Kicking to diet soda habit

  • mybud

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    Oct 15, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    A little background I'm the overnight director of student services at a school for visually impaired youth....I work nights....Since I need to stay alert I routinely drink 3 cans of diet soda a night...(embarrassed about this)....I decided I want to give this up totally and I need options to the diet soda...I drink a lot of water...I need a caffeinated healthier option...Let it rip with ideas......Thanks brahs...BUD
  • mybud

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    Oct 16, 2010 6:29 PM GMT
    Come on guys anything????...I'm jonein....no more soda
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    I would love to help, but I need to do the same thing. I've successfully gotten myself from about 4-5 a day down to one a day. But, every time I try to quit that one, I get massive migraines. A friend just suggested going down to the mini cans they have now which I think are half cans which I just started this week.

    But, I think I need to find an alternate like you're suggesting.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:50 PM GMT
    mybud saidA little background I'm the overnight director of student services at a school for visually impaired youth....I work nights....Since I need to stay alert I routinely drink 3 cans of diet soda a night...(embarrassed about this)....I decided I want to give this up totally and I need options to the diet soda...I drink a lot of water...I need a caffeinated healthier option...Let it rip with ideas......Thanks brahs...BUD


    I was in your same situation regarding soft drinks. I went from Coke, then to Diet Coke, but it was obvious it was impairing my training and actually was gaining weight...like Halttd, I experienced migraines and sugar withdrawals, but just went cold turkey... switched to Tea, no sugar and it helped, but also now use water with a slice of real lemon everyday...Also, use FRS low concentrate orange drink and mix with 8 ounces of water, it has very low sugar and loaded with Quercentin and antioxidants but it gives me that extra punch of energy, and it only has 3 grams of sugar. I hope this helps.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    Yep, tea or iced tea, no sugar... I was drinking a lot of green tea for a while, and if you get good quality tea, you really won't miss the sugar (or even the taste of sweetness in diet soda's case) at all. But, I can't really say anything cuz I'm back on the wagon and drink Diet Dr. Pepper almost every day... so addictive! icon_redface.gif
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI stop drinking soda when I was 19 years old. It has been almost 10 years now. I never go back drink soda or diet soda. It may taste so weird now because I haven't drink soda in long time. When I was little kid, my parents never let me take one can of soda until I was teenager 13 - 19.

    Caffeine is bad for you!



    actually caffeine is great for your workouts according to many studies. I do two cups of coffee before my workouts and it keeps me alert, energized and focus
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:26 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI stop drinking soda when I was 19 years old. It has been almost 10 years now. I never go back drink soda or diet soda. It may taste so weird now because I haven't drink soda in long time. When I was little kid, my parents never let me take one can of soda until I was teenager 13 - 19.

    Caffeine is bad for you!


    What sort of dumb blanket statement is that, do some reading
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    beneful1 said
    sxydrkhair saidI Caffeine is bad for you!


    What sort of dumb blanket statement is that, do some reading


    His brother is a chiropractor, and that is a poster on his brother's clinic wall. Technically he read it.
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Have you tried Water Joe? It's caffeinated water - so you can get your caffeine fix without the nasty chemicals from diet soda. Or, you could just take caffeine pills like jet alert or vivarin for a pick me up.
  • monstapex

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    Oct 18, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    jerseywoof said
    sxydrkhair saidI stop drinking soda when I was 19 years old. It has been almost 10 years now. I never go back drink soda or diet soda. It may taste so weird now because I haven't drink soda in long time. When I was little kid, my parents never let me take one can of soda until I was teenager 13 - 19.

    Caffeine is bad for you!



    actually caffeine is great for your workouts according to many studies. I do two cups of coffee before my workouts and it keeps me alert, energized and focus



    i have to agree with your statement .. you look a lot better and healthier than the guy who said caffeine is bad for you.
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    Oct 18, 2010 12:52 AM GMT
    I eat exorbitantly clean, I don't smoke, barely ever drink, 5-6x at the gym weekly. And I like diet soda, which I will keep enjoying and not feel guilty about.
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    Oct 18, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    there's not that much caffeine in 'soda'. the average caffeine content in popular diet sodas is:

