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Let's talk Diet Coke, but no flames or blames, please.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 21, 2012 at 4:16 AM

Hi friends: you're a wonderful source of information and guidance, and I'm grateful for that. I'm mostly food-indifferent, but I have two things I love to ingest: Diet Coke and chocolate. Do you see my difficulty? I completed Whole 30 a few weeks ago, and managed to wrestle DC and chocolate out of my life. However, upon completing W30, I'm back to my old habits, though I'm much more into the darker chocolates now, and not really interested in most other sweets, which is an improvement, I suppose. I don't mind the chocolate needs that much, and I can just have a little bit if I need to (or cut it out for a few days at a time, if need be). But the Diet Coke, oh the Diet Coke. I feel like a real junkie with it.

Here's my question: I know that Diet Coke is bad for me. I would LOVE to not be addicted to it. But on the other hand, most other foods are not that exciting to me, so I can't replace it with other treats. I'm FODMAP sensitive, so most sweet fruits are out. Carbonated water is all right, but really, it's not even close to the same, and I feel deprived and unhappy.

So I'm not asking for reasons WHY I should give it up, I totally get it, and I swear to you, I feel bad enough about it already. I'm asking for HOW to give it up. Carbonated water is only moderately helpful (choked down my usage from 5 cans a day to 1-2), Good Earth tea also not that helpful, though it's delicious. I hate coffee, and I already drink around a gallon of water a day.

When it's the food/drink that I love most--how can I give it up in a way that is not punitive or miserable? Any ideas, or is it just a white knuckling experience for the rest of my life? I'd love advice from people who have figured it out for themselves--especially any recovering Diet Coke addicts who have found other sources of dietary pleasure to replace the place DC held.

ETA (2/21/12): Thanks to your great advice, I am at 0 DC's today at 4pm. I've had a bunch of kombucha drink, which seems to help. Headache is already crushing me, so I'm brewing some caffeinated tea right now. One day at a time, right?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on August 25, 2012
at 09:09 AM

watch out for licorice though if you have high blood pressure...

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on August 25, 2012
at 06:23 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/artificial-sweeteners-insulin/#axzz24XJzXsYy

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 25, 2012
at 06:08 AM

Even just taking dl-phenylanine as a supplement has a noticable mood enhancing and stimulant effect.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 25, 2012
at 06:08 AM

IDK if diet coke is not physically addictive. One it has caffiene. Two it has lots of phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is the amino acid precusor to dopamine and noradrenaline, the regions of the brain stimulated by amphetamines. The combination of the two in diet coke, makes for a pretty decent stimulant kick.

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on February 22, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I would agree with that. Not joking when I say that diet coke has appeared in a few of my dreams since I gave it up. I still allow myself one in a restaurant once in a blue moon (and I think deciding I could have one every so often if I wanted it helped me to stop buying it in the grocery store), but haven't had it in the house for the last six months.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 22, 2012
at 06:21 AM

To be honest, that's what I've done. It's the only thing that I haven't even experimented with a little bit after my Whole30... I was really frightened to realize how strong of a hold it had on me.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 22, 2012
at 01:06 AM

I drank nothing but DC and weekend alcohol in college! Ah, the days when DC and a cinnamon frosted Pop-Tart was a "good" breakfast because it only had 200 calories... I quit DC cold turkey about 12 years ago and now I'm over it. It's difficult, though.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 22, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Second that. Zevia is great and keeps me from having dessert--a few sweet sips at the end of supper is enough. I've seen it at Whole Foods and Sprouts.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Agreed, a lot of the syrups you can buy are not the same. However, if you have the same ingredients, the stuff from the fountain is the same as at home). Well, minus the mold in the lines. :)

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Dude, the homemade stuff just ain't the same. Same can be said for DC in plastic bottles. In the past, I would drive out of my way to get a diet coke from a fountain at 7-11 or wherever...

