I stopped drinking diet Dr. Pepper about five yeas ago. How did I break this habit? My doctor gave me this suggestion and surprisingly, it worked...no sugar (except for what is in a few fresh strawberries and no artificial sweetener.) He told me to take four or five fresh strawberries, and crush them. Add ice to a glass of sparkling water. Add the strawberries and stir. With this hint, it helped me lose 25 pounds.
I so love Coca Cola. This love was instilled in me at an early age, as my Daddy worked for the Coca Cola company for 40 years! I used to jokingly say that my blood was made of Coke. Nowadays, that would be Coke Zero... but I don't allow myself to have it every day.
I am down to having one can of diet cola every other day and sometimes longer stretched. I like to flavor my water with crystal light but I double the amount of water called for in a single serving so it makes 4 cups.
Susan from Welland Ontario CANADA
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I'm a bit of a caffeine addict, and Coca Cola is my "poison of choice." I've tried diet over the years, starting with the Tab my mom loved so. If I must, I'll opt for saccharin in tiny amounts. But, I like the green label Coke Life, which is sugar and stevia. The main two soda companies are the research and funding source for stevia and its derivatives.
Usually, I'll opt for the 7 oz can and not daily.
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I had cut diet soda from my food plan years ago, and hadn't had any for at least ten years . . . just recently we had some diet ginger ale in the house and I started drinking it again. Over a period of a few weeks I was drinking more of that and less water. This past weekend I decided, that's it. Back to H2O, no more diet soda. It's really an unhealthy food, filled with absolutely nothing but chemicals. I just asked myself, really? Is that what I want to pour into my body? I do like the taste, but I'm making a different decision for my health.
I drink it a lot and this is the year that it is getting replaced with water. I know it is not healthy and it is one of the reasons I am on some of the medications I take. It will be a slow process. Slow is still moving forward though.
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I drink a couple diet Pepsi each day. But no calories.... Before I drank 2 + can's of Pepsi everyday lots of calories 300+..... And I need to elimitate calories. And it also gives me a sweet fix. But then everything should be done in moderation.
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I quit drinking diet pop about 5 years ago. Recently I have started drinking artificially sweeten tea or cranberry juice. I realized that they like the pop were causing me to crave sweets. Any one else found that to b e true?
I honestly think that the "crave it from time to time" is mostly because your mind has come to associate it with good memories that you created while you were out.
Our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers for memories and emotions associated with those memories, and a goodly bit of our sense of taste is actually the smells. It is entirely possible that making diet soda in to an occasional treat that is enjoyed along with an evening out has made it a mental trigger for all of the good feelings and emotions that go with that.
If you are noticing that you "crave" a diet soda, it could be because you are feeling a bit down and your mind wants the good emotions now associated with it, or it could be that you are feeling that a celebration is in order and the taste / smell of the diet soda is now associated with that in your memory.
Either way, it seems that diet soda is associated in your mind with good emotions and memories. Instead of fighting it, you could look at the "craving" as a reminder to focus on feeling good. If you really prefer to think of diet soda as "not so good", then you might need to start changing to a different treat beverage (a special herbal tea, maybe?) which will then become associated with newer good emotions and memories.
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
People often forget (or don't realize) it's the dose that makes the poison. Everything is toxic or "bad for you" (even oxygen, and water) in high enough amounts.
The FDA strictly regulates these ingredients, and has deemed up to 50 mg/kg/day a safe amount of aspartame.
I am 63 kg, so it is safe for me to consume over 3000 mg daily. One diet coke only has 185 mg.
I'm not saying go wild and drink all the diet soda you want - there certainly are more nutritious beverages/foods out there. Just wanted to provide a little perspective, and show that you don't need to feel awful about yourself for wanting to enjoy a diet soda every once in a while.
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Prior to going on a diet and losing 70 lbs. two years ago, I almost never drank soda of any kind; I disliked it. However, once I started the diet, I needed to find replacements for a couple beverages I DID drink, in particular alcoholic malt beverages like Mike's Hard Lemonade. So I turned to 0-calorie flavored sparkling water, like Ice or generic store-brand versions. They had the flavor and carbonation that I find refreshing without the sugar and calories. I have since also started drinking Fresca (especially the new Black Cherry flavor) and diet ginger ale. I have no concerns about artificial sweeteners; I use them in my coffee, so I don't care that they're in my diet sodas. SUGAR, not diet sodas, contributed to my weight gain, and completely eliminating it from my diet has helped me lose weight and keep it off.
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An occasional diet pop will not derail your efforts. SparkPeople advocates moderation, so enjoy it on the rare occasion!
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