Published on March 13, 2010
Five years ago, I was addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper.
Straight out of college I worked a short stint as a surgical salesman, marketing hips and knee replacement parts to local orthopedic physicians, then standing and watching during surgery as people had their new hips and knees placed into their bodies.
It was a tiring job, so I wanted a caffeine kick. But the Diet Dr. Pepper wasn't just giving me caffeine. I didn't know it at the time, but my two to three soda serving a day diet was also injecting me with heavy doses of addicting, excitoxic artificial sweeteners, seeping acidity into my body, dying my teeth brown with artificial colors, and a exposing my gut to a host of other chemicals that were wreaking havoc on my metabolism.
And I'm sure the extra Cherry-Vanilla flavoring wasn't exactly helping.
Although my eyes were eventually opened to the damage that the diet soda was causing to my health and performance, I still had a serious issue – I was chemically addicted to the Diet. Dr Pepper. Several times, I tried to quit drinking it, but found myself pulling over to the gas station and grabbing an icy cold, fizzy can or bottle of brown nectar whenever I had a craving. This was a big problem.
Unfortunately, I really couldn't afford an expensive nutritionist or registered dietitian to give me advice about what to do, and most websites I found simply told me about the “dangers of diet soda”, but didn't tell me what I could do to beat the addiction! So I not only had a big problem, but I had no solution.
So I invented a solution. And here is what I did:
– Sugar-free gum has artificial sweeteners in it – but in the same way a nicotine patch has less nicotine than a cigarette, it has less of the artificial sweetener than a full bottle of soda – right?
– And carbonated water, like Perrier or Pellegrino, has that same satisfying fizzy pop when it's opened and same bubbly sensation on my tongue, right?
– So why not pop a couple pieces of diet gum and drink a soda water whenever I craved my Diet Dr. Pepper?
And that's exactly what I did. And it worked! Within 2 weeks, I was completely “Diet Dr. Pepper free”, and I haven't touched that liquid chemical addiction in five years. Since that time, I've switched from the artificially sweetened gum to a brand called “Spry”, which is flavored with more natural xylitol and stevia.
This trick works like a charm to overcome a diet soda addiction…try it out! I love to solve problems like that, and since becoming a nutritionist myself, I've helped hundreds of clients conquer similar addictions, and fitness or nutrition problems that they face. So let me ask you this:
—>What is the biggest fitness or nutrition problem that you struggle with? <—
You can't lose weight no matter how hard you try?
You can't figure out how to squeeze marathon training into your busy life?
You never have any energy?
You want to qualify for Ironman Hawaii?
Leave your fitness or nutrition problem in a comment below, keep it completely anonymous if you'd like, and I promise to personally respond in a blog post, podcast or newsletter with a solution to your fitness or nutrition problem. And if I don't know the solution, I will find it for you. That is my iron-clad promise to you.
All you need to do is tell me the nutrition or fitness problem that you need solved for you.
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