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:41 PM

I don't think you're a "real" Diet Coke addict unless you're buying the syrup and mixing your own. :)

Ff551acca848e7f98f34c4b8638bb9fc

(168)

on February 21, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Never heard of Zevia...I'll have to look for it. I have an on-again off-again relationship with Diet Pepsi.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on February 21, 2012
at 08:53 PM

For some reason I feel a little sheepish asking this to someone working in mental health, but here goes anyway: What is the diet coke replacing? My whole draw to diet coke when I was younger was that it wasn't sugar, but no amount of it actually satisfied my sweet tooth. If you actually let yourself drink a small amount of real soda would that satisfy the desire?

F2f559fe327007fd064a0f5bd79d6278

(156)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:49 PM

The other thing that helped me quit was getting ridiculed by people for drinking diet soda.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:04 PM

BaconHealsChic, thanks ever so much. That is the best looking Diet Coke I've seen. :)

22424c9eef944ade83d4e4ffda907056

(1402)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Any time I can't kick something that I "know" is bad for me, it just means that I'm not entirely convinced that it's bad for me and that the reward outweighs the risk in my mind.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Depends on how much of a caffeine fiend you are. I don't have any problems with it at dinner.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:05 AM

There was an interesting video in the NYT magazine this weekend about habits. You need to identify the cue, the routine, and the reward, and find how you can tweak that to substitute something for the DC. See the video here: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2012/02/16/magazine/100000001362755/how-to-break-the-cookie-habit.html

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:14 AM

BUT IT IS SUCCESS if you replace DC with something (i.e. water, tea, you get where i am going here) that do not have the negative effects of DC that you claim to be aware of---you are only looking for a new way to kick the habit right? I was under the assumption that this was not a discussion over whether or not we should be drinking a processed can of chemicals.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:08 AM

This is likely the best for limiting the amount of diet coke however.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:09 AM

after dinner is probably the worst time to have caffeine.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:49 AM

Try some EFT. Seriously.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 21, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Ha. I'm not sure it's real but it sure is funny. I was trying to find this link for something I'd read. It's from gettingstronger.org (hormesis, food reward, IF commentary) Read this part on food deconditioning technique for addictive flavors. Good luck! http://forum.gettingstronger.org/index.php?topic=24.30

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:45 AM

Wait, you're a psychologist having trouble kicking a non-physiologically addictive substance?

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:44 AM

It wasn't me downvoting you Kent. I know I could arm wrestle myself out of my addiction, but when I imagine a life without DC, it genuinely makes me sad. I'm trying to figure out a way to do it without grimness, and with a positive attitude. Because, even if I'm successful in this effort, it doesn't feel like a success if I have just removed a source of pleasure without replacing it with others, kwim?

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Lol, no one was more addicted than I was. 6-10 sodas a day. Used to be (non diet!) mountain dew was my poison of choice, but I switched to diet coke because, let's face it - diet pepsi just sucks. And hey, sugar free - so it can't be bad, amirite? But you know what? I realized how shit that stuff is, so I just quit it. It's just carbonated water plus some chemical goo, it's really not that hard to stop. But go ahead and downvote me.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Man. I love DC, and that just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Who would drink that?

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:38 AM

Phazo-I'll try to explain. I could give you the specific things (quenches my thirst nicely, love the carbonation, love the flavor), but the main thing is this: I just don't care very much about most foods/drinks, and I LOVE the Diet Coke. After another healthy but not especially satisfying meal, its nice to taste something that I find yummy. It's a pleasure and a treat-a gift I can give myself (feeling tired? resentful? celebratory? Diet Coke!). I'm a psychologist, and it's a drag to be psychologically addicted to something I know isn't good for me.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on February 21, 2012
at 05:34 AM

Oh I am so with you on the Diet Coke thing. I love that stuff. Always have. Always will. I don't drink it anymore but I still love it. I got off it by switching first to Diet Rite (Splenda and no caffeine) with some Zevia thrown in. Then I started to switch in some Mineral Water (LOVE Whole Foods brand Italian mineral water in the green bottles...much better than most others) I just weened off of it and while I will always love it I am much better off without it. I drink it a few times a year if I'm out and just want it but otherwise I'm pretty happy with my fizzy water and very occasional Diet Rite at home.

In the end you just gotta get off the stuff. There is nothing good to say about it (other than its deliciousness of course) so just figure it out. Go slowly if you have to do that but know you end game is to get rid of it. You stand on the shoulders of many who have walked this path before and lived to tell the tale. We did it and so will you. Good luck!

