September 28th, 2011
09:15 AM ET
Holy crap, did I used to drink a lot of Diet Coke. Not just a can or two at lunch and one with dinner. Not just a pick-me-up in the afternoon or the tail end of a droopy morning. More like two liters a day at the very minimum - sometimes four.
Had the end times come and yea and verily the East and Hudson rivers risen up and swallowed New York, I could have easily lashed together a raft of the empty plastic bottles I'd amassed in my recycling bin since the last trash day. First port of call: wherever they're keeping the rest of the Diet Coke. And I'd probably have to fight for it.
A casual drinker will simply slug, quench and continue about their normal activities, but the Diet Coke freak cannot be so nonchalant. They'll pause for a moment, sinking in and surrendering to the sweet fizz. Then comes the surreptitious scan of the premises to ensure there's easy access to more.
For many, it's less enjoyment than appeasement of a bubble-hungry little beast within. It's a physical need with definite emotional underpinnings, bordering on addiction. While the root causes of that are a matter of great debate among healthcare professionals who claim it's tied to everything from caffeine dependence to chasing an ever-elusive high triggered but not satisfied by artificial sweeteners like the aspartame in my precious Diet Coke, that meant jack to me over the course of the twenty or so years I spent trying to kick the habit.
Frankly, I didn't care to give much mind to experts, friends and partners who suggested I cut back a tad, citing expense, lack of storage space, late-night convenience store pilgrimages and (in an anonymous, locally-postmarked letter later traced back to my roommate) concern over "Where does the caramel coloring go?"
One boyfriend went so far as to ask me, on the eve of our anniversary meal at a high-end Manhattan restaurant, "Would you mind not ordering a Diet Coke at dinner tomorrow night?" I refrained from ordering one (not on his account, but because I opted for the restaurant's notable wine pairings), but not from pointing out the tables around us with Diet Cokes upon them. There, it came in small glass bottles for fanciness' sake. I was clearly not alone in my obsession.
We take care of each other, the Diet Coke addicts of the world. My grad school roommate and I had an unspoken pact that even if we were running late to campus in the morning, we'd take five minutes to stop off at the local convenience store and stock up for the day - me with a well-iced fountain cup and her with a two-liter that she'd swig from throughout the day, even after it reached room temperature. Gross, but her devotion paid off; she married the cashier who sold us our fix every day.
After that came a boss whose office I dared not enter for a long meeting unless I came bearing a cold bottle for her, a friend who'd also show up at parties with the requisite wine for the host - along with a two liter of Diet Coke for her own personal consumption, and my now-husband who I adored on his own merits, but even more when he started stocking Diet Coke for me in his own fridge. Bad habits appreciate the heck out of company - and I'd justify it by noting that I didn't smoke, drink to excess, do drugs or bungee jump - but it was time to quit.
It was, in fact, quitting time for a long time. I was sick to death of the expense, the hauling of bottles, the financial support of a company with which I had some serious ethical issues and perhaps more than anything, the feeling that I had no control over this particular area of my life.
It seems like such an insignificant thing, but there's an inherent anxiety to any addiction. I wasn't going to go all foamy-mouthed and twitchy on the floor, but I felt tremendous stress if I didn't know there was another bottle or can close at hand. If I knew I'd be staying over, I'd show up at a friend or boyfriend's home with a supply so I'd be assured a cold one in the morning, and keep bottles stashed in office desk drawers just in case the vending machine ran out.
My attempts to quit were a running joke with friends, but truly, it hurt - both physically and psychically. I shook and worried and my head pounded. I'm an exceptionally friendly person (or at least I try to be), but I was crabby and short with people I love and I'm convinced it wasn't just the caffeine. That, I could get anywhere. There is something specifically in Diet Coke that pushes buttons in me that others might simply be missing. Lucky them; this was humiliating.
And then the Sodastream happened. I'd wanted this magical machine for ages, but couldn't justify the counter space or the purchase price. It is simply a carbonation device - screw a specially fitted bottle of plain tap water onto a nozzle, press a button, and release. Some people choose to augment the water with flavored syrups, but as it turns out, I'm a purist. Who'd have guessed?
My husband presented me with one of these for Christmas, and I appreciated the novelty. It makes a comical little honking sound upon operation, and one can opt for everything from a mild sparkle to a riotous, nose-tickling rush of bubbles. I began drinking a glass or two of carbonated water a day, then three or four or more and it wasn't until I tripped over an unopened bottle of Diet Coke on the kitchen floor one day that I realized I hadn't bought any for weeks.
I have no idea how I was released from diet cola's hold, but I opt for seltzer or water in or out of the house every time now. I haven't supplanted the caffeine or the sweetness with anything else, and the most I'll adulterate the sparkling water is by adding a dash or two of Fee Brothers peach or celery flavored bitters or a dash of Tabasco sauce, because I have really odd flavor issues. I'll chalk it up to a fizz addiction which is - lame, I admit, but I'll take it.
