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No More Diet Soda For Me ... As Of Thirty Minutes, Ago!

No More Diet Soda For Me ... As Of Thirty Minutes, Ago!

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee


Thirty minutes, ago ... I saw something on The Doctors tv show, to completely sway me to make the decision to never drink diet sodas ... again.

Sure, I already knew diet sodas, aspartame ... are bad for one, everyone. I thought I knew all the dangers. I heard it a 'million' times. It just never really ... sunk in.

Until ... today. I watched a makeup artist make up a woman to show her how she'd look in a few years from all the diet soda she was drinking. She 'pure loved' ... diet sodas. I loved it...

I didn't realize it could ruin your teeth ... thankfully, mine are okay! It can make them do like someone who does a drug call crack. It can make them decay, break! They turn ... yellow!

It makes one's body gain weight. It causes aging. I knew all of this, excepting ... about the teeth.

Excepting something ... I should have been aware of! That's ... that it could help to ... bring on a cardiac event!

I have a heart condition from when some years ago, I took chemotherapy to help me battle cancer. One of the drugs called adriamycin caused it. I didn't care, I was only to thankful to get to ... live.

When I heard that on The Doctors, 'it all ... finally ... sunk in'! It all finally sunk in. You know how you hear something over, and over ... you hear it, but ... you don't really hear it. You are aware of it ... but, not really. It really doesn't matter.

Today, it did matter. I'm a believer ... I know how it is to go into congestive heart failure, almost die. Why would I knowingly ... help that to happen again?

I won't be drinking diet sodas again. It may be hard to stop ... because it's hard to quit. I tried some time ago, but, the 'pull' was so strong. This time ... I have stopped drinking diet sodas as of ... thirty minutes, ago!


Story/Photo Credit is owned by me, Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee.

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melody23 wrote on August 28, 2014, 12:23 PM

I am so addicted to diet coke its unreal, I stopped once for just a few weeks and it made such a huge difference to me. I felt better, I lost some weight and I had more energy but I am just too addicted. I met a guy recently who told me that the thing that binds the two ingredients that make aspartame cannot be digested and turns into formaldehyde in our stomachs. Now I don't think I totally believe him, I would be pickled by now if it were totally true, but it certainly is scary

SLGarcia wrote on August 28, 2014, 12:25 PM

Years ago I was a big drinker of diet sodas. I quit drinking them about 20 years ago. Now I might have one on occasion, perhaps one every few months if I'm eating out someplace.

NeldaHoxie wrote on August 28, 2014, 12:25 PM

I haven't drunk diet soda in years. In fact I don't use any artificial sweeteners at all. I still miss my diet Pepsi a lot.

LeaPea2417 wrote on August 28, 2014, 12:44 PM

I do not like diet sodas. If I have a soda, I think "why not drink the real thing"? I know it is bad for your health and it does not help a person to lose weight. I think it is a waste of money. I am glad you are finally quitting.

tinamarie wrote on August 28, 2014, 2:13 PM

WTG! I gave up soda, coffee and a few other things years ago. The only think I can't seem to put down is that glass of red wine. :)

nbaquero wrote on August 28, 2014, 2:29 PM

GrannyGee great decision, congratulations. I know it's hard but little by little you will reach this goal. I don't drink sodas as a general rule and I don't miss them at all. Of course, I allow me to have one once in a while, like once or twice a year. To your health!!

BarbRad wrote on August 28, 2014, 4:47 PM

I've never liked diet sodas, but I have liked regular Pepsi with certain foods, like pastas and pizza. Regular sodas aren't good for you, either, so I no longer keep them around the house and now drink water instead, except on those rare occasions when I'm at a restaurant and the drink is free.

AngelSharum wrote on August 28, 2014, 8:38 PM

I haven't had diet drinks or caffeine since March 17th. I can't tell a difference in my health but I know it is better for me.

inertia4 wrote on August 28, 2014, 8:42 PM

GrannyGee I think the thing with diet soda is the caffeine. Just like coffee we are addicted. As for all the other aspects of it, I have been drinking it since I became diabetic. I only drink maybe on or two a day. My doctor and my Endo both told me that there is nothing wrong with drinking it. Like everything else, drink it in moderation. As for it bringing on a cardiac event, again, that would be the caffeine that would cause that. Like an overdose of caffeine.

MegL wrote on August 29, 2014, 8:25 AM

Diet sodas are bad for us in so many ways!

Feisty56 wrote on August 29, 2014, 5:21 PM

I feel most fortunate to have never been that fond of soda, and never the diet kind. I shy away from anything with artificial sweeteners in them as I never believed them to be safe. I can imagine you're going to have some struggles ahead of you to avoid that diet soda, but believe you can do it. : )

MaggieD wrote on August 29, 2014, 6:07 PM

That is great. I gave up soda fifteen years ago. You'll be healthier for it.

Bethany1202 wrote on September 4, 2014, 3:29 PM

There are so many risky foods and other things out there it really is scary. If you are aware of this I think it's best to make a change. Good for you! : )

GemOfAGirl wrote on September 10, 2014, 3:41 PM

I quit all carbonated beverages (except ginger ale) back in 1995. It was HARD. I had actual withdrawel symptons for a couple of weeks because I'd been so addicted. But once I got past that first couple of weeks, it got much easier. Now it's really easy to stay away - those bubbles are really painful going down my throat. Even though I made the exception for ginger ale (girl's gotta be able to have a mixer, right?), I can't drink just plain ginger ale now, either - it has to be watered down before I'll touch it. I found out quickly how ingrained sodas are in our food culture - if your friend is having a barbecue, you will often find that the main beverage they're serving is something fizzy. It didn't take me long to figure out that I need to bring my own beverage with me everywhere (usually water in a BPA-free bottle).

All that said, it's totally worth it. I've never regretted the decision.

seren3 wrote on November 16, 2014, 2:07 PM

I have made a nice drink with club soda, lemon juice and a couple of drops of Sweet Leaf Vanilla Cream Stevia. It tastes like a soda!

Soonerdad3 wrote on March 29, 2015, 6:38 PM

Yeah, I used to love my soda and up until 3 years ago I would drink more than a 2 liter bottle everyday. So when it was time to try and lose weight I thought I would try diet soda. After reading some very disturbing articles about many of the diet sodas on the market I went right back to my regular soda. Then my doctor told me I needed to cut back or at least drink a full 20 oz. bottle of water after each soda. Well, I decided to quit cold turkey and I have not drank soda since.

scheng1 wrote on March 30, 2015, 8:08 AM

I never fancy all those unsweetened food or low fat versions. I just like the original version.

paigea wrote on March 30, 2015, 10:26 PM

Have you still refrained from the diet soda after all these months?