Thursday, June 27, 2013

The case of the Diet Coke addict


When I was a little girl I wasn’t allowed to drink sodas. I was allowed one on Christmas and my birthday, and sometimes when I was very good, but for the most part I was told that they were unhealthy and not allowed. The problem? I adored coke. Being taboo made me love it even more, and it was always my go-to pick when I was allowed a treat. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that when I grew up and moved away to college an addiction started. But, being the calorie conscious Freshman that I was I didn’t just want Coke; I wanted Diet Coke. Diet Coke is what got me through college; late nights studying, through midterms, through finals week. I didn’t drink coffee; I hated the taste (my how times change). I wasn’t a fan of energy drinks, or even other sodas. I couldn't stand the taste of regular coke; it was way too sweet. I just liked Diet Coke. 

22 days ago I had my last sip. I know this because I have an app on my phone that tells me how many days I have been Diet Coke free. They say it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, so I think I have "broken through". I have “given it up” over the years with varying levels of success, but I think this time I am letting it go, permanently. I’ve given it up for the following reasons:
  1. It had become my go-to drink. Thirsty? *Grabs Diet Coke* Exhausted? *Diet Coke* Craving something bubbly? *Diet Coke* Need something to drink to accompany a meal? *Diet Coke* I won’t sit here and make it into something it wasn’t; I wasn’t drinking 12 a day. At my peak I was drinking 3-4 cans a day, with 2 cans a day being standard. That’s a lot of chemicals going into my body.
  2. I strive for a healthy lifestyle. Diet Coke is the only “unhealthy” thing that I struggle with giving up. Anything else I can do. Fried foods? Sweets? Ice cream? All of those are easy. But it’s super hard to be healthy when you are downing two cans of chemicals a day.
  3. Aspartame is controversial, but has been linked with SO many diseases/issues that I don’t want it in my body anymore.
  4. Apparently something in Diet Coke turns into FORMALDEHYDE in your body?! What?!
  5. I started having little “blurry” moments where for a split second my brain would feel funny and slow, and after talking to a nutritionist she told me that it is common for Aspartame poisoning to do this. Yikes.
  6. To see if I can.
I went cold turkey. This might not work for you; some people need to wean themselves off, or let themselves indulge occasionally. For me, I knew it was all or nothing. I have done the “once a week” rule and the “weaning off slowly” rule and it hasn’t worked. I've even tried the "only allowed Diet Coke in absolute emergencies" rule... that was a disaster. 

I didn’t purge my house and throw every last can away. I woke up one morning, made my coffee, and thought, “I’m going to download a countdown app and see how long I can go without Diet Coke”. There were 3 cans in my fridge. There are still 3 cans in my fridge. I have tried to give them away to everyone who has visited and no one will take them. They are my little orphan cans.

I knew I was going to have to find an alternative, so I did, that first day. Meet my new best friend, the Sanpellegrino Aranciata. This little sparkling baby has become my Diet Coke substitute. It’s basically sparkling water and orange juice. It gives me a bubbly, sweet fix without all the bad stuff. The downside? It doesn’t have caffeine, but I have coffee for that now. It also has calories, as opposed to calorie-free Diet Coke, but I wasn't drinking Diet Coke for diet reasons; I was drinking it because I liked the taste. This has been quite a delicious find, and I’m convinced that it has kept me stay in line.