Tallied up, that's a savings of (with New York City pricing) $850 a year at the very low end of an estimate and a cool grand or more if we're figuring in taxes and bottle deposit - not to mention the 400 or more plastic and metal containers I'm no longer chucking willy-nilly at the planet. That's pretty darned cool to me.
I certainly don't mind if folks around me are having a Diet Coke and a smile. I just won't be chilling out with them - for now.
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I was ADDICTED to Diet Dr. Pepper. For approximately 18 years, I drank at least 7-8 cans a day. Then, one day I realized the risks involved with drinking the aspartame and all that junk....so I quit. Silly me....I didn't start drinking anything really instead, and severely dehydrated myself. I was suddenly inside the body of a 95 year old...having to have help standing...not understanding what was going on. My mother actually figured it out the morning I was to go to the doctor...she came to my house at 5:00am and said "YOU NEED WATER". LOL.....*DUH* Why didn't I think of that? My main source of fluid was Diet DP for SO LONG...Anyway...I still kicked the habit although I almost killed myself for not REPLACING the Diet DP with other fluids. :)
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I am a Coca-Cola addict.
I stopped my cravings for colar (all sugar and carbs really) with garcinia cambogia. I also posted a great video from the University Of California about it: http://SmarterLowCarb.com
Soda is cross.
It's too swet and sticky,and leaves this slimey feeling in your mouth.
yuck yuck yuck
when i was in army basic training we (of course) were not allowed to have sodas. i was drinking a lot of dr pepper before i went in so that kinda sucked...but i managed to get ahold of a dr pepper bottle lid and keep in hidden in my clothes so i could take it out and sniff it...i could almost taste it...and then the day i graduated i drank two liters of dp in less that 10 minutes and my bladder couldnt handle it after drinking only water for so long...ever since then i've been able to cut back, but i still treat myself. no, it's not an addiction, but it is amazing...and diet dp is TERRIBLE those commercials are LIARS.
I avoid aspartame like the plaque, but I'm stuck on the reg. stuff. Still looking for a healthy replacement to regular coke... *sigh*
How do you avoid plaque? Isn't that why you regularly go to a dentist?
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I'm addicted to the leaded Coke. I just can't kick it. And to be honest, I don't want to.
I am diet coke free for 6 weeks now. The 1st week was the hardest. I didn't realize how sluggish I would be without that extra caffeine, but I am. I am glad I stopped my 2 litter a day for 32 years habit!
I started drinking 2 liter bottles of seltzer water because I couldn't afford the coke. To my amazement after the 2nd bottle I didn't want the coke anymore. I've been addicted to seltzer water ever since, but it's a helluva lot healthier than coke. p.s. if you have a choice, most people can't tell the difference between club soda and seltzer water. They are basically the same but club soda has sodium added to it. Since most Americans get too much sodium, well, you figure it out.
I knew a guy who came in the grocery store, where I worked, and would buy two two liters of coke and be back an hour later buying two more.
One time he drank a six pack of diet coke while standing around talking to me,the man had to have a cast iron stomach.
Can I just say that I love the author used the term "DC"... in college that was my roommates' term for Diet Coke because we were all so addicted. Text messages: DC at home? Commonly heard in conversation: Want to do a DC run?
Haha. I wasn't as addicted as this poor girl – if I have Sprite Zero, diet A&W or other sodas in the house I can go off DC for a long period of time – but on average I drink 2 cans a day and if I haven't had any soda in a while, anytime i'm in my car I consider going through the nearest drive-thru for a big 32-oz large, light ice DC. :)
I am a coke addict. I have never gotten into diet coke. But I am the same as the author on my addiction to coke. I don't drink coffee so I have coke instead to wake up. But, I will drink it with brreakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...I can't stop. Maybe I will try the carbonated water trick. I really need to stop. My son is always making fun of me when I get a coke because he always sees me drinking it with meals. Help!!
I was a coke addict.. very particular too, I had to have the 20 oz bottles, not the cans or the 2-liters or the 1-liter or 16 ouncers. To me, they tasted different. Anyway, I kicked it by buying the flavored bottle water for about 70 cents for a liter at Wal Mart. They come in a lot of flavors I like including Mandarin Orange and Golden Peach. The hard part about finding a substitute is I don't like a ton of carbonation and I like something that still tastes good once it's at room temperature. The Wal Mart bottles would last me longer and they also had zero calories. I'll still have a coke every few weeks or so, but it's a far cry from when I'd go through a six pack in a day.
I am a Diet Coke addict that got pregnant and had to quit. So that's one way to stop I guess. I still sneak one sometimes... there are days when it's the only way to make it through. (My doc's ok with that.)
If you kick caffeine, you can easily stop drinking coca cola and any other caffeinated beverage.
I rarely drink soda, but when i do, I insist on sugar beverages only, no corn syrup, and only tasty, naturally flavored beverages like gourmet root beer, or mexican fruit sodas.
I treat soda like candy, its a treat, not a way to get your H20 for the day.
I have switched to seltzer water or club soda with two fresh limes squeezed into it. The fizziness gets rid of the craving. And sans limes, it has ZERO calories.
