Hi Denise and others. I loved all pop, diet pops, anything fizzy! I haven't craved for soda but there are other things I sometimes feel like eating (cheese and meats) but the more you arm yourself with knowledge ( I am really Eating Animals by J. Foer which is really eye-opening) it will really make you think twice. And remember, taking a big gulp or having a can doesn't mean you're finished. Just hop back on the train! Hope this helps...
It's true- try not to beat yourself up tooooo too much if you slip - do as Jessica says and just hop back on the train and keep going! Eating Animals is a great book - as is The Food Revolution (by John Robbins) - which I consider a must read for anyone wanting to adopt this way of life... reading about how bad for you these things can be is great motivation for sticking with it!
Thanks for all of the suggestions and support! Isn't there a line in "The Kind Diet" that says "at no time is it okay to beat yourself up"...something along those lines - I like that! Those are great books mentioned. If you have the stomach, the book "Slaughterhouse" by Gail Eisnitz will strengthen even the most hard-core flesh eater! Maybe I need a book about the disgusting side of Diet Coke (if there is one!)
You can do sparkling water with either lemon and lime like it was already mentioned..or sometimes I do half of my favorite juice (make sure there is no added sugar) with the sparkling water. Thats yummy. But if you think the caffene is the problem...the iced tea idea sounds good..but i would make sure to just sweeten a teeny bit...adding lemon boosts flavor but not calories.
I can relate!! But I have the perfect solution for you! No one wants water with cucumber when they are craving cold sweet bubbly soda. You want the fizz and the taste. Well growing up I was very allergic to sugar so my mom taught me to mix half plain sparkling/mineral water with half juice. I often prefered orage juice or grape juice (w/out sugar of course). It's all natural, sugar free, and still bubbly which really helps cut the soda craving. It's all about the fizz if you ask me. Also, if you absolutly must have the cola flavor, there is a great honey sweetened cola that tastes close to the real deal called Dr. Tima Honey Kola - the first time I tried it was at Juliano's Raw in CA [Health food stores carry it]. I KNOW that honey is not vegan friendly, but it is not refined and is all natural from nature so I would say that it is at least a great flirty food when moving away from sugar to more natural less processed sweetners. The first option is my personal fave though!
I am in the same situation. I am fully addicted to Diet Coke. Everything else seems so much easier to do than give it up. I have been able to give up everything else that has Aspartame but I have been drinking this since it was brought to the market and drink over 2 liters a day. I think I need a support group as well. Thanks for letting me know I am not alone with this battle.
I agree , someone should start a DCAA (Diet Coke Addicts Anonymous) group! I tend to have phases with diet coke, I'll drink it everyday for a year or so, and then can go months/years without touching a drop, but one sip and I'm hooked all over again... So far, since New Years Day, I've only had two glasses (mixed with vodka...), and that was over this weekend. So all in all I think I'm doing pretty well! I drink a lot of water anyways, and am having different teas at times I'd normally have diet coke, e.g. with my lunch I'm having a peppermint tea instead of a can.
oh yeah, i'm completely with you....it's awful... i found this new pop called zevia that's zero calorie and sweetened with stevia at whole foods, and it's great! just a little more expensive than i'd like...
Last night I found out that if you just get a small amount of umeboshi paste on the end of a chopstick or spoon it will take away your craving for Diet Coke or sweets. I think I am going to bring some into work and give it a try. Maybe it will make the Diet Coke taste awful and break me of this habit.