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6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on February 21, 2012
at 09:05 AM

I can't tell you how to quit it. I was a serious Diet Coke addict. I would crack one open first thing in the morning, it was my coffee. I would get panicky if it looked like I might be running out. Seriously. I knew that it wasn't good for me, but logic didn't help. I would buy in bulk, I watched for sales. It was scary.

Nearly a year and a half ago I became ill with a stomach bug or food poisoning, it was a jolly time! After two and half days of not eating anything, I decided that this was the perfect opportunity to get off the DC. I simply didn't drink it any more. I tried unsweetened tea for a while, but soon just drank water. I drink a lot of water!

I am relieved to be free of the Diet Coke hole that I was in. My adult daughter sometimes keeps Diet Coke in my fridge (I am working on her), but it no longer feels appealing. I don't crave it anymore.

Good luck!!! It is doable!

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 21, 2012
at 11:41 PM

I don't think you're a "real" Diet Coke addict unless you're buying the syrup and mixing your own. :)

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Agreed, a lot of the syrups you can buy are not the same. However, if you have the same ingredients, the stuff from the fountain is the same as at home). Well, minus the mold in the lines. :)

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on February 22, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Dude, the homemade stuff just ain't the same. Same can be said for DC in plastic bottles. In the past, I would drive out of my way to get a diet coke from a fountain at 7-11 or wherever...

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Af3e3615beba642bcafd0f21d64d74f7

on February 21, 2012
at 08:07 AM

What did it for me was one day I just said soda was not going to control me. I recognized the addiction, and stared it right in the face. I also read up on the affects of Aspartame, and that made the decision even easier to settle out. Every time I thought about soda, I told myself that I would drink an entire bottle of water first. If I could still drink the soda after that, then it would be drastically less than not drinking the water. By the time I downed the bottle of water, I had no intention of starting a soda lol. This is sorta like putting money in a jar every time you swear, except the jar is attached to your bank account and deducts automatically the entire balance, therefore no cussing (or drinking) of said matter.

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4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:55 AM

I had a big problem with diet coke (and wheat thins...together) in college. It was my kryptonite. I would regularly drink 3-6 per day and more from time to time. I drank DC more regularly than I drank water. I felt my relationship with diet coke was similar to a smoker's relationship with cigarettes. Smokers take a drag, I took a sip. I could go on and on, but you clearly know the feeling.

Like you, I loved my diet coke after meals; lunch and dinner, I never became a DC for breakfast kind of guy. With my consumption being so high, I knew I was in for a challenge psychologically as I tried to kick my DC habit. So with my potential psychological freak out in mind, I allowed myself to have my diet coke with lunch and dinner only. And yes, that was STILL difficult at times. But by doing so, I regularly kept my consumption lower than "normal" and began to feel less of a desire for DC. After 6 months or so, I concluded that I preferred my DC with lunch more than dinner and from then on I would limit myself to 1 diet coke at lunch per day. I would guesstimate it took me 6-8 more months before I felt enough control to drop the one can plan.

Just as a note, all of this took place prior to my switch to Paleo. Currently I drink a cup or two of coffee before noon and a cup of coffee or green tea in the mid-afternoon. In a perfect world I would cut my caffeine intake even lower, but I am not overly concerned with my coffee or green tea consumption at this point.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 22, 2012
at 01:06 AM

I drank nothing but DC and weekend alcohol in college! Ah, the days when DC and a cinnamon frosted Pop-Tart was a "good" breakfast because it only had 200 calories... I quit DC cold turkey about 12 years ago and now I'm over it. It's difficult, though.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:05 AM

Try drinking a lot of water each day in addition to the coke. Work on getting the amount down first. Perhaps only take it after dinner. Switch to a pop that is less tasty like Diet Pespsi... Reduce the reward a bit. Eventually you will find you no lomger need it...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:08 AM

This is likely the best for limiting the amount of diet coke however.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Depends on how much of a caffeine fiend you are. I don't have any problems with it at dinner.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:09 AM

after dinner is probably the worst time to have caffeine.

