I wanted to quit, but every time I would try, I would go through caffeine withdrawals and get nasty headaches. And I was lethargic too. So I would pick it back up. Since it was "zero points" it seemed harmless. It's funny- I actually quit Weight Watchers when I started to learn more about nutrition, and I realized how not nutritious that plan is. I mean don't get me wrong- eating WW is better than eating out, but it was shocking to me how many processed food options were less points (and therefore more enticing) than real foods. One example- chemical laden 2 point bars, vs 6-7pts for a Larabar, which is whole real foods. Anyhoo- this post isn't about Weight Watchers.
So when I became more aware of the nutrition in food, and that the ingredients mattered just as much as the stats in the nutrition label, I decided to quit. I couldn't believe I was putting that crap in my body. But like I mentioned before- it was not an easy process!
First I replaced the caffeine in my diet. I started drinking coffee. I used chemical laden creamers, but in my head they were better than the 4-6 diet Pepsi's I was drinking at the time. I could get by with 2 coffees a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I must have an addictive personality because my coffee problem got out of control before I quit that, but it was my first step to quitting diet soda.
Next I drank more water. I realized that part of the appeal was having something to drink at my desk. So I got a fancy water bottle and got to work. I am lucky I actually like the taste of water, so I didn't have to add any chemically additives (like Crystal Light or Mio) to get it down.
I realized tho that what I really wanted were the bubbles. I missed the carbonation. So I started drinking the carbonated flavored water. But not the good kind, the chemical kind. (Side note: I wonder how many chemical additives I used to consume- I am sure a shocking amount). I liked the sweetness and the bubbles, but at that point I had become sensitive to the aspartame aftertaste, so this solution didn't last long.
In the middle I found the flavored San Pellegrino. I fell in love with the Blood Orange one, and while it didn't have as many chemicals, it was too expensive and too sweet to maintain.
I was hesitant to drink sparkling water. That was the stuff that came out of the fountain when the syrup was out! ew. I, like most people, judged sparkling water for a really long time, and then I found La Croix. It seemed like a happy medium. Flavored (without the chemicals and aspartame of other flavored water) and still no calories or any ingredients besides "carbonated water" and "natural flavor". It took a little getting used to, but now I am hooked! I like the bubbles, slightly sweet, feeling that I am drinking soda, without all that crap that comes in it.
So as you can see, it has been a process. I know people who have quit cold turkey but for me it was a longer descent into better habits.
Are you a diet soda addict? Former? How did you kick the habit?