Any Coke Addicts Here???

By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2018-02-04 09:04:08 -0600
Started 2010-09-05 08:57:48 -0500

I have pretty much been staying away from soda/pop and doing more water but there are times when I really crave the Diet Coke with Lime or the Cherry Diet Coke. I don't care much for the regular high octane Diet Coke so for me, it's Diet Pepsi when I don't have a flavoring. Do you know what annoys me? (well, several things but I'll get to the point) … I hate when you go to a pop machine and you have a choice of Diet Pepsi or Diet Pepsi. Come on, vending machine Gods… you can do better for the millions of diabetics out there! I am ready to write my congressman, senator or President to change the rules for vending machines. And it's really not just beverages that are unfriendly to diabetics. We should have saner choices available in our vending machines. It is always a surprise (shock) to get something from a vending machine and then get to look at the nutritional labels. There have been many "how bad can it be?" products that I have selected in a pinch only to wonder if Sara Lee had her hands in the recipe. I try to avoid vending machines by keeping healthier snacks at the office, in the car and around the house. So, tell me, are you a Coke or Pepsi addict???

232 replies

GrannyLLE 2018-01-24 12:44:12 -0600 Report

I love the diet Coke zero. This week I got the freestyle libre CGM. And after I drink one of those mini diet Pepsi’s my blood sugar shot up right away. And then I was reading the aspartame shoot your blood sugar higher up than if you would drink regular sugar. We can’t win

FISHINBOB 2017-11-15 19:21:02 -0600 Report

I am not a Coke Addict. I am I Mountain Dew Addict. I first discovered it in the 60's when I was working in a Bakery at Night.During the Summer the Temperature would reach 120 Degraese and Coke wold only make us Thirstier.

pjd67 2017-03-28 13:26:58 -0500 Report

I do not like Diet Pepsi..too sweet tasting. I drink Coke Zero and lots of ice tea…no sweetener,just black like my coffee. I could say that I'm a tea addict. w/lemon. .That's my fruit.

geanniB 2017-03-19 22:41:18 -0500 Report

hey…l'm back to this site and just now looking at the dates on some of these questions and comments and l wonder if they get read after so long…anyway way…l'm a soda addict as well,l'll drink anything with the word 'diet' in front of it(smile)…l'm always surprised how fast my sugar goes up from say 102 to 258 in minutes!!!..bad girl!

GrannyLLE 2018-01-24 12:46:28 -0600 Report

I just noticed it this morning I got this new meter that I have to change the 10 days that reads my blood sugar’s from freestyle.I had a mini Diet Coke and a few minutes later my blood sugar is rising like crazy all these years I’ve been drinking it no wonder I’m having issues. I guess I’m going to have to give them up

FISHINBOB 2017-11-15 19:29:27 -0600 Report

I hate the Taste of any Dietary Drink. Besides the Artificial Sweenhers are no good for you.If you are going to drink Soda the thing to do is Drink it in Moderation. I allow myself 2 12 oz Mugs of Soda per Day. I drink Low Sugar Water,Low Sugar Fruit Drinks & a Beer once in while. Try an find Freezer Mugs , they keep Drinks cold for Several Hours at a Time I keep about 6 in my Freezer. You can find them in the Dollar Store or Supermarket..

Type1Dude 2017-03-20 10:31:22 -0500 Report

Bad girl is right! What's the song… if it makes you happy, it can't be that bad, if it makes you happy, then why the hell are you so sad (High Blood Sugar is why!) No, but really, an occassional sugar-free is ok, but I think the taste tricks your brain into thinking you are digesting something sweet, you can not burn it, so it takes whatever energy you have and converts it to fat cells (energy storage). Just a thought. ;-) So this is how one gets fat from sugar free products.

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Paige9smom 2016-04-13 06:00:09 -0500 Report

I switched to 'white pop' a few yrs back. Ginger ale, 7up. When they sit on your desk for a few hours and get warm colas are gross.
Our vending machine at work has apples salads cliff bars water sports drink juice milk cheese sticks. Our employee group said put good stuff in or take them out. Still I try to avoid. Too costly and too tempting

urquidi2015 2015-09-21 21:43:07 -0500 Report

Oh yeah… I used to drink a lot of sodas !
That got helped in my weight gain too.
I don't crave sodas any longer. I might have a diet soda from time to time.
I prefer tea without sugar.

