingly sweet.
    867 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I definitely agree with you. I used to go through the large bottle of diet Pepsi or coke or other softdrink in a day. Now I have one in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks and there's still some left.
    Might even have to throw it out.
    I do get one when I get a hot dog at Sams, but that is only occasionally and I'm running late.

    1007 days ago
    Congratulations on ditching the tonic ( yep, that's what we call it round here).
    1013 days ago
    i noticed my cravings for sugar increased every time I drank diet coke. The experts say it's because the 'fake' sweeteners fools our brain into thinking there's sugar and when it can't detect the real thing, the cravings begin. The one thing that got me off diet coke was knowing that it depletes the calcium from my bones and at my age, I need my bones to stay as strong as possible. Congrats on your achievements! I've been soda free almost four years, and 20 years since I've quit smoking and switched to plant based. Go Us!!

    1013 days ago
  • LPORTER2015
    Great job! I have not totally kicked the soda habit, but I drink less!
    1014 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    You're doing so well. emoticon
    1015 days ago
    I find that on the days that I do NOT drink diet soda, I crave sugar less. Perhaps it's my turn to go soda free. Thanks for this inspiring blog.
    1015 days ago
  • no profile photo JESUSFAN11
    I've noticed when I don't drink diet soda I have more energy
    1015 days ago
    Great job!!!
    1015 days ago
  • SHANII1019
    1015 days ago
  • no profile photo CD23640183
    Congrats on the weight loss. I’m right there with you on the Diet Coke! Bad stuff!
    1015 days ago
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