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1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:43 AM

There are some sodas sweetened with stevia that might be close enough to satisfy a craving. Either go cold turkey, again, or try to wean yourself with something like that, or maybe try kombucha, which has a nice sweetness and fizz. I have a friend who used to drink six cans of Diet Coke a day...she quit cold turkey and went to water, but some people may need to transition. You can do it!

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on February 21, 2012
at 08:32 PM

In terms of the psychology, you might think about reminding yourself that you VALUE yourself enough to want the best for yourself -- and since Diet Coke is clearly an inferior, body-toxic item, that it is important to ask yourself why you're -punishing- yourself by not giving it up. That helped me to re-configure my thought processes around what was "punishment" and "deprivation" and what was "doing a good thing for myself".

I switched to Zevia, and then, a few months later, replaced all but 1 can a week of the Zevia with a probiotic drink called KeVita. These days, I mostly drink KeVita if I need something bubbly (and I've figured out that KeVita is so much more refreshing when it's hot and muggy outside!), but once every couple of months, I'll break down and buy a Zevia when I go to Whole Foods.

For chocolate, over a 6 month period I replaced my current chocolate with the next higher percentage of cacao. Now, I have 85-90% cacao only.

It's not easy -- it will probably never be easy, and I'm not going to blow smoke up your windmill by saying that eventually the cravings will go away -- but at least for me, I am able to put off the drive to go get a diet coke by telling myself that if the craving is still there when I go to Whole Foods, I'll get myself a can of Zevia (and reminding myself that I don't want to be that mean person who would poison hir inner child). At first, you may want to keep a 6-pack around, and even carry a can to work (I did for a month or so)... but eventually, if you fill your life with other interesting things, you'll stop thinking about it quite so much.

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B23318c968ac589b87131d5b489d6e16

(1294)

on February 21, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Try Zevia. When I really need a fizzy sweet thing it totally does the trick, and I think that there are definitely less chemicals then Diet Coke. On ice with a straw somehow seems like a treat.

88a669ef87f8138d6bbfbdace533a482

(425)

on February 22, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Second that. Zevia is great and keeps me from having dessert--a few sweet sips at the end of supper is enough. I've seen it at Whole Foods and Sprouts.

Ff551acca848e7f98f34c4b8638bb9fc

(168)

on February 21, 2012
at 10:04 PM

Never heard of Zevia...I'll have to look for it. I have an on-again off-again relationship with Diet Pepsi.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:59 PM

If you have a problem going cold turkey, maybe start diluting the diet coke to reduce the reward factor. Say cut it with water. You may still drink 6 cans of diet coke, but it ends up being 12 cans of half coke half water.

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F2f559fe327007fd064a0f5bd79d6278

on February 21, 2012
at 07:59 AM

It was eroding my teeth, so I had a pretty strong incentive to stop. One thing that helped me was letting myself go through the behaviors associated with drinking diet soda, but not drinking it. So I'd get up, walk across the office to the soda machine, stand in front of it, but then walk back to my desk instead of buying a soda. I'm not sure that I can explain how this helps, but it did.

Keeping myself out of situations where I normally drank diet soda for a while helped as well, but that might not be practical.

The craving I had for diet soda seemed to be separate from any cravings for caffeine or something cold or sweet, so I'm not sure that a substitute beverage would have helped.

After a certain amount of time (I think about a month in my case), diet soda started to seem disgusting again, and I lost interest in drinking it.

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F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

on February 21, 2012
at 05:12 AM

I'd add in some caffeinated tea, maybe some kombucha and/or water keifer and try to get it down to every other day or even once a week. if it's REALLY the only food-like-substance that gives you ANY pleasure, then you probably don't have to give it up. but you should try looking for some low-FODMAP treats that you might find enjoyable too.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 21, 2012
at 04:34 AM

I don't know. It might be paleo. BACON DIET COKE

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Man. I love DC, and that just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. Who would drink that?

