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Old 10-20-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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Diet Soda Addiction Support Thread

I've decided to go off Diet Pepsi, which I find much harder than sticking to a diet. My craving for those spicy bubbles derails all my attempts to quit. Do we have other diet soda addicts who need support? Have you succeeded in quitting? Post here!

My plan is to cut back to 3 a day and gradually decrease until I reach zero. I have one day under my belt so far.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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I replaced diet soda with seltzer water (my grocery store has it in cans and 2 liter bottles). If I want a little taste with it, I put orange, peppermint or vanilla extract in it. When it's flavored it's excellent over some HWC.

I don't do artificial sweetener, but I can't give up the fizz.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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There's something about the super-cold aluminum can that along with the spiciness gives the bubbles some "sting". That's what I'm really addicted to, and that's hard to replace.

I looked up HWC. I'm assuming you don't mean Hot Wheels Collectors. What does it stand for?

edit: Oh, heavy whipped cream. That sounds great! Like a rootbeer float. How do people manage to whip small servings of cream for each use?

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:05 AM   #4
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I do drink diets on occasion and have cut way back. Italian cream sodas definitely help, as does a boatload of iced tea with stevia and lemon
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Miche, I think they just pour in heavy whipping cream from the carton, not whipped.

I drink some diet coke, like one or two cans worth a day, but my big one is coffee. I have an iced coffee in my hand at all times, unless it's a diet coke moment. lol I like diet coke with food, especially certain fatty foods. I feel like it cuts that fat feeling, iykwim. Anyway, I have broken quite a few addictions in my life but I've decided this one's okay for me. It helps get me through the day and I have given up quite a lot of other things I loved.

Good luck to you, though! I am sure that it is a good healthy move to make.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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I appreciate the clarification. I'm reading around now and learning that seltzer has the "sting" I like, as opposed to club soda. That's news to me.
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I used to be heavily addicted to diet coke. Like a gallon a day minimum. Then when I read the Atkins LC book, I learned that aspartame can stall weight loss (among other issues). And since I'm an all or nothing kind of girl, I quit cold turkey. Had horrible headaches and nausea for 3 days, then it was over. I still sometimes dream of the sweet bubbly refreshing taste (I replaced it with tap water...), but success in my diet is worth it, and I suck at moderation.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:06 PM   #8
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Diet coke makes some with Splenda instead of aspartame. They come in yellow boxes/cans and cost about a dollar more, I think they taste better to.
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #9
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I will give up many things - and, in fact, have. But I refuse to give up my Diet Coke.

I wish you all luck in your quest
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i went cold turkey re: diet soda except for my beloved

FAYGO diet chocolate soda (they are 20 oz bottles.).That was at the beginning of the warm weather. I am happy to say that many times I do not even finish 1 of them in a day, and I put it away for another time. I DID recently add back diet soda...the fruity flavors. Again, 1 two litre bottle lasts much longer than it used to. I am very happy with my soda status quo. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:52 PM   #11
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Diet soda addict here Up to last week I was drinking 6+ cans of it a day. Since I started to follow the belly fat cure plan this past week I've gotten it down to 2 cans a day, and I also switched to diet coke with splenda.
I'm now aspartame free

I have a goal to be totally soda free by the end of the year. I don't drink coffee so soda is my only means of caffeine and it's going to be a fight, letting it go. But, I know it's so bad for me and expensive! I'll be glad when it's gone.

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Old 10-20-2012, 01:53 PM   #12
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I went to the market to buy seltzer, and I'm happy to report that Canada Dry's Seltzer in cans also comes in raspberry and lemon "natural flavors", and contain no sweeteners or sugar-free sweeteners that I could find in the ingredient list. I'm saving up the cream idea for when it's fully refrigerated.

Now I'm just hoping that the "natural flavors" are gluten-free, because I'm simultaneously giving that up too. Oy. So many things at once.

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I will give up many things - and, in fact, have. But I refuse to give up my Diet Coke.

I wish you all luck in your quest
Thanks. I've quit many things in my life, and this is one of the few I've never succeeded with. I, as well, don't drink coffee, so this is goodbye to caffeine too.

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Diet coke makes some with Splenda instead of aspartame. They come in yellow boxes/cans and cost about a dollar more, I think they taste better to.
My local Meijer has them for the same price as the regular diet I agree, I like the taste better!
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Old 10-20-2012, 01:56 PM   #14
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Please no diet soda porn in the addicts thread!
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Under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act if an ingredient in an FDA-regulated food product contains protein from wheat, the word "wheat" must be included on the food label either in the ingredients list or Contains statement.
It's usually only with savory flavors (e.g. smoke) that you have to worry about gluten and MSG. Fruity "natural flavors" are pretty safe.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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I've never been a huge fan of diet soda. My drink of choice is unsweetened iced tea. And if you have a Trader Joes near you, they have a white/green iced tea that I'd swear is sweetened, the flavor is just that good.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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I was a Diet Pepsi addict for years. Quit cold turkey one day when I really started to taste the weirdness in them. I can't explain it, but the further my low-carbing led me, the more my taste buds developed to detest the taste. That taste I once relished started to taste unnaturally sweet, strangely metallic, and uncomfortably "spicy," as you described it in the OP. So, while I wasn't exactly being taken away from the loving arms of diet sodas kicking and screaming, I definitely held a special place in my heart for the zippy carbonation high they would give me.

