Anyone else with a diet soda problem?
Hi, I am on day 3 of Ignite. The one thing I can say I truly miss so far is diet soda. I usually eat pretty healthy - besides replacing milk with almond milk, and having the shake in the morning instead of oatmeal, this is the only change in my regular routine so far that I really notice.
My problem is that usually when I am craving a snack, I am able to satisfy it with a diet coke - I normally drink 3-4 a day (I know, it's a lot). Water doesn't work for me because it doesn't taste like anything. I'm hoping Ignite will help me cut it out - but I am anxious because last time I cut out diet soda, I gained 15 pounds from all the extra snacks - even if they're healthy snacks I'm concerned. Anyone else face this issue?eamgrrl by:
I am similar. I like to brew some ice tea in a pitcher and keep in the fridge. It is a simple as tossing tea packets and water in a pitcher and shoving it in the fridge overnight. It is a little harder when you are at work. Sometimes I like bring tea to work and brewing it, or sometimes you can buy in bulk some low calorie unsweetened drinks. I like Honest Tea's unsweetened, Runa, Sparkling Water with some juice, and Kombucha.
I also like diet soda, especially Diet Coke. I don't usually drink more than one a day, but some times they are big ones...
Even though artificial sugar doesn't contain calories, it still prompts a response from your body. When your body senses something sweet it prompts an insulin response. You are going through withdrawals related to that insulin response and maybe also facing breaking a mental habit. Diet Coke tastes great and might sooth you a little, the caffeine gives you a little kick, and the fizz of the soda makes your stomach feel full for a bit. Unfortunately when all these things combine it can be a difficult habit to break.
I also understand that water has no flavor, but it is one of the few things you can drink during Ignite phase. I dealt with the same problem, but rest assured, the craving dwindles. As you get used to drinking water and spend more and more time away from diet soda you will likely find that it gets easier. I am now about 20 days into ignite and frankly, soda has lost its appeal. The last time I did this type of thing I stayed off soda for about 6 months and when I finally had one again I discovered I didn't like it very much.
Maybe add a little lemon to your water, or try some fresh lime or orange if you don't like lemon. I have found that all I really want to drink is water now and I don't add anything at all. Like all things, drinking water will grow on you and it may just happen that after a few months you won't want anything else.
Good luck! You can do it!
I gave up diet soda when I got pregnant. It was horrible giving it up! I never allow any soda in the house, and I weaned myself with carbonated water with lemon wedge. When my son was born I started drinking coffee too. It is very hard though!! I feel your pain.
When you're craving a snack you probably actually need the nutrients from food instead of the chemical junk in diet pop. I was the worst diet coke drinker but since cutting it out on ignite I don't really crave it anymore. I love soda water and lime!
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