I'd like to experiment with avoiding aspartame to see if it's possibly a migraine trigger for me. I noticed recently that after having crystal light a few different days, my heart hurt (although not severe).
I love, love, love diet soda. I do not like regular soda at all. I drink quite a lot of water and have about one diet soda a day as a treat. I realize that alternatives are available, like diet soda with splenda or stevia. I have heard that some people get migraines/headaches from splenda as well, so I'd rather avoid it in the meantime for my little "experiment." Something like stevia, I feel more comfortable with. I actually would feel SAD to never have diet soda, because it's like a little treat for me and it's SO refreshing. I realize some people will tell me to just never have diet soda, but I'd be quite disappointed
I do like sparkling green tea and sparkling water, but these have the same sweeteners! Since too much sugar makes me feel bad, I don't drink sugary beverages at all, not even juice!
I also chew sugar-free gum quite often. I am taking a medication that gives me very dry mouth. I sip water a lot, but if I'm in a meeting, my bladder gets too full and I'm having trouble holding it to use the restroom! Most of the time, I have the flexibility to run to the restroom and all, but occasionally, I can't fill myself with this much water. I can't talk for that long without gum or my mouth dries too much.
Do any of you have any tips for alternatives with chewing gum and diet soda? Hopefully there is something out there without sugar (since that would KILL my teeth to be having so much with the gum) and not super hard to find or expensive.
***ALSO, today I went without the products all day and felt pretty awful. My head hurt and I started to get a migraine and had to take my prescriptions (I feel much better now or I wouldn't be able to be on the computer), so I gave in and had a diet soda, since they usually GREATLY HELP my migraines when taken with my medicine. I also gave in and had a piece of gum. That with the medicine just made me feel better! Just one can of soda and half a piece of gum! Is it better to make this a GRADUAL change? I don't have a ton of aspartame, but I definitely have a few pieces of gum each day, so maybe it's more than I thought. How can I avoid feeling bad when I'm not having it?
Thanks for any ideas!!