You know what? I save a ton of money now. I used to buy an average of 1-2 twelve packs of soda per week (~3.50 per 12 pack average), and would always go for a soda at restaurants (1.25-2.25 depending on where you go). I no longer feel the compulsive need to down soda after soda with meals, thus leaving my palate cleansed and prepared to taste every delicious morsel of food that reaches my lips. I don't fill myself up on soda, so I can enjoy food more.

It's a win-win situation. I drink water, tea, and coffee now. Life is so much cheaper and easier without soda.

Also, think of that freaky brown color. That's another thing.

BROWN. DARK, DEEP BROWN! My fiance sometimes drinks diet grape soda, and the fizz is this terrifying unnatural blue, and it leaves a film of blue on everything nearby. D: That ain't right.
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I'm a diet soda addict. I have tried many, many times to quit. It's the one thing I can't seem to quit. I'm afraid one day I will have cancer from all the diet soda I have drunk in my life time. I have a huge one by me right now. I love sparkling seltzer. Every once in a while I quit and go to the seltzer and unsweet tea, but inevitably, I fall off the wagon and go back to diet soda.
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:55 AM   #19
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I'm somewhat halfway convinced that Diet Coke still contains cocaine instead of caffeine. It's very, very difficult for me to give up. It's been an on-going yo-yo for me.
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Old 10-21-2012, 03:05 AM   #20
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love my diet pepsi. i have given up so much i hate to quit. quit smoking cold turkey 13 years ago. gained a lot of weight. don't know if i can give up pepsi too.
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1 or 2 liter per day Diet Pepsi addiction (and sometimes with rum in it )

I stopped cold turkey. very hard to do. But the chemicals in that soda was too much for me. When I stopped drinking tons of it I have to say I felt better and weight loss was way easier. I bloat from diet soda.

I do drink one every now and then. very chemical tasting, BUT, I could easily slip back into drinking tons of it. I don't know what it is about it LOL, so it is a trigger for me.

I tried Diet AW root beer. I like it for change of taste, but the good thing is I want only one. Not something I want more of but it hits the spot every now and then when I do want a change. So right now staying away from DP.

We have an RV and camp alot and travel. Slug tons of water but when we stop for gas etc. I buy Zero vitamin water or something like that for a taste. beats soda. getting that into a routine now so that helps.

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Not sure if mine classifies as an "addiction" per se, 'cause I only have one or two Pepsi One's a day, and usually in the evenings when hubby has a beer, but I do love them. Love the taste, and the bite. But truthfully, I'd rather be having a gin and tonic!! I have tried drinking the diet tonic water by itself, but that just doesn't do it for me - it's the taste of the gin that I really like.

I think I may try the seltzer........
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:23 AM   #23
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I gave myself a "weekend only" rule for these, and it was easier than I thought. Iced tea with fresh lemon or seltzer with fresh lime really does scratch the same itch. When I have soda on the weekend it doesn't taste as great as I remember, but when I'm dining where my friends drag me, it's easier than taking a chance on the iced tea (servers seem deeply confused on sweetened vs. unsweetened...)
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I find that sparkling water really hits the spot if I need something bubbly
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:31 AM   #25
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One of my concerns was, to paraphrase my dentist, the amount of acid I was pouring down my throat every day. Reading around the net yesterday, I learned that lots of the alternative "healthy" bottled drinks are just as acidic or worse. I also learned that seltzer is much less acid than diet colas, but the flavored seltzer or soda water is much more acid than the plain.
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I was a diet coke addict. I loved, loved, loved the sparkly taste of D-Coke. I quit once, several years ago for 3 years, but last year I thought I would try just one can and I fell right off the wagon. What stopped me was when I finally realized the impact it had on my body.

In a way I am fortunate - if I have something sugary or high-carb my ankles swell like the dickens. So I can almost immediately tell if I have something I shouldn't. Plus I hate when my ankles swell because I can't really wear shorts or skirts since my ankle swelling looks unsightly and makes me feel self conscious. Well to make a long story short any time I had diet coke, even if I had eaten perfectly low carb all day, my ankles would be very swollen the next morning. I never put two and two together until a good friend of mine told me some people react to diet coke as they do to sugar. I finally connected the dots and stopped drinking diet coke that day (4 months ago).

Amazingly I no longer have any, zero urge, for diet coke. It stopped the day I realized how my body reacted to it. I substitute sparkling water and that works well for me.
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I gotta have the caffeine fix. Coffee in the morning, Monster Absolute Zero, d-coke, mtn dew, 5 hour energy, you name it I drink it. I attempt to cut back and keep my intake to one or two a day, but days like today where I work a day shift and mid shift within 24 hours, I survive off the stuff.
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