2/20/12

Goodbye Diet Coke

I can't remember exactly when it happened but sometime between beginning college and ending college I became grossly addicted to a little beauty known as Diet Coke.
At first, as a non soda drinker, I would enjoy this drink a little here and a little there.
And then somehow, one day, I turned around and I was full on addicted to this drink. There would be days I would go without a lot of water simply because I only drank diet coke.
I know it's not healthy, but most addictions aren't healthy.

One time at church I shared with a lady how I was addicted to diet coke and she said that she would pray that the Good Lord would one day convict me of my awful habit.

Snap. I was just casually sharing my favorite drink with her and she went all charismatic on me. I told her that I would pray the opposite that I would never get convicted of my sweet manna of a drink because it brought me joy and no calories wrapped up in one silver can.
Then I got pregnant and I quit cold turkey. I knew that aspartame was awful for one's body and I didn't want to take the chance of what it could do to my baby. You will hear many people say that there are no reports of aspartame doing anything to a fetus, HOWEVER remember diet coke first came out in 1984. NOT THAT LONG AGO. I didn't want to take any chances so I eliminated all aspartame from my diet (it's in a lot of different drinks and some foods).

Then after Eli was born I started drinking Diet Coke again and I'm not going to lie, it was a wonderful reconnection. I had missed that sweet nectar and it filled the void perfectly.

However, along with my diet coke consumption came symptoms that I had not dealt with my whole pregnancy; migraines, weird eye problems, stomach aches and a host of other issues. I blogged about it and somebody told me to google "aspartame poisoning." Cue God's conviction - or something like it just a little less spiritual.

I decided to give up aspartame and see if my symptoms went away. If they didn't then I would consult WebMD and we all know nothing good can come from that.

After about a week of no aspartame my symptoms went away. And that's all it took. The lady from my church had her prayers answered, I completely quit diet coke and never looked back.

Because I no longer feel awful all the time it hasn't been hard to not drink any diet coke, but I have turned to her sister Coca Cola which comes with lots of calories and sugar. And I'm well aware that its not a "healthy" alternative to Diet Coke but its still better than lots of aspartame. I wish somebody would pray that I would get convicted about drinking Coca Cola.

I'm not telling you all of this to tell you to quit drinking aspartame because I think it's evil (which I do) but I'm just sharing my experience.

And I must admit I'm jealous of the people who can drink their Diet Coke with carefree ease not caring a lick about poisoning their body. I have started to feel bad lately about the amount of sugar I put in my body and what it's doing to my body and teeth but I try and push those thoughts way back in my mind where I can no longer hear them. No need to get all granola over here.

So if you are drinking a Diet Coke tonight enjoy it for me. I had a lapse one time and drank one and got a migraine the next day. It might have been a coincidence but it has made me steer clear!

12 comments:

Emily said...

Have you seen the Diet Coke with Splenda? My MIL drinks that because she's all about "no aspertame" and she seems to be OK drinking that type of DC. Not to encourage the drinking of DC if you really want to give it up... ;-)

melissa said...

I commend you for ditching the diet coke! He's still working on me! I have cut back. I don't normally leave comments, I just stumbled upon your blog, and I couldn't help be feel complete sympathy for you!lol Have you ever tried Diet Rite? It has no aspertame in it and it is calorie free. I have gotten where I like them, not as well as diet coke, but it is a trade off.

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Rebecca Jo said...

I was a SEVERE addict myself (kinda still am) - but I stopped cold turkey & then had all these problems happen - like my body went into shock or something. I'm literally seeing a neurologist that cant figure out why I have these issues now... I still believe it has something to do with the asparthame...

Bad thing? I still drink it... not as much granted... but it is scary to be aware of what that can do to a body...

so tell that church lady to pray for me to stop too :)

Kirsten said...

I'm a Diet Coke addict as well...this post definitely made me think! Hmmm...

Tamara Honea-Throneburg said...

I have had the SAME experience! I started in college, too, after never drinking soft drinks growing up. After a few years I started having headaches, dizziness and stomach problems. I stopped cold turkey at the beginning of January and feel SO much better! I've had 3 in a month, but sometimes I just have to give in, but I'll never go back to the way I was. I'm so glad to hear that someone else had the same experience!

Tiffany said...

Talk about making a girl feel guilty... as I sit at my desk with my large sonic diet coke! :)

Way to go... I have tried to quit the wonderful goodness of DC but never had much luck!

I quit smoking so telling myself DC has to be better than that makes me feel all better. Lame excuse... I know.

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

I gave up all diet soda about 5'ish months ago. I still drink some regular soda but since it's so much more calories, etc--I have to THINK about it that much more before I order one. After seeing how awful it is for you, I"m so glad I made the choice, too.

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

So so glad you ditched it! I ordered a regular Coke from Chick-Fil-A this weekend in the drive through. I took one swig of it and knew it was diet - i could taste the aspartame, and looked to see the little "diet" hole thing punched on the top of my lid. So what did I do? I pulled my car around, parked it, and marched into Chick Fil A, and asked for a regular Coke. And to make sure they wouldn't think I was a diva, I said, I would have drank it if it didn't have aspartame in it. Ha.

BTW, I'm anti Splenda, too. The only non-calorie sweetener I will use is Stevia.

~Kathryn

Jennifer said...

Thank you for making me kick the habit. :) I still can't give up regular Coke but I haven't had a Diet Coke since early December. I tried of sip of Josh's and I don't like the taste anymore at all. It makes me a little sad, but my upper stomach area hasn't hurt since I stopped cold turkey, so that's worth it to me!

The Rohman Family said...

Just finished my 4th one today...the next one is for you :) Way to go!

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