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Giving up cola

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Grossmascaragoop Mon 14-May-18 09:33:57

Ok - I’m addicted to Coca Cola (and pepsi) there I’ve said it. Im really not willing to say how much I drink in a week because it’s embarrassing but to give you an idea if I go a couple of days without it I get severe headaches and extreme tiredness.

Today is day one of going cold turkey. I have the last lbs of baby weight to lose, a holiday in 4 weeks and don’t want to set a bad example to my children so I HAVE to do this.

Has anyone else had this problem or is it just me?? I’m honestly so embarrassed I’ve let this happen. Any tips for how to deal with cravings? No idea if it’ll actually shift any weight but I’m also giving up bread on weekdays. Other than this my diet is pretty healthy.

Any support welcome smile

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popcorndiva Mon 14-May-18 09:37:14

I wouldn't actually go cold turkey as sounds like when you have done before you got withdrawal symptoms. Start to cut down each day gradually, one less glass each day and keep an eye out for withdrawal symptoms.

Dvg Mon 14-May-18 09:37:57

i have a slight addiction to coke and energy drinks... had to quit when i became pregnant and i'm doing okay now at 7 months pregnant BUT i still have those times when i see them that i wish i could have just 1! but keep at it, health really does improve after quitting.

SilverHairedCat Mon 14-May-18 09:38:55

Same here. The sugar tax can kiss my ass.

Is it the caffeine or the sugar that you are addicted to, do you think?

Grossmascaragoop Mon 14-May-18 09:47:43

I think it’s the sugar because Diet Coke does nothing for me. I’ve tried gradually reducing before and it’s always crept back up so I think it might need to be cold turkey for me.

The only time I managed to give up was during my pregnancies and that was because I went right off it - the smell made me heave and morning sickness was quite bad at the beginning. Started drinking it again both times the day I gave birth though blush

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IHateGreenBananas Mon 14-May-18 09:53:59

Okay so i had a massive pepsi max addiction a few months ago and i haven’t had any for months and don’t intend to again because once i start i cannot stop.
Cola is very addictive. I’d suggest finding other non-cola soft drinks you like (supermarket own brand ginger ale/lemonade are good for this as theyre usually aspartame-free and very cheap). Have a coffee every morning so you don’t spend a week in bed with caffeine withdrawal like i did.

Grossmascaragoop Mon 14-May-18 09:57:59

Oh I hate coffee unfortunately - I’m fully prepared to go through a few weeks of hell to do this though. I have just had a shop delivered and ordered a few nice fruit juices and a water filter to make drinking more enjoyable. This really needs to happen.

Well done for giving up - if anyone can appreciate what a massive achievement that is it’s me! How long did it take for you to stop feeling like crap?

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IHateGreenBananas Mon 14-May-18 11:19:47

Took about two weeks to stop feeling crap, and about a month to a month and a half to stop craving it. Now I don't even want it, which I never would've thought possible.
Try cutting the fruit juices with a bit of sparkling water.
Good luck, you can do it smile

Grossmascaragoop Mon 14-May-18 11:53:37

Thank you!! Twoweeks of feeling awful I think I can do. So determined but it is only day one....suppose I need to start somewhere

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scottydoggydoodaa Tue 15-May-18 08:03:32

Me, I've been addicted to coke for my whole adult life. Had gestational diabetes twice so had to give up then but still had the occasional tiny can. I'm now on slimming world so have cut right back but still have one or two cans a week. When i started slimming world last year I replaced with fanta zero and 7up free and necked loads of that instead but I now have sugar free squash throughout the day and have a glass of diet fizz with my evening meal.

Ellieboolou27 Tue 15-May-18 20:35:55

I’m a coke addict grin has to be full sugar as HATE Diet Coke and all the other sugar free cokes, I have 2 cans a day, mainly in the evening.

I am seriously addicted to it, going cold turkey tomorrow as like you it’s all or nothing!

Grossmascaragoop Fri 18-May-18 07:13:55

Oh good luck Ellieboo! I was drinking more than 2 cans a day blush it’s crept up slowly over the years....

So far I have not had any coke or Pepsi this week. Been drinking squash, milk and water only. No withdrawal symptoms or cravings so far until today - I’ve woken up exhausted and craving a cold can of Coke!! However I’ve lost 2lb since Monday and stomach is looking very flat today so that’s motivation enough for me.

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kezzy13 Mon 21-May-18 14:54:37

I too am a coke addict Not the powdery kind
I've been replacing with Pepsi max as all I ever drink is coke.
'Treated' myself to a bottle today after a long walk in the sun and it really doesn't taste that great once you're not used to the sugar anymore.

AmazingPostVoices Mon 21-May-18 15:00:04

I have given up Diet Coke cold turkey previously.

I felt dreadful for about four days (felt like I had a cold) and then was fine.

I found that drinking very cold sparkling water helped.

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