Things I didn’t think of until after I went cold turkey:
  1. What I would order to drink at fast food places. Restaurants are easy; I can always get iced tea or lemonade. But fast food places? I don’t go there often, but about 3 days in I ended up at a Subway… and panicked. And don’t even think of suggesting water; water does not cut it. I ended up finding a “fruit punch” option and drank that. So far I have not encountered one place where there hasn’t been at least one non-soda, non-water option.
  2. The Cravings. I mean, obviously I knew there would be cravings, but the weird part was when they would hit. I started noticing patterns, and I started to be able to “outsmart” them. For instance, I always crave Diet Coke when I am hot and outside. I also crave it when I eat sushi. Do Diet Coke and sushi go hand in hand? No (unless you are crazy) but for me, it starts the craving going. Once I figured out when the cravings would hit I was able to stave it off without going crazy. The next time I was going to a sushi place I went ahead and decided to order a glass of white wine in order to avoid the Diet Coke craving. "White wine and fish go well together", I told my brain.
Benefits to quitting Diet Soda that experts preach but might not be true:
  1. Promise: “You’ll feel so much better! More energetic! Healthier, even!” Fact: I feel the exact same, except with occasional Diet Coke cravings. I don’t feel better. I don’t feel more energetic. I feel the same.
  2. Promise: “Diet Soda makes you gain weight! There are studies proving that your brain gets tricked and you end up gaining weight!” Fact: I’m the exact same weight. I eat the exact same things. Nothing has changed except liquids.
  3. Promise: "You won't be as hungry! Diet Coke makes you crave bad things!" Fact: I am just as hungry or not hungry as before. I have no less cravings for chocolate or other "bad things". 
Overall, am I happy that I quit sodas? Yes. The funny thing is I am convinced that my little iphone app has kept this detox going. Every time I think about cheating a little voice comes in my head and says, “but what about the iphone app? It’s so cute! It would be a lie! A LIE!” It's called "Big Day Lite" (it's free) if you were wondering. I added a picture of me holding a fruity alcoholic beverage in Cabo as the app background to remind me that there are other delicious things out there that don't involve Diet Coke. 

And oh lord, don’t ever offer me water when I want a Diet Coke. Water DOES NOT CUT IT. Water is fine under normal situations, like if I am thirsty, but I don’t want anything to do with water when I want Diet Coke. The only thing that can help quench the craving is another flavored (bubbly) drink. *Mumbles to myself* Psh, non-Diet Coke addicts...

If you have any tips, suggestion, or questions, leave me a comment below! :)

75 comments:

  1. First comment......yes! Lol. Love that your blogging again Elle :)
    Kirsty x

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  2. I quit Diet Coke cold turkey in 2011. On New Year's eve I was drinking one and I just decided I'd give it up. I'd been drinking so much of it during the day, like 4 large cups full, and I just wanted to see if I could do it. I actually gave up all carbonated drinks! I made it all the way from Jan 1 to Oct 1 and I felt accomplished. I've since begun drinking it again but it's not nearly as bad as it was. So hopefully the app will be helpful in making you want to beat your own progress!

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  3. I limit myself with diet coke but do not think I could give it up! Stay strong :)

    Carina xx
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  4. Elle,
    I think its amazing that you have quit cold turkey, so good for you and I wish you all the luck in never returning to the dark side of soda! I quit drinking diet sodas a while back but somehow managed to pick up the habit of drinking regular soda if I go out for dinner but after reading this post I think I will give that up too. :)
    Kelly

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  5. I've had the same addiction to Diet Coke. I quit cold turkey too. I still love carbonation and found a soda at a health food store that does the trick. It's called Honest Fizz. The soda has zero calories because it is made with stevia, which is a healthy substitute for sugar. Hope it helps! :)

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  6. LOL! You are exactly like I was with Coke Zero. I've finally cut it out of my life as well, but it was realllllly hard. I tried dozens of times throughout the years, and always ended up going back after 2 or 3 months. This is the longest I've gone now, and I've pretty much switched to iced tea and water. Every once in a while I'll allow myself a Mexican Coke when I'm feeling sickly. The reason I go with Mexican Coke is because it doesn't have aspartame (like Coke Zero & Diet Coke), and it also doesn't have corn syrup (like regular Coke). But, I've managed to keep that to a bare minimum too. I laughed at the part where you put the facts about what "experts" claim will happen when going off diet soda, because I totally agree that I feel the exact same! Everyone said I'd lose weight after quitting diet soda, and that I'd feel better. Nope! I feel exactly the same, only now I'm suffering more because of the cravings. ;P I'm proud of ya though, girly! Hopefully we can both stick with this!

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    1. Loved this! So glad you're off diet coke! I would say however that the reason your weight has stayed the same is that you already maintain healthy eating and exercise habits. The danger of an artificial sweetener is that it tells the stomach you are getting sugar without actually delivering any. This in turn causes the body to seek sugars by increasing craving for carbohydrates and to increase fat cells (doesn't meant it is storing fat, just making more cells that CAN store fat). So for someone who already maintains a healthy diet and lifestyle with limited carbs and sugars no, weight gain probably wouldn't be an issue. The danger of artificially sweetened drinks is for those who DONT eat and live healthy. The carbs and sugars they eat while drinking aspartame and other artificial sweeteners will be converted into bad things. And that is why the studies and warnings exists about the weight gain dangers of diet sodas. I feel we should all try to be as well informed as possible about what goes in/on our body. If only everyone agreed!

