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08-07-2010, 01:36 PM
When you gave it up (assuming people here did?), did you go cold turkey or wean yourself? I seem to have trouble staying away from Crystal Light, diet pop, and splenda in my coffee daily.

Do you substitute? Ie. water with lemon slice?? I've given up all bad habits, except this one. I know people say that "a little bit won't hurt" but I think I've gone a bit overboard, I couldn't even keep away from it daily when I was pregnant, I am disappointed in myself.

How did you get away from it?

Suzanne 3FC
08-07-2010, 05:59 PM
I retrained my sweet tooth. I discovered by accident that I loved unsweetened iced tea (though it had to be a really good tea and not most common teas). I also find that if something absolutely has to have a sweetener, that a small amount of agave nectar or touch of real sugar works just fine. I no longer need or want things as sweet as I used to.

I drink more plain water than anything. I keep a jug of filtered water in the fridge at all times, along with filtered ice cubes. It tastes so clean and refreshing and is really easy to drink.

01-14-2011, 02:09 PM
I've been off all artificial sweetners since 11/23/10. It's amazing how much better I feel physically. I had headaches every day for about six days. I also felt sick to my stomach, anxious and irritable for the six days of withdrawal. After that I had cravings a few times but it wasn't too bad. By the middle of December, I had no cravings and I don't miss it at all. I drink purified or bottled water only. It is well worth the withdrawal to get off the poisons.

The website called sweet poison talks about the facts. The other artificial sweetners are poisons too, you can find info on all of them easily on the internet.

Also Aspartame makes you gain weight!

I'm worth more than that today! And as of 1/11/11 no regular sweetners or sugars including so called natural sweetners. Feeling so good!!


02-17-2011, 12:17 PM
I retrained mine too. I couldn't go without sweetness in my coffee at first, so I started using sugar. Real sugar is a lot better for you than the fake stuff, and a lot easier on your system. I am not advocating sugar but it's a much better demon than aspartame or sucralose. Just budget the calories. Soda is the devil and I would cut that out cold turkey, but coffee and tea with a spoonful of sugar won't kill you or hurt your weight loss efforts.

Now I use raw honey for all of my sweetening and I really notice the difference between it and sugar. I don't eat much, about a tablespoon a day, but if you hate the idea of sugar sugar try that. Stay away from the fake stuff, though, it really is poison!

02-17-2011, 11:34 PM
i have also gone of aspartame. Viewing the sweet poison video did it for me :) i always kind of "felt" it wasn't healthy. i was VERY addicted to diet pepsi. i could drink it all day long.

i put a smidge of real sugar in something i guess, my coffee i just drink with soy milk, my tea, i use organic honey... trust me, if you can get past the initial hurdle (i would say the first five days) you will be OK! And you will feel great!


02-18-2011, 09:24 AM
I had a 8 can a day diet coke addiction for years. To make matters worse I rarely drank water except to take medication in the mornings. In my mind I knew how unhealthy it was for me to drinking so much pop, but I was addicted. Diet coke was my breakfast of choice. I decided to make a change just after thanksgiving of 2010, and I did it cold turkey. Initially my reason was because I wanted to give up caffeine, and it was only after I began having all sorts of vague mystery symptoms (we are talking Appetite loss to Zero interest in sex and everything in between) I began researching online and that's when I learned how bad aspartame is for you. And how it can take months to detox from it. My doctor was and still is skeptical, but after undergoing a battery of medical tests with no answers as well as researching further I am a believer.

Here I was drinking 80+ oz of water daily, and not ingesting any caffeine or products containing nutrasweet and I felt WORSE than when I had been. Now nearly 3 months later my many symptoms are gradually lessening. I almost feel "normal" again and I know without a doubt I will never touch anything with nutrisweet in it again. Even though I cannot prove it, I believe I was/am detoxing from my extreme diet coke addiction.

