A week without Diet Coke

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

It hasn't been a full week yet. It's actually been six days since I've had a Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. And man... it is not my idea of fun. 3:30 rolls around, and I start craving that sharp taste combined with fizz and a little zing! and boy, do I miss it.

Some of you know that we've (mostly me) been watching Biggest Loser for the first time this season and I really enjoy watching it. Something last week just clicked with me when they were having this health & wellness quiz/challenge thingy on the show. There was a question about diet soda, and the health expert so matter-of-factly discussed how it contributes to belly fat and other such unncessary problems. It was something about watching these people working so hard to lose weight, and I just realized, why even fool with the stuff?

from themayoclinic.com

Drinking a reasonable amount of diet soda a day, such as a can or two, isn't likely to hurt you. The artificial sweeteners and other chemicals used in diet soda are safe for most people, and there's no evidence that these ingredients cause cancer. Some types of diet soda are even fortified with vitamins and minerals. But diet soda isn't a health drink or a cure for weight loss. Although switching from regular soda to diet soda will save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking soda of any type leads to obesity and other health problems. And healthier choices abound. Start your day with a small glass of 100-percent fruit juice. Drink skim milk with meals. Sip water throughout the day. For variety, try sparkling water or enjoy a squirt of lemon or cranberry juice in your water. Save diet soda for an occasional treat.

Boy, do I miss it. Did you see the new cans? They're so cute. Has anyone else in love with Diet Coke completely cut it out?

In doing research for this post, I found a bevy of websites regarding the "cult of diet coke" or "aspartame kills" and other such strong sentiments, so I know I'm not alone.


  1. YIKES!!! You have more willpower than I do. I have moved down to one DC a day and have even switched to ceffeine free. Of course, cutting out Starbucks instead of Diet Coke would probably make more sense. We all need at least one vice, right?

  2. I used to love Diet Coke (esp with lime) and pretty much completely cut it out of my diet. I hate the way carbonation makes my stomach hurt and makes me burp. I save soda for a special treat--like a rootbeer float or a real Vanilla Coke with a burger on a night out every now and then.

    Now, cutting out the short, toffee nut, soy lattes? I'm down to once a week, but they are my new luxury drink. Cya soda.

  3. I have cut out all carbonated beverages with one every now and then on a special occasion. I drink only water, OJ, hot tea, green tea, and coffee. I used to drink a lot more coffee than I do now, maybe once a week if that. You are doing great! Keep it up you will feel so much better!!

  4. I drink one soda a day. I used to be able to go without soda, but since the arrival of Sylvie I need the extra caffeine to get through the day! I suppose I could do coffee instead....

  5. A couple of years ago, I completely stopped drinking diet cokes and anything with caffeine. I was having terrible headaches and thought that it was from the diet cokes? I remember feeling better at the time, but I guess not good enough to keep it up. I think I lasted about 3 months. Sad. I am back to at least 1 diet coke a day. I think it really is addictive. Did you find anything about that in your research?

    Anyways, I'm proud of you!

  6. I am proud of you-you will feel so much better as more time goes by! Seriously, now I drink one and it really hurts my stomach. You know how I feel on DC-but good job!!!

  7. ok, q-tip addiction led me here, where i also have to feel your pain with dc- only mine is coke/ cherry coke (sorry i don't do diet- i don't like to take anything away from my coke!) i have tried everything under the sun to stop drinking it and guilt me in to quitting. i have watched BL since season 1 and actually look forward to new seasons hoping they will tell me ONE MORE THING about how bad cokes are for me. that way, it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back and push me towards quitting for real this time. but no, sadly, i too drink daily at about 3:30 (the arm-pit of the day if you ask me.) every day when i am on my run, i think to myself "i am never drinking coke again." then a mere 6 hours later, im off the wagon. i have even used Lent as a way to try to guilt me into quitting. pathetic, huh? so let me know if you figure something out.


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