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Old 05-11-2013, 11:46 PM
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Default Is addiction to diet-coke.. a thing?

ok, I have epilepsy so I'm supposed to cut out all caffeine and general bad stuff.. including my usual diet-coke fix, which I did! for months.

Recently because of finals and coke products being available for free in the library, I have kind of gotten back on them but it's been over a week of trying to stop drinking them and it's..difficult!

I was never a soda drinker as a child-teen (we weren't allowed) this all started in college so WHAT GIVES?! I feel like it shouldn't be this hard to stop drinking them!
Especially when it comes to diet coke, more-so than the epilepsy, I know it's bad for me. I KNOW. And yet.. especially during study sessions (/times of stress) and late afternoon sleepies, I find myself just wanting one really really really bad.

Well this evening, I haven't had one in about 2 days..and all of a sudden I was like I NEED ONE, NOTHING ELSE WOULD SUFFICE! I actually put pants on and walked to CVS right now to go get one! INSANITY!

People keep telling me I need to treat it like an addiction lol but is that even possible? I mean.. it's not a drug!
and do you think I should go about quitting long term?

Any healthy bubbly substitutes? I drink plenty of water, I eat pretty healthy (I juice veggies, avoid processed, lots of fruit, lean meat only, no dairy)

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:47 PM
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BJ's seltzer water. Fo realz. Tastes just like soda.

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:55 PM
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Well, addiction to caffeine is definitely a thing! My doctor wants me to get off it to help my anxiety symptoms but I am having the hardest time--it was easier to quit smoking!

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:55 PM
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Hahah well there is sugar addiction, which is actually very similar to cocaine or heroin addictions because it stimulates the same part of the brain

I have no help for you though because I have had a strong love for Dr. Pepper for the last 10 years or so. Nothing makes me more disappointed than wanting a DP, only to find out that we have none in the house. And yep, I have went and made special trips to buy some because I NEED IT NOW.

The difference is that I have no desire to break up with the Dr.

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Old 05-11-2013, 11:57 PM
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Ugh. Pop addictions are the WORST. I'm struggling with this as well. College and living on my own did me in.

I've found that drinking bottled water helps a ton, and I didn't even like water to start with. I found that trying to quit cold turkey made it a lot worse. I would have bad cravings, bad headaches, and when I would go back to pop, I would binge bad. So, I make daily goals to not drink that day, and then treat myself the next with a can. I don't keep pop at the house, and I keep away from all of the fountain soda machines. I am now down to a pop every two days.

I haven't found anything that is a good substitute. I don't like flavored waters or carbonated waters, but if you do, the carbonated water may help...

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:05 AM
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I'm convinced it's an addiction. Not even kidding, if I haven't had one of the energy drinks I like in about 24 hours, the first sip is like...fireworks and happy/elated feelings. There's definitely a brain related thing that happens with it.

I wasn't allowed sodas much as a kid either, I wonder if it being a 'taboo' did it to me.

I finally found a flavored sparkling water I like, Sparkling Ice (sold at Walmart). I'm kind of amazed it tastes this good being zero calories. I'd like to just do mainly water but I will start with the sparkling waters.

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:09 AM
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I'm completely addicted to regular coke.... drink it EVERY day... sometimes a few of them every day. I quit for a couple months and then one day I got a fountain coke for Josh and decided to take one sip.... and then one more sip.... because coke.

Now I just can't seem to make myself stop again.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:31 AM
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It's got caffeine... I'm pretty sure you can be addicted.

I don't know if I'm addicted but I can't stay up late without it. I get the afternoon sleepies and I hold them off until evening and then I'm dead lol it's a bit pathetic. Thank god for Coke Zero otherwise I would probably weigh an extra 100 lbs or so lol.

BTW I just looked it up and Coke Zero has 96 mg of caffeine while Diet Coke has 128 mg... maybe wean yourself off with Coke Zero? (I think it's better tasting anyways )
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:38 AM
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You can get caffeine free diet coke. I know that animal exists.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:43 AM
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YES lol
I agree, I think it's the caffeine. The first three days are THE WORST... If you can push through the first three days it's all good after that, though "they" say it takes 2 weeks to go through complete caffeine withdrawal. I had a friend who suggested popping a hershey kiss when the urge hit bad to break the habit, but that didnt do much for me.... WATER WATER WATER and Tylenol and a suffering together buddy worked

Seriously, we can be your AA group (CA?) once you quit it completely you WILL feel better!!! I know I did. I "quit" pop and candy/sweets/junk and I feel better than I have in years. So I've "cheated" twice recently (chocolate brownies and chocolate sundae) and I swear I hate chocolate now. Sure it tastes good and is maybe 5 minutes of complete heavenly bliss (LOL) but the headache afterwards is sooo not worth it! And the digestive upset. Bleh

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