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  7. LOL! You are so funny! I know tonnes of people who are hooked on Diet Coke.. Do you think they put something in it which gets people hooked? May be.. But well done for going strong like you have! It's not easy cutting out bad choices.. Now for me to target my chocolate fetish.. Hmm.. Where to start!? LOL x

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  8. I'm a sparkling water person now that I don't drink soda. A little lime and I am so happy. I make my own with a sodastream thing, and I make it SUPER BUBBLY. Turns out, that's what I love was the bubbles not the soda. I don't miss soda at all...except when I have pizza. And sushi. :)

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  9. I, like you, was addicted to soda but my demon was/is Pepsi. I was easily drinking a 2 liter bottle by myself every day. About a year and a half ago I decided to give it up for Lent. I started buying gallon bottles of water and making diet lemonade at home. I was doing great until it came to going out or being at work. I had no non soda options at these places and I really can not drink water unless it is ICE COLD. So, I decided that I would allow myself one small soda at such places. It's now been a year and half and I feel much better because I lost 10 pounds just from cutting the soda down. I sometimes go a week or more without any, and it is awesome. Now, to cut down on my bread intake... ;-)

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  10. I don't really drink soda. But once in awhile I enjoy having a ginger ale.

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  11. Hi Elle! Love all these projects you've got going on! You should do an updated "How I Organize My Agenda" now that you're out of school, much love! xx
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  12. I used to be a Diet Coke addict too! I've had a very similar experience with it being an on again /off again experience... kind of like a relationship. hahaha

    For me, it was mainly driven to the "aspartame" issue-- my body simply does not like aspartame, as I've had too much over the years from too many diet drinks/foods/sodas. It make me have leg cramps as it's caused potassium deficiency which isn't fun at all. :(

    I've been "off" diet coke since late march, except for one small taste of it in which I had about 5 ounces so it wasn't much and having it actually convinced me not to drink it again for a very, very long time or at all.

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  13. Elle I'm really liking this blog :) I like your writing style, so fresh!!

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  14. That's formaldehyde I think you meant but its not going to harm you because its in tiny tiny amounts. I've been trying to cut down on the amount of sodas I drink just because there are so many calories and I don't normally like the taste of diet sodas, so I've been drinking flavoured sparkling water. You get the fizzy hit and the fruity flavour for about 20 calories per litre or something along those lines. However the majority of scientific evidence shows that aspartame is safe to consume in the amounts specified by the FDA. You'd have to drink 21 cans of coke in one day to go over the amount the FDA says is safe...so you're probably fine.

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  15. When you first started this, I tried it too (with Dr. Pepper) and lasted two days. Well, I decided to give it another try and tomorrow will be one week... yes, 7 whole days! Here's hoping it sticks!

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  16. but but but chocolate is not a "bad thing"... hehe
    when i was like 11 years old, i went to a vacation for a month with my counsins (and grownup family obviously) and my younger counsin was on a diet plan so i thought that i could follow up with her diet, so that she didnt feel alone with this. I was drinking coke always, one of the things on the diet was drinking water instead, so i went ahead and only drink water for that month! and i when i tasted coke again i didnt like it anymore! And know im 25 and i loooooove water, i only like water, not any sodas or juices, except fresh orange fruit and beer and wine, but well i dont drink that stuff every day! And funny thing is that my cousin still drinks coke haha.
    well, looong comment, sorry for the grammar, i am not a native english speaker! i never do comments but your post motivated me to share this story! Keep up with the "detox"!! Good luck!

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  17. I drink carbonated water with lemon as a "soda" alternative. It satisfies my carbonated craving without the sugar or carbs. It did take me a while to get used to the taste, but now I drink it with my meals. :)

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  18. I did the exact same thing as you, almost 2 years ago now, and I'm still going strong. According to my sister giving up Diet Coke made me happier and less annoying, so maybe that's true? (I doubt it somehow...).

