It’s Official…. I Quit! (Diet Coke, that is)
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Yes, I believe I can make it official. It’s been 18 days since my last Diet Coke! I had previously been on a one or two (or three) 12oz can per day habit. I have been wanting to give this up for a long time, but I had been making so many other changes to the way I eat and to other habits, and a girl can only do so much.
Do you know how a can of Diet Coke tastes that is about one year past its expiration and has been sitting out in a hot garage? You know, flat and syrupy and metallic and gross? Well, that’s what I imagine it will taste like every time I have wanted one in the last 18 days. Water sounds pretty good by comparison.
For the caffeine, I bought myself a new coffee pot and made myself drink a cup of coffee every day until I learned to like it. It actually only took about 5 days.
So goodbye to the potential for increased risk of stroke, cancer, decreased kidney function, osteoporosis, and weight gain, and hello to a potential for a reduced risk of dementia and parkison’s disease! (For full disclosure, studies show an association between diet soda and these negative consequences, not causation. Not everyone thinks that it is beneficial to give up diet soda. But I did it anyway).