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Aspartame Withdrawal

Hello! I just joined this community. =)

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!!

Thanks! :)

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. :>


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Feb. 7th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
One of the best ways to flush that I know is water, preferably distilled water. I might consider drinking that, only that (as in no other drinks but certainly eat and don't fast unless you choose to do so), and a lot of it, for a couple of weeks. That might be a good flush.

Good luck. I kicked the diet soda habit a while ago (still haven't let go of caffeine in the form of chocolate, though) and it was hard hard hard to do.
Feb. 7th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
my sister doesn't drink soda, but sometimes has soda water with lime just for the fizzyness. this might be worth a try?

(personally, i have perhaps one cream soda or gingerale every 2 weeks. cola is just too acidic.)

just keep drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruit & veggies, and sticking to your guns. ginger tea is a delicious energizing drink without caffeine. hang in there - in a month you'll feel fantastic!
Feb. 7th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Lots and lots of water. Possibly with a little salt in it. I like veggie juice as well, to make my system feel "fresher".

That's in addition to eating normally. I wouldn't do a detox/fast of any kind. Your body has enough to worry about.

Also, for the caffeine kick, try Mate (tea) instead of the HFCS-heavy Mountain Dew. It's a little less shocking to your system, caffeine-wise, and you can put your own sweeteners in it.
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
I agree with the Mate recommendation. And try a little agave nectar in it to make it sweet, if you like sweeteners in your tea.
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Feb. 7th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
no veggies in your food layout!!! I hope you eat those too ;)
Feb. 7th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Eep! I do, I tucked them away with dinner. XD

I usually keep broccoli or carrots in the fridge to snack on while I'm at home, too. :>
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm just a veggie fiend, so I was interested in what kinds you eat. :P
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Feb. 7th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
Get a massage to help you detox your body. :)
Feb. 7th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me!! =)

Actually next weekend I'm going to a convention where a friend of mine is going to be giving massages (she does massage therapy for a living) and so I will definitely be getting one. ;D
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Feb. 7th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Are you positive that those symptoms are the result of withdrawal, and not something else?
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm about 95% certain, considering that the absence of aspartame is the only change I've made to my diet within the past month or so.
Feb. 7th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
Skin brushing is great too, to help throw off whatever nasties you might have taken in. I've found it hard to find a skin brush in my area (I prefer the Yerba Prima tampico brush), but anything explicitly intended for dry skin brushing is great! (There's the option of ordering online, but I know that can be a pain.) I usually brush (when I remember that is!) either before a shower or before bed (or both, but that can take some getting used to).

Best of luck! I know detox can be a b@%*# even without doing a liquid/limiting fast.
Feb. 7th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I would suggest a course of really good probiotics and fiber if needed make sure you are having at least one bowel movement a day. If the bowel is not clean then toxins you are eliminating are reabsorbed into the body
I second the skin brushing andif you can handle it go spend some time in a sauna or steam room to help with detox there. take a lot of drinking water with you and scrub down afterwards with soap to get the stuff expelled through the skin off the body. If your having trouble gettign enough vegtables take a greens suplement it helps with detixing too

Feb. 7th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Just a note - Mountain Dew has more caffeine than other sodas. If you're drinking the same volume of Mountain Dew as you were with Diet Coke, then maybe the discomfort is an increase in caffeine? I notice the difference in my body.

I just found this chart of beverage caffeine content:
Feb. 8th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
sounds like caffeine withdrawal to me.
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