    Anyway, congratulations on 22 days so far! I think that is the hardest time, avoiding it just sort of becomes its own new habit. I order lemonade in restaurants, which means I don't drink too much of it because its pretty gross.

    The only time I get cravings now is when I'm making coke/diet coke for people at work, the smell gets you. You forget how good that stuff smells, as weird as I sound.

    Good luck!

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  19. Hi Elle :) ! I am one of your french fan :) !
    OMG, when I read this post I was thinking you're JUST like my big sister haha :) ! She's 24 and has the EXACT same problem, I will recommend her this post, might be helpful. She's just AN ADDICT and it is worse since she is living on her own now !
    My mom is a nutritionist, so you can imagine that drinking sodas has never been a habit at home (on the contrary), special occasions excluded of course.
    Strangely, I'm really not a fan of sodas, don't like bubbly drinks, even sparkling water except from time to time but I know that for "addicts" it is hard to quit so CONGRATS (and keep going) ;) !

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  20. Sometimes I get cravings for a Pepsi or Coke. It's like I need a drink with sugar and caffeine in it. Sometimes I will just drink water and be satisfied, but I understand what you mean about sometimes you just crave something and water doesn't cut it. When I'm sick I want Sprite or 7-Up. Isn't that weird?! lol!

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  21. I've never been a soda drinker, because the bubbly feeling makes me too bloated. However, I love drinking flavoured drinks but have realized how unhealthy drinks like nestea are (which is my ultimate favourite canned drink).

    So I opt for cold, lightly sweetened teas like Passion Tea from SB, or any bottled alternatives that dont scream I AM MY FULL WEIGHT IN SUGAR!

    I hope you can get past this terrible craving stage, because after that you won't even remember that you used to drink coke all the time!

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  22. Elle this is such a great post and the blog looks lovely. I am so happy you started blogging as it is a different, more unique way to tell us everything about your daily life. Love you

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  23. I'm currently in the middle of my (fifth?) regular coke detox! A man in a restaurant told me when I was very little that diet coke had 'bad fake sugar' in it that could make you ill, which meant my addiction was to the regular coca cola! I've gone cold turkey with the occasional drink, but I'm awful when I have cravings and I'm out! I've indulged maybe four times in a month? I think that's okay! I agree with you about the things that people say will happen - I'm the same weight - if anything I've gained a little weight because I'm not full up on coke any more, I'm hungry a lot more, haha! I don't feel any better/healthier physically - I think just mentally I feel a lot better knowing I'm not messing up my teeth and I'm doing my body good. I can control my portion sizes if I feel hungrier than before because I'm not 'addicted' to food in general.

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  24. I've never been a soda person so I cannot relate to your diet coke cravings but well done so far! Were I live (Germany) a drink called "Apfelschorle" is a very popular beverage! It's basically 1/3 of plain Apple Juice mixed with 2/3 of sparkling water. It's refreshing, natural and (apart from the natural sugar in juice) not bad for you. Also it's alot cheaper to buy big bottles of sparkling water and apple juice instead of soda cans! Just give it a try! It's really yummy, I basically only drank that as a child.

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  25. Loved this!! Also, have you heard of the Sparkling Ice drinks? They are all natural, made with stevia and are 0 calories. They're bubbly and delicious. They're really good and could be another alternative to help with the cravings. Good luck!!!!! :)

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  26. HI there! I love Aranciata also. there is also Limonata. They do have 32 gms of sugar ( I think a reg coke has 39gms) so I watch how much I consume.

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  27. I didn't have the habit as bad as yours but I would generally drink at most one or two cokes a day. As of now, I haven't had one since last Wednesday, so it's been over a week. My mom and I were looking into a Sodastream, which actually she bought one, and I may occasionally drink diet coke from that. It does have significantly less sugar, but what I like is you can make different drinks from it, so we'll see what happens there.
    My biggest concern with dropping coke is Chickfila. You can't have a CFA meal without a coke! And every year I get the calendar with coupons for Christmas and a couple are for free large drinks so that will be a hard decision to choose what to drink. I agree with you on the water. I have been drinking A LOT more water lately, like 4-5 glasses a day when I used to drink 0-1, but you gotta have something else that's got flavor!