    12-ounce beverage or as noted (milligrams)
    Red Bull (8.2 oz) 80.0
    Jolt 71.2
    Pepsi One 55.5
    Mountain Dew 55.0
    Mountain Dew Code Red 55.0
    Diet Mountain Dew 55.0
    Kick Citrus 54.0
    Mellow Yellow 52.8
    Surge 51.0
    Tab 46.8
    Diet Coke 45.6
    Shasta Cola 44.4
    Shasta Cherry Cola 44.4
    Shasta Diet Cola 44.4
    RC Cola 43.0
    Diet RC 43.0
    Dr. Pepper 41.0
    Diet Dr. Pepper 41.0
    Diet Sunkist Orange 41.0
    Mr. Pibb 40.0
    Sugar-Free Mr. Pibb 40.0
    Red Flash 40.0
    Sunkist Orange 40.0
    Slim-Fast Cappuccino Delight Shake 40.0
    Ruby Red 39.0
    Storm 38.0
    Big Red 38.0
    Pepsi-Cola 37.5
    Pepsi Twist 37.5
    Diet Pepsi Jazz 37.5
    Diet Pepsi 36.0
    Wild Cherry Pepsi 38.0
    Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi 36.0
    Diet Pepsi Twist 36.0
    Aspen 36.0
    Coca-Cola Zero 35.0
    Coca-Cola Classic 34.0
    Cherry Coke 34.0
    Lemon Coke 34.0
    Vanilla Coke 34.0
    Diet Cherry Coke 34.0
    Snapple Flavored Teas (Reg. or Diet) 31.5
    Canada Dry Cola 30.0
    A&W Creme Soda 29.0
    Nestea Sweet Iced Tea 26.5
    Nestea Unsweetened Iced Tea 26.0
    Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus (16.9 oz) 23.0
    Barq's Root Beer 23.0
    A&W Diet Creme Soda 22.0
    Slim-Fast Chocolate Flavors 20.0
    Lipton Brisk, All Varieties 9
    Canada Dry Diet Cola 1.2
    Diet Rite Cola 0
    Sprite 0
    7-Up 0
    Mug Root Beer 0
    Diet Barq's Root Beer 0
    Sundrop Orange 0
    Minute Maid Orange 0
    A&W Root Beer 0
    Slice 0
    Sierra Mist 0
    Yoo-Hoo 0
    Fresca 0

    three diet cokes each night is 3x45.6 = 136.8mg

    a Starbucks Grande Coffee (16 oz) has 330 mg. other instant and drip coffees range from 65mg per 8oz (instant) to 175mg per 8oz (drip).

    you're getting less caffeine than a good cup of coffee. have a good cup of coffee instead of soda. some clinical trials suggest moderate consumption of caffeine reduces the risk of some diseases, so enjoy.

    i love the first few chugs of a cold diet coke when i'm thirsty and it's hot. no way i'm giving it up. you should enjoy your soda(s) as well! if you want to stop drinking soda for other reasons, i bet you can make it happen.
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    Oct 18, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    switch to coffee. more caffeine and don't use artificial sweetener if you need it sweetened. i prefer a couple tables spoons of half and half and it's good.
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    Oct 18, 2010 1:43 AM GMT
    mybud saidA little background I'm the overnight director of student services at a school for visually impaired youth....I work nights....Since I need to stay alert I routinely drink 3 cans of diet soda a night...(embarrassed about this)....I decided I want to give this up totally and I need options to the diet soda...I drink a lot of water...I need a caffeinated healthier option...Let it rip with ideas......Thanks brahs...BUD

    What's wrong with diet soda? Are you trying to give up the artificial sweeteners? Or is there another reason? As far as diet sodas go, I like Pepsi Max. It has a little more caffeine than regular diet Pepsi, and it has a little ginseng too. I like Vitamin Water: Energy also. It's got caffeine and guarana.

    And good old fashion coffee is nice. Zero calories. All caffeine. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 18, 2010 5:31 AM GMT
    mybud saidI need a caffeinated healthier option.
    Coffee.
    I drink 1-2 pots per day with no problems (just make sure to add lots of water in between).
  • allatonce

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    Oct 18, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    I've just done the same thing. I stopped caffeine pretty much cold turkey, it was a stupid way to do it and I went through hell. At first I drank a diet soda that didn't contain caffeine for a bit, then cut that out too as I wanted to get rid of artificial sweeteners. Maybe this doesn't happen to anyone else, but I find that artificial sweeteners just make me really hungry about an hour later.
  • mybud

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    Oct 18, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    mybud saidA little background I'm the overnight director of student services at a school for visually impaired youth....I work nights....Since I need to stay alert I routinely drink 3 cans of diet soda a night...(embarrassed about this)....I decided I want to give this up totally and I need options to the diet soda...I drink a lot of water...I need a caffeinated healthier option...Let it rip with ideas......Thanks brahs...BUD

    What's wrong with diet soda? Are you trying to give up the artificial sweeteners? Or is there another reason? As far as diet sodas go, I like Pepsi Max. It has a little more caffeine than regular diet Pepsi, and it has a little ginseng too. I like Vitamin Water: Energy also. It's got caffeine and guarana.

    And good old fashion coffee is nice. Zero calories. All caffeine. icon_lol.gif


    Sup....There's nothing wrong with it....I have a addictive personally at times.....I started with 1 diet soda a night...after a while 2....then 3.....later 4....I just want to take a break from it...I also read an interesting article stating that your body cant tell the difference between regular and diet soda....this inturn fakes your brain to think your actually drinking regular soda.....this can put weight on ya...I thought I would test the theory......BUD
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    photosrus saidYep, tea or iced tea, no sugar...
    Or use raw sugar.
    Switching to raw was the best move I ever made, considering I drink 1-2 pots of coffee per day.
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    Oct 19, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    Or, if you're not a great fan of coffee (which I'm sorta assuming as you were drinking soda to begin with) you can make very strong green tea with raw sugar, that should give you a nice kick without nasty chemicals or too much empty calories.