Alas, I’ve hit a weak spot. I’ve fallen back into the devil’s trap that is diet coke
I know, I know! It’s TERRIBLE for you! It’s full of ingredients I can’t pronounce or understand, it has no nutritional value, and it’s literally loaded with chemicals that can un-rust pennies– how could I ever think to poison my body with that?
Welp. College. College wrecked me. You could say I was addicted. Between that and the coffee, I was running on fumes most of the time.
Well, about 9 months ago I decided to kick the soda habit entirely. I went cold turkey– from 3-4 sodas A DAY to zero. And it was actually not too hard and extremely liberating! After a while, I didn’t crave it. I switched to seltzers, flavored water, and a variety of teas and coffees (and of course tons of good ol plain water!)
So anyways, I was going strong for about 4 months. I could easily turn down the offer of a diet soda (diet, only, of course– I haven’t had a real, true soft drink since I was probably 16)
I stopped spending tons of money every week on drinks from the gas station and 12-packs at the grocery store.
Then I started work as a creative arts director at an overnight summer camp– long, exhausting hours like I’d never known….! I needed caffeine all the time! One day I broke and said “yes” to a diet pepsi and I spiraled back into my bad habits, drinking a couple sodas a day, again…
I recently kicked the habit once again when I decided to go paleo. There’s varying opinions on whether or not an occasional diet drink is allowed in this primal lifestyle– to each his own. I was doing great without the soda and I felt clean and healthy. I occasionally craved one, had a sip or two, and walked away, unsatisfied. But after a while, I started craving it more and then slowly working it back into my diet and hit a funk– regular diet sodas were back….with a vengeance….
I’ve been craving it more lately and am tempted to go out and buy a 12-pack to keep in the house– but instead I’m going to kick the can (habit) again! Starting….today! Hopefully I can stick with it this time!
Wish me luck!