Farewell my dear friend

diet coke

My once conjoined now separated twin, The Sharpest Pencil, has given up Diet Coke.

This has totally freaked me out.

Not because she is “Angry. Irritable. A little bit on the edge” as a result.

But because she says: “Because I am a serial stomach ache complainer, my doctor has suggested I try the FODMAPs diet. It’s not a diet per se but a process whereby you eliminate all FODMAPs (a group of carbohydrates named FODMAPs which stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Disaccharides, Mono-saccharides and Polyols)  and then slowly reintroduce them to see which ones are causing you grief. The sweetener found in diet drinks is a no- no FODMAP wise.”


As HouseGoesHome regulars might realise I had a disaccharide deficiency at few years back. I still occasionally wonder if it’s coming back, but so far my jeans size would beg to differ.

As I recalled in a blog post called Fatty Acid:

When I suddenly started losing weight for no apparent reason, I put it down to breastfeeding. I bought a pair of skinny black jeans in a size 12 to celebrate and the compliments started flowing. So did the requests for diet tips. What everyone – and I – didn’t realise was they needed to develop an enzyme deficiency to mimic my efforts. My weight loss coincided with a succession of “tummy bugs”; about a year after the first bout, I was diagnosed with “multiple disaccharide deficiencies”, meaning my body has trouble processing sugars. I’m not allowed to eat carbohydrates in any form. No bread, no rice, not even broccoli. It’s easier to explain what I can eat – meat, fish, salad, a few vegies, cheese, eggs and grapes.

But I DID NOT KNOW I was supposed to cut the Diet Coke too. Possibly because I only went to the dietician once after the gastroenterologist gave me the diagnosis. Husband still chips me about that.

Symptoms of FODMAP-style malabsorption include:

  • Fatigue / lack of energy / tiredness.
  • Brain fog / negative emotions.
  • Nausea or even vomiting

I have all of the above. In spades. Noooooooo! So I have resolved to give up my beloved Diet Coke.

diet coke meme

This is tough, as anyone addicted to Diet Coke will understand and as Buzzfeed so cannily understood in a post it compiled called 25 Signs You’re Addicted to Diet Coke.

But it does seem odd to me that I am mainlining caffeine and yet can barely keep my eyes open past 8pm at night.

So I’m going to give it a try.

Wish me luck. Again.

7 thoughts on “Farewell my dear friend

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  1. I’m on day 4 and I’m no better! Sorry to do this to you but as twins we can do this together (at least I bloody well hope we can because if I don’t get a sweet tasting, fizzy cola drink into me soon I am going to combust!)

      1. I’m conducting a social experiment to see if I can reduce inflammation in my body and to regain some energy, it’s only been about 2 weeks but I am feeling much better. It’s amazing!

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