Ring, ring, I was calling my friend Julie to tell her the big news (anyone who knows me knows this is BIG news)- I am ending it with Diet Pepsi after 20 long years of ignorant bliss, I told her. I was met by a long pause of silence and then Julie said that she was not going to have anything to do with me for a few days (isn't it nice to have people around who know you so well!) because she knew I would be just horribly cranky and was I sure I really wanted to do this? Of course I don't want to give up my favorite vice for reasons such as I really, really, really love Diet Pepsi ( I would drink at least four 12 oz cans a day). What would I drink in the morning to get me going (I despise coffee-childhood issue that I will save for another time)? When I'm happy I want a Diet Pepsi, when I'm sad I want a Diet Pepsi, whenever I exist I want a Diet Pepsi. For years friends and foes have been telling me not to drink diet drinks because of the Aspartame, but like the person you may have dated who was just awful for you( but lots of fun -the wild one) and you just could not seem to shake for reasons that defied your logic, I have not wanted to stop drinking my diet sodas. Oh, I have tried and tried in the past but I was never serious about it until now. My dramatic change was brought about by a couple articles that I recently read and they really stuck with me (I will share that information below).

I thought that my diet soda was not so bad because hey, it was my one vice. I don't smoke, drink alcohol (I did but in the best interest of society now abstain) or eat meat so I could have diet soda, right? AHHHHHH!!!! I just hate when I rationalize something and the entire time in my gut I know, just know I am full of it! So here I sit drinking a water feeling rather sorry for myself (my mother would be terribly upset with me b/c for 39 years she has been telling me to never feel sorry for myself because as her famous quote goes-"I cried because I had no shoes until I saw the man with no feet"). Okay, yes that does put a lot of things into perspective but I swear 39 years of that quote is enough (now my poor daughters have to hear it from ME) and true as it is I still want a Diet Pepsi even though some people have no water and I should be happy that I have water ( and I AM happy to have water but upset that something I like so much just doesn't feel right to have anymore). No more sulking-let's get on with it-my reasons for giving up the bad boy in my life, my diet soda!


*** Aspartame has been associated with a variety of UNPLEASANT SIDE EFFECTS such as gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, and mood swings.

***TOXICITY FEARS-Aspartame has been approved by health and regulatory authorities in 100countries throughout the world.Despite this, many reputable scientists still have concerns that aspartame may cause a range of health problems. Most relate to the way it is broken down inside the body.When we eat aspartame, it is converted into methanol, formaldehyde and formic acid. Methanol can be toxic at very low levels, and there has been no extensive testing of the effects of chronic, long term exposure.The amount of methanol needed to cause acute toxicity varies widely from person to person.Chronic formaldehyde exposure, at very low doses, has been shown to cause immune system and neurological damage, as well as headaches, poor general health, permanent genetic damage, and a number of other serious problems. High levels of formic acid in the body can damage the retina, leading to blindness..

***A LINK TO SEIZURES?Among others, The Lancet medical journal has published reports of nine[ actually 3 ] cases of seizures linked to aspartame use. In an independent study of aspartame in children with epilepsy, it was shown that a single dose could provoke the sort of brain waves that cause seizures. One theory is that the epileptic seizures may be triggered by the effects of formaldehyde.

***PARKINSON'S DISEASE, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, AND LUPUS have all been rumored to be associated with Aspartame intake. is a really interesting article to support and back up these claims. I really recommend this article. It pretty much did it for me and I am a tough sell on this. I can rationalize anything if I really want to but this kind of made me say okay, that's it for me!

***Being the odd and suspicious sort I think there is some kind of CONSPIRACY THEORY/payoffs in the FDA for saying it is okay to have Aspartame (this is only my neurotic opinion).


*** DRINK BREWABLE ICED TEA, AND OTHER DRINKS (recipes below) and sweeten it with STEVIA (remarkable noncaloric herb, native to Paraguay, has been used as a sweetener in place of sugar and flavor enhancer for centuries and can be found in your local health food store in the supplement areas).