02-20-2011, 03:42 PM
Try agave nectar, if you like your coffee sweet <3

03-11-2011, 06:00 AM
A few years ago I was having a horrible time with brain fog. I couldn't think clearly, couldn't remember things, and just felt all out of sorts. The light often hurt my eyes, and I had a constant headache. For a while I thought I needed new glasses, but getting a new prescription didn't help. So then I thought it was allergies or the change in climate (I'd moved to a completely different part of the country), but allergy medicine and extra rest didn't help. So maybe it was caffiene? I completely cut that out, remembering the Mountain Dew headaches I'd suffered many years ago. Still no help though. At one point my head hurt so bad that I'd be laid up in bed completely unable to function. I couldn't read, listen to music, watch tv . . . it was all I could do to hold a pillow over my head in a weak attempt to keep the painful light out and pray that I wasn't about to have a blood vessel burst in my brain. I actually began to wonder if I was having some weird sort of blood pressure problem or something. :(

One day I felt amazlingly like my old self and was actually sitting up when my husband came home from work. He brought me a bottle of diet Lipton green tea with citrus as a treat. Wow, I'll never forget that. Within seconds of taking a few drinks . . seconds, I doubled over in pain; it felt like my head was going to burst. It was then that I made the connection and realized it was the aspartame. And I felt really stupid for not realizing it before . . . years ago my dad was having issues with the very same chemical. He used to eat suger-free mints and eventually made the connection that they were the reason behind his headaches and the sores in his mouth. He switched over to something with actual sugar in it and it went away. I never had those sores, but I had another problem altogether . . . overactive bladder. Without getting into TMI, let's just say that I reached a point where I no longer felt "safe" leaving the house. :o

At the time I'd been consuming not only a lot of diet drinks, but other diet products that were sweetened with aspartame. While laying in bed with those horrible migraines I had no appetite, but silly me, I was eating diet popsicles in addition to diet sodas in an effort to get something down. No wonder I'd have to stay in bed so long, I was continuing to poison myself. But to make a long story short, once I realized the issue I had no problem quitting cold turkey! It took a several weeks for the brain fog to go away, and as an added bonus my bladder eventually went back to normal (although that took much longer). I haven't had one single migraine since and can actually hold my pee like a normal person these days. :dizzy:

I try to go for things that are naturally sweet, including using stevia as a sweetener or just not using sweetener at all. I've found I love plain iced tea and even plain yogurt. I occasionally allow myself sucralose (like in Diet Rite) but after that whole aspartame deal I'm pretty wary of chemicals that are supposedly safe for consumption.

To this day I wonder what else the aspartame might have been doing to my body . . .

04-10-2011, 07:53 PM
In 2007 I ended my relationship with diet soda. I did it cold turkey, and haven't regretted my choice since. Whenever I have a craving, soda water does the trick for me, but be careful the flavored waters sometimes have it. Good Luck!!! You can do it : )

04-10-2011, 08:14 PM
I have IBS-D and haven't had artificial sweeteners in ten years. It makes me vomit, have diarrhea, headaches, etc. I also realized that most toothpastes and mouthwashes have artificial sweeteners like sorbitol. even those were making me sick--I had to switch to all natural toothpastes and mouthwashes like Tom's of Maine.

04-11-2011, 01:43 PM
I gave Up cold Turkey after I noticed the More I had the More sweet things I CRAVED... and I do mean Ravenous cravings. Stevia is my sweet source now.

04-19-2011, 09:38 AM
I have a nutritionist friend who is doing an internship with terminally ill brain cancer patients. She told my diet-coke-addicted friend that all of those women, whether diet pop was a link or not, drank at least two diets cokes a day during their lives. That was enough for my friend to start kicking the habit :)

05-11-2011, 05:42 PM
My mom never let me have diet ANYTHING growing up because of how it can affect your brain and body. I don't drink pop that often so that doesn't really affect me but chewing gum is SO hard to find without artificial sweeteners... gum is one thing that stops me from eating my cupboards bare o.o
Anyone have any suggestions as to where I could find some sugar free gum?

Suzanne 3FC
05-22-2011, 03:48 PM
Rockbanjo, I also avoid gum because of the artificial sweeteners that are so commonly used.

Glee Gum (http://www.gleegum.com/) is all natural and sweetened with cane sugar, but I wouldn't worry because 2 pieces only contains 5 calories. They also have a sugar free version that is sweetened with xylitol (a sugar alcohol) instead of artificial sweeteners. BUT each serving still contains 5 calories :)

06-01-2011, 05:03 AM
I knew it! There is something addictive in diet pop! If you've ever tried to quit smoking or anything, you know your brain will betray you with images and smells and comfortable thoughts so strong I think it must be what hallucinations are like.

