Die, Diet, Diet Coke, and Hope

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  1. This is very sad! I gave up soda for a couple of years and saw HUGE benefits and changes. I really need to do it again.

  2. No matter what the reason you are giving it up – kudos to you for kicking the habit. That stuff is nasty and terrible for you!

  3. KathleenKL says:

    Good Luck–have to be honest–I’m drinking a 20 oz Diet Coke right now and loving it–what can I say….

  4. That is just horrible about the poor dog! I can’t understand how anyone could abuse an animal that way. I’ve heard of something similar to DietBet, but I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. I think I’m still in that denial phase where I think I can exercise my way out of my leftover baby fat… only problem is I haven’t been exercising! I’ve never been a drinker of diet soda. I have my mother to thank for that. She suspected that aspartame and all that other saccharin-like sweetener was no good from the start, and she forbade anything “sugar-free” coming into our house. Thank God for mommies!

  5. Athena Nagel says:

    We didn’t grow up with soda either. I really didn’t start drinking it too much until I had a career – then my choices deteriorated. Chica was supposed to have surgery yesterday so I can’t wait to hear how she is doing…

  6. Momma Lew says:

    We WERE big soda drinkers. I just started a paleo lifestyle about 2 months ago, so I no longer drink it and now my husband has switched to sparkling water, which is a big relief.

    When we go to my parent’s house it is such a pain to constantly turn down their offers for diet soda…”oh but it’s diet”…NO it just says it is diet.

  7. couponwahm says:

    We kick the soda habit years ago! Nothing beats good ole H2O

  8. Wow! My husband for a long time had End Stage Kidney Disease due to type 1 diabetes which is hereditary, on both sides of his family! He recently had a life saving transplant surgery and received a brand new kidney. They gave him a pancreas too, but the pancreas didn’t like him. The kidney is working great though and he will try at the end of the year or the beginning of the next to see if he can get a pancreas that will agree with him. He can drink all the Coke or Pepsi he wants now, or the Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, rather. And he does drink what he wants, while being careful, but I don’t think I knew about those health risks. It may not be an issue for him though, because he does not drink THAT much of either one. He does take great care of himself. I will talk to him about this and see if he knew or even what he says about it. More than likely, he’ll tell me there’s nothing to worry about with him on it, because he doesn’t drink it like crazy, or enough to give him health problems. And he doesn’t. I for one, haven’t drank soda in a long time. I used to be into Sunkist or some orange soda either way, but Sunkist was always my favorite choice. Since there are other healthier drinks like Vitamin Water now or just plain regular water from our Brita filter in our fridge, I drink both now and every now and then, I have a cherry Koolaid(which is my favorite Koolaid flavor),or lemonade(Simply Lemonade) or a home made strawberry banana smoothy! Thanks for writing this post! Very informative! 🙂

  9. Athena Nagel says:

    I can tell you I don’t drink TONS of diet coke. I try not to drink it at home at all – my kids don’t need that bad habit. But I do drink it at work which mostly is one large McDonalds Diet Coke everyday. So don’t think you need to drink a gallon of diet coke a day. I hope your husband’s health improves.

  10. We are not soda drinkers (diet or otherwise)…believe me, we have other dietary habits we need to break though…I comend you for your efforts (especially in honor of Chica. <3

  11. Great post! I think more people need to learn the truth about DIET soda!

  12. I have friends who drink diet coke :(. Before 2009, I hadn’t had a single soda in about 4 years. But when I met my husband and moved in with him, he always had soda in the house. So I went through a period for a few months where I had a LOT of soda. Then I got sick of it again. I would take soda when I got stuck purchasing one while getting take out (like the Build Your Own Box deal at Taco Bell), but now I just opt for water instead. Thanks for sharing all the info! I hope it helps some people out there who are currently drinking diet coke!

  13. Victoria says:

    This is nice to know. I gave up soda two years to go and this post keeps me from turning back.

  14. I, for one, would really like to thank you for not including the images of Chica’s abuse directly in your post. I can’t handle abuse to animals–especially seeing pictures of it. As it is, I cry during the ASPCA commercials on television–every single time. If it plays three times in an hour, I’ve cried three times that hour, without fail. So thank you for that, and you are doing something so amazing by “watching what you eat” (and drink) to benefit charity and to help get Chica’s medical expenses taken care of.

    As for the Diet Coke, I really had no idea that diet soda had so many negative effects on our bodies! Of course I knew it was bad and that we should very much limit how much we drink, but my goodness… We aren’t big soda drinkers here–we get a 2 liter bottle of soda every few months or so and that’s it, and after reading about what diet soda does to the body, I have all the more reason to stay away from it.

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