Monday, December 17

Notes, lists, and my Diet Coke story

Reminder: Putting alcohol in water bottle may seem like a good idea at the time, but will make water smell like alcohol in the future. Get a flask already.

Things I keep trying to quit ingesting:
- Corn syrup
- Hydrogenated oil
- Diet coke
- Coffee
- Pasta/bread/other processed grain
- Fried food
- Meat

So far no luck.

I first tried to quit drinking Diet Coke when I was a sophomore in college. I'm not sure what made me want to quit more: knowing that it's really bad for you, or knowing that I was addicted.

The realization that I couldn't go a day without a Diet Coke was sort of funny, but sort of tragic. If it had been a line of cocaine instead of a bottle of soda, it would be much easier to motivate myself to quit. But soda is such an acceptable beverage, there is no stigma to carrying around a soda. When I told people I wanted to quit drinking it, people laughed. It was as though I had just told them I was trying to quit eating olives.

I was able to stop drinking Diet Coke for a good month or two. It was pretty damn hard. I remember I had a Diet Coke that I had left in the communal fridge, for emergencies (yes, I have Diet Coke cravings). I once ran to the fridge and rummaged around, panicking when I realized that some bitch in my house had drank my emergency Diet Coke.

When I came back home for summer break, L gave me a shirt emblazoned with "Diet Coca-Cola." She said that she bought it because she when she saw it in the store, she thought of me. This was a sort of tragic moment. Like when all of a sudden you realize that people think of you every single time they see the color purple because you are obsessed with it.*

I have unsuccessfully tried quitting Diet Coke several times since. I know it's not as bad as being addicted to heroin, but before I tried to quit Diet Coke, I hadn't known that I was susceptible to addiction at all.


* That happened with a friend of mine from high school

99 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have tried too... then i have one fountain DC at a restaurant and it all goes downhill.
It's just so delicious.

The Accidental Bitch said...

Seriously, one time is all it takes.

I don't even know if it's really the taste, or if something is just massively wrong with me.

kittenpower said...

ha. my boss is a diet coke whore. big time. if we run out, she furiously searches around to see if one was left out of the fridge. it's kinda funny.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm a first time reader of your blog. Happened across the title, and had to find out what you write about.
Anyhow, back to the subject of Diet Coke:
Diet Coke contains PEA (phenylethylamine), which is a feel-good neurotransmitter that affects the brain. PEA is also found in chocolate, surprise surprise.
Based on the scientific research I've read (I've got an M.Sc. in Nutrition; I speak "Science"), together with my personal experience, I'm certain that Diet Coke can be addictive.
When I decided I wanted to kick the habit (I used it as a pick-me-up, when I was a bit depressed, and it worked... I am so not joking), I just started drinking Diet 7Up instead. Funny enough, I now dislike the taste of Diet (I never thought that would be possible), and of course I'm not addicted to the 7up (because who would be?).
Of course, now I NEED my multiple-daily fixes of coffee... I basically replaced one addiction with another.
Maybe it's best to leave well enough alone? :)
All the best to you.

Delicieux said...

Well, Read the book "Skinny Bitch" and you'll easily drop all of those bad habits. I've been Coke (coca-cola, that is) free for almost 3 years now... and a vegetarian going on a month (just read the book a month or so ago). It tells you what's really in what you're drinking... the aspartame (fake sweeteners in Diet Coke) turns to formaldahyde in your body. Disgusting.

Pick up the book. It's 10 bucks. ;)

The Ambiguous Blob said...

after reading this post a coupla weeks ago, I decided to make an effort to cut down on my diet coke consumption. I have a big one every morning on my way to work.
Today was my first day of not having it. I had an advantage protein shake instead.
And I kept nodding off on the freeway.
So ef that. I heart diet coke and its addictive qualities and the tingly feeling it makes on its way to my stomach.

Mommy2JL said...

I'm still trying -- to no avail.

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