KarmannGhiaChristy 2015-09-09 01:38:02 -0500 Report

Hi, my name is Christy, and I'm a Dr Pepper-aholic… well I was until a month ago when the doctor told me my A1c was so high it was off the chart. I haven't had a regular soda since, and I blame my 3-4 can a day habit on giving me diabetes. I have an occasional diet DP or diet Coke, but it's just not the same. I miss it, but my life is more important than a soda.

AL-Fla 2015-07-26 09:29:00 -0500 Report

I used to drink soda all the time. Did not matter the brand. Coke products, Pepsi products, store brand. It is all so cheap. A two litre bottle of soda can always be had for under a buck. They always abound all the time where I live. Since being diagnosed my beverage consumption is mostly water (probably 90%). On occasion I'll have a diet soda and it is starting to taste funny to me. I've heard so many people say they gave up soda & when they do have a sip of soda it tastes weird. I now know what they are talking about. It's true about the vending machines. The vending machines are all controlled by the soda manufacturers. They will put in what sells. And what sells is the sugary sodas. And until more people complain and local, state & federal government gets involved maybe then vending machines will offer healthier beverage choices. Perhaps a suggestion: look up on the internet (via your smart phone) while at the vending machine the beverage you plan on buying to see how many carbs & sugars it has per can or bottle. To all: Good Luck & Stay Healthy.

blueberrytwig 2015-07-01 15:23:29 -0500 Report

was hooked on regular mtn dew for years, now drink diet cherry 7 up, do not even miss mtn dew, been like 2 weeks now/

Darly314 2015-07-01 07:00:56 -0500 Report

I have low blood pressure; my Dr. says soda and tea are better than the current meds for low BP. ( I was in a GCS 13 coma in 1999 from a diuretic for hearing loss, also genetic; I think that contributed as my kidneys took the worse of the minor damage, still over active.)Thus, Pepsi Max, Cherry Coke Zero and tea, mainly Twinings, are a necessity to stay awake and function. I keep it to the lowest amount possible but still drink 36-48 oz. a day. Coffee hits too hard, then I slump to 80/50. Not good for my kidneys, but life is a series of trade offs.

Kalisiin 2015-06-21 20:36:32 -0500 Report

Former Coke Zero addict. I only now have it when I am at a ballgame at The Carolina Mudcats, our local minor-league ball team…because they won't let me take my tea bottle in with me (and I don't blame them, really) so I consider it my time to "treat" myself, and I have a Coke Zero then.

I used to drink five or six bottles a day!

Speaking of vending machines, I feel ya! I had occasion to use one on a road trip recently. My tea bottle was empty, and I sure didn't feel like unpacking everything from the car to get at the cooler where my tea jug was (and the tea in there was warm by then, since we had no more ice in the cooler (we were on the way home, and about 100 miles away) So I ended up getting a SoBe Lifewater (Pomegranate/Yumberry flavor) - I chose it because the picture of the bottle on the machine said zero calories.

So I figure, zero calories means zero carbs, right? WRONG!!

I get the bottle, and look at the full nutritional info label…it says zero calories, and 8 grams of carbs! And I don't get that. I thought every gram of carbs had four calories. So how can something have 8 grams of carbs, AND zero calories? Wish someone could explain that one to me!

It was no big tragedy, it did not put me over my limits or anything…but it was just a surprise to me to see those carbs where I did not expect any.

Chomps 2015-05-11 14:59:46 -0500 Report

I'm a diet coke addict. Diet Pepsi for some reason tastes like dirt to me. I've been drinking diet coke all my life.

debcox 2014-09-15 10:58:54 -0500 Report

Since I was diagnosed in May of this year, I haven't had soda at all. I drink water with mio in it to flavor it or ice tea with stevia. I had a sip of my hubby's soda last week because I'd finished my water and that was all that was in the truck and almost gagged.

Waxtadpole 2014-08-29 23:24:45 -0500 Report

I drank high-octane Coca-Cola for years — hence my problems. I used to drink Diet Coke, but actually these days I prefer Coke Zero. It tastes, to me, more like the Real Thing, and doesn't have the aftertaste I get from Diet Coke. I used to keep Coke Zero in the house and drink several a day Now I do not keep it in the house. I drink water, mostly. I have a 32-oz. plastic cup with a lid, and I fill it with ice and water from one to three times a day, and drink that. Every now and then — maybe 2 or 3 times a week — I get a big Coke Zero from Sonic, but that is only when my husband or I are out and about, which is not every day. We live in the country, several miles from the nearest Sonic, and the price of gas keeps my consumption down! :)

brazosbelle 2014-08-12 13:22:59 -0500 Report

It really is sad to see that these drinks are obviously very addicting…I have to say that for years, I was addicted to Diet Coke and knew it, but was not ready to give them up. Just in the last year I have been able to kick my addiction, but still endulge maybe once a week for a treat! There's nothing like a Diet Coke from Whataburger! ha, ha

tgmore 2014-08-13 02:21:12 -0500 Report

I am curently watching for kicking additives like (dextros, maltodextrines, solucruse, ect all refined added artificial sweetners. And in time even stivia…cause what chemical processe does it go through to become the sweetner it is.

