I have some pretty exciting news. I've officially been off Diet Coke for a month.
No diet coke.
Yay for me!
It's been rough.
Now, just to clarify, I have no problem with Diet Coke. It's like summertime in a can. What I don't like is needing Diet Coke. I didn't like not being able to go a day without it.
I knew it was not going to fun getting off the juice. I suffer from insomnia and drinking (a large) Diet Coke for lunch keeps me from totally crashing. My doctor says that drinking it that early in the day wouldn't effect my sleeping, but I wanted to be sure. And I know it's not exactly a Flax smoothie health wise. I just needed to get it under control.
So one Monday I woke up and decided I was done with it.
Wow, the first week sucked. I'm really sorry if you crossed paths with me during that time. I was not a happy camper. And I was so tired I was barely functioning. On my fourth day I went to bed at 5:30, the moment Shane walked in the door. I sleep until 8 the next morning.
The headaches were insane the first three days, but I've been taking an Aspirin every morning since and that seemed to help.
The cravings were pretty harsh. It's almost embarrassing to admit it, since it's not like I was detoxing from cigarettes or crack. But I just couldn't stop thinking about Diet Coke.
I went to the gas station to get Fresca instead. Even though it wasn't what my body wanted, just having soda of some kind helped. Drinking a Diet Coke, by myself, after Lydia was at school and Collin was napping was one of my favorite parts of my day. 20 minutes to myself to read emails and check the news. That part of my day is my time. That part of my day is non-negotiable. It saves my sanity. Even after the severe cravings had past, the habit still stayed fast. Having something fun to drink helped out a ton.
Now I'm drinking a simple smoothie for my treat. Skim milk, ice and pineapple. It's yummy and actually healthy!
After two weeks I started letting myself have Caffeine Free Diet Coke with a bit of grenadine. I don't really like the taste of C.F. diet coke, but the grenadine makes it just about as good as the really thing. But it's not every day. Since the caffeine cravings are mostly over, C.F. Diet Coke is a super fun treat.
And the best part, I'm sleeping so much better. I still have bad nights, but for the most part I'm asleep within an hour of laying down. That's huge for me.
The plan was to detox off Diet Coke and then let myself have it every few days. I've changed that. I may have it occasionally at a restaurant but I think I'm just going to steer clear. I really don't want to risk the addiction. It feels really good to not need it. Well, for the most part. Some days it's still really hard.
Anyone else attempted to get off Diet Coke? Think you're up to the challenge?