A little background about myself: I'm not "living naturally" 100% but take what baby steps I can to get closer to it. The small changes I've already made have been good ones, but I've just taken a bigger step that seems to be hard to beat!
I'd read up on all the hype surrounding aspartame, all the problems that it can cause and why exactly it's bad for you. (It breaks down into formeldahyde, how is that NOT bad for you?!) Unfortunately, I've been a Diet Coke addict for the longest time!! (Truly for the taste of the soda... I don't like most other sodas!)
I weaned myself off of the Diet Coke, substituting (guhhh) Mountain Dew for the caffeine kick. (I needed SOMEthing to get me through the day.) Not being one for teas or coffee, and not liking many other sodas on the market that's what I went for. Thankfully, a coworker gave me a sample of a tea she really likes and it tasted alright to me, so, I have a better source of caffeine until I can work on weaning myself from that, too. (Hey, one thing at a time, right?)
So it's been about two weeks or so since I last consumed ANY aspartame. I had kicked it for about a week, then got a fountain Diet Coke and could really taste the aspartame in it after not having had it for a while, and decided that yes, the Diet Coke certainly had to go.
Already I've been seeing small signs of improvement, having been off of aspartame. On the flip side, I've also been seeing signs of withdrawal from aspartame. Headaches, general body aches, and the strange sensation of feeling like I *have* to sweat but my body can't. I definitely don't want to go back to aspartame, but, this withdrawal business is TOUGH!!
My question to you all is this. Does anyone have an idea of a natural way to help with the withdrawal symptoms, and possibly help to flush out the nasties that are still in my system? I don't want to do a full detox - you know, the whole regimen of liquid diet, then certain solids, then liquid, then solid, yadda yadda... I know a lot of people swear by those but I simply couldn't function on that. But, if anyone knows of vitamin supplements or certain foods I could try to help me get past all of this?
I'm at my wit's end about this stupid withdrawal, but at least these symptoms further seals the deal that I *have* to give aspartame the boot!!
Edit: I'd also like to point out before people start replying. My daily diet consists of plenty of water while at work, wholesome cereal (good nutrients, nothing like high fructose corn syrup in) for breakfast, a sandwich on whole wheat w/ organic ham & organic cheese on for lunch, fresh fruit in the afternoon, and dinner's usually some kind of meat w/ veg, possibly pasta or potato something on the side. I also get in some apple juice during the day too. :>