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mommyagain3
02-02-2008, 07:35 PM
I drink Diet Montain Dew and need to give it up but i dont know how. when i go more than a day with out it i feel awful. anyone else out there have withdrawals from giving up soda? Is a diet soda everyonce in awhile ok? I usually only have one a day but lately i have been having more. :(


Ija
02-02-2008, 07:57 PM
I found that giving up pop/soda was the hardest thing for me... I've been drinking it every day for 20 years. I knew I had to give it up, though, after spending a month collecting all the caps from the pop bottles I drank. The pile was huge!

I tried going "cold turkey" and drinking only water, but that didn't work. I really needed some caffeine, and I missed having a drink with a little fizz and flavor. For the last month I've been drinking flavored Polar seltzer. The lemon, vanilla, and pomegranate flavors are fantastic, and I've found that if I get some caffeine elsewhere (coffee, tea) I don't miss drinking pop that much. Every once in a blue moon I'll have a diet Coke, but I've grown to like the seltzer so much that I don't crave pop of any kind anymore. I've had one 20-ounce bottle in the past five weeks.

Hope this helps!

chick_in_the_hat
02-02-2008, 08:00 PM
Maybe wean yourself off? It's prolly the caffeine your body is missing the most. Maybe green tea which has caffeine but not near as much as Mt. Dew.


JayEll
02-02-2008, 08:01 PM
One thing that helps me is to dilute the soda with plain sparkling water. As time goes on, you use more and more sparkling water and less soda. Then one day you can omit the Mt. Dew and put a slice of lime or lemon in the sparkling water instead. Or, you can start adding the fruit while there is still some Dew, and that way you get used to the mix.

Jay

mommyagain3
02-02-2008, 08:26 PM
thanks for the advice, do you think it will help with weight loss? i switched to diet cause i thought it might help but it really didnt do much of anything but get me addicted to something else!

jillybean720
02-02-2008, 08:33 PM
Personally, diet soda never hindered my weight loss. I loss about 50 pounds last year, and I drank diet soda every day. It has no calories and little sodium; the real question is whether the sweetness of even the artificial sweeteners triggers cravings for you or makes you want to eat more. For me, I can drink a diet soda instead of eating junk, so it's actually a very helpful weight loss tool.

amy180
02-02-2008, 09:27 PM
Yeah, maybe sparkling water or flavored water could be something different now and then and help to wean yourself off drinking so much.

Personally, diet soda never hindered my weight loss. I loss about 50 pounds last year, and I drank diet soda every day. It has no calories and little sodium; the real question is whether the sweetness of even the artificial sweeteners triggers cravings for you or makes you want to eat more. For me, I can drink a diet soda instead of eating junk, so it's actually a very helpful weight loss tool.

Same here. The diet soda actually helps me because it satisfies my sweet tooth. But I can understand if it causes problems with cravings or whatever, it should probably go. That being said, since I stopped drinking regular soda I find that I drink a lot less diet soda and more water/tea/flavored low-cal stuff. Caffeine is probably a big part of it too, I know I was sure addicted to caffeine. Maybe switching up with some diet caffeine-free here and there to wean off the caffeine and then trying to go to water?

LisaMarie71
02-03-2008, 08:47 AM
Diet soda helped my weight loss too, like jillybean and amy. I do worry about the chemicals in it, however, and I hate being addicted to caffeine. Now that I'm pregnant, I won't do the diet soda thing, but I have a small cup of Coke in the morning so I won't get the caffeine headache. Maybe you could just have a small amount of Diet Mountain Dew (that's my favorite diet drink too, by the way, and I used to drink tons of it) to satisfy the caffeine thing, and slowly try to wean yourself off it the rest of the time.

Scarlett
02-03-2008, 09:31 AM
I would recommend limiting yourself to one per day, for every day that you follow your diet. Perhaps when you get home from work, sit down in a comfortable chair and enjoy one glass of the stuff. (but make sure you drink water throughout the day). In moderation there is nothing wrong with diet sodas, it's just that some people guzzle the stuff (and drink little water) and it lowers their energy.