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 21, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Ha. I'm not sure it's real but it sure is funny. I was trying to find this link for something I'd read. It's from gettingstronger.org (hormesis, food reward, IF commentary) Read this part on food deconditioning technique for addictive flavors. Good luck! http://forum.gettingstronger.org/index.php?topic=24.30

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:04 PM

BaconHealsChic, thanks ever so much. That is the best looking Diet Coke I've seen. :)

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:26 AM

You say you just got off a Whole 30? I assume this means you were off the stuff for 30 days?

So then, just do that. Again.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on February 21, 2012
at 06:14 AM

BUT IT IS SUCCESS if you replace DC with something (i.e. water, tea, you get where i am going here) that do not have the negative effects of DC that you claim to be aware of---you are only looking for a new way to kick the habit right? I was under the assumption that this was not a discussion over whether or not we should be drinking a processed can of chemicals.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:39 AM

Lol, no one was more addicted than I was. 6-10 sodas a day. Used to be (non diet!) mountain dew was my poison of choice, but I switched to diet coke because, let's face it - diet pepsi just sucks. And hey, sugar free - so it can't be bad, amirite? But you know what? I realized how shit that stuff is, so I just quit it. It's just carbonated water plus some chemical goo, it's really not that hard to stop. But go ahead and downvote me.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:44 AM

It wasn't me downvoting you Kent. I know I could arm wrestle myself out of my addiction, but when I imagine a life without DC, it genuinely makes me sad. I'm trying to figure out a way to do it without grimness, and with a positive attitude. Because, even if I'm successful in this effort, it doesn't feel like a success if I have just removed a source of pleasure without replacing it with others, kwim?

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 22, 2012
at 06:21 AM

To be honest, that's what I've done. It's the only thing that I haven't even experimented with a little bit after my Whole30... I was really frightened to realize how strong of a hold it had on me.

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1955b5516a3eaedce732f4ea8bb3fa6c

on February 22, 2012
at 10:30 PM

I too gave up my diet coke addiction during a whole30 challenge. Fortunately, I have been able to stay off of it. I think the main key has been not going back to drinking it after the challenge was over. When I was able to quit drinking it doing the whole30 I did it with the goal of not reintroducing it afterward (I was horribly addicted to it, very bad). It is hard sometimes, I think I mostly miss the carbonation as well as having it with food (I always really liked how food and diet coke paired). My favorite alternatives include sparkling waters (usually the green bottles, with some fresh lime juice squeezed in), twelve-packs of this canned sparkling water called "La Croix" (especially the grapefruit and orange flavors), and of course the IZZE drinks as Sarah mentioned, the grapefruit is my favorite but they are all rather tasty. I try not to go nuts on them though since they do have higher carbs due to the fruit juice, I usually have no more than one a day, usually with dinner as a replacement to having that fizzy diet coke with a meal.

If you made it through whole30 well, maybe you could plan to do it again with the goal of not reintroducing DC when it is over. You could just give up the DC for 30 days without doing the whole30, but I think doing it as part of a larger challenge helped me to not just focus on not having DC and it made it a little easier to do with out it.

Good luck!

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 22, 2012
at 06:17 AM

Personally, I attribute most of the benefit I got from my first Whole30 to giving up Diet Coke and artificial sweeteners. Giving it up reduced my cravings for other foods to a totally manageable level. I need more time to tell, but I've made HUGE progress to breaking my binge eating issues just by continuing to exclude Diet Coke completely. Even though sometimes I want one really bad, the fact that I crave it so much scares me a lot.

In terms of non-punitive substitutions, here's some things that I've enjoyed: - Kombucha tea sweetened with juice - Really good quality green or white tea, hot or iced. - Shaved ice topped with coconut milk. - Sparkling water, usually San Pellegrino, but I also have one of those SodaStreams at home.

1
Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

on February 22, 2012
at 02:04 AM

I think you should cut yourself some slack for for now. You might be surprised to find that after awhile on Paleo you will naturally get less and less interested in Diet Coke.

That's been my experience, anyway. I've been a huge DC junkie for a VERY long time, and now that I've been Paleo for about 4 months, DC is starting to taste weirder and weirder to me, and I'm noticing myself starting to emotionally separate from it. It's just starting to lose its hold over me.

