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UrsusAdiposimus

Dec 31, 10 12:40

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For awhile now I have had a two, 20oz bottle per day habit of Diet Dr. Pepper. I decided that all those chemicals, while they may not yet be proven to be bad for me, probably aren't good for me either. Plus the artificial sweetener definitely triggers cravings.

I have gone three days now without and I am getting wierd withdrawal symptoms. I have a slight migraine and feel a little moody. It's not caffeine withdrawal - I still continue to drink coffee and tea, and I have tried to quit those in the past as well and failed, so I know what caffeine withdrawal feels like and this is definitely not it.

Has anyone else experienced aspartame withdrawal when trying to quit diet soda, and about how long did it last? Did you see any medium-to-long term benefits to it once you quit, like reduced cravings etc?


ToKnowMore

Dec 31, 10 12:45

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What about cutting down slowly instead of cold turkey?


UrsusAdiposimus

Dec 31, 10 13:11

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Just went and guzzled one bottle of DDP. ENABLER!


ToKnowMore

Dec 31, 10 13:12

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I guess I'm not doing a good job as your sponsor.


Monsieur Trois

Dec 31, 10 13:21

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I drank a boatload of Diet Mt. Dew and quit cold turkey. I missed it and had similar withdrawal symptoms for about a week or so. Don't miss it at all now.


DavHamm

Dec 31, 10 13:21

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Nov 15th 2009 was my first day Pop free. I was a 2 - 4 Liter a day consumer of Diet pop. Yes about 3 - 4 days in I felt terrible, Migrane, aching and felt like CRAP.. it got better and after a few days was completely gone.

Long term benefit, Had no heartburn or burning burps since I stopped.
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elpete

Dec 31, 10 13:28

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Re: Diet soda withdrawal [UrsusAdiposimus] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Yeah. I need to quit too. I down about a 12 pack a day at least. Plus a couple 44 oz drinks from the Racetrack or QT. I was on Diet Mountain Dew but switched to Diet Dr. Pepper.

I stopped for about 2 weeks but I'm back at it again.


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quakertri

Dec 31, 10 13:52

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I seriously don't think I can give up my diet coke habit. It's bad. I feel like I actually need it. I wish you luck and look forward to hearing how it goes.


tribritre

Dec 31, 10 14:06

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Just keep drinking LOTS of water. Your system's flushing out all the crap, so you're going to feel crappy until you get rid of it all.

You should feel 100% better in a couple more days. Just take it one day at a time (or one hour, or one min...).

Good Luck!

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ironclm

Dec 31, 10 16:06

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I quit Diet Pepsi cold turkey and started drinking sparkling water since I missed that part the most. No symptoms. And no, I will never give up coffee, though I have cut back on the amount.

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TriHard Indiana

Dec 31, 10 16:35

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Sparkling water over ice with a lime wedge - tough to beat...
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support crew

Dec 31, 10 17:43

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Its the caffeine giving you withdrawl symptoms. . Most sodas are loaded. If you tough it out, it will go away in a few days. Otherwise have a cup of tea or coffee to wean yourself off of it.

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tigerchik

Dec 31, 10 18:08

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Hang in there; it will get better!

Seltzer water? then you have some carbonation.
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goalie

Dec 31, 10 18:40

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I quit my diet coke habit about 6 months ago. It sucked in the exact manner you describe for about 5 days for me. Now I feel a LOT better.

Drink lots of water. Flush that shit out of your system.


OldLeatheryGuy

Dec 31, 10 18:48

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Google aspartame poisoning. You will not want any more diet drinks.
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johnnybefit

Dec 31, 10 19:35

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I need help breaking my Mountain Dew habit - the full tilt version. I try to limit myself to one 20oz a day but I keep trying to quit all pop - regular and diet.
I keep failing. Hoping to break it in 2011. Tips for dealing with the psychological warfare of quitting?
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SusanH

Dec 31, 10 19:49

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Re: Diet soda withdrawal [UrsusAdiposimus] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I share your DDP jones. I gave it up last year for about 6 weeks. Withdrawals last about a week - after that I didn't crave it. Cold Turkey is the way to go. Unfortunately I don't like coffee .....trying to switch to tea this time but there really is no substitute for an icy cold DDP.


jkahan

Dec 31, 10 19:57

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sarcaststic comment: HTFU

serious comment: x2 to other other post about hanging in there - in about a week or so you will feel great;
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TriBodyboarder

Dec 31, 10 20:15

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Switch to Pepsi Throwback. It's got REAL SUGAR, none of this fake sweetener!
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dwc

Dec 31, 10 22:06

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I was the same, then onto Coke Zero when it came out- I'd drink 1-2 one liter bottles a day. I went cold turkey, never really felt any effects, and stayed off it for 1.5 years. I can't say I felt any different at all existing just on water as an everyday drink. For no good reason I started up again drinking various diet sodas when my son was born, and although I kind of disliked the taste when I started again, I'm back into it now, but a little less than my previous habit.

For all those people that say you feel so much better without the stuff, I noticed not one bit of difference.


tigerchik

Jan 1, 11 1:23

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In Reply To:
Tips for dealing with the psychological warfare of quitting?


you may have withdrawal symptoms but they will lessen in 3-5 day and be totally gone in 2-3 weeks. You just have to get through the first sucky part of it.
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WyoWill

Jan 1, 11 11:30

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I had a bad diet Pepsi habit but once I tried vicodin I never craved the soda any more.


PJC

Jan 1, 11 13:12

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I gave up real coke about 3 years ago but just can't shake coke zero.

Water doesn't do it for me.


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RandyS

Jan 1, 11 13:49

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I am seriously addicted to diet coke. I switched to caffeine free a few years ago (to avoid dehydrating effects). I can't imagine my day without it--drinking water non-stop has no appeal. Giving up alcohol for >1 year was no problem at all. However, whenever I go outside the US, I have little desire for coke light (the ex-US version of DC has a different formulation which doesn't appeal). Maybe you can switch to another (less appealing & using a different sweetener) diet soda whenever you get cravings. Then it will be easier to kick the habit all together (sort of like taking methadone to kick heroine as it is less addictive).

My only hope is that diet coke is discontinued in the U.S. I don't know how much of Coke's $30+ billion dollars in revenue is due to diet coke in the US but I am guessing it is significant so I have little hope!


pacificfit

Jan 2, 11 11:08

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