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    1. Chickfila was an easy one for me because I adore their lemonade!

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  28. Perrier! I've never been one to like soda water but I sort of forced myself to like it. I mainly get the grapefruit flavour in the skinny cans. It's 0 cals and all natural. Also it's a pretty chic brand with all their fashion colab cans.

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  29. I love coffe and i hate carbonated drinks way to go elle

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  30. I like La Croix, but it might not be sweet enough for you!

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  31. I haven't read all the comments so I'm not sure if someone already said this but I'm pretty sure it's Aspartame that turns into formaldehyde in your stomach. Do you still have your Skinny Bitch book? I read it there. :)

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  32. Congratulations on making it this far, and I wish you well on continued success!! Go Elle! This is an inspiring post! :) http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  33. Your story is exactly like my dads! He absolutely loved coke!! But since, my dad was over weight, he wanted to cut out a lot of bad things from his diet. Coke was one of them. Since I was too little to remember this, he would always tell me about how he learned that he actually liked the bubbly feeling of coke and not really the taste. He ended up switching to seltzer water which is just bubbly water and he has been drinking that ever since! Also, just in case you're curious, my dad lost over 100lbs. and I am so proud of his for that!!

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  34. You are such an inspiration to me, as I am trying to quit drinking all sodas myself. You're so right, water does NOT help! haha! Keep blogging, I love it so far!

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  35. I was never allowed soda as a kid either, and I never really started drinking it as I have grown up and now I'm glad I never have soda, because whenever I do I get sick! Just shows how bad it is for you. Keep up the good work!

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  36. I'm currently on a strict healthy diet and trying to lose weight. Diet coke has been the treat I allow myself when I want something sweet. Now I may have to reconsider this before it forms into an unhealthy habit.

    Really well done Elle!

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  37. I quit drinking Coke about 3 months ago when I got my braces (I'm 19 years old) because I convinced myself that my teeth will change color and i will get caries (which probably could happen, since i can't fix my teeth with braces) I remember I was drinking 1L coke every single day! Well it worked out, 3 months later, I still haven't drink Coke, one time I had one can of Sprite - I was out with my friend - and I felt sooo guilty for drinking it. I think this was the best decision I made this year - nothing is more important that health!

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  38. i too love coke , i never had a weight problem untill i hit my late 40s so for me it was always regular coke {i love the sugary taste}now i have been trying to watch what i put in my body , not an easy thing to do when i had to take in a lot of calories just to maintain my weight, as a result i lived on fat, sugar and fried foods and maybe a salad or two.I love reading your blogs and watching your videos and now im going to try leaving my cans of coke inside the refrigerator !!!! wish me luck ... im going to need it!

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  39. I had a soda addiction also. I was totally addicted to dr Pepper. I had about 4 cans a day. Last march I had a tooth pulled and my dentist told me no carbonated drinks for 2 weeks. I about died when she told me that, but I got through it. In fact after 2 weeks I no longer even wanted soda at all. Well my mom bought a 2 liter vanilla coke about a month after that. I decided to have a sip because I liked that one as well. As soon as it hit my tongue I got sick. All I could taste was chemicals. It was nasty. I have been soda free ever since. I sometimes worry about what I will drink but EVERYWHERE has a non soda option besides water. Glad you have made it this far. I know you will continue to have success.

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  40. Congratulations Elle! Way to go!! Creating healthy habits is really great! I do not care for sodas of any kind, but my husband is a real addict :) He has a rule - one soda on a weekend :) So I was just wondering what app you are using for counting days?? Maybe it would help my husband to go cold turkey and set him soda-free))))
    P.S. I'm loving your new blogs btw, reading on the same topic really gives you different experience

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  41. Congrats! You should try La Croix water if you haven't already. It comes in many flavors,is 100% sparkling water, zero calories, zero sweeteners, zero sodium. My favorite is the peach pear. Great for wine spritzers and cocktails mixes.

    xo,
    Kelly

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  42. Hi Elle!!! I'm not sure how much you read comments but my mom and I just started going away from diet coke too. I'm actually allergic to formaldehyde. Instead we have gotten into this stuff called Zevia. They have all kinds of flavors including a "cola" which is VERY similar to diet coke. Personally I'm fond of the ginger root beer. Zevia is all natural to give you a clue I have a can in front of me (can you guess which flavor?) it has zero calories, and the list of ingredients is small : carbonated water, erythritol (stevia), caramel color, reb a (stevia extract different form), citric acid, natural flavors (wintergreen oil, anise oil, lemon oil, orange oil, and ginger extract). Go check it out, I'm a huge fan of pop but an even bigger fan of the carbonation. Good luck in your healthy habits.

