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Discussion: Diet cokes

in: vmeyer; vmeyer > 2017-01-11

Jan 11, 2017 7:02 PM # 
I used to have a pretty strong habit there, probably peaked while deployed. Then I had some wonky health issues and cut processed food and fake ingredients...took a bit, but I've lost the taste for soda and the like. Except the occasional Doritos! Best wishes, we're cheering for you!
Jan 11, 2017 10:11 PM # 
You know, we DC junkies don't like to see others quit..... :-)
Jan 11, 2017 10:37 PM # 
I know, I know! I thought of you when I wrote that. But, what if it makes me feel better? It is worth a try. If not, then I am back on the team. Ironically, it is harder than giving up alchohol.
Jan 12, 2017 1:29 AM # 
I went cold turkey off Diet Coke about 15 years ago, when I thought my frequent headaches were from the Aspartame. Totally off for 3 months. Headaches went away (mostly; I'm still prone to low-level ones) and, like Tori I lost the taste for it. I do still drink it, though only when my beverage of choice (regular readers of my log know what that is ;-) isn't available.
Good luck to you! I know writing down your goals and making them public makes them easier to achieve.
Jan 12, 2017 1:33 AM # 
What is this Diet Coke of which you speak? Never had one, and we have a coke sitting around for many years untouched, ready to be donated to an unworthy cause. Better sustenance is the drink of the gods, the fluid of the grape. Go forth and enjoy the complex polyphenols and anti-oxidants of good wine.
Jan 12, 2017 1:34 AM # 
But calories.
Jan 12, 2017 1:39 AM # 
Yea calories!
Jan 12, 2017 1:41 AM # 
Says the super skinny guy. ;-)
Jan 12, 2017 3:05 AM # 
I'm like that with Red Bull. I've never tried it, but I have a can in my fridge that's been there since the summer of 2002. (Well, not in that particular fridge, since I moved (twice?) since I got it.) Looks like we're coming up on the 13th anniversary of its expiration date.
Jan 12, 2017 3:41 AM # 
Good luck to you. I feel your pain - I gave up Dr. Pepper cold turkey in 2007 - I was drinking 2-3 cans every day. My main problem was the caffeine causing heart palpitations, and the cardiologist I saw told me to try giving up caffeine and alcohol as an alternative to medication. I'm not fond of alcohol at all, but giving up the soda was hard (though did lead to some weight loss!). I still miss it - after not having one for years and years, I'll now have one a few times a year as a treat.

Finding something else as a replacement that you enjoy can help, particularly if you are like me and have a tendency to reward yourself with treats occasionally. Chocolate milk and Italian cream soda are both pretty good (but not as good as Dr. Pepper).
Jan 12, 2017 8:39 AM # 
Good luck cutting down on the DCs, Valerie! I know it won't be easy, but I think planning a reduction, rather than an elimination, is a good way to go, at least initially.

Many years ago I decided to stop drinking beverages with calories (except in conjunction with races and hard workouts) and that turned out to be pretty easy. Taking the next step and eliminating diet beverages would be a lot tougher! I like water but it's nice to have a treat every once in a while. The problem is that those treats appear to be really addicting!
Jan 16, 2017 12:49 AM # 
I found switching to cold sparkling water helped me kick my pepsi-max addiction. Still had the cold and bubbles, but with less acid, caffeine, and other chemicals. Good luck!
Jan 16, 2017 9:01 AM # 
Traveling in the US helped reduce my PepsiMax consumption because it was hard to find. There's a solution for Valerie: move somewhere without Diet Coke! ;-)
Jan 16, 2017 1:43 PM # 
That's actually pretty easy, as much (most?) of the world doesn't have Diet Coke. (But they do have Coke Light, which is the same stuff.)
Jan 16, 2017 11:47 PM # 
Ooh, not the same stuff. I have found it to not taste the same. So it might work! (Or you could just get used to the Coke Light flavor ...)
Jan 17, 2017 5:05 AM # 
Oh. I thought it was the same, but maybe it's like the corn syrup Coke vs cane sugar Coke, where people definitely prefer one (typically cane sugar, if they have an opinion).

Oh, here we go, from the FAQ on the Coke website:

What is the difference between Diet Coke® and Coke/Coca-Cola light®?
In certain countries, the term "diet" is not used to describe low-calorie foods and beverages. In these countries, we offer Coke/Coca-Cola light. The sweetener blend used for Coke/Coca-Cola light is formulated for each country based on consumer preference.

Wikipedia says that there have been different sweetener blends for Diet Coke in the US at various times as well.
Jan 17, 2017 8:53 AM # 
IIRC, lots of sodas are actually sweeter in Latin America than in the US, remarkably.
Jan 17, 2017 3:30 PM # 
Probably because sugar is a more cost effective sweetener than HFCS. Also as a connoisseur of DC, I can tell you that there is a distinct taste difference between glass and plastic.
Jan 17, 2017 3:46 PM # 
There's a solution for Valerie: move somewhere without Diet Coke! ;-)

Nah, that won't work, Cristina. Because of you, I am now almost as fond of DDP as DC - was using the fact that I didn't really like it as a deterrent to over consumption, and now I like it almost as much. ;-)
Jan 17, 2017 9:32 PM # 
DDP is my clear favorite over DC, but I don't drink it much so maybe it wouldn't be if I could get it a lot. Both pale in comparison to good (*unsweetened*) iced tea though. (YMMV.)
Jan 17, 2017 9:38 PM # 
Unsweetened iced tea, when you find the right tea taste, is a fabulous zero-calorie drink. No sugar or artificial sweeteners, and a little caffeine if you use black tea (about 1/2 or less of what brewed coffee has). I brew my own with Tetley tea bags (Lipton is too bitter for my taste (YMMV)).
Jan 17, 2017 9:44 PM # 
About the same (or more) caffeine as cola drinks, too. This chart may be useful though I wish they'd compare similar quantities instead of having a mixture.
Jan 17, 2017 9:45 PM # 
Actually, the iced tea suggestion is a good one. I will brew some up and give it a try.
Jan 18, 2017 12:23 AM # 
I would think there would be lots of places that don't have DDP.
Jan 18, 2017 1:09 AM # 
Oh, right...that was the point. ;-)
Jan 18, 2017 1:35 AM # 
I swear that Diet Coke must still be made of cocaine ;-) I know so many people who are addicted to it. (Personally I can't stand the taste of anything with the fake sweeteners.) My boss was ripping through 6-12 cans a day until he switched to iced tea from Starbucks. Of course, now we joke that they should just run a line from the Starbucks up the hill directly to his office...
Jan 19, 2017 11:19 PM # 
I like Starbucks iced tea fine, Corner Bakery is my favorite, but McD's has quite decent tea *and* it's much cheaper, just $1 for the biggie size (plus tax). I now find myself going out of my way for a McDs if I just want some iced tea. Yum.
Jan 20, 2017 12:40 AM # 
Your brother must be proud of you. :-)
Jan 20, 2017 12:58 AM # 
I don't think I will ever love iced tea, or any other beverage enough to drive all around town for it. :) I am spoiled by an endless Diet Coke supply in my kitchen.

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