Topic: 20 years of Diet Coke
I started drinking Diet Coke over 20 years ago and recently quit about 5 months ago. I drank Diet Coke like water from the time I was about 12 until my 34 birthday. I decided to finally give it up after spending the entire day at a yoga retreat. The last five months have been difficult. I gave up caffeine along with the Diet Coke. I assumed I would have more energy as soon as the first month or two passed. All I have discovered is what I have subconsciously known for years. The Diet Coke and caffeine eventually numbed my original frustrations that started many years ago. Now I am faced head on with the damage.
When I was a teenager I started getting dizzy spells. No doctor could find anything wrong. I visited several different doctor's and in my heart I knew something was wrong, yet they all seemed to think it was in my head. Since then, I have been told it is possible I have a swinging thyroid as I tend to go from one spectrum to the other. Still, no one can give me a firm answer so I stopped trying years ago. I also have suffered from mild depression on and off since I started drinking Diet Coke. Nothing is wrong in my life, I get upset because I have trouble concentrating and focusing. Despite that, I maintained almost straight A's all the way through college. Now in my thirties, I have trouble learning new things or remembering things I used to know. I was once concerned bright, bubbly, radiant and full of life. I would not use these words to describe myself now.
My parents fed me a healthy diet and outside of the Diet Coke I am a very healthy person. Lots of fruits vegetables, no red meat, exercise every day and do lots of yoga. I have been this way my whole life. I am afraid I will never regain my intellect, energy and general love for life. If you have an advice I would love to hear it.