tgmore 2014-08-13 02:16:26 -0500 Report

Back in 1997 I was a diet soda fanatic. But back then I was not diabetic and my mom was.
But they told her she had to go on insulin…she only drank water or dt coke. For some odd reason I made up my mind no more dt pop for me. More water , milk, or natural juice.

suzgray 2014-07-12 10:18:28 -0500 Report

I was a severe Pepsi drinker until found out about being prediabetic and the shots alone scared me, I too crave for my pepsi, often. Good luck

pkwillhoite 2014-07-11 14:19:33 -0500 Report

I was a Coke addict… but I switched it for coffee… I have no idea what is the better of the two. I am trying to kick the coffee but the headaches wont let me kick it…

TopazDee 2014-02-18 18:43:57 -0600 Report

To true even before I was a diagnosed D. don't really enjoy Diet coke but love diet Pepsi, I did have my doubts about drinking it as some postings somewhere along the line seemed to be against it but at my DESMOND day learnt a lot about right and wrong things to eat/drink (silly information- did you know Pepsi Max is a mans diet Pepsi they are both identical) so for diet soda drinker it's ok to drink but they do contain the same calories as all the others.

ChrisC65 2014-02-17 15:55:58 -0600 Report

I drink diet root beer but I wish they would get rid of all of this fake sugar garbage. Natural "Stevia" I think its called is what they need to use, not some man made fake stuff.

Chris Combs
Chris Combs 2014-07-14 06:55:55 -0500 Report

I wish the same thing..we need to all write to coca cola and pepsi and have them add Truvia or Stevia to their recipes!

Sapphire24 2014-02-14 18:12:48 -0600 Report

I am a hardcore classic coke addict, and it was hard to give up. I drink coke zero when I have to as that as the closest taste, or coke zero vanilla. I am not a great fan of the diet sodas but I do find that diet sierra mist is pretty good and I wish that were an option on vending machines instead of Sprite. We usually have one choice unless you get one of those fancy new 200 flavor machines like at Five Guys, love those!

GabbyPA 2014-02-14 09:36:34 -0600 Report

Hello, my name is Gabby and I am a Coke addict. I'm glad to say I have been Coke free for about 3 years now. I used to drink a lot of diet sodas and Coke with lime was one of my favorites. But now, I drink them only on very rare occasion and stick mostly with unsweet tea or water. Now the diet drinks no longer taste "good" so I don't crave them anymore.

jigsaw 2014-02-14 15:10:05 -0600 Report

Have you noticed any improvements, since you stopped drinking coke? Diet coke is one of the pleasures that I allow myself, in spite of potential consequences. It's one of the few remaining unhealthy foods that I consume.
RAYT721, Coke or Pepsi, makes no difference, as long as it's diet.

GabbyPA 2014-02-14 16:15:35 -0600 Report

Yes, the artificial sweeteners in those drinks were making me sick and I didn't know it until I went cold turkey about 5 years ago. I grew up on diet drinks so the assault was years in the making. I let it creep back in for a while and started to feel crummy again, so I just don't drink it except on rare occasions. What I really crave are the bubbles, but once someone explained it to me that I am drinking "waste" that kind put a cabosh on that. (meaning drinking carbon dioxide that is the bubbles is consuming what our bodies put out as waste) It was just a comment, but got my attention.

jigsaw 2014-02-14 19:35:24 -0600 Report

Were you affected by aspartame and splenda? If I'm not mistaken,coke and pepsi switched sweetners some years ago. I've only had diet drinks with splenda, for whatever good that might do. Never could handle the taste of other artificial sweetners with the exception of stevia.

