Post # 1
So, I have been SOO good about my water for the last two weeks, and I can totally tell that it’s been helpful for my feeling good overall – what a good feeling.
Because of my desire to have good healthy eating habits I decided to get rid of my one diet coke a day that I usually have with lunch. So I decided to cut it from my lunch and just keep up with the water … I didn’t have one Sunday or Monday. I didn’t work out Sunday (it’s my day off) and then I went to a class last night … by the end of the class and for the rest of the night I had a terrible terrible headache. I ended up in bed before 9 and slept through the night. I tried to figure out what it could have been – and then realized that I didn’t have my diet coke, so I didn’t have any caffeine yesterday. My mom is a nurse and she has said the lack of caffein can cause the headache.
I really want to stop drinking diet coke daily, but I will do anything to avoid a headache like that again!! Today at lunch I took the smallest cup, filled it with ice, and then put soda in … so I’m guessing I had less then 6 ounces .. hopefully I won’t get another head ache tonight.
Is one small cup of diet coke a day okay? Or should I really try to cut it from my diet?? What do you think? Do you drink coffee or soda to keep you going?
Post # 3
Those headaches will go away, it just may take another day or so. Don’t give up!
Post # 4
My advice would be to pay attention to how you feel. I quit drinking soda a few years ago, and then one day I had a large Diet Coke. I was STUNNED by how much my energy level plummeted…I was lethargic beyond belief. I didn’t like how it made me feel (now that I was not drinking it every day), and so I decided to stop drinking it altogether.
If you feel OK, though, I would think it would be OK to have a diet soda every now and then. If you want to quit, consider alternatives — Do you drink coffee or tea at all? They will both give you the caffeine, along with some antioxidants, without the soda crash.
Post # 5
I had a huge diet coke today. BAAAAAD Bellenga.
Will give up the addiction and go back to unsweetened tea.
Post # 6
I’m a pretty healthy eater overall, but I always say that diet coke is my only vice. I drink one (not more) most days. I’ve talked to my trainer about it, and his thing is that while it’s not great, if it keeps me able to otherwise maintain a healthy diet then it’s not a big deal either. I think it really depends on your goals etc, but I really don’t eat any sweets or junk food at all (like maybe every couple of months) and I’ve beent his way for a while. But somehow the diet coke is the one type of junk food I can’t let go of. But I still drink plenty of water etc, so I feel like it’s okay. So if you really can give it up great, but I say that it’s not realistic to be completely healthy all the time, and a small amount of calorie free soda is a lot better than a candy bar everyday.
Post # 7
I’m on a diet now and went from full on coke to diet everything, so if you were like me I would say 1 diet coke a day would be fine. But if you are naturally a diet cokie, then you should stick to your guns and let the water prevail. Do it for your health, skin, hair, and teeth.
Post # 8
The caffeine withdrawal can DEFINTELY cause a headache. I had a horrible headache yesterday which felt almost as bad as a migrane. I couldn’t figure out what had brought it on, until I realized that I had forgotten my morning coffee yesterday! Oops.
If you do want to give up the Diet Coke, the headaches should go away after a few days. However, I personally couldn’t give up my coffee. I just cut it down to one cup a day and make sure I drink lots of water during the rest of the day.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the advice ladies!
I think I’m going to stick with one small soda a day for now and maybe when I have a few days that I can deal with the headaches — I’ll try to "wean" myself from it, but not today, not this week! 🙂
Appreciate all your support!
Post # 10
Personally I think one a day is alright. It can be your ‘vice’. 🙂 Although, if you are trying to stay away from the sweet but still want your caffeine, you could try black coffee or even tea! There are some great teas that taste sweet, that really aren’t that would still give you your fun taste for the day!
I actaully drink caffiene when I GET a headache! I get migranes and my doctor said that caffiene would help the pain, which it does! ODD I KNOW!
Hope that helps!
Post # 11
I definitly think you should try everything you can to stay away from diet soda!
I actually get physically sick if I ingest artificial sweeteners. For years I thought I had IBS or was lactose intolerant, but finally when I decided to cut diet sweeteners (based on the possibility that they may be cancer causing agents) I suddenly stopped having the symptoms.
I may be completely wrong but something about a chemically synthesized sweetener just seems wrong. There has been a lot of speculation that they could be carcinogens! The FDA has determined that they are safe, but it is very common for chemicals to be safe for short term usage. However, long term studies may show something completely different (and completely scary!). Here are some qoutes from other sites
Aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sugar, and some animal research has linked consumption of high amounts of the sweetener to brain tumors and lymphoma in rodents. The FDA maintains that the sweetner is safe, but reported side effects include dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, memory loss, and mood changes. Bottom line: Diet soda does you no good, and it might just be doing you wrong.
Emerging research suggests that consuming sugary-tasting beverages–even if they’re artificially sweetened–may lead to a high preference for sweetness overall.
Beyond that Soda has a high acid content which is horrible for your teeth. And obviously you are aware of the downfalls of caffiene.
If you want to get rid of the headaches I would do what you are doing and just gradually ween yourself off. But set a goal quiting day to make sure you don’t let it ride for too long. Maybe you could drink one cup for a week and then cut it down to half a cup next week and none the week after that. Or you could substitute with a healthier caffienated beverage. Coffee, dark chocolate, and tea have caffiene and have antioxidant contents that can acutally make you healtheir (just don’t overdo the coffee). Or you could just take a few Ibprofun.
Post # 12
just because it’s diet soda doesn’t mean it’s better for you then regular soda. artificial sweeteners are so bad for you. i read "Skinny Bitch" a few months ago where they refer to soda, even diet soda, as liquid satan. i haven’t touched a soda since then.