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:57 PM

For me it's Coke Zero. I used to drink regular Coke (in my non-Paleo days) and only had one a day because it was so full of sugar. When I switched to Coke Zero, I would have 10. I still haven't quit, but I've cinched it down to 3-5, which is still awful, but for now, I have bigger fish to fry.

It's a mind game you need to win, and it's hard as &*%$ but at the same time, take comfort in the fact that no one is physically making you drink it.

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(1231)

on February 21, 2012
at 05:39 AM

you just stop. it sucks and then it gets easier. you can't mitigate all discomfort.

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(100)

on February 22, 2012
at 03:04 PM

I would agree with that. Not joking when I say that diet coke has appeared in a few of my dreams since I gave it up. I still allow myself one in a restaurant once in a blue moon (and I think deciding I could have one every so often if I wanted it helped me to stop buying it in the grocery store), but haven't had it in the house for the last six months.

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on February 21, 2012
at 05:32 AM

I'd suggest iced Constant comment tea- it has that orange spice taste that resembles cola a lot. After my whole 30, I bought a diet Pepsi and it was so sweet I didn't like it any more

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on August 25, 2012
at 06:10 AM

You could always try what I am doing - small amounts of fodmap freindly fruit juice in water. Or you could try tea/coffee with maple or golden syrup.

Fodmap doesnt forbid fruits, it just specifies certain ones, and limits portion size.

The other thing I did for awhile was unsweetened cranberry juice diluted a little. Its not really sweet, but its tasty and refreshing.

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on August 24, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Do you have a vivid imagination? Here's a few techniques you can try.

  1. VISUAL: Next time you picture a soda in your mind, instead of its usual color and image, picture it as kind of a nasty grey or unappealing mud color. Imagine you can see tiny bugs swimming in it. Repeat this process (the nasty images) quickly, replacing the first image of "normal" soda with the nasty one. Repeat as necessary.

  2. AUDITORY: Instead of the pop and fizz or "I want one" words in your mind, say to yourself in a sincere tone, "Ick.... that looks nasty. Like chemical soup that will rot my bones".

  3. KINESTHETIC: When you see or think of a Diet Coke or other soda, imagine it is suddenly moved ten feet away from you....then 20 feet...finally across town. As it moves away your interest in it evaporates.

These cues will retrain your brain in a hurry to find soda truly revolting. It's ironic, sometimes when I use these techniques myself I find them so effective, I almost am reluctant, and then I realize some part of me is still in denial. Then I tell myself, "Don't worry, there are so many healthful things I love, I can really enjoy that!" or "I am so glad to be FREE of that addiction! What a relief!"

Good luck and have fun.

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20eb0ba13ec6f11a7c62f4004a36b256

on August 24, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Do you have a vivid imagination? Here's a few techniques you can try.

  1. VISUAL: Next time you picture a soda in your mind, instead of its usual color and image, picture it as kind of a nasty grey or unappealing mud color. Imagine you can see tiny bugs swimming in it. Repeat this process (the nasty images) quickly, replacing the first image of "normal" soda with the nasty one. Repeat as necessary.

  2. AUDITORY: Instead of the pop and fizz or "I want one" words in your mind, say to yourself in a sincere tone, "Ick.... that looks nasty. Like chemical soup that will rot my bones".

  3. KINESTHETIC: When you see or think of a Diet Coke or other soda, imagine it is suddenly moved ten feet away from you....then 20 feet...finally across town. As it moves away your interest in it evaporates.

These cues will retrain your brain in a hurry to find soda truly revolting. It's ironic, sometimes when I use these techniques myself I find them so effective, I almost am reluctant, and then I realize some part of me is still in denial. Then I tell myself, "Don't worry, there are so many healthful things I love, I can really enjoy that!" or "I am so glad to be FREE of that addiction! What a relief!"

Good luck and have fun.

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(715)

on February 22, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Quit caffeine in coffee doing half decaf and then went to full decaf. Probably could almost go without coffee now. Don't drink that much anymore. Pretty much everything else I had to give up cold turkey.

As far as soda, I won't do the sugar and can't do the Nutrasweet, so it's a non issue. Somebody mentions the Zevia from Whole Foods. That's actually pretty good for an occasional treat.

