Here's what happened when I gave up my Diet Coke habit

12 May

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Until recently, Diet Coke was my number one bae. We did everything together - shopping, going out for dinner, even Netflix and chill. But slowly I realised that my beloved DC was toxic, and although it hurt, I had to end things.

That was a few weeks ago, and I have to confess that I've noticed so many positive changes in myself since ditching the fizzy stuff and swapping it for water. So, when Home2Office got in touch to ask whether I'd like to tell you guys about the GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) campaign I thought it was spookily relevant, as I really want to share how much better I feel now that I'm fizz-free.

The GULP campaign started on the 8th of May, and all you have to do is swap your usual fizzy drinks for water or milk for 21 days - the time it takes to break a habit. I think it's a great idea, and you don't need me to tell you that fizzy drinks are one of the worst things you can put in your body.

If you live in Sefton, Tameside or Knowsley you can sign up here, but even if you don't live in those areas I'd encourage you to give it a go and see how you feel!

Here are a few things I've noticed since giving up my carbonated fix.

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My skin has improved

While I'm not particularly spotty, my skin is generally a bit dull and often dry to the point of being painful. I also get mild eczema on my arms. However, as I've started drinking water by the bucketload to replace my usual Diet Coke, my skin has lost its greyish tinge and most of my dry patches have cleared up.

It makes sense really - by drinking more water, I'm hydrating my skin from the inside out

My stomach is flatter

I'm not going to claim that giving up fizzy drinks has helped me to lose weight, but I have noticed that my stomach is a lot flatter than it used to be. I guess filling it up with bubbles contributed to a lot of bloating!

Not to be TMI, but I think it's improved my digestion in general as well, as I'm a lot more regular than I used to be. Soz not soz.

My tastes have changed

About a month after I stopped drinking Diet Coke, I decided to order one to go with my meal and it tasted...different. Like weirdly sweet, and kind of empty if that makes sense. I've noticed that I'm eating less chocolate as well, and I have read that diet drinks make you crave sugar as the sweet taste makes your body expect a sugar hit and when it doesn't get it, well, it isn't best pleased. Quite scary when you think about it.

My happiness levels have skyrocketed

This is the most noticeable change and the reason I'll never go back to drinking fizzy drinks regularly. I've always had a bit of an impending sense of doom in the back of my mind, which is as delightful as it sounds. I assumed that it was part of me and just something I had to deal with.

However, a few days after my last Diet Coke, I noticed that this had completely gone. I was feeling much more happy and positive, and wasn't as moody as I had been. I'm naturally an anxious person and while I probably always will be, I'm no longer freaking out about every little thing.

I did a bit of research, and it turns out that both caffeine and aspartame have been found to increase anxiety levels. They're both present in lots of fizzy drinks, and if you Google aspartame you'll find that it's pretty much evil in sweetener form.

So, will you be taking part in the GULP challenge?

This post is sponsored but all opinions, words and H2O love are my own.

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