OK that might have sounded weird but when I tried to get healthy years ago I switched to tea because it's natural and didn't think much about it. A few days in I was daydreaming or w/e and started imagining the taste of Pepsi when I was a kid, out of a fast food drink dispenser complete with those small oblong ice cubes they used to have, and waxy cups that dripped condensation on hot days. Even how watered down it would be on the top, and sweeter on the bottom.

I'd always been a Diet Mtn Dew before, but I ended up a Pepsi addict for the next 4 years. I thought back on it when I was quitting smoking and my brain would give me all kinds of lovely thoughts that would get me up and to a store that sold cigarettes. I told my bf about it, who had to quit much harder things when he was a younger man, and he knew exactly what I was talking about, said it was a common addict response!

06-01-2011, 05:09 PM
I was a diet soda addict and almost 2 years ago I went cold turkey. I have never looked back. All I drink now is water and tea. I remember the first couple of months was tough but it got easier as time went on.

07-12-2011, 02:17 PM
I 100% abstain from Aspartame. Aspartame is a highly debated topic. The powers at the FDA keep debunking everything, trust not your government, as I know without, how it effects me. When I abstain 100% from all Aspartame my joint pain and NSAID (Advil or Aleve) use is reduced by 70-80%. If I consume so much as one piece of Aspartame laden sugarless gum (without my knowledge that it contains Aspartame) I am in agony within in an hour or two driving myself insane trying to figure how why I am suddenly in so much pain. Being a longtime Diet Coke addict it really took a lot for me to get it through my thick skull and give Aspartame up entirely. Diet Coke-Splenda is not even sold in Canada, which means I drink a lot more tea and water since our recent move. Splenda pop in Canada is still limited but I will take what I can get. I am really hoping the growth and production of Stevia picks up in North America and makes Stevia products the forerunner of the artificially sweetened products but until this happens I will stick to Splenda and Cyclamates (banned in the USA in the 1970s but still sold in Canada which banned Saccharine at about the same time. This is another debate entirely)

In his book Dr Atkins' New Diet Revolution, Dr Atkins speaks of another unique phenomenon to Aspartame. The premise is that when consuming Aspartame your body will be fooled into thinking that it has consumed real sugar and produce insulin and other hormones to balance it's self. This results in rebound hunger and low blood sugar levels causing one to crave carbohydrates. I found my personal cravings for carbohydrates to be greatly reduced by just kicking the Diet Coke habit.

100% abstinence from Aspartame is a personal decision and one not to be taken lightly as it involves reading every ingredient on every label of everything you consume. This is truly the only way for you to know for sure if Aspartame personally effects you. I know for me it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.



08-16-2011, 08:59 AM
When you gave it up (assuming people here did?), did you go cold turkey or wean yourself? I seem to have trouble staying away from Crystal Light, diet pop, and splenda in my coffee daily.

Do you substitute? Ie. water with lemon slice?? I've given up all bad habits, except this one. I know people say that "a little bit won't hurt" but I think I've gone a bit overboard, I couldn't even keep away from it daily when I was pregnant, I am disappointed in myself.

How did you get away from it?

My son and I went cold turkey. He had been getting a LOT of headaches and we had been drinking several diet pepsis daily. I would get a headache about twice a week. It has been years since we gave it up and we rarely have a headache now.
We both drink a lot of water. He also drinks tea, sweetened with sugar but recently asked me to buy honey for his teas so I think he is switching on his own. Sometimes he will also have a regular soda or a green tea drink.

08-22-2011, 12:03 PM
OP here.

Just an update to this old(ish) thread. (*notice it's August 2010? hehe)

I have abstained from diet soda for 1 week now (the longest EVER), tried to have a sip of diet/caffiene-free coke yesterday and had to throw it out after a few sips. WOW. Getting off the stuff for 1 week and trying it again really showed me how much it (a) hurt my stomach (b) didn't taste good!!

I think I'm done with it.