Your Relationship with Diet Soda

Chris Clement
By Chris Clement Latest Reply 2017-10-12 02:08:15 -0500
Started 2017-09-21 00:45:48 -0500

I don't know about you, but I used to drink a LOT of diet soda. Ever since my diabetes diagnosis I made the switch. Removing several tsp of high fructose corn syrup per 12 oz can made blood sugar management much easier. Plus, eliminating that sugar load can help with reducing weight gain. I got used to the flavor of artificial sweetener real quick. Ever since then, if I do choose to drink a regular soda for whatever reason, I have a real hard time with how the sugar makes me feel. I've cut back a ton on my diet soda intake, and I've felt all the better because of it. I find coffee to be a great replacement, giving me the caffeine boost I want with reduced sweetness.

What about you? What's your relationship with diet soda?

Here's an interesting experiment in reducing diet soda:

14 replies

MamaDeck 2017-10-12 02:08:15 -0500 Report

I drank Diet Mt. Dew by the gallons, over a 3 year period I had 3 strokes but the docs never found the cause. I read where aspartame was linked to strokes so I went to regular Mt. Dew. This past July, I went in for my usual bi-annual visit with my doctor, I fasted for my blood work & 2 days later the nurse called to say doctor didn't like my blood sugar & was having the a1c ran. That was on a Friday, on Saturday I bought a box of tea bags & have been drinking unsweet tea ever since. Man, that was a huge struggle but it helped immediately!

Vhm 2017-10-07 09:03:53 -0500 Report

I was a Diet Coke addict in the past. Drank cans and cans every day. Would watch the sale ads and buy it every weekend where it was cheapest. I don't keep it at home anymore, ever. I don't buy 12 packs or 2 liter bottles. M-F I drink one in the afternoon as a treat. I try to find caffeine free diet, but that's not easy, and I'll drink one 'fully loaded' as I say, with caffeine. Sometimes if I am eating out I'll ask for Diet Coke as well. I always ask for a glass of water at the restaurants too. Also when I gave up constantly drinking Diet Coke I started in on the coffee. Now I drink 1 cup of regular coffee and 1 cup of decaf in the morning. Replace one crutch or treat with another, but that's okay for me.

MrsCDogg 2017-10-04 21:24:36 -0500 Report

Here in WV we have this diet soda called Diet Rite. I used to drink them 2 cans at at time. Now I have diet soda maybe 2 or 3 times a week for a treat. My husband and I really enjoy Frostop Diet Rootbeer and it is sold where I work so I brink us one home now and then.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2017-09-23 14:38:06 -0500 Report

I drink one can of diet ginger ale with no adverse effects. I do not drink dark diet soda at all. Different people have different effects. it works for me.

w8chd 2017-09-23 03:29:57 -0500 Report

I still like my diet sodas. Have drank them for years with no adverse effects. Some days I might have as many as six or eight bottles. I do also drink tea but it has to be sweetened with something.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2017-09-22 13:54:22 -0500 Report

I gave up my coke zeros a while back..I now drink an occasional zevia…I buy them one can at a time at wholefoods and I recently tried a Honest soda…but even those sweetened with stevia..I have only once or so a month…

GabbyPA 2017-09-21 17:29:39 -0500 Report

After diagnosis, I drank a lot more diet soda and flavored waters. So much more that it started to make me feel bad without even realizing. I started doing research of the artificial sweeteners and that made me drop them like a hot potato. I do still have one now and then, but I pretty much don't drink diet soda (or artificially sweetened anything) I stick to stevia in my coffee, and that is about it. Everything else is unsweet, and for a gal living in the south...THAT unsweet tea can raise some eyebrows. LOL

Consueloj 2017-09-21 16:14:30 -0500 Report

I was a Diet Coke and Fresca consumer. At most 2 a day.
Once I was diagnosed 2 1/2 yrs ago, cut it out immediately!
I indulged myself at a wedding reception a few months ago and had 1/2 a can with alot OF ice. Damn that was good!

haoleboy 2017-09-21 11:26:37 -0500 Report

One of the first significant changes I made on my 165-pound weight loss journey was switching from "high test" soda to diet soda … and I drank 2-3 48 oz. "Big Gulps" a day back then.
Drank diet sodas daily for probably 10-12 years. These days I seldom touch them. Stopped because I was having trouble fitting it into my limited food budget … no regrets
❤ eat as if your life depends on it

msann 2017-09-21 10:22:35 -0500 Report

hey not a fan of diet soda or any soda i was a cookie person but since my weightloss craving are at about a 1

Luis65 2017-09-21 08:43:17 -0500 Report

I've posted about this before. After I was diagnosed I switched to diet coke from coke. I was drinking a lot, at least 6 per day. After several years of this regimen (blood glucose was as near normal for a T2D) certain symptoms began to develop. The first, I would experience a sensation starting at my feet and moving up my legs if I witnessed someone sliding down a slope on TV or at a baseball game. This is mostly gone but occasionally I get it in my feet only.

The second was allodynia (Condition in which ordinarily nonpainful stimuli evoke pain.) on the top of my thighs. The slightest touch was very painful.

I had read about some wacko kids trying to get high by consuming large amounts of aspartame. Earlier I had read that aspartame was mildly analgesic. So I put 1+1 and got that aspartame might be the problem. I quit the diet coke and things got immediately better. The allodynia ceased and the rushing sensation was less. At the time I was taking No Sugar Metamucil. Guess what it is sweetened with? Aspartame.

I do consume some diet Pepsi which is sweetened with Splenda, (Sucralose) and use saccharine in unsweetend tea in restaurants.