TopazDee 2014-07-14 12:41:35 -0500 Report

Hi hun don't know if your Splenda different from ours but I love it use it in place of sugar with no adverse reactions.
Stay Safe xxx

GabbyPA 2014-02-17 05:32:18 -0600 Report

Aspartame is the one that kicks my butt. But with sugar beets being GMO, I avoid Splenda also.

jigsaw 2014-02-17 06:32:18 -0600 Report

Sounds like you run a tight ship! Excellent restraint on your behalf!
I prefer stevia, but my wife always has a bowl of splenda out in the kitchen, so I resort to my laziness. I hope I don't grow any extra appendages in the near future! That could be pretty scary! LoL

Sapphire24 2014-07-11 14:38:39 -0500 Report

I have heard good and bad about all fake sugars even stevia, some people have bad side effects to any of them, so it is good to have a choice via the for us people that find it hard not having real sugar anymore. I have no problem with saccharin, stevia, or splenda which I also use in baking my own things. But give me asparatame and I have stomach and diarrhea problems, so each person has to find their own way. I am just glad we have something to substitute for real sugar with our disease. Stay well everyone.

GabbyPA 2014-02-17 15:10:48 -0600 Report

LOL, I like stevia too. And since I do the grocery shopping, I get Truvia for the house.
I think I already have my extra appendages, they just have not popped out yet.

2katladi 2014-02-12 11:16:59 -0600 Report

I love Coke 0, but usually buy diet Dr Thunder from Walmart, because it's only 86 cents (can't find the cents sign on my keyboard), & tastes a bit like Dr. Pepper. I don't like diet Dr. Pepper or diet Coke, but diet Pepsi is ok.

OldSugarFreak 2013-12-09 20:35:29 -0600 Report

I am very definitely a recovering full on non-diet sugar full Pepsi addict. That has been the single most difficult thing that I had to give up after being diagnosed. Currently I try to stick with (1) Coke Zero as it has a similar taste that I like MUCH better than diet Pepsi, (2) Crystal Light in what ever flavor I land on today and (3) water because it is so simple.

KeepinOn 2013-12-09 12:59:30 -0600 Report

I am trying to give up soda. I'm afraid right now I've given up my soda cravings for iced tea (is this bad?). Every now and then I get a thirst that only a soda can quench then it's caffeine free diet coke with lime for me.

Sapphire24 2014-07-11 14:40:33 -0500 Report

only if you are having sugar in your iced tea, use a fake sugar or truvia. And watch how much caffeine you get unless you want your heart racing.

KeepinOn 2013-12-09 12:58:13 -0600 Report

I am trying to give up soda. I'm afraid right now I've given up my soda cravings for iced tea (is this bad?). Every now and then I get a thirst that only a soda can quench then it's caffeine free diet coke with lime for me.

CJ55 2013-08-12 06:04:29 -0500 Report

Well I am a Pepsi Girl. I have drank many thousands of bottles from sun up til sun down. I never drank anything else for years. Then D hit me 7 years ago. Still, did not give up tat soda. I did cut back a lot though. Maybe drank 2 16 oz bottles a day and then water for the remainder of the day. I drink 1 case (24 bottles or 32 bottles) of 16.9 Fl Oz of Aquafina Water every 2 days. As of April 24, 2013, I totally stopped drinking all sodas (regular, never drank diet yeck). I can honestly say i tasted a regular soda yesterday and it made my tummy sick. It was sooo nasty sweet. I never thought I would ever get over that craving for soda. Also, pasta, rice, pizza, potatoes etc.. But hard work, determination and a lot of praying and I have done it. Also in the past 7 weeks I have lost 35 pounds !!! YAY … I can actually say for the first time in my life and I am 56, that I am proud of myself. I really didn't think it would work. I have tried and tried and failed and failed numerous times all my life to give up these things and to loose weight. Well, it is working now and I will continue to make it happen. Have a very Blessed Day.

OldSugarFreak 2013-12-09 20:38:37 -0600 Report

A heart felt "Atta Girl" goes out to you. I still struggle with the Pepsi demon. It would be so much easier if it simply did not exist. :-)

Trouble Breathing 49
Trouble Breathing 49 2013-07-16 21:14:38 -0500 Report

I'm probably the biggest offender in here! I drink a couple cans of regular coke a day and one or two cans of Caffien free coke. My doctor hasn't given me any detailed instructions yet or any diet except a quick verbal short list..

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-04 16:19:50 -0500 Report

You and I have something in common. I just cannot do without my Mountain Dew, Mello Yello, or Sundrop every day. At least I drink the real stuff and not the artificially sweetened diet soda that is twice as deadly. I make the rest of my diet high in fiber and lower in sugar and fats, and of course exercise. So far I have been able to control my sugars most of the time even with the soda a day, and I drink it over lots of ice so it gets diluted and also drink lots of water. Do we really HAVE to give up soda if we can control our bg anyway?

