It's no secret. I have a problem. I am addicted to Diet Coke. And not just soft drinks...only Diet Coke.
It started when I went to Europe. The people over there to not drink nearly enough water and are clearly dehydrated. We were in London and I had not had ANYTHING to drink yet that day. Some of us finally decided to find somewhere in London where we could buy a drink. We found a place, but there wasn't any water, so I got a Diet Coke, or a Coca-Cola Lite rather.
It was the tastiest drink of my life. I mean can you remember a time when had a drink that tasted really good? I find it strange that I do (especially when it was 5 years ago!).
Since then my obsession has gotten worse and worse, to the point where I feel incomplete if I am having a meal with no Diet Coke. My mom always laughs at me because every time we go out to eat I will get a beer AND a Diet Coke. Or a margarita AND a Diet Coke.
I have decided, as of Sunday, that I am going to give up Diet Coke. The side effects (kidney damage, bone loss, weight gain, tooth enamel damage, etc., etc.,) are being talked about more and more, and I decided it is just time. I can't even believe I am saying this.
I am starting out by just drinking one a day (usually at lunch). Then I will reduce down again to a half of one. Then hopefully to none, or maybe just an occasional one when we go out to eat or something.
My problem with this:
Almost all low-cal, fizzy beverages have Aspartame. I like my fizz!
I like water, but I also like flavor sometimes! (Add Mio or Crystal Light maybe?)
Tea stains your teeth.
Coffee stains your teeth.
Regular cokes have a ton of calories!
So really there is a trade off for everything that you drink besides water (which is boring).
Now for Day 2 of giving up Diet Coke.
I'll keep you updated on how I am doing!