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Whole30 Diet Soda 13

Can’t believe it’s been 7 days already.

I have made it 7 days without Diet Mountain Dew!  In my process of switching to whole, real foods, diet mountain dew has been my one major holdout.  I could cut back to one a day, but I could not drop that last one.

I’ve read lots of articles and blogs on the hows and whys it’s so bad for you, but still kept drinking it.

Here’s 2 of the worst offenders:

Aspartame – laundry list of side effects.   Here’s one source:


Great blog post about a lot of artificial sweeteners and why you should avoid:


Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) – This is more specific to Mountain Dew (regular and diet).  It was used to be in Gatorade, but has been pulled.  BVO is banned in Europe.  Would you like a little flame retardant to go with that?



I’m happy to be getting out of my system.  I have no intentions of going back when the 30 days is over.  I would never want my kids drinking it, so why should I?

I have been drinking a lot of water and usually 1 green tea and 1 plain lipton tea.

Do you drink diet soda?  Have you tried to quit?  What has helped you get through quitting?




13 thoughts on “Whole30 Diet Soda

  1. Reply Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup Jan 18, 2014 11:28 pm

    Hm, I guess I have quit drinking soda now that I think about it. My father in law drinks a ton of it, so we got some for him when he visited, and it was weird – all of a sudden, I craved it and drank a can each day (which is a lot for me). So I guess having it out of sight is having it out of mind. I don’t miss it now.
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  2. Reply Bridget Jan 20, 2014 5:14 pm

    Way to go, Shannon!

    Hey I’m in your SITS tribe and I’m just checking out your blog today! I love the reason/motivation behind your running efforts. It’s always good to have a meaningful purpose behind it all.

    Also, you’re right about diet soda. It may be calorie free, but it’s definitely not harmless. Good for you on cutting it out!
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    • Reply slinder1 Jan 21, 2014 3:25 pm

      Thanks! I admire people that start running through their own motivation, but I needed that extra kick in the pants!

  3. Reply Amanda H Jan 21, 2014 2:25 am

    Hi Shannon! I’m visiting from your SITS tribe. Congrats on your diet soda habit kicking progress. I get my fizzy soda fix with a little plain club soda and lime juice :)
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  4. Reply Megan (The Lyons' Share) Jan 21, 2014 4:34 am

    Hello! Stopping by from your SITS Tribe. I really admire you for picking up running for such a noble cause – I’m inspired! Like you, I used to drink diet soda all the time, despite knowing how bad it was for me. About 7 years ago, I started tapering off slowly, and about 5 years ago I quit for good. I’ll have a Zevia every once in a while (sweetened with stevia) … apparently it doesn’t taste like the “real diet soda,” but it tastes pretty good to me, so it might be a good stand-in treat once you’re off the Whole30!
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    • Reply slinder1 Jan 21, 2014 3:21 pm

      I’ve never heard of Zevia before, I might try that down the road when I’m feeling more confident that it wouldn’t trigger anything.

  5. Reply Patty Jan 21, 2014 2:05 pm

    Hi, visiting from your SITS tribe! Congrats on ditching the soda. This was a challenge for me as well. I did not realize just how many checmicals I was putting into my body. I never buy it for the house but I do allow myself a can or two a month. I know I’ve reduced my soda intake by 98%.
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    • Reply slinder1 Jan 21, 2014 3:20 pm

      I wouldn’t usually keep it in the house, but would still buy 1 or 2 daily on the weekends and it’s always available free at work. I am not planning on going back. I don’t trust myself to have one occasionally…..that turns back into every day for me.

  6. Reply Kimberly {Manifest Yourself} Jan 21, 2014 9:42 pm

    Hey girlie! Visiting from SITS! I was thinking of starting the Whole30 in the new year, but life got in the way. I can’t wait to see your next update to see how it is going for you. :)
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  7. Reply Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama Jan 22, 2014 2:58 am

    Hi! Good for you for getting rid of the diet soda, I had no idea that there was BVO and all that mess inside of it! I learned something new today!! wow. Europe is smart for banning it!

    Visiting from your SITS tribe!
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  8. Reply Ree Jan 22, 2014 8:44 pm

    Hi! Visiting from your SITS Tribe. I love the idea behind your blog :) My husband and I have been reading “It Starts with Food” and contemplating the Whole30. We know it will be tough, especially living on a small island in the Caribbean where fresh fruit and veg, and anything organic, can be difficult and expensive to obtain. I’m not a big soda drinker, although for the record my soda of choice is Dr. Pepper. Since they don’t even sell that brand on the island I’m safe! Looking forward to following your experience with the Whole30. Good luck with it!
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