BrendaMarie68 2013-06-04 17:21:30 -0500 Report

Water drinker, here. I don't drink soda at all - my guy is a HUGE Coca Cola drinker (he has downed a 2 liter, two 20 ouncers and about 6 cans over the past few days alone… and I am the diabetic)!

Chris Combs
Chris Combs 2014-07-14 06:59:36 -0500 Report

ha..I was the same way..hubby can do the same thing, I would do maybe one every couple of days (one glass) and hes healthy as a horse, and IM THE DIABETIC…(stomps feet like a 4 year old) NOT FAIR!

MsBugzee 2013-05-06 15:32:05 -0500 Report

I'm not sure I am an addict to soda, but my preference is always Pepsi. Perhaps the problem is that they are two different bottling companies and one won't stock the other's product. Ah competition, ain't it grand?

MoeGig 2011-11-23 18:35:24 -0600 Report

I use to drink diet Coke/Pepsi, but have switched to flavored sparkling waters because Coke/Pepsi don't hydrate, and if you have trouble with "dry skin" like me and many diabetics, hydrating is very important. The only exception to this is at the end of a sailing day, I check my blood sugar to see if I need Diet or Regular Coke to go with a glass of "Dark Rum"…flavored waters don't go well with that…:>)

OldSugarFreak 2013-12-09 20:41:01 -0600 Report

Here's to the Dark Rums of the world. Mine? Myer's Run with full bodied Coke and a twist of lime to cut the sweet a bit.

Young1s 2011-11-22 17:31:39 -0600 Report

Good one. I've wondered the same thing about Sara Lee myself. Those labels are so intentionally misleading it's unbeleivable. Thankfully my nutritionist explained to me what to look out for. I still get fooled on occassion though. What frustrates me though is that due to all of the extra checking of labels, my grocery trips have been extended by 40 mins to an hour. I kid you not. I can't wait until I am out of the taste and test phase of my diet, and finally in the certainty of what I can and cannot consume. I sometimes envy those of you that have been dealing with D for years and pretty much have your routine down pat.

Oh yeah, I forgot to answer your question. I am a Pepsi girl who grew up on Coke. My mother ruled the roost so we drank what she liked. Boy did we hate her Tab phase. Once I was on my own, I tried it all. I pretty much settled on 4. Orange Crush, Dr. Pepper (Mr. Pips Older Brother), Canada Dry Ginger Ale (when it has formed little ice chips from being in the freezer), and Caffeine Free Pepsi. I saved the best for last.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-04 16:26:21 -0500 Report

I hear you about the grocery store and the food labels. I didn't use to know that a product could contain trans fat and still say 'fat free' on the label. Bought a lot of things that I had to throw out at first.

My favorite pops are Mountain dew, Sundrop, and Mellow Yellow.

Caroltoo 2011-11-22 17:39:21 -0600 Report

Recently discovered I'm gluten intolerant also, so I'm back to reading my way through the grocery store also…tracking what I can/can't eat w/r/t diabetes and gluten. Actually, doing so has also improved my BG control. Seems there is a connection for many of us.

REWART2008 2011-11-22 17:17:45 -0600 Report

I hear ya, I just tried the new Dr Pepper 10, its great only 10 calories. Try it sometime it is a good change in pace from diet coke pr pepsi.

Young1s 2011-11-22 17:53:47 -0600 Report

This is news to me. Must look for it. Even though I only drink soda on occassion now, I'll give it a try.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-15 02:31:09 -0500 Report

I know this was posted awhile ago, but i'm new and i just saw this, so of course i have to put in my 2cents! I liked coke better, pepsi was too sweet. my addiction is my arizona green tea, which i had to give up. But what i really wanted to put out there is this: D is one of 2 big causes of renal failure( i'm a dialysis tech) and one of the things we were taught is dark cola drinks are horrible for your kidneys!
So being diabetic you might want to try and stay away from dark colas if you can. It does not matter if it is diet or not, it's something with what they put in it that makes it dark colored. The only exception is root beer! Go figure!

jayabee52 2011-10-15 07:15:41 -0500 Report

Thank Mickey you for your service to us who are the "nephron challenged" I had been on dialysis for 10 months starting Nov 2006. I might have to come back vor treatment soon if my GFRs go lower and my creatine goes higher.

The reason for no dark cola drinks either regular or diet, is that it contains phosphorus in the form of phosphoric acid. ( Dr pepper like drinks too. )

Unfortunately Kool Aid and some formulations of Jello also contain phosphoric acid. SF Jello was my go to food of choice for a snack. Drat!

James Baker