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Help me kick the Diet Coke habit once and for all

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Slowly but surely I'm back to drinking diet coke (or pepsi... whatever is available) on a near daily basis. I stopped buying the 12 packs, so at least my 8 can a day habit is under control. Yes it was That bad. Now I make sure that if I'm driving around to run errands, I make a pit-stop at either McD's or 7/11 for a large cup of the brown poison. aaargh I don't drink coffee, only tea. I'm struggling with forgoing sugar in my hot or iced tea, so at least with diet coke I won't ingest sugar. Yea that's the lame excuse I'm telling myself....

HELP!

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:30 AM

listen to Jac. I've been drinking 4-5 cans a day since a teen. Quit many times, did my research, told myself it was horrible stuff so many times, keep regressing. Stop rationalizing and just cut it out. Cured alot of problems for me in addition to my Paleo diet

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:29 AM

meaning you're not addicted to coffee, but aspartame and the sweetness!

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on December 11, 2012
at 01:26 AM

Get your diet soda only at a soda fountain. Each day mix greater and greater amounts of seltzer water with it, until you are drinking seltzer alone.

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on December 05, 2012
at 07:35 AM

Got the book!!!

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:13 AM

I'll get that book from the library....

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on November 23, 2012
at 01:33 AM

going to look for it now Thanks!

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on November 22, 2012
at 05:45 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm new here as you can see at my low reputation score. I enjoy the Constant Comment tea (hot or cold) and TJ's Irish Breakfast tea (my go to for iced tea). Problem is that I often end up using sugar or honey to sweeten it. I just stocked up on xylitol to wean myself of the sweet taste.

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(207)

on November 22, 2012
at 05:41 AM

I wish I liked coffee and I could exchange coke for coffee. Unfortunately I detest the smell and taste of anything coffee flavored :-(

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on November 22, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Gone on you:) So great to even influence one person:)

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on November 21, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Chelsea - Thanks to your comment, when I arrived home from work today I found the documentary online... all I can say is holy hell. I don't consume products with Aspartame, but I have already posted the video on FB, and I will greatly encouraged my family over the holidays when I see them to stop consuming these products. Thank you so much for posting about this film!

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Stevia is nasty tasting to me, worse than saccharine. It may be all natural but I'm of the mind that sweeteners are a gateway drug so if I wanna do drugs, just give me the hard stuff. I'll binge and move on.

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 21, 2012
at 08:23 AM

Sugar lobby or HFCS lobby. There isn't much sugar in sodas produced in America and what is the difference if one follows the money? Coke and Pepsi are making out like bandits.

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:14 AM

It's not very Paleo, I agree, but Taubes makes the good point that most of the research into the harmful effects of sweetners is sponsored by the sugar lobby: http://paleohacks.com/questions/68213/gary-taubes-on-artificial-sweeteners#axzz2CnD2d8ul

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on November 21, 2012
at 07:58 AM

Funny enough some weeks ago, when I just had made the resolve of abstaining from soda, I did much better. didn't drink any for a week straight. I need to prep my bottle of water with fresh lemon juice before heading out! Drink in car = less craving for soda

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on November 21, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I really tried to get on board with stevia, tried in different forms, but it has such a overpowering taste to it. makes me not wan to drink tea at all :-( I did/do enjoy yerba mate though. I should stock up on some soon! thanks for the suggestion!

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on November 21, 2012
at 09:03 AM

I recommend reading a great book called "The Power of Habit." It provides a framework for identifying the trigger, routine and reward for the habits in your life. It may not be as appealing as replacing one addiction with another or trying brute will, but I think at the very least you will begin to understand the underlying motivations for your addiction.

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on December 04, 2012
at 04:13 AM

I'll get that book from the library....

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

(207)

on December 05, 2012
at 07:35 AM

Got the book!!!

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:22 AM

Black coffee. Black Iced Coffee.

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on November 22, 2012
at 05:41 AM

I wish I liked coffee and I could exchange coke for coffee. Unfortunately I detest the smell and taste of anything coffee flavored :-(

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on August 22, 2013
at 08:29 AM

meaning you're not addicted to coffee, but aspartame and the sweetness!

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97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

on November 21, 2012
at 06:46 PM

Cold turkey. That's how I gave up soda in high school. It was actually fairly easy. The first couple days are the hardest.

I would suggest black tea as a replacement, but that is because I don't care for coffee.

Good luck!

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on November 21, 2012
at 01:41 PM

Kombucha might give you that effervescent feeling that the coke is giving you. And a lot healthier.

