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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Remember my Diet Coke Experiment?

So this summer, I gave up Diet Coke (which for me, translates to "all soda") for a month. A few individuals (possibly including my mother and my husband) thought this was pretty pointless since I was just going cold turkey for 31 days and then welcoming Diet Coke back into my life.

I just viewed it as an experiment. And, several months later now, it turns out, it worked.

I did continue to crave Diet Coke the whole month and didn't know what to expect when I had that first cold sip on Day 32. I'm not going to lie- it was amazing. I missed it so much, which sounds like a really pathetic thing to admit to the world via the internet.

I was somewhat cured. Instead of the 2, 3, 4, or 5 daily cans I was knocking back prior to the experiment, I was down to a few a week. I patted myself on the back and was content to stay there.

However, to my surprise, I found that after a couple months of this, I didn't even really enjoy the few I was having. I rarely finished my can of Diet Coke when I had one and I usually regretted the lost dollar or two at the restaurant while I sipped my watery, improperly-carbonated beverage. The last one can I had just tasted so chemically and gross to me that I ended up pouring it out after one taste...which is painful for me because I hate to waste food.

And here I am, one addiction short! I'm not saying I've completely cut out all soda forever or that I think it's just the most terrible most awful thing for you (my body would probably really appreciate if I cut out sugar instead!), but overall, I'm over it.

Sugar, watch your back!

Okay, obviously, I was totally kidding about that last part. I'm never giving up sugar. Ever. Excuse me while I go off to the kitchen to make some no-bake oatmeal cookies!


  1. Good for you! Isn't it amazing how your tastes change?! I am sugar free until Thanksgiving....not fun!

  2. WOW!!!
    I did avoid diet Coke for 1 week. It was rough. But doable. Maybe I'll try again soon.

  3. If I absolutely have to have a soda, I do opt for a real Coca-cola..... it's so rare, but it is the best with movie popcorn or a hamburger. And I got to be like you, diet drinks now taste so chemically, that I can't stand them. I don't know how people drink them!

  4. I used to drink at least a can of Coke every day. Like you, I went cold turkey, just to see how long I could go without it. I can't remember how long I went, but now I really don't like the taste, and will only get a small fountain coke at the movies or on the rare occasion I have fast food. But giving up sugar all together? That's crazy talk!

  5. Awesome job! I am in the same final transition you just described. I cut out the diet coke and let myself have one here and there, and it doesn't take good at all. So I dump it and feel guilty about the wasted money. But there are still some meals that make me "think" a diet coke would taste good with them and nope, I end up being wrong.

  6. My eyes almost popped out of my head when you admitted to drinking up to 5 cans of pop in one day. Oh my! It always amazes me when people are addicted to pop. I'm curious to know, was it the caffeine? Or flavor? Or habit? Props to you for a successful experiment. I'm impressed! Another question- do you still get headaches after long runs? I can't help but wonder if the amount of caffeine played a role?