Regular Soft Drinks and Soda Pop had always been a fixture in my life…my fondest childhood memories include drinking Coca-Cola in the little short glass bottles together with my dad. When I was growing up 7up was the cure-all administered to relieve an upset stomach and whatever else ailed you. As a teenager there was nothing I loved better than an Ice Cold Pepsi in the old 16 ounce glass bottles. This was pre HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) days when it was all made with sugar…some soda manufacturers have begun to offer "Nostalgia Versions" made with real sugar again as more and more people are questioning the HFCS rationale. The old original "Nu-Grape Soda" and "Orange Crush" were also a perennial favorites of mine.
Diet colas were never even considered. It was full strength sweet sodas or sweet teas…nothing else for me.
After I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes last year…I believed I was making some pretty radical alterations when I switched completely to Diet Pepsi. Gone was my regular Mountain Dew and that intense Sugar/Caffeine surge (and eventually the subsequent nap time). I thought as long as I get to drink soda pop in one form or another I'll be able to do this…I needed my fizzy soft drinks…sugar or not!
Last year I read some posts here questioning whether diet soda was good for you…or not. The subject of aspartame (Nutra-Sweet) got a lot of play in the threads and I started to research for myself what the medical professionals were saying. I was originally relieved when I found "Diabetes.org" listing it as a suitable alternative sweetener.
Well, one year on I've been drinking copious amounts of Diet Pepsi (2 litre a day) and progressively feeling worse and worse by the week for nearly a year now. Most recently I found myself telling my Dr. that I felt like I'd been "Poisioned" and felt horrible, worse than I've ever felt in my entire life. He relayed my numbers back to me Daily BG 100-110, A1c 5.5, liver and kidney functions normal, vitals all good, and I've lost nearly 60lbs. I've regained significant stamina and vitality through proper treatment, diet, nutrition, and exercise. No problem…right? But why am I still feeling horrible?
So now I've seen all the information available on diet soda and aspartame (Nutra Sweet) pro and con …and read the laundry list of sugar free and regular products it winds up in and I'm going to try to do without all of it.
I going to use Stevia to sweeten my tea, and just drink more water for the next 6 months and see how things are…If I notice significant changes I'll let you all know.
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