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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428067 05/13/20 09:41 AM
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Congrats on giving up soda!
They really are terrible for your body. I haven’t had one in about a year now, one thing I noticed was my blood pressure lowered. I never had high blood pressure but cutting out soda made it lower. Regarding the energy boost you need, do you drink coffee at all?

Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428099 05/13/20 10:08 AM
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A) There's no "hard luck" story or self serving carp in the following.
B) I know what I'm talking about just about as much as you all do. I say that respectfully.

I grew up in a household with a tight budget. We weren't poor by any stretch but soda NEVER came through the door.
An uncle worked in the waterfront industrial buildings in Brooklyn where Coca-Cola had a bottling plant. The execs and recipe checkers actively WARNED all the guys not to drink the stuff. What do you need to hear?

I believe it is the case that sugar causes an acid condition in our blood which fosters cancers.

A pal went to chef school and a Coke bottle nearly filled with white sugar was used as a demo to show how full of sugar the product actually was. There's no way in God's world where a concentration of sugar like that fits with any schedule of moderation.

All the diet sodas taste so bad I sincerely wonder what kinds of habits (a hand-to-mouth thing?) or stimulations (the bubbles?) are being satisfied.
Just because they make it doesn't mean you have to buy it. I feel that way about a lot of things.

My poor sister was addicted to diet sodas. I'd find 10 open, unfinished cans any time I visited.
We use a water box with replaceable filters in the fridge. I always drank a lot of water. They say it helps keep your skin moist.

Funny that, I'm an old crusty geezer. Must be all the ice cream and booze?

Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428106 05/13/20 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by gfh77665
I am 56 now, Believe it or not, since about age 10, I have been drinking almost nothing but Cokes (Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, etc). I literally would go a month or more without drinking any water at all. I drank at least a 2 liter of Coke every day, sometimes 3L. The only other liquids I drank was maybe Gatorade on very hot days, or milk in my breakfast cereal, or an occasion sip of water from a drinking fountain.

Two weeks ago, I realized this simply had to stop. I suddenly stopped drinking Cokes and replaced them with water. It was tough. I have to get up at 3AM for work and I needed the Coke boost. I had headaches for at least a week and was lethargic, but I have moved past it for the most part.

My flawed rationale was "Since I don't drink alcohol, or smoke, never did any drugs, and I excercise, and my weight is not too bad, SO, it must be OK to drink so many Cokes. I was wrong. Drinking Cokes exclusivly for almost 50 years is BAD. Hopefully, its not too late to recover from it. I have drank more water in the past two weeks that I probabaly have in the past 10 years. Thats got to help, I have to believe.


I am a Diet Pepsi guy. Was your Coke regular or diet? The sugar in any juice or soda is not good. They are up in the air about the sweeteners in diet soda. If diet soda makes you crave other sweet food then its not so good. But if you can avoid anything with added sugar I am not sure diet soda is bad for you.


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428109 05/13/20 10:15 AM
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I gave up on pop 10-15 years ago. I'd have a can of Coke with lunch, 1-2 in the afternoon/evening and ...usually one with dinner. I don't remember exactly why I stopped but other than when I go somewhere like Wendy's where they have a combo meal that includes a drink, I'll either have water or coffee with a meal.

One thing I found helped me with the transition was drinking flavored carbonated water like LaCroix. I guess the bubbles were a big part of the experience of drinking pop for me so the carbonated water scratches that itch, without adding sugar or artificial sweeteners.


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428111 05/13/20 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by gfh77665
If people who quit smoking vastly improve their health, I think the same principle will hold true for me giving up Cokes. Maybe my risk for the above issues will never be zero, but my risks will decline sharply.


This is definitely the correct perspective. Is there harm already done? Maybe. Are you better off changing your habits from here on out? Almost certainly!


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: buddylpal] #5428112 05/13/20 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by buddylpal
Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Sadly, I think the damage is done, but it's definitely better to quit than continue on.



Best not to comment if you have nothing nice to say. Especially regarding one’s health.

Right. Let's hide our head in the sand, and pretend as if nothing happened.

As I noted, it is good that he quit. Better late then never. If the only thing the OP is looking for here is a pat on the back, then he already got plenty, and well deserved.

With that said, I would suggest he gets some comprehensive testing done just to see where he stands. "I feel fine today" doesn't always mean you'll feel fine tomorrow, but it's certainly a good start. smile

BTW, I am not giving medical advice. I am just recommending he consults someone who is a medical doctor to assess his health, if he hasn't already.


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428118 05/13/20 10:20 AM
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We're getting too close to medical advice and a resulting lock. smile

I like Appleton Estate Signature Blend Rum. smile

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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428121 05/13/20 10:22 AM
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Sugar kills stay away from it


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428127 05/13/20 10:27 AM
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How is your dental health? Sugar in coke is an obvious problem, but the phosphoric acid also eats tooth enamel unless you always drank it with a straw.

Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428140 05/13/20 10:44 AM
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My B2B at work is on Mountain Dew. 4-6 cans a day. And he says he cut it back down substantially. That’s 200g of sugar from that daily. Oh my. Random diet coke for me


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428143 05/13/20 10:47 AM
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"Just don't ask me to give up my coffee, people might get hurt".. Supton,I've been on decaff for 3 months I was exhausted after a stomach bug gave me the dry heaves for a night. I slept for an entire day. Caffeine withdrawal headaches are caused by restricted blood vessels expanding to their normal size. I take 2 vaso dilators, a side effect is a dull head ache same as coffee withdrawal. I tapered off and went from 10 cups a day of French roast to 5 cups a day of 99.7 % caffeine free Folgers Black Silk. Same taste, just no caffeine. Black coffee with Goslings Gold Seal Rum and vanilla ice cream Is a delicious drink grin2


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428144 05/13/20 10:48 AM
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You could switch to a caffeine free soda. Caffeine using in soda to add flavor.


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428147 05/13/20 10:50 AM
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Hardest withdrawal I’ve ever had was giving up Diet Coke. Not only headaches (caffeine) but the cramps from the artificial sweetener. Quitting beer wasn’t that hard.

Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428150 05/13/20 10:54 AM
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I'll have decaf in the evening once in a while, but it just is never quite the same taste as regular.

My coffee intake has slowly gone up over the years, one cup to 2, 2 to 3, and now it's at 4. I suspect it won't be long before I round the bend to 5, but all the same, it's lower on the list of things that worry me. [Obligatory BITOG cheapskate disclaimer: all brewed at home, of course. And only with synthetic, bought on closeout and with a rebate, used with the largest capacity filters I could find. Ok maybe I jest...]


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Re: After 45 years, I gave up Cokes [Re: gfh77665] #5428161 05/13/20 11:11 AM
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I'm pretty much in the same boat as the OP (same age, 2+ litres a day, etc). Both my doctor and dentist are telling me it's time to quit and I'm going to.

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