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  43. Oh my god, I am also addicted to Diet Coke. It first started out as drinking it in honour of my Diabetic friend, Ryan Disney. And then it started to get out of hand, if I went shopping and there was a vending machine or something, I'd see Diet Coke and freak out and of course, buy it. I'm trying so hard to stay away from it as much as I can!
    Good luck to you xx
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  44. I love coke, I'm not a huge sweets person, so coke is like my one pick me up or indulgence. But I know that I have to cut back! I'm currently trying to drink more water, but honestly the coke cravings are nuts! I haven't had coke in a couple of days and I'm hoping to stick it out! Thanks for the push!
    -Stephanie
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  45. I tried to quit when you started, I lasted one day, such a fail, I'll try again though.

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  46. I gave up soda cold-turkey back in January 2012. I loved all soda, but my favorite was doctor pepper, and every time I went out to eat I ordered a coke. I also NEVER drank water...just soda and occasionally sweet tea. My friend Matt educated me on how awful soda was and finally convinced me to stop drinking it. So I did. I haven't had a soda since! I even completely traded it in for water...gah. I know. I'm a brave one. haha. A few months later, I started letting sweet tea, other types of tea, and juices back into my diet and now those are the only things I drink; with the exception of coffee, wine, and other yummy alcoholic beverages every now, and then. I even order water 90% of the time when I go out to eat! Crazy, I know. Who would have ever thought I'd be *that* girl?! A year and a half, and going strong! It wasn't even that hard and I don't even miss soda! Good luck, Elle! YOU CAN DO IT!!! :))

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  47. Wow! I am completely addicted to diet soda and I'm trying to stop, but its really hard!! Good job, elle!! Way to go :)

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  48. SodaStream! It has changed my life!

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  49. I gave up all fizzy drinks New Years in 2012. I honestly don't miss them at all!

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  50. Try Perrier water! Its basically carbonated water for your bubbly fix!

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  51. Mineral water and lemon, with ice! So good.

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  52. Its the aspartame that turns into formaldehyde at two degrees lower than body temperature, so basically you are doing really bad stuff to your body's vital organs

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  53. Elle, you can also try putting Seltzers in fruit juice. I love Seltzers with cranberry juice & lime.

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  54. Gave up diet coke (huge addict myself) about 6 months ago. My go to replacement is actually Lacroix. Yes it's water. But it's bubbly flavored water. That's calorie free :)

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  55. I also love Diet Coke for the taste, not the lack of calories and carbs. I gave it up and didn't have any for three months. I was drinking ice water with lemon at first, but then I discovered Stevia. Now I drink unsweetened teas and add Stevia. I did break down and have a Diet Coke recently and, while I did enjoy it, it wasn't so great that now I have to have one all the time. I let myself have Diet Coke every now and then instead of completely banning them. I think you should let yourself have "bad" things sometimes but in moderation.

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  56. OMG .. i was reading this while drinking a diet coke ... it was so hard to move just from coke to diet coke!! super impressed with your will power elle - now if only i could apply the same for saving money lol

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  57. I gave up Diet Coke too. It was SO. HARD. I've never had the San Pellagrino drinks. I'll try them! I am obsessed with the La Croix flavored sparkling water. It's SO GOOD. That's definitely helped my cravings.

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  58. Oh my gosh you are an inspiration. I am fourteen and decided to go on a month cleanse with a few of my friends where it was no sugar, no gluten, no dairy, no corn, and no fake sweeteners besides stevia. I still haven't had a soda, and that was two months ago. Anyways, by soda I mean like drinks with corn syrup and gross stuff. But I love those san pelligrino sodas. My absolute favorite is the blood orange. I'm in love. Favorite drink ever, and nothing can compare to one on a hot summer day. I really enjoyed this post, and this blog is my favorite.