I bet that if you limit your diet soda to one per day and drink a few glasses of plain water instead that you will notice the diffrence in your energy in a week or so.

jillybean720
02-03-2008, 09:52 AM
Thinking about it some more, I used to drink more soda than I do now, but now I drink more water, though I never actually tried to cut back on the soda. Maybe instead of focusing on limiting your soda (which feels like a negative, deprivation, something you have to give up, etc.), you could place your focus on drinking more water (which is more of a positive--helps with weight loss, clears skin, healthier hair, healthier joints, etc.). I bet if you were drinking more water throughout the day, you'd end up drinking less soda simply by not needing that many drinks!

shelbysmom
02-03-2008, 02:58 PM
The other day I bought some Lipton sugar free green tea, and when i put one of those packets in my bottled water, shook it up, then took a drink,I couldn't believe how it reminded me of mountain dew,just a little watered down and flat mountain dew, but that's what it reminded me of and I love it, mountain dew(regular) is my weakness, in fact I tore into one friday night, my Dh brought some home acouple weeks ago and I have been really good,had not touched one 'till friday and I even gave one away,I don't do that with my mountain dews people. But anyway, try that lipton green tea for bottled water and see what ya think....

project chel
02-03-2008, 03:13 PM
I used to drink somewhere around 6 20 oz. Dr. Pepper's (regular) a day. I quit cold turkey and had some pretty bad withdrawl type feelings... bad headaches, fatique and I was really grumpy... pretty much like PMS. :) Anyway, I took some advil or something for the headaches and pretty much just waited out the rest. It was kind of like quitting smoking (I quite 5 months ago) but the temptation and withdrawl didn't last as long. I was trying to drink plain old water but couldn't quite get enough in a day. So, I mixed a smidge of the crystal light lemonade (about 1/2 cup)for a little flavor and fill the rest of my 32oz container with just water. So far I've been drinking 2-3 of those a day without much trouble. I've noticed that I don't have that sausage finger feeling anymore and I don't get tired as easily or have headaches at night. I also sleep much much better. And the soda doesn't even taste good to me anymore.

mommyagain3
02-03-2008, 03:49 PM
Thanks everyone its so helpful to know that here are others in the same boat as you. I also want to get pregnant in the fall so if for anything else i need to cut back. Thanks

Mizu
02-03-2008, 04:03 PM
I gave soda up cold turkey since December. All you need to do is survive on flavored vitamin water for awhile. I am still on vitamin water, but it works. Haven't touched soda, nor felt the need to!

Duzziebat
02-03-2008, 08:40 PM
Oh sweetie you do know diet sodas are worse for you the regular soda right?

But yeah i have that problem. If i dont have at least one coke everyday i dont feel right. I think its from the caffiene. So what i have been doing it everytime i crave one i grab water, and if that dosnt work i try tea (with caffeene in it). So far its been 4 days without a coke, and i feel fine.
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:carrot:GOOD LUCK!

junebug41
02-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Thinking about it some more, I used to drink more soda than I do now, but now I drink more water, though I never actually tried to cut back on the soda. Maybe instead of focusing on limiting your soda (which feels like a negative, deprivation, something you have to give up, etc.), you could place your focus on drinking more water (which is more of a positive--helps with weight loss, clears skin, healthier hair, healthier joints, etc.). I bet if you were drinking more water throughout the day, you'd end up drinking less soda simply by not needing that many drinks!

Absolutely. When I merely focus on getting an abundance of water, I naturally care less about soda. This works really well for me.

chubbydancer
02-03-2008, 10:12 PM
I am in the same boat. I hear that it takes about two weeks to banish a craving, so if you can tough it out for two weeks, you should not even want to drink soda anymore. Just replace it with water for those two weeks, and think positively as others have said. After the two weeks are up, and the cravings are (hopefully) gone, try finding another, healthier, drink. Do you have Izze where you are? If not, you could find something similar or make your own. It is just 100% fruit juice in sparkling water. It has all the fizz and flavor that a soda does, but it is a much better option.

