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Diet Coke--My Frenemy

Monday, July 15, 2013

I've been addicted to Diet Coke for more than 20 years. It started when I was in college. I didn't drink coffee so I used Diet Coke as my source of caffeine when I was studying. I figured it was okay to do because it has no calories. Soon, I was drinking Diet Coke in the mornings as well as evenings. Since then, with the exception of my pregnancy, I have averaged anywhere from two to five servings a day.

Yes, I've read all the articles about the evils of aspartame. I'm sure my family has emailed me every single story. But when you're addicted, you rationalize your behavior.

In the last couple of years, I've made tremendous changes to my eating habits and have really tried to focus on eating fresh, unprocessed food as often as possible. My addiction to Diet Coke is now inconsistent with my healthier lifestyle. Last month, when my mother came to visit, she told me I looked great but was dismayed to learn I was still drinking Diet Coke.

I've tried to quit before. Several times. But each time, I felt like it was too much work to sacrifice a calorie-free beverage I enjoy when I'm making so many other changes to my diet.

So what's changed?

Quite honestly, I don't know. I think there are several factors:
1. Sodas cost money. If I spend an average of 50 cents a day to support my habit, that's $182.50 a year. Chances are good that I'm spending more than that.
2. Sodas stain your teeth. My smile is dimming with age. I just spent lots of money on my teeth and I want them to be healthy.
3. My habit was escalating. Suddenly, two cans was not enough. One day, I drank 64 oz of soda. That's way too much.
4. The carbonation causes bloat. I want my stomach to look flatter.
5. I'm ready to change.

So far, it's been 11 days. Will I never take a Diet Coke again? I'm not there. What I do want to do is make it an occasional treat instead of a caffeine crutch. In the meantime, I've started drinking coffee. emoticon

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    Congrast on giving it up. I know it's tough, I recently gave up my soda (but I'm a regular, full calorie drinker). I have noticed with the decrease in soda I feel better overall, and my skin looks way better!! Good Luck sticking to it!
    1738 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I was a regular coke drinker, for years too, never thought I could give it up but I did and now it is just too sweet so I have no problem not having it anymore. I bet it would be the same with diet coke.
    I know you can do this!!! emoticon
    1739 days ago
    Hang in there, soror!
    You'll kick the habit and the desire for the taste will diminish.
    I pray this for you.

    1739 days ago
    My sister used to be a big soda addict. She gave it up because it was bad for her bone density, which was a serious issue for a woman of her age. It didn't happen all at once; she cut back and eventually found she didn't want it.

    She clued me in to the fact that carbonated beverages allow her to eat more (a bad thing) and stimulate her appetite (another bad thing). I started paying attention, and found that diet soda stimulates my appetite, too. So I cut back. I learned that I can deal with a Diet Pepsi at Taco Bell, but I can't afford to go back for the free refill. And some days, I have to deal with a soda enhanced appetite that wouldn't be there from the same quantity of soda on other days. Go figure.

    You'll notice I haven't said anything about aspartame. I'm not worried about it. I'm more concerned about appetite stimulation than the unproven ill effects of artificial sweetener.

    Meanwhile, I drink a lot of water at home and at work. I'm a tea drinker rather than a coffee drinker, and I cut back on tea after I found SP. The reason? It turns out that for me, tea is a drink that goes too well with something to eat. I can just have a glass of water; but it's very hard to just have a cup of tea. I doubt this is universally true, but it's a personal truth for me.

    1739 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/15/2013 9:32:41 PM
    1739 days ago
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