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Old 06-01-2011, 04:09 PM   #16
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:59 AM   #18
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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.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:03 AM   #19
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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.
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