***FOCUS ON HOW MUCH BETTER I will feel/am feeling now that I am choosing to be healthier.

Super Stevia Recipes from "The Stevia Cookbook," copyright 1999 by Ray Sahelian and Donna Gates


Yield: 10 8-ounce servings
2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
8 cups water
2 teaspoons stevia liquid concentrate
ice cubes
lemon for garnish 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher and stir until well blended 2. Pour into ice-filled 10-ounce glasses, garnish with lemon slices, and serve


1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple juice
1/3 cup plain yogurt, or kefir
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon coconut flavoring
1/8 teaspoon white stevia powder, or to taste 1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender and whip on high speed for 30 seconds. 2. Serve immediately.



Your thoughts and suggestions are very much appreciated.


  1. Hi there! I just found your blog via EntreCard, and I like what I see! I'm also a health nut and you have a fun, honest writing style.

    Good luck on breaking your aspartame addiction! I am a big proponent of natural/organic foods whenever possible, and your post hit close to home for me. I just recently blogged about another class of sugar substitutes. You might enjoy reading it: .

    Thanks, and welcome to EntreCard! I will definitely be back to check in on you.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS! Good for you giving up something that is obviously very tightly woven into your life.

    Well my advice would be to think about and prepare for:
    a) situations where you'll have easy access to diet pepsi (I'm assuming you are not keeping it in the house)
    b) activities that would be hard to imagine doing WITHOUT diet pepsi (E.G. maybe it's watching TV)

    and then you can anticipate them and make sure you always have a strategy and your alternative drink ready.
    So it might mean telling friends before you come over that you've given up so could they please not offer you any? Or making sure if you buy takeaway for lunch that you bring an alternative drink with you.

    Good luck!

  3. Thanks for the info. I don't drink soda but use artifial sweeteners..hmm. Good will do fine!

  4. Good luck,thanks for looking at my blog.I am a DIET COKE fan,I sympathise!I drink it through my 12-14 hr shifts at the hospital.I think it would be hard for me to totally give it up!I do try to eat right though,and manage pretty well right now,I'll have to pass on abstinance, but maybe in the future.I wish you the best,and will follow your progress!Oh! the bread is really not that hard try it!

  5. Good luck to you,thanks for looking at my blog!And try the bread it's not that difficult,practice makes perfect where bread is concerned, as with everything you will learn from your mistakes!!

  6. Good luck with the PEPSI!I drink DIET COKE and right now it gets me through the 12-14 hr. shifts at the hospital!I do eat right for the most part,right now I will have to do what gets me through the day,sometimes that's all I get in the shift!Things get very busy in labor/delivery as you must know.Do try the bread,as with anything practice makes perfect!

  7. Congratulations on kicking your diet pepsi habit! It's never easy to give up something you enjoy.
    I drink seltzer instead of any sodas and it seems to satisfy my 'fizzy' desires. I myself am trying to get off the artificial sweetener (Splenda) and readjust to real sugar. (I think the few extra calories outweigh the artificial hazards.)
    Good Luck..the first day is usually the hardest!

  8. I must confess, I am a huge regular Pepsi drinker...

    I cannot stomach the taste of diet drinks.

    know it is not the most healthiest stuff but we all need a vice... Right?



  9. Great post. Congratulations on kicking your habit! More and more research has been coming out on how bad aspartame and sucralose are. They are linked to all sorts of health problems and even weight gain over time. You are doing the right thing for your health!

  10. Good luck on kicking the habit! It is so hard to give up an old friend.

    Just wanted to say too, that I'm really enjoying your blog. It's actually like the one I was trying to do myself, for loosing weight. But you do it so much better! Anyhoo, I'll be back to see the progress. Good luck again!

  11. Well, here are a few more reasons not to drink diet soda. Two studies have come out recently that indicate that diet soda and artificial sweeteners can make you fat! I wrote about it on my blog.
    Diet Soda Makes You Fat

    My fiance has lupus. I had also heard that aspartame could be to blame. After much study, I find several credible sources that seem to think otherwise. If I find the source, I will put it here in comments.

  12. How is your effort to kick the diet drink habbit going? I periodically drop my coffee and diet coke habbits for a month just to feel "clean". But I like caffeine (and don't like sugar).

  13. Oh yaaa, Thanks for the recipes which are helpful for dieting. I have checked out the links which you provided, very helpful for me to get an idea about healty and now, I feel "Health is wealth". Am I right?, mmm, So, this is the time for me to lose my weight and build up a healthy body.....


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