Heh, I'm having a very similar experience with my sodastream. The soda junkies in my office bought one together when we moved to a new building, and I liked it so much I got one for home. I still do drink diet coke in the morning, but I've cut back a LOT, and now I'm more likely to drink seltzer for the rest of the day (vs. more diet coke or caffeine-free diet coke).
I am going to have to try that tabasco idea...
I used to drink at least 6 Diet Cokes per day (in ice – VERY cold). Loved them. Could not imagine life without DC.
Unfortunately, after 20 years of drinking Diet Coke, I noticed the mucus in my sinuses had gotten so bad I had to go to the doctor. The post nasal drip was so bad it was burning up my vocal cords. The doctor said I would have to take steroids for the rest of my life.
A friend of mine suggested I stop the Diet Coke for 48 hours and see what happened. When I did, 70% of the mucus cleared. That was the last Diet Coke I ever drank. After about a year I had the clearest nasal passages on the planet. They have stayed that way (5 years and counting).
Take up nice cold water and tea. Your body will thank you.
I like to dig in and then eat my Boogers....What will I do if I quit DC?
Maybe you will grow a brain...
I quit drinking alcohol 13 years and 4 months ago and recreational drugs several years before that, but regular Coke – OMG – how many times have I said "OK, tomorrow is the day I stop...." or "this is absolutely the last one." There have been thousands of times. I used to drink a lot of water but now I have coke from morning til night. The times I've made some progress is in drinking the zero calorie vitamin water drinks. They are delicious, but nothing has that fresh, aha feeling of the first drink of a coke. I can hardly believe what it's come to and I know coke is what has put on the weight. Sugar is most definitely addicting and from what I understand there's a close correlation between alcohol addiction and too much sugar consumption. I currently have a refrigerator full of ice tea but I know I'll get some coke when I go on my errands later. I find it incredibly hard to quit and I certainly speak as one who is a recovering alcoholic and can't have even one taste of alcohol. Anything with aspartame gives me headaches and I hate the taste of diet coke anyway. Maybe for some it's a bad habit, but for others it's truly an addiction and emotional comfort. It's very tough to quit but I think my kidneys are starting to have a problem and hopefully that will give me the motivation to quit this altogether too heavenly drink.
I was up to 14 cans of Diet Coke a day! I had high blood pressure, headaches all the time, and couldn't sleep. But NOOOO!, it couldn't be the diet coke causing the issue? One day I decided to quit drinking it all together just to see if I'd miss it. I had a heck of a headache for two weeks and was irritable (OK, more than usual) and couldn't sleep. Then after the two weeks it's like a light switch went off. The blood pressure is now very low, I sleep all night and no more headaches! But I'm sure it is a coincidence, no the lack of Diet Coke! LOL
No, I don't think it was the DC!
I used to drink 4 or 5 Cokes a day, I slowly started replacing with water, Iced water, real real cold. It didn't help me loose any weight cause I still eat like a fat pig but at least I took that sugar out of my diet.....Diet...What a strange word really...LOL.
That's right, ice cold water replaced Coke and I dropped 10 lbs in a year.
I've had a couple of people tell me that drinking cold water is bad for you, too. Makes the duodenum work harder to heat up the water so you can metabolize it. KeeeristonnaCross. We're all gonna die anyway. I'll take my chances with a body part that looks like it belongs to Schwarzenegger. Thanks.
As a dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, I am very concerned about the misinformation presented in this article. With more than half of Americans overweight or obese, diet sodas are a safe, simple and effective tool in helping to manage weight and caloric intake. Further, the information presented in this article is not reflective of the weight of the scientific evidence nor the position of leading health and regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association. (www.caloriecontrol.org/what-experts-say) Low-calorie sweeteners used in diet sodas have been very thoroughly studied and found to be safe time and time again.
Most health professionals would agree that making small, lifestyle changes is one of the best ways to lose weight and keep that weight off. It is unfortunate that this article contains misinformation that may unduly alarm people when diet sodas (and other foods that use sugar-substitutes) can be a simple (and safe) lifestyle change that can easily be incorporated into an overall healthy eating plan to manage calories and weight. However, they are not a magic bullet but rather a tool to incorporate into an overall healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and a balanced diet.
- Beth Hubrich, RD with the Calorie Control Council
Well, George, how DOES a man your age stay in such good condition?"
"I don't eat."
"You don't eat?"
"No. But it hasn't affected my appetite any."
Would you mind being a little more specific about exactly what is incorrect about this article? Without specifics, I'm afraid it would be foolish to trust statements from a representative of the diet foods industry such as yourself. You have an agenda as part of the Calorie Control Council industry association.
It would seem that habits such as this and caffeine addiction (I hope you aren't seriously suggesting caffeine is not addictive) can cause the symptoms this author describes. Wouldn't you agree?
A thank you to Beth Hubrich, RD, for a little reason to leaven such idiocies as "studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners cause the body to store more fat than