It's not just Diet Coke that I was addicted to, I also loved Diet Dr Pepper and other fizzy sodas. I found them refreshing and they gave me a boost of energy -- which is due to the caffeine in them. At my worst I could easily get through two 1.5 litre bottles in a week. Crazy I know! So I decided enough was enough and I have been cutting down over the past couple of months. However I could not completely kick the habit so when I decided to follow the Tone It Up Beach Week I just cut it out, cold turkey. I thought it would be hard but to be honest I don't miss it. My skin looks brighter and I have more energy -- I'm no longer relying on Diet Coke for an energy boost!
Here's a few interesting points about the chemicals in the artificial sweeteners which are in diet soda drinks:
- They can cause you to hold on to stubborn fats, make you tired, cause hunger and cellulite.
- They are linked to cancer.
- They can cause headaches.
- If you are prone to mood disorders such as depression they can enhance the symptoms.
I believe that you should be able to pronounce all the ingredients on the side of the packaging --- if you cannot pronounce it, don't buy it!
I am now drinking much more water, especially as I am doing a workout most mornings. I drink fruit juice in the mornings and I might treat myself to a smoothie at work if I need a boost. I also drink a lot of green tea with mint and chai tea with semi skimmed milk. Coconut water is great and so good for you! Some people don't like the taste and I must admit I prefer the fruit flavoured ones myself.
You are better off having real sugar rather than a sweetener in your coffee or tea -- if that is how you like it. A little bit of sugar in your life is fine as it is natural after all. You can also add fruit to your water to give it a bit of extra taste. When I want something sweeter I love the Bottle Green Elderflower Cordial with regular filtered water or sparkling water.
I have successfully kicked the Diet Coke addiction and honestly I do not miss it and I feel better for it!
Are you addicted to Diet Coke or have you broken the addiction?