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Hi everyone ! I will have a appointment soon to meet with my surgeon ! I feel excited and nervous at the same time. I know you cant have caffeine after surgery, but im having trouble kicking  diet soda!! Any advice ????? Thanks !!!! 

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I started getting off soda about 9 months before my surgery.  I first moved to carbonated water and then dropped that completely after getting my sleeve.  I strongly recommend that you get off carbonation by your surgery date, carbonation does not sit well in a sleeve, it causes a very uncomfortable feeling.

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I literally just stopped buying it.  I went the cold turkey route and dealt with whatever reaction my body wanted to throw at me from it.  Its the only way I can do it though, I don't "ween" off things very well.

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I was sucking down 2-2 liter bottles of diet pepsi a day. I switched to iced tea then the mio flavor enhancers. Don't touch the stuff now. I stuck my lip in my hubby's glass a while ago; not even a sip and couldn't stand the taste. Break the habit before surgery (won't have to deal with caffeine headaches)...

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Cold turkey here too, had my last diet coke day before surgery. Oh how I loved a cold icy diet coke...

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cold turkey here too!  I was addicted to diet coke and it's gone forever - everyone is amazed that I did it

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I personally would do the carbonation thing cold turkey. No physical withdrawal symptoms that I'm aware of.

 

The caffeine, on the other hand, I did wean myself from. If your caffeine only comes from soda and you are not having surgery for a while, you might try making half of your normal intake decaf for a week, than 3/4 for a week, then 7/8. Then drop the soda altogether. I made gradual changes in all kinds of things--caffeine intake and carbonation--gradually in the seven months between info session and surgery. 

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LOL - I think it's unreal/funny how all of us had a diet soda habit!  I'm so happy that I'm no longer drinking diet coke.  Gah - I used to LOVE it..

 

I did exactly what PapaG did.  I switched to soda water, then after surgery - no bubbles.

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I had a big Diet Dr. Pepper-no caffeine habit for years. Man-that stuff is good!

I really wanted to ditch the aspartame, so switched to seltzer with a splash of juice on top (usually grapefruit)...or club soda with many limes...

I loved carbonation, and thought it would be a really big deal to me to give up, but wearing size 10 jeans is sooooo much better!

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It has been hard. Especially when I am driving. I carry my water bottle everywhere. Sometimes I add Crystal Light flavors.

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I was a huge soda drinker - both regular Pepsi as well as Diet Sunkist Orange. Between the two, I drank between 3-4 liters a day.     I went Cold turkey and to my surprise and shock I haven't missed soda at all.  I drink no carbonated beverages.   What I am finding super hard mainly because of social drinking settings, is not being able to have a beer or an Ale.   I am a little more than six months after surgery and I have not touched a soda, beer or any carbonated beverage.    I take an occasional  Cabernet in social drinking,  Water and Crystal light ( red raspberry ice ) is my new drink, but I am only drinking maybe 40 oz. a day combined, which I know is not enough.

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Thank you everyone for your feedback!!

I also went cold turkey 5 years ago 2 weeks before my surgery it was a lot easier than I ever thought it would be.

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I was a huge soda drinker - both regular Pepsi as well as Diet Sunkist Orange. Between the two, I drank between 3-4 liters a day.     I went Cold turkey and to my surprise and shock I haven't missed soda at all.  I drink no carbonated beverages.   What I am finding super hard mainly because of social drinking settings, is not being able to have a beer or an Ale.   I am a little more than six months after surgery and I have not touched a soda, beer or any carbonated beverage.    I take an occasional  Cabernet in social drinking,  Water and Crystal light ( red raspberry ice ) is my new drink, but I am only drinking maybe 40 oz. a day combined, which I know is not enough.

I like sugar free crush orange water enhancer.

I drink a rare diet coke but stirring the bubbles frequently to get rid of the bubbles

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I was a huge soda drinker - both regular Pepsi as well as Diet Sunkist Orange. Between the two, I drank between 3-4 liters a day.     I went Cold turkey and to my surprise and shock I haven't missed soda at all.  I drink no carbonated beverages.   What I am finding super hard mainly because of social drinking settings, is not being able to have a beer or an Ale.   I am a little more than six months after surgery and I have not touched a soda, beer or any carbonated beverage.    I take an occasional  Cabernet in social drinking,  Water and Crystal light ( red raspberry ice ) is my new drink, but I am only drinking maybe 40 oz. a day combined, which I know is not enough.

I think I'm lucky that I've never been much of a beer drinker, it was easy to give up. Soda was much harder.

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Don't buy it!!! Go cold turkey! 

 

Start trying crystal lights, water, tea, coffee, etc. 

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Is the caffeine forever? I miss my unsweetened green tea.

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I think it depends on the person - I still have 2 coffees a day, it's the carbonation that should be gone forever.

I had a huge diet Pepsi habit and haven't had any since surgery.

I think it was a lot easier to give up because I can't drink with meals. I used to drink 3 or 4 glasses with meals.

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Is the caffeine forever? I miss my unsweetened green tea.

It depends. Caffeine is a diuretic so if you are not drinking enough water and other fluids, you might become dehydrated. Always check with your surgeon.

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^^^  What Spunky said  ^^^^

 

I was told that I could reintroduce caffeine when I was able to maintain the consumption of 2L+ of water daily. 

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I gave up cold turkey the day I went to the WLS seminar. It was the only "food" thing I worried about and wanted to make sure I had practiced abstaining as long as possible. I would quit Diet Coke for months or even years at a time, but I would always end up going back. For me, the carbonation filled me up much more so than water, so I always came back looking for that full tummy feeling. Now a year out, I have had a couple whiskey and diet cokes with the bubbles mixed out. I don't have any interest in pop otherwise...my husband has some in the fridge now because we hosted a party and I am just annoyed in how much room it takes up :)

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I really thought I was going to have a horrid time giving up carbonation and caffeine, but I didn't.  I gave up the soda easy, no prob there.  But, when I was told to give up my southern sweet tea I was horrified.  I am a southern girl, I have sweet tea in my veins.  I went from drinking sweet tea to drinking splenda tea to nothing now.  

 

I drink water flavored with either propel or crystal light and that is it.  I sometimes drink decaf coffee for a warm beverage.

 

One day I guess a year post band surgery I was working in the yard all hot and sweaty, my husband came out drinking a Dt. Mt. Dew and I grabbed it and slugged a couple of swallows- I thought I would die.  That was the very last time soda crossed my lips.

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Is the caffeine forever? I miss my unsweetened green tea.

My program says to avoid it for the first 4-6 weeks after surgery because it can potentially irritate the stomach. Mixed research on the diuretic characteristics, I suspect the truth is somewhere in the middle. I'm getting plenty of water so I don't worry about it. For me, tea has a much greater diuretic effect than coffee.

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I MUST do this also. I am a Dr. Pepper lover!! I think I am going to have to gradually decrease and replace.. maybe 1st with unsweet tea.. and then water..

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I was a diet coke addict. Maybe 6 cans/day. Really liked the taste and as many people believe or used to believe, diet soda was a feeble attempt at losing weight. My thinking was that as long as I was drinking diet coke, it was okay to eat a burger and fries.

What was I thinking? Embarrassing now to see I caught up I was in my rationalizations.

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