I have been drinking soda and diet soda since I was 13. I used to drink six regular sodas a day then when I eventually switched to diet soda in hopes to lose weight and cut my calories. I cut the calories and lost the weight but my addiction to soda continued. I had read so many articles about how harmful diet soda is to your body so I cut back on the diet. In my attempts to stay somewhat healthy and keep my soda I stuck to around 2-3 sodas a day. I know it sounds ridiculous but, I was addicted and without the soda I couldn’t get through my day without having a headache or feeling so tired that I wanted to just stay in bed and die.
This new year my goal was to kick the habit and stop drinking soda. This will help save money and possibly make me healthier in the long run.
Day 1 – There is nothing like getting up in the morning at 5am and not having caffeine to keep me awake. By the middle of the day I was about to say screw this and buy me a Big Gulp of Diet Dr Pepper (my drug of choice) and drink it all and refill it and drink some more.
Day 2 – I noticed that my intake of water had substantially increased. However, my headaches were starting and I was becoming extremely grouchy. Not only did I not have any soda but I had nothing in the house with caffeine.
Day 3 – I’m not much of a coffee person. I especially don’t like it black which means if I wanted some I’d have to put creamer in it. Which meant more calories. I decided on green tea until I found a better alternative for creamer.
Day 4 – Due to my work schedule today I wasn’t able to get any kind of caffeine in me till after work. It was rough, but I made it. It’s an odd feeling. I didn’t necessarily feel tired I just felt like a zombie walking through the day. An outsider looking in on what’s going on.
Day 5 – I read some articles today to help boost my confidence and remind me that I’m not doing this for nothing. I found out a lot of details that really supported my path and helped me towards my goal.
Day 6 – I woke up with the wickedest of headaches finally got some Earl grey tea in me. I couldn’t believe the withdrawals I was having. I was moody and wanted nothing more than to stay in bed and do nothing.
Day 7 – My husband showed me how to use the coffee maker. I know I’m weird and I used my new Silk creamer and have officially decided that I like it.
Unfortunately my weekend was a bit rough. I was moody throughout and slightly depressed. I couldn’t believe how much harm soda was doing to me. I have been trying to bring my tea to work this week because it was easier than coffee. No headache this morning and I’m starting to feel a bit better. During my first week without soda I wanted to know more about why I was feeling the way I was? What was so harmful in soda and diet soda that causes withdrawals this sever? And how could I make myself feel better without diet soda?
Reasons to Quit
1) Diet Soda causes you to be cloudy headed, headaches and anxiety.
These are all issues I have. I’m currently on medication for migraines and they have continued to get worse in the pass couple of months. I’m curious to see if quiting soda will help with my headaches and I don’t have to up medication.
2) Quiting Diet soda can start weight loss.
I’ve heard this one for awhile, but it was a hard one to believe. Yes, when I quit regular soda and switched to diet, I did loose weight. But in the long run diet soda can make you crave sweets. Artificial sweeteners in diet soda trigger insulin, which sends your body into fat storage mode, which leads to weight gain and belly fat.
3) Diet Soda can be the reason you struggle with bloating and stomach pains.
What is more uncomfortable than stomach bloat and pains. I get this all the time especially stomach pains and have even been hospitalized for it. The doctors ran many tests and had no clue as to why I was having mysterious stomach pains. It’s possible Diet Soda is the reason.
Sounds like a horror story that has been marketed to women promising us that we will be pretty and skinny if we just drink diet. Well, it’s time we put their clever “diet” marketing to rest. Diet soda is slowly making us fat and sick. So, how can we ease ourselves in a better lifestyle and leave the diet behind?
How to help Withdrawals
Granted maybe I should’ve found other alternatives for my caffeine intake before I went cold turkey, but after a week I’ve found some great resources and ideas to help with leaving diet soda behind this new year.
1) Drink better alternatives
Drink coffee, tea, or smoothies. These are great alternatives that can help you start feeling better. There was a dramatic difference between when I didn’t have any kind of caffeine and when I had decided on a healthy caffeinated alternative.
2) Ease off the diet soda slowly
Depending on how much you drink, ease off the soda slowly. This will help your withdrawals to be not so sever.
How many sodas do you drink? Have you quit soda? If so how was the process for you?