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Dredaye9 12-17-2012 09:08 PM

How did you quit diet soda and artificial sweeteners
If you have how did you do it? Cold turkey? Did you ween off of it? I find it so hard to quit ! I know how bad it is for me ! Is splenda any better than aspartame? I can't stop drinking diet sodas!!!

EmPugs 12-17-2012 09:20 PM

I don't keep soda in my house at all, we go through about 2 cases of water a week, I drink about a case myself. I do occasionally have a diet soda when I go out. I have a bottled water addiction.

I think just not having it in the house is a good way to get started on getting it out of your life. I use Stevia in my coffee, but if I get a coffee out I get Splenda, the Splenda is a bit sweet for me, it tends to make me want to eat.

picklepete 12-17-2012 09:49 PM

I had good luck with iced tea + fresh lemon and seltzer + fresh lime.

As for safety, I really don't worry about sweeteners but I like to minimize them so my fruits and veggies taste better.

Darkginger 12-18-2012 02:04 AM

I did it cold turkey, and it took about 2 weeks for me to totally lose my taste for sweet things - had a sweetener in coffee one day by accident (wasn't awake!) and it tasted foul, which was a revelation. I very rarely have a diet Coke with vodka in it if we're down the pub, but on the whole, plain soda water with a slice of cucumber or lemon tastes better now :)

I don't know if ditching the sweeteners is the cause, but this time round (my 2nd, after falling off the wagon after 3 years maintenance), I'm totally free from temptation, no desire whatsoever to eat off plan. For me, that makes it a worthwhile exercise :)

svenskamae 12-18-2012 05:09 AM

I tapered off to fewer and fewer sodas per week, until I wasn't drinking any. I only drank diet soda at work, so I didn't have to get used to not drinking soda at home. I also invested in a Brita water filtration pitcher and always kept cold filtered water around, and as I drank that instead of soda, more and more, I came to like water better.

I find that I appreciate the natural sweetness in vegetables and dairy much more, now that I don't use sweeteners or drink diet soda, and like Darkginger, I'm really not tempted to eat off-plan food.

ivyjewels 12-18-2012 07:30 AM

I quit cold turkey.

When I realized the bloat it was putting on my belly; that was reason enough for me to quit.

I made it my New Year's resolution a few years back and have never looked back!

It's not easy, but with determination you can do it!

Good luck.

flatferenghi 12-18-2012 07:32 AM

i just tried crystal lite (or is it crystal ice?)
it will be interesting to see if that will result in a diminution of diet sodas. I drink a lot of diet soda, but only about 1/2 of what i used to. Still, i would like to cut down even further. Time will tell. Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI

Leo41 12-18-2012 08:44 AM

It was easy for me once I realized that anything with a sweet taste stimulates my appetite. I don't need anything to make me hungry!

When I was weaning myself from diet soda, I used plain club soda with a dash of lemon juice for flavor because I realized that it was the 'fizz' that I missed. After a while, I didn't want that either, but I'll often have it in the summer in restaurants instead of plain water or iced tea.

Now in maintenance, if I decide that I want an indulgence, I will eat the 'real thing' --i.e., sugar rather than artificial sweeteners. But that is rare for me because I try to avoid sugar.

ladyinlove56 12-18-2012 10:27 AM

I only drink diet cokes if I am at a party or out to the movies.....I drink ice tea with lots of ice and sweet and low and will not change it....I drink cystal light when I need something sweet .....water with lots of ice and sliced cucumbers...good taste....

Westbrookj1 12-18-2012 11:50 AM

Newbie here; Is diet soda such a bad thing?! Enlighten me!

mmorris 12-18-2012 01:41 PM

I also did it cold turkey!! I ended up drinking Ice water and sooooooo much of it. I think I may be healthier and I also save a lot of money.. I drank 2-4 liters a day....

LoriWants2Lose 12-18-2012 01:46 PM

Not ready to give up my diet soda, but I know it has chemicals and weird stuff in it, so one day I likely will. Maybe. Not sure. LOL

wishbone 12-18-2012 02:18 PM

Christmas Day marks 1 year of NO DIET POP AND NO ENERGY DRINKS.

And I own a bar and grill....so, fountain pop can turn into the never ending/never empty glass of soda !!!

I just decided one day that I was done. And it was not easy.....the caffeine withdrawal headaches were HORRIBLE. The energy drinks were by far the most addictive thing that I have ever quit. I wanted to sleep for a MONTH !!!! Now, the brewed ice tea and the bottled green tea is the only caffeine that I drink. My coffee is also decaf.


picklepete 12-18-2012 05:02 PM


Originally Posted by Westbrookj1 (Post 16142368)
Newbie here; Is diet soda such a bad thing?! Enlighten me!

