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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,978
5/5/12 5:41 A

Diet soda isn't the best thing in the world for you, but if you like it then it can be part of a balanced diet. If you want to cut down/cut it out, just start drinking less of it, alternating it with water.

As someone who was addicted to coca cola as a teen (over 1L a day) I can tell you that the caffeine headaches go away after a few days, and I felt like a new person!

KATHYGOULDSMITH SparkPoints: (7,801)
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5/5/12 4:31 A

I drink Diet Soda. It is something I will not give up. I tell myself I have to drink a cup of water before and after a diet soda. Its not a perfect response but it works for me. Everyone is different and lets rejoice in that fact!! If we were all the same this world would be a very boring place to be. good luck to all!!

RYOKOSITH Posts: 160
5/5/12 2:05 A

Caffeine withdrawal is a fun thing. Been through that a few times before I finally kicked the habit and yes, not getting your usual dose can cause severe headaches for some people. Enough so that you find yourself reaching for anything with caffeine in it to sooth the pain.

I finally (successfully) stopped drinking sodas back in late January of this year and switched to primarily water. Just the other day I allowed myself to have a bottle of soda for the first time as a treat. Man...I was tweaking like nobody's business for hours. I didn't used to react to it like that, but then again I had previously grown a tolerance for it...much like alcoholics become tolerant of alcohol and need a larger hit to get the same fix. Now that the tolerance is gone, I can see just how drastic a reaction one bottle of soda can have on my body. And it wasn't just me noticing, my co-workers and family members as well. Not a good thing, even if it seems to rev you up...it's now more like my spring was wound several clicks too tight and now functioning was just "off".

So yeah, a sip here or there as a rare treat is one thing. But if you get withdrawal symptoms when you don't drink it, that's probably a sign you need to get off the stuff (and yes, it will hurt until your body readjusts). But once off, chances are you'll feel better.

And if your headaches are not a result of caffeine withdrawal but something else, it's probably better that you don't self-medicate with soda and go see your doctor about it instead.

LESLEYN SparkPoints: (14,441)
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5/5/12 12:01 A

For those who don't like the taste of aspartame (I agree, it's disgusting), try Zevia brand "carbonated beverages"- they are sweetened with Stevia.

I overdosed (not literally) on Coke last summer and am trying to avoid any pop that is coloured. I stick with gingerale or sprite if I am going to have pop, which is very, very rare now.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
5/4/12 3:46 P

I just stopped drinking it daily. I used to have two 2 liter Pepsis a day. When I stopped, I didn't have any issue with headaches. I think the fact that you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms means it is probably something you should avoid.

I am not saying I never drink a pop, but it is 1-2 times a month now, and I agree with DRAGONCHILDE on this one. I drink regular, even though I am diabetic. If I treat it like a cheat, I want the real thing. I do find myself looking for caffeine free choices now. Since switching to just water, I now feel lightheaded if I drink caffeinated soda.

I think diet soda just tastes nasty, but the issue here is not soda, but caffeine. Maybe have a caffeine free diet Coke.

NEWMOM20121 SparkPoints: (60,596)
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5/4/12 3:37 P

I also quit "cold turkey". Three months and I do not miss it. In fact I feel better not drinking it.


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5/4/12 3:33 P

Thank you all for your reply, the opinions and facts. I have quit soda/pop/cola "cold turkey'. I have been pleased with myself.
As far as the caffeine in migraine medication (over the counter) it is not enough to subside my headaches and so generally I would take the medication with a diet cola/soda/pop of some kind and almost always my headache is gone within an hour.



OHIOGRL160 SparkPoints: (301)
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5/4/12 2:24 P

I think its ok to drink soda in moderation or as a treat. I've been soda free by choice for 2 years. Quit "cold turkey" and never went back to drinking it.

PANDAS10 SparkPoints: (16,949)
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5/4/12 1:57 P

Gotta love all these "perfect" responses.

I drink diet pop, every day, usually 24-48 ounces worth depending on the day. I won't be giving it up and I refuse to drink my calories or add in any other source of high fructose corn syrup.

If YOU like it; if YOU are ok with fitting it into your lifestyle, then that is all that matters. Coach Becky is right on the money.

FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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5/4/12 1:52 P

I feel the same way. No need for it so I wont drink it, diet or otherwise.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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5/4/12 1:39 P

I can't think of one redeeming feature of pop. So for me, it is all bad and I won't drink it. Even the cans it comes in are bad for you.

-LIFEISGOOD- Posts: 18
5/3/12 10:24 P

I don't drink diet soda because I cannot stand artificial sweeteners. If I have a soda, it's the regular kind.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,687
5/3/12 8:46 P

Let's look at the research---not opinions.
1. A healthy adult can have a caffeine intake of up to 400 milligrams daily and still be considered safe. So your caffeine diet drink easily fits this recommendation.

2. There is 1 or 2 studies, that showed that the sweet flavor of diet drinks lead to the desire for more sweet foods in a few people. For most of the people this is NOT the case. Recommendations suggest no more than 32 ounces of diet drinks daily. So once again, your diet drink fits within this nutrition recommendation.

I see no reason to give up your diet caffeine drink, if you enjoy it. You are using it within moderation. I know of no concern at all.

SP Registered Dietitian Becky

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,374)
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5/3/12 8:19 P

It's little more than an acid bath for your teeth with fewer calories to trick you into drinking more of it.

I'd rather eat dirt. ;) Of course, I can't stand the flavor of aspartame. I allow myself a soda a day, and it's figured into my calorie range. I'm either having the real thing, or nothing. ;)

Your problem with migraines, if caffeine "fixes" them, is that you probably have a caffeine dependence. Cutting them out will help the migraines over time.

In the mean time: Excedrine migraine. It has caffeine in it, and is the best thing I've found for a caffeine headache other than a soda. :)

PEPSTEPPER Posts: 106
5/3/12 8:02 P

Coffee drinker here.

Maybe you can wean yourself off caffeinated soda by mixing it with decaffinated versions, more and more and more til you are drinking non caffeinated completely and then wean off soda and go to fizzy waters.

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5/3/12 6:21 P

I don't need it for the energy... and all my tea is decaf for iced tea and herbal for in the mornings so decaf as well.... Coffee makes me sick, I am in my 40's and never been a coffee drinker.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
5/3/12 4:04 P

I have a can of soda probably once a week. I drink coffee daily though...try to keep it 50/50 just to avoid that headache. There are migraine medicines that have caffeine in them if you were really look to stop drinking soda, but maintain caffeine for the migraines.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
5/3/12 4:03 P

one of the worst things you can drink. The artificial sweeteners cause you to want to eat more.
if you truly need the caffeine, why not try tea or force down some coffee. Maybe you just need to find something else to energy you. A green smoothie for example. I get plenty of energy that way and it works great.

BMW9295 SparkPoints: (21,819)
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5/3/12 3:59 P

I was wondering everyone's thoughts on diet soda? I have not had any soda in a week... I know that it is not all good and not all bad... but my problem is that was my only source of caffeine and it kept me from getting migraines ....

Thoughts? Opinions?

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