Help me kick my addiction!!

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: How do I best kick this?
    Slow Wean : (27 votes)
    39 %
    Cold Turkey : (42 votes)
    61 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    898 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @MrsJX3:  I haven’t been able to kick my addiction to diet Coke either (especially fountain pop). FI shames me all the time for drinking it lol

    Post # 4
    Member
    1254 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @MrsJX3:  I used to drink about 6 cans a day back in college. I quit cold turkey. I used to hate drinking water so I started using MIO just to add some flavor and then quit MIO all together. You can do this! 

    Post # 5
    pyramidBee
    104 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - St. Francis of Assisi Church & N.O. Board of Trade

    I’d say slow wean. 

    How I did it: start with cutting it down to 1 per day (I would have it with dinner), then I cut it down to only on the weekends, and from there I stopped completely.  

    I’ll let myeslf have one every once and while, usually at a restaurant because the fountain kind is so darn good.  I will order a water also and not get refills though.  I do find that I cant drink as much of it anymore.  

     

    I got some of those water flavor drops for at work, and lemons to add to my water so I don’t get bored.  

    I never, ever thought that I would be able to cute diet coke out but once you start limiting it, you do crave it less. Good luck!

     

    Post # 6
    Member
    272 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I did!! 

     

     

     

    I used to drink at least 6 (at minimum!!) diet pops a day. I loved that crap – oh sooo yummy. However, I started to learn more and more about how bad aspartame is. I had always heard it and never really listened. Well – for years I had very achy legs – it felt like I always had growing pains. It was so bad that I would sleep with a heating pad almost every single night. I would also sometimes get pains in my ribs that felt like I was being kicked. Nothing worked to stop the aches and pains. Then, I read an article about how aspartame can lead to all kinds of aches. I was so fed up with the pain that I was willing to try anything. The next day I woke up and decided to not consume anything with aspartame in it any longer (it’s in EVERYTHING!!). I had headaches for a few days, but coffee seemed to help. And if I got a craving for the bubbles in diet pop, I would mix club soda (naturally zero cals) with some cranberry juice – or drink a ginger ale. I found focusing on trying to get my 8 glasses of water a day left little room to be able to drink much of anything else. Once before I tried kicking the bad habit but would allow myself to have diet coke when out for dinner, but that would make me crave it all over again. 

     

    It’s now been 18 months and I haven’t had a single diet beverage. I feel so much better (and less bloated!!). I’ve avoided aspartame in general which is tough as I love chewing gum and can’t find ANY that does not have aspartame in it. 

     

    Let me know if you need any support/tips! This is a GREAT decision and you will not regret it!! 

     

    Now, can you help me kick my chocolate addiction??? Smile

     

    EDIT: I forgot to add, all my aches and pains are gone!! Not a single night have I needed to use my heating pad on my sore legs!

    Post # 7
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    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @MrsJX3:  I go through times when I looooove diet coke, and then I can go for years without it. I think I actually like it more when I’m dieting, because the fizziness makes me feel more full at lunchtime, even if I didn’t eat a whole lot! And right now I’m letting myself have a can every day at work, mostly because my job is super-stressful this year and that little jolt of caffeinated magic in my lunchbox makes me happy and helps me get through the day. There are worse addictions, so I’m planning to let myself keep enjoying this one for now!

    That said, I voted for “cold turkey” because I find it easiest to just stop buying stuff like that – if I don’t buy sodas at the grocery store, then I just won’t drink them (because I’m a cheapie-pants and I won’t pay restaurant prices  -or even convenience store prices – to get soda… ). Good luck to you!

    Post # 8
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @LittleByLittle:  Agreed.  Just stop buying them.  If you don’t have them to drink, then you can’t drink them.

    Post # 9
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    112 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    If you are more than one bottle/can per day, I would slow wean to sparkling water (H 2 Oh! brand has similar carbonation feel) replacing 1 bottle for a couple days while you work through the reduction in caffeine.  Then start replacing the carbination with lemon water or something.

     

    Post # 10
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    888 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I was/am addicted too. I love diet coke. I even have A Tervis tumbler that says ‘I love my diet coke’ I did quit cold turkey, but it was so hard for me after a long day not to stop at McDonald’s and get a large diet coke! But I just cut it down to one a day and I didn’t buy it in the stores. I found that buying a tervis actually helpEd me not to stop and get a coke because I had something to drink already. It’s been a long time since I had one, I only get one if I go to a restaurant And they have coke products. If they have Pepsi products I just get water. But once in a while ill go on a diet coke kick, but it’s never as bad as it used to be. I would drink up to six a day. 

    Post # 12
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    1056 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

    I quit this year at the end of May, after a serious addiction.  I used to drink soda only when I went out to eat but FI moved in a few years ago and suddenly, Diet Coke was in the house all the time.  It got pretty out of control.  

    I quit after hearing how bad aspertame was for you. But, I had to go cold turkey because I just couldn’t cut back, no matter how hard I tried.  There was always an excuse for me.  

    Good luck.  The first few weeks are the hardest and now I only miss it every once in a while.  You can do it!

    Post # 15
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    3442 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @MrsJX3:  I’m a psych major & my concentration is in applied behavior analysis & behavior modification. Based on what I’ve seen & learned, I would say the best way to go about it would be to quit cold turkey. If you do the slow wean, you are only prolonging things, and there really isn’t any benefit to that method. Plus, if you allow yourself one a day, you could always make an excuse to have two per day etc…

    Post # 16
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    2174 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I love regular coke but had to give it up when I got pregnant.  I stopped cold turkey and didn’t really have any problems– of course, I feel awful most of the time anyway thanks to nausea and hormones, haha.

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