You know, I had my favorite butter pecan icecream a couple weeks ago on my son's birthday. Cheat, get back on, forget it, stop punishing yourself.

But I would, for health reasons, find something to replace it and stick with it. There are lots of good suggestions above. See what works for you.

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(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:08 AM

Have you ever tried an Izze soda? Just fruit juice and carbonated water. I love those things! My mom got a bunch of them for me after I had my first baby in the HOTTEST month ever, and I loved popping one open in the morning while I was nursing my newborn.

And I think everyone has "that one thing" that's just so tough to give up. It's a constant struggle for me to totally give up Jelly Beans or Hot Tamales. I work on it. And I try to find organic jelly beans without scary ingredients. But I also don't kill myself over having a handful every now and then.

You go paleo to feel good, not to feel badly about yourself for "cheating" every now and then.

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on February 21, 2012
at 11:23 PM

Watch Sweet Misery, Enough said.

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(90)

on February 21, 2012
at 08:44 PM

Perhaps stop thinking of it in terms of "the rest of (your) life." Don't think about an entire future without it, which you've said makes you sad and/or frustrated. Just don't have any today. String enough of those todays together, and you'll no longer have to "whiteknuckle" anything.

You also mention that removing something from your life that brings you pleasure without replacing it with something else that brings pleasure is not success to you. Instead of thinking it as a one-to-one thing (e.g. I'm selling my speedboat to buy a motorcycle), try understanding that there's pleasure in knowing that you're no longer psychologically enslaved to something that you already acknowledge is physiologically bad for you.

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(168)

on February 21, 2012
at 07:54 PM

I still allow myself a diet soda every now and then...I figure going from 4-5 a day to maybe 1 a week is okay. It's the little things in life, you know?

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700622d6e9cdf17030e98e27d8ce462b

(110)

on February 21, 2012
at 02:36 PM

It's shame, I don't think you have cordial in the USA. I think it's an Australian thing. We have a variety of flavours of this concentrate, which you add water or soda water to... it's a great replacement coke - there's even cola flavour!

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(304)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:33 PM

Honestly, you just have to grit your teeth and do it. For me, it actually ended up having some financial benefits. I prefer fountain diet coke, and as all of you DC connoisseurs know, mcdonalds has the dom perignon of fountain diet coke. I'd drive through and never get food but always get a large diet coke nearly every morning before work. A large, if they don't have that $1 special thing, is usually $2 and a bit of change. That's $10 a week just on diet coke, and I'd occasionally go out for another at lunch.

For me it was difficult to continue to justify this kind of spending when I was choosing not to buy grassfed meats because of the higher price.

Now, I bring fresh sliced lemons and keep a container in the fridge at work and always have a cup of ice water with lemon at my side. It's not the same, but it's necessary, and has had a great effect on my wallet too. I carpool, also, so I don't have my own car here at lunch hours to leave and indulge in my habit. Extreme measures are sometimes necessary!

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on February 21, 2012
at 09:50 AM

Have to admit that I don't really get it either. I honestly think diet coke is evil and should be banned - exactly because it is addictive and horribly damaging. The guys who make this stuff should be taken to task for it!

However, to be more constructive, how about experimenting with substituting some herbal teas for some of the sodas and then increasing/decreasing incrementally?

I'm a big fan of peppermint and liquorice tea - sweet and with an energy kick from the liquorice. (Made by teapigs in the UK). It's not for everyone, but there are literally hundreds of varieties out there so I'm sure you can find a few that you like.

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(5043)

on August 25, 2012
at 09:09 AM

watch out for licorice though if you have high blood pressure...

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(2873)

on February 21, 2012
at 04:33 AM

I don't understand the appeal in soda. Maybe try writing a paragraph about why you like it so much... chances are you won't have enough material to work with.

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on August 25, 2012
at 12:33 AM

DIET COKE has NO CALORIES, people! You can drink AS MUCH AS YOU WANT and it will make NO DIFFERENCE either way! What is the POINT of this question (and even more inane answers)?

Sheesh.

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(2036)

on August 25, 2012
at 06:23 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/artificial-sweeteners-insulin/#axzz24XJzXsYy

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