Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year, New You – Quit Diet Coke

While I’m working on my own list of resolutions, I thought it might be helpful if we all share our own tips and tricks to help others with their own resolutions.

A lovely reader recently contacted me and asked if I could give her some ideas to help her quit Diet Coke. We all know it’s bad for us. I mean…it’s chemicals y’all.


Our bodies were not made to consume caramel coloring and chemicals. Our bodies love REAL FOOD. After giving up gluten…I often feel like I don’t want to deny myself anything else. I don’t want to add to my list of “avoids”.

But our bodies don’t like it. It doesn’t benefit us in anyway. It doesn’t make us healthier. Happier…yeah, I see that. But not healthier.

SO if quitting Diet Coke has made your Resolution List this year, I hope my tricks could help.

AND if you have successfully quit Diet Coke, leave your advice in the comments and I’ll update the post!

So what did it take for me to give up Diet Coke? Three things.

1. Advice from my very smart auntie (she knows brains) who looked me straight in the face and told me I was killing my brain <— When she gives you advice, you listen

2. Keeping fresh lemons and limes in the fridge for flavored water.

3. Fizzy Water

Fizzy water really made the difference. The bubbles mimic what I love most about Diet Coke, and they seem to quench that addictive thirst.

But Fizzy water ain’t cheap y’all! I even joined Costco to get big packs of La Croix (and the toilet paper!) but the costs still add up! And I didn’t feel great about going through all those aluminum cans…and one can just isn’t enough!

Enter MOH and her Soda Stream. Alex bought the Soda Stream just after Christmas and was CONSTANTLY touting how wonderful it was…

and making me jealous!

But I couldn’t get over the price tag. $80 bones at Target! I would go to Target and wheel by it and grumble under my breath. I wanted one but I couldn’t pull the trigger.

And then one day I was at Target and I just did it. I put it in my cart. I tried not to look at the price. I mean how often do I drop $100 at Target on seemingly nothing?!

Oh boy. I am SO glad I did.

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It’s the best! Seriously.

All you have to do is insert the CO2 canister into the back! I was excited that it didn’t require any electricity.

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Once your canister is in, you’re ready to go! Fill the provided bottle with water to the fill line, screw it into the Soda Stream and press the button on top.

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Keep pressing the button until you hear a buzz sound. You’ll know it when you hear it. Then wait about 30 seconds and unscrew your bottle. OR if you’re like me, you press the button on top a few more times until you get a second buzz. I like it REALLY fizzy!

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Voila! Fizzy water in a BIG ol’ reusable bottle! Definitely wait 30 seconds to a minute before you unscrew though! If you get antsy like me, then the water can leak a little from the air being released too fast.

You can drink it from the bottle or pour it in a glass. I recommend keeping your bottle full of cold water in the fridge until you’re ready to fizz. Ice cold fizzy water is the best!

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Dear Soda Stream, I love you. You make my water fizzy in an instant and give me all the bubbles I could ever want. Love- Gluten Hates Me

So that’s how I quit Diet Coke.

The fizziness quenches my desire – love it!

I do occasionally treat myself to a Diet Coke when I go to the movies. I feel like this rare treat is still okay. I no longer crave them on a daily basis, which assures me that my addiction is over.

What about you? Tips and tricks for others who may want to quit?


Sophie said...

Great tips! My boyfriend is using fizzy water to help him cut down on casual drinking, but the cost and all the plastic bottles are a bit too much! How much do the CO2 canisters cost over, say, a month?

Joan said...

Good post! I always go with 2 button pushes for lots of fizz. I like it to burn my nose with that first sip.

Ang said...

I quite drinking diet coke and all sugar-free beverages because my doctor said it could help my joint pain. Turns out she was right. I just drink plain tea, either iced or hot. At first it's not so great without sweetener but you get used to it.

I don't like fizzy stuff too much but I can see how a soda stream would help ease the transition from soda! On occasion I like to mix La Croix with some grapefruit juice and it's soda like!

Kit said...

i like mixing fizzy water with juice and convincing myself it's pop. or with a little lemon juice :) also! i really love using hot or iced tea as a soda replacement, and i sweeten it with xylitol (a natural birch sugar that doesn't use the insulin pathway to be utilized by the body AND kills bacteria in your mouth and yeast in your gut!). haven't had a cavity in 3 years and i don't miss sugar!

Stationary Runner said...

For me, fizzy water just doesn't do it. My husband loves it; I'm ambivalent. But I don't want to drink Diet Coke (which, yes, I do enjoy) on a regular basis, either, nor do I want to overload on juice. Basically, my way of dealing with it is to not keep it in the house. I do sometimes order it at restaurants. I figure Diet Coke once a week or so is probably okay.

OH! But what I DO love are fizzy tablets - the kind that you drop in water and they make it a little tasty, a little fizzy. I like any of the Emergen-C powders and Hammer Nutrition Fizz.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your insights!! It's refreshing to hear new ideas for kicking such an engrained habit. (Although I do only drink one a day max...some days is still a habit that I would like to be without!)
I especially agree with your statement, "I often feel like I don’t want to deny myself anything else. I don’t want to add to my list of 'avoids'." SO TRUE!! For those of us who have to deny ourselves so much already due to allergies or intolerances, it's difficult to accept the need to deny something we COULD hypotheically consume without any (gluten- or allergen-related) harm. Personally, with my many allergens, I must admit that it is nice to consume something that wasn't made from scratch with special ingredients or wasn't specially ordered. It is nice to feel "normal" sometimes - to be able have a run-of-the-mill diet coke!
BUT regardless of the feelings that go along with drinking a coke and/or the satisfaction with its taste, we all know chemicals are no good...Even if those chemicals are gluten (or allergen) free, AND even if they make us feel normal! So my quest for abandonment of Diet Coke continues. Thanks again for another wonderful post!!
Abby :)

Anonymous said...

I quit diet drinks by finally realizing how terrible they were for me. I read an article about the harmful effects that stuff has your body and that was it. I decided that I was not going to consume anymore of the nasty stuff.

Drinking carbonated water was really helpful too. I got that fizzy in my mouth feeling and that was enough to stop me from reaching for a diet soda. It also came down to good ol' fashion willpower. Some days all I wanted to a diet soda and I just had to wait out the craving. Eventually, I stopped wanting diet sodas.

Good luck!