Topic: Consuming Withdrawal
I've been drinking diet Dr. Pepper since the mid 70's. I drank the saccharine laced DP and now the aspartame stuff. I have half heartedly tried several times to quit. I read Sweet Poison several years ago and know the ramifications of consuming aspartame. I have several health issues that may or may not be from it so you'd think I'd be successful in my efforts to quit. Not so. I really committed to doing it a few months ago. I made it almost 3 weeks until life stressors overwhelmed me and I started drinking it again. I don't like water. Drinking the same amount of water vs. DP makes me feel bloated as well. I don't like coffee or teas. Juices and milk are calorie laden as of course, are "high octane" sodas. I'm a post thyroid cancer patient and losing weight is a veritable Mt. Everest for me anyway. I gained weight when I quit. During that time I was consumed by the yearning for a Dr. Pepper. I imagine it was nearly as severe as a drug addict or alcoholic. I thought about it constantly until life steamrolled me again. I just couldn't deal with it all so started drinking it again. At first it was just 2 cans a day, eagerly awaited. Now I'm back to 4-6 cans a day. I can't say I felt any better physically or mentally when I was off of it but then I've been consuming aspartame for over 30 years so 3 weeks is nothing I suppose.
Is there *anything* that I can do to suppress that physical, mental yearning for Dr. Pepper so that I can quit? Thanks for your tireless work exposing the nefarious underbelly of the FDA, pharma, Monsanto, and other greed laden entities.