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Much Ado About Healthy Recipes
by Lauren Alford, Food Blogger, MuchAdoAboutSomethin.com

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I've seen a few Diet.com members ask for some advice on how to give up caffeine. I've talked about this on my blog, Much Ado About Somethin, but thought I'd share with you here some of my tips on giving it up. Let me tell you a little story about myself.

Giving up caffeine and soda

Six months ago, I woke up every morning and reached for a 20 ounce Diet Mountain Dew. Often I'd have another at night with dinner. On a long day at work, I'd down another 20 ounce. If I went out to dinner, the Diet Pepsi flowed all evening long. I didn't think it was a problem... it was zero calories, after all. I've been like this for almost 20 years. The only downside I saw was that if I slept late one Saturday, I'd have a headache. No biggie, I thought... take an Advil and down a soda ASAP.

Five months ago, I got to work and went to the CVS below my office to get my soda. I noticed they were out of Diet Mountain Dew. They were also out of Diet Sunkist (my second favorite)... and Diet Cherry Pepsi. "That's fine," I thought. "I'll go across the street to Walgreens!" When I saw that Walgreens was also out of all three, I was miffed. All hope wasn't lost, though there's another huge CVS a block away... they HAD to have some. As you can probably guess, my third stop was also fruitless no Diet Mountain Dew anywhere near my office! It was then and there, realizing I had gone to three different stores in an attempt to get my "fix," that I decided to give up soda. I hadn't liked being so reliant on caffeine, and especially disliked all the Aspartame I was consuming, so I was excited to rid myself of it.

I won't lie the first few days were pretty terrible.

Day 1 = headache by 11am
Day 2 = headache so bad that I went home and slept or sat in the dark all evening
Day 3 = exhausted + another headache
Day 4 = exhausted and a milder headache
Days 5 7 = headache mostly gone... just tired
Day 8 = I was FINE!

Did you see that? In one week, I was over the withdrawal symptoms and was caffeine free. If you're a constant coffee drinker, or consume more soda than I did, it may take you ...    Continue

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@ 10:54am ET on September 4, 2013 Lauren,
What in the diet soda makes you crave sweets? Is it just diet soda or the aspartame? I am a sweet nut, seriously and drink alot of sugar free crystal light and soda.
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