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on November 21, 2012
at 07:38 AM

I only just did this myself, after fooling myself that it was relatively harmless. Each time I tried to come off coke zero I'd substitute with the 'less harmful' diet lemonade and diet ginger ale. It took a while to see that this was addictive behaviour. I had to cold-turkey it, and it took almost a month to come right completely. The worst was over in a few days, but I had sugar cravings and shakes for weeks. I've had people explain that it's not possible to have that response to aspartame and the other chemicals I took in on a daily basis, but plenty of people have also shared their similar experiences.

At the risk of being a recently-converted zealot, that shit is poisonous and you need to get it out of your life. I feel so much more clear-headed and settled now, and can even eat fruit again without the bellyaches.

Hang in there with your plan, and don't talk yourself out of it!

(Edited to add that I just let myself use the sugar while I got over feeling bad, then came off the sugar after I was sure it was all over. I figured that it was by far the least of 2 evils)

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

(207)

on November 21, 2012
at 07:58 AM

Funny enough some weeks ago, when I just had made the resolve of abstaining from soda, I did much better. didn't drink any for a week straight. I need to prep my bottle of water with fresh lemon juice before heading out! Drink in car = less craving for soda

Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on August 22, 2013
at 08:30 AM

listen to Jac. I've been drinking 4-5 cans a day since a teen. Quit many times, did my research, told myself it was horrible stuff so many times, keep regressing. Stop rationalizing and just cut it out. Cured alot of problems for me in addition to my Paleo diet

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on November 21, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Unsweetened iced Constant Comment tea has that citrus/spice taste that's a little like cola.

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2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

on November 21, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Watch Sweet Misery, enough said.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

(1047)

on November 21, 2012
at 11:24 PM

Chelsea - Thanks to your comment, when I arrived home from work today I found the documentary online... all I can say is holy hell. I don't consume products with Aspartame, but I have already posted the video on FB, and I will greatly encouraged my family over the holidays when I see them to stop consuming these products. Thank you so much for posting about this film!

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

(207)

on November 23, 2012
at 01:33 AM

going to look for it now Thanks!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on November 22, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Gone on you:) So great to even influence one person:)

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on November 21, 2012
at 09:52 AM

If you watch this you'll never drink diet cokes/pepsi again (2 minutes).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7vV0XpK3Pw

You're better off drinking something with sugar (not HFCS). My motivation for not drinking that is the same motivation I have for not snorting coke. It's really easy to give something up when you realize it's not a food product fit for human consumption, srs.

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on November 21, 2012
at 08:02 AM

I was a diet soda addict for years. This is the article that helped me kick it: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/11/aspartame-dangers.aspx

The article implicates artificial sweeteners to a host of problems that I do not want.

Even if it has absolutely no truth, it helped me stop drinking diet coke and is definitely saving me $30-$60 a month in soda costs.

Also I am using a mobile app called "Lift" that helps build habits. "No diet soda" is one of the habits I track.

For now as a substitute for caffeine, I drink tea and take green tea caffeine pills from a drugstore.

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(11488)

on November 21, 2012
at 08:14 AM

It's not very Paleo, I agree, but Taubes makes the good point that most of the research into the harmful effects of sweetners is sponsored by the sugar lobby: http://paleohacks.com/questions/68213/gary-taubes-on-artificial-sweeteners#axzz2CnD2d8ul

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 21, 2012
at 08:23 AM

Sugar lobby or HFCS lobby. There isn't much sugar in sodas produced in America and what is the difference if one follows the money? Coke and Pepsi are making out like bandits.

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on December 11, 2012
at 12:26 AM

I went Paleo 3 weeks ago and weirdly enough, after the first week or so, I lost the taste for Diet Pepsi/7up Light. I used to go through 3 liters a day (we get 500ml bottles here). I popped open a bottle a few minutes ago because I've frankly been a bit worried about the loss of my habit (I -liked- having a pretty bottle of Diet Pepsi on my desk 24/7) and I had the hiccups after one sip along with a horrible, horrible aftertaste. I've also given up coffee but mainly because it irritated my stomach and I can no longer have a loaf of bread to have it with (I bake for a living, thank goodness I don't have a sweet tooth).

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on November 21, 2012
at 07:42 AM

Yerba Mate tea + Stevia ftw

47edf681280750c3712a3a56f2eae33b

on November 21, 2012
at 08:25 AM

Stevia is nasty tasting to me, worse than saccharine. It may be all natural but I'm of the mind that sweeteners are a gateway drug so if I wanna do drugs, just give me the hard stuff. I'll binge and move on.

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

(207)

on November 21, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I really tried to get on board with stevia, tried in different forms, but it has such a overpowering taste to it. makes me not wan to drink tea at all :-( I did/do enjoy yerba mate though. I should stock up on some soon! thanks for the suggestion!

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