It's one of those things we have to decide for ourselves. I'll say that I lost the bulk of my weight while drinking oceans of the stuff so for what it's worth it's basically zero-cal/zero-carb but looking at the big picture of nutrition it's probably wise to minimize industrial products.

jmc305 12-19-2012 08:43 AM

I like water with lime juice and stevia. However, I also really enjoy my Diet Mt. Dew and Sun drop. I have personally never noticed a stall while drinking lots of diet soda, but lots of people say it stalls them or makes them feel cruddy. I would say to break the addiction you would either have to wean off them slowly, or go cold turkey. I would try to find an alternative that I liked while still drinking the diet sodas. That way it will be easier to let them go and you won't feel deprived.

flatferenghi 12-19-2012 10:12 AM

as for artificial sweeteners or sweeteners of any kind.
don't use them, except for those already in the diet sodas. FF

Sunny7 12-19-2012 12:19 PM

just talked with a friend of mine and she was a diet coke addict....drank several bottles a day, anyway last week she had the flu, and ever since then the thought of drinking a DC makes her nautious, i said you are better off for it, that stuff is poison....hope she doesn't get the taste for it back....she is happy that it wasn't that hard to get off it...

diamondsinthesky 12-21-2012 12:28 AM

I am a recovering diet soda addict. Diet Mountain Dew was my drug of choice. I haven't had any soda since this Sunday, which for me is huge.

Now coffee is another battle entirely, although I only drink 2 cups a day.

IWILLDOIT1978 12-21-2012 04:42 AM

I am not yet ready to give it up either. Maybe one day but as for now I am doing good just sticking to low carb. If it stalls me later then I will have to look at things again and try.... but until that day comes I am happy drinking my diet rootbeers and diet sunkist and the occasional diet mountain dew! :)

Punkin 12-21-2012 04:54 AM

I used to drink diet sodas by the caseloads. But I think it was more psychological, because I know if I drank the real thing I would just gain tons of weight. The artificial sweetener isn't really a replacement for sugar. I got off them by drinking clubs soda with 1/4 cup of pure grapefruit juice instead. Eventually I cut that down to 1 a day. I have recently cut that out and replaced it with soda water flavoured with lemon. I did this just to get rid of the extra carbs. It seems fine, since I am so low carb now, everything tastes sweet.

4myfuture 12-21-2012 06:07 AM

I was addicted to diet soda and I believe it led to many of my sugar cravings---quit cold turkey. Feel so much better!

suzanneyea 12-21-2012 09:53 AM

I went cold turkey on the diet soda and I am amazed caused I used to drink tons of it daily Now I went slower on the equal in my coffee I am now free from both!

DairyQueen 12-21-2012 10:48 AM

I love diet soda and don't need to give it up.

iakaren 12-21-2012 10:51 AM

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Taxbane 12-21-2012 12:15 PM


Originally Posted by Dredaye9 (Post 16141433)
If you have how did you do it? Cold turkey? Did you ween off of it? I find it so hard to quit ! I know how bad it is for me ! Is splenda any better than aspartame? I can't stop drinking diet sodas!!!

Switch to Zevia Sodas (All natural, no carbs, no cals, tastes like a diet soda)...

Switch to using stevia extract (powder) and liquid for cooking and for making your drinks sweet (coffee, kool-aid) etc...

Other sweetners I use:
Just Like Sugar (Chicory Root)
Truvia (GMO so,...... not the best IMO, but better than frankensugars)
Swerve (Erythritol and Stevia blend)

Others I havent tried yet: Monk Fruit Extract, Polydextrose...

Mrs S 12-21-2012 03:59 PM

Lime sparkling water. LaCroix is my fave. Also, Pellegrino, Lime Perrier or simple Club Soda with a twist of lime. This helped me kick sweet tea AND diet soda.

DiamondDeb 12-21-2012 07:16 PM

I quit diet sodas cold turkey at the start of 2002 & never looked back. Haven't had one since.

I had previously cut aspartame in favor of Splenda. I wanted to cut all AS so I tried, and loved, stevia. I started using it instead of Splenda, then began cutting products containing it.

The last holdout was a LC Hood chocolate milk. I used it in protein shakes & really liked it. I finally bit the bullet. This was helped when it became very difficult to find. I am not sure they even make it now. I'm pretty sure that was in 2002, but I don't recall exactly. It is possible it was the next year.

I found that the more I used stevia the less I liked Splenda. If I made something that had Splenda in it I had to add stevia, too.

BigRunner 12-31-2012 05:14 PM


Originally Posted by ivyjewels (Post 16141845)

I made it my New Year's resolution a few years back and have never looked back!

It's not easy, but with determination you can do it!

Good luck.

Very fitting reading this today.
Starting tomorrow, no more sweeteners.

picklepete 12-31-2012 11:58 PM

Santa brought me a Sodastream machine this year, along with a variety of unsweetened concentrates (only ingredient is "natural flavors"). I'll play around with them.

E.W. 01-01-2013 03:55 AM

I was drinking about 3 2 liter Diet Cokes a day till about 3 years ago. Now I drink a lot of
tea or decaf coffee. But at least they don't make me hunt a bathroom every 30min. Still
want one from time to time but today will be one more day I don't feed that adiction.

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