LadyNascar
02-03-2008, 10:29 PM
For me part of being on my plan is giving up the diet soda's - I feel it makes me retain water (real or imaginary - I'm not sure) Fortunately once I get in the habit of drinking water, I am thirsty for water the soda just doesn't quench my thirst.

Quitting the soda did give me the withdrawal headache for a couple of days, I took a couple of aspirin (they have caffeine) and it did the trick. I've only had one or two diet soda's since the first of the year and I don't really miss them.

horsey
02-04-2008, 12:00 AM
I gave up diet coke but now I'm addicted to Red Bull, I"m trying to cut the Red Bull back to 1-2 a day and drink green tea instead. I love the starbucks green tea lattes with skim milk. I also drink a lot of Perrier, sparkling water and diet Hansens. For some reason I need the "fizz..." As much diet coke as I used to drink it's amazing I gave it up, I don't even desire it anymore, it's just an occassional treat when eating out.

artsnsmarts
02-04-2008, 12:13 AM
I switched to ONLY soda water with a slice of lemon/lime/occasionally a splash of cranberry. I was drinking diet coke pretty regularly (maybe one or two every other day), and I found that it wasn't necessarily the caffeine I needed, but it was the fizz that made me feel really refreshed (for some reason, fizzy things feels extra cold to me, even if they're coming out of the soda fountain at work. I'm weird). Try it. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work, bit at least give it a shot!!

You could also try doing soda water with splashes of juices -- cranberry, orange, pineapple, etc...just try to make sure not to put too much juice in or the cals add up quickly!

Gale02
02-04-2008, 01:37 AM
Horsey,

Did you know that there are more calories in a Red Bull than in a 12oz Dr.Pepper? If you're drinking 2 per day that's 320 calories! That's a pretty good chunk of calories you're drinking. Just wanted to let you know, they're not any better for you than soda is.

horsey
02-04-2008, 12:25 PM
I'm drinking the sugar free Red Bull, it's 5-10 calories. I don't drink my calories anymore....

peachcake
02-04-2008, 12:34 PM
I drink diet pepsi almost every day, usually I drink it in the evenings. I like caffeine (odd, I know). I don't get caffeine headaches unless I've had a ton of it in the last few days. I cut out soda COMPLETELY for about 2 months and I always felt tired, and it didn't help with weight loss. But I have always had diet, I'm not a fan of the regular, it tastes REALLY sugary to me.

mommyagain3
02-13-2008, 05:07 PM
I just wanted to thank everyone for their help and advice. I have been one week without soda (cold Turkey) and I feel great! I do not have that bloated feeling (which I did not even know that I had) I dont even crave a soda anymore. The other night after work i had some chips and salsa and right away i wanted a soda. So i have not had any chips and salsa since then. Thanks for all the advice, I am new to this but it appears to be helping!!!:carrot:

didjaever
02-13-2008, 05:27 PM
I was hooked on Pepsi One. In fact, I would buy several two liter bottles when they were on sale and easily drink a two-liter in about 24 hours. I thought that I could never give it up but then I realized that this soda was making me feel yucky all the time. I started by not buying two liters anymore, then I would allow myself a 20 oz every couple of days until I was down to only one 20 oz a week. It took a good couple of weeks but my body stopped craving it. The key is to wean your body off of it slowly, then you will not want it after a while because you will be feeling better.

didjaever
02-13-2008, 05:30 PM
Remember that sodas in general rob your bones of mass... this is not very good...

jillybean720
02-14-2008, 05:48 AM
Remember that sodas in general rob your bones of mass... this is not very good...
"They" (experts, I suppose) believe they've linked this effect to the phosphoric acid found in cola-type beverages. One study showed that those drinking cola sodas (whether regular or diet) showed a loss of bone mass, whereas those drinking clear sodas did not. Clear sodas (or other non-cols kinds, like orange soda or ginger ale) don't contain phosphoric acid.