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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 13,910
11/2/19 7:30 A

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I drink diet soda in moderation.



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10/23/19 10:17 A

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I don't drink soda often, but when I do I go for Diet Pepsi



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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 13,910
10/23/19 10:10 A

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I like Coke Zero every now and then.



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10/21/19 11:18 P

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I love my diet soda but, try to watch how much I drink. I don't buy the cases of soda any more.



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10/21/19 2:54 P

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Mostly water - but will have an occasional Diet Dr Pepper



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10/20/19 9:51 P

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I drink a couple diet Pepsi each day. But no calories.... Before I drank 2 + can's of Pepsi everyday lots of calories 300+..... And I need to elimitate calories. And it also gives me a sweet fix. But then everything should be done in moderation. emoticon



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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 13,910
10/20/19 1:38 P

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Mostly water but Coke Zero from time to time



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10/19/19 10:00 P

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I drink a lot of water but one or twice a week I will have a diet Pepsi.

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10/18/19 5:02 A

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I quit drinking diet pop about 5 years ago. Recently I have started drinking artificially sweeten tea or cranberry juice. I realized that they like the pop were causing me to crave sweets. Any one else found that to b e true?



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No diet soda :)



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Orannge & banana bread



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10/17/19 10:24 A

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No diet soda starting January 1st this year

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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 13,910
10/15/19 8:18 A

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Coke Zero is my diet soda of choice. I drink it in moderation.



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10/14/19 7:22 A

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I drink close to 2 liters of water a day, but also drink a couple diet cokes every day. No calories - no problem.

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MLAN613 Posts: 22,937
10/11/19 6:22 A

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Mine wasn't a knee jerk reaction. :) I stopped drinking diet soda ages ago. I drank one about a month ago...It hurt sliding down my esophagus.

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10/11/19 4:26 A

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POPSECRET... Nice to see some common sense rather than knee jerk horror stories about diet drinks.

I drink over 2 litres of water a day and have a diet drink in the evenings as it's more likely to stop me eating junk. It's definitely a win.



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10/10/19 9:34 P

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I honestly think that the "crave it from time to time" is mostly because your mind has come to associate it with good memories that you created while you were out.

Our sense of smell is one of the strongest triggers for memories and emotions associated with those memories, and a goodly bit of our sense of taste is actually the smells. It is entirely possible that making diet soda in to an occasional treat that is enjoyed along with an evening out has made it a mental trigger for all of the good feelings and emotions that go with that.

If you are noticing that you "crave" a diet soda, it could be because you are feeling a bit down and your mind wants the good emotions now associated with it, or it could be that you are feeling that a celebration is in order and the taste / smell of the diet soda is now associated with that in your memory.

Either way, it seems that diet soda is associated in your mind with good emotions and memories. Instead of fighting it, you could look at the "craving" as a reminder to focus on feeling good. If you really prefer to think of diet soda as "not so good", then you might need to start changing to a different treat beverage (a special herbal tea, maybe?) which will then become associated with newer good emotions and memories.

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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 13,910
10/10/19 2:46 P

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I drink Coke Zero in moderation



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10/10/19 9:02 A

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People often forget (or don't realize) it's the dose that makes the poison. Everything is toxic or "bad for you" (even oxygen, and water) in high enough amounts.

The FDA strictly regulates these ingredients, and has deemed up to 50 mg/kg/day a safe amount of aspartame.

I am 63 kg, so it is safe for me to consume over 3000 mg daily. One diet coke only has 185 mg.

I'm not saying go wild and drink all the diet soda you want - there certainly are more nutritious beverages/foods out there. Just wanted to provide a little perspective, and show that you don't need to feel awful about yourself for wanting to enjoy a diet soda every once in a while.



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Prior to going on a diet and losing 70 lbs. two years ago, I almost never drank soda of any kind; I disliked it. However, once I started the diet, I needed to find replacements for a couple beverages I DID drink, in particular alcoholic malt beverages like Mike's Hard Lemonade. So I turned to 0-calorie flavored sparkling water, like Ice or generic store-brand versions. They had the flavor and carbonation that I find refreshing without the sugar and calories. I have since also started drinking Fresca (especially the new Black Cherry flavor) and diet ginger ale. I have no concerns about artificial sweeteners; I use them in my coffee, so I don't care that they're in my diet sodas. SUGAR, not diet sodas, contributed to my weight gain, and completely eliminating it from my diet has helped me lose weight and keep it off.

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10/8/19 6:16 P

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I love diet coke. I do not bring it into my house. I have it occasionally if I am in a restaurant. I mostly drink water and coffee (in the morning).

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10/8/19 5:17 P

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I rarely have diet soda, but every once in a while I'll have one if it appeals to me. Mostly drink water or sparkling water (some flavored with no calories).


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MLAN613 Posts: 22,937
10/8/19 6:13 A

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Yes, SP does advocate moderation but I personally have felt a lot better since I cut it out. I had a Coke Zero Sugar about a month ago and it hurts to drink.

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10/7/19 4:38 P

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It’s okay once in awhile.



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10/7/19 9:19 A

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An occasional diet pop will not derail your efforts.
SparkPeople advocates moderation, so enjoy it on the rare occasion!

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MLAN613 Posts: 22,937
10/7/19 6:07 A

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I agree they aren't a good choice. I keep sparkling water in the house. Have you tried that?

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I wanted to suggest a possible alternative; I like carbonated flavor waters with stevia to sweeten.

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10/6/19 6:04 P

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It’s not a good thing. It’s been years since I kept it in the house. Occasionally I’ll have it if we’re out. Why do I still crave it from time to time. Like right now.
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