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  59. Crystal Light is my best friend! :D

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  60. Dear Elle,

    I have been going thought the same struggle as you. My natripath recommended this drink called Zevia (it is simply carbanated water,critic acid, natural flavour and is sweetened with Stevia; a natural sweetner that comes from a plant...NOT A CHEMICAL). They are zero calories and no sugar. They also have some amazing flavours and do not taste tp sweet! Please check them out and tell me what you think about them!

    Lara xoxox

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  61. Hye Elle,

    I was dignosed with pre diabetes symtoms and since then I have been cutting out a lot things especially soda.. and truthfully my parents have the same disease so in order to be a little bit healthy I just drink mineral water. In certain occasion when I went out I would order other sweets drink, buts it's good that you stop before anything serious happen.

    As for me, I think I have combated my disease but I just hope that it doesn't take to be suspecting on Diebetes and then only stopping drinking sodas

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  62. I quit all my sodas years ago. I was a HUGE Coca~Cola drinker. I still collect all the memorabilia like a nut case, but I quit drinking it. I switched to IZZE drinks. LOVE them. Favorite flavors are Clementine and Grapefruit. I also add them into smoothies or alcoholic drinks ;)

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  63. I gave up soda for two months two years ago and have since fallen off of the wagon. I really got into sparkling water with real lemons and limes squeezed in it. It is really sweet and bubbly like soda so you feel like you are drinking a sprite and not water. Also most food places even pizza delivery have tea and lemon aide so you have at least two choices there. You can go to my blog and read on some of my soda alternative recipes www.puregoddessuniversity.com .

    Congrats, I may try to give it up again too!

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  64. I'm the same as you but with Pepsi Max! :D I try to only drink it on weekends though so I don't drink it every day. :)

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  65. according to this its not very healthy either :-/ http://www.foodfacts.com/ci/nutritionfacts/orange/sanpellegrino-aranciata-orange-sparkling-beverage-669-fl-oz/60119 have you tried mixing sparkling water with fresh orange juice? not from concentrate? that might be healthier.. although it requires preparation before you drink it.. I would try to make sparkling drink by myself and that way you know exactly whats in it and you might even enjoy the ritual of making it and maybe decorating the glass or something.. this is of course possible only when you are home.. so when you can I would suggest trying to make it yourself.. I'm sure there are even recipes online how to make some kind of sparkling drink yourself :) good luck and I wish you soon recovery! :)

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  66. I completely gave up soda in the end of 2011 around New Year's Eve. I never really drank soda very often but I still stopped, and just continued like "yeah this is easy". I'm so happy I did, and I never even crave it anymore. I used to get nightmares where I would think that I had been drinking soda, the weirdest thing ever. Now when I drink anything bobbly, I get this weird feeling in my stomach, like I'm not used to it after I stopped drinking soda.
    Good luck keeping it up Elle <3

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  67. I completely and absolutely understand!! I used to be hooked on regular Coke a few years ago (I could down a 2L bottle in a day and a half.) My fiance, when we first moved in together, tried to help and slowly took me over to Coke Zero. But that's only marginally better, specially when we're talking about a 3-4 cans a day addiction. I get craaaaazy headaches when I try to go a day without it, which has made it very difficult to quit. I need to not be a tired and grumpy zombie with a migraine to get through the day!

    Best of luck with, Elle. You can do it. :)

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  68. I have a similar addiction, but with chewing gum. I've quit it a lot of times in the past, but I always somehow end up going back to it. It really does have to stop though, so this sorta is giving me motivation to make the change. I've actually been slowly decreasing the amount I've been chewing these past couple of weeks because at this point I don't think I can quit cold turkey.

    Glad that this is all working out for you though, and I Hope that your back is feeling a lot better!
    xoxox

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  69. I think you have done the right thing giving up Diet Coke..I wish I'd done it at your age when I was fit and healthy. Over time (I'm now 55) my waist has grown to over 42 inches, I've lost six of my teeth, I've had bad spells of depression and ME like symptoms. NOW I'm giving it up for good..it's not too late as my waist has come down three inches since then, my morning headaches are tapering off and my energy levels are improving. Also I've had asthma since starting drinking DC in my early 0s so we'll see what happens there. Wish me luck in my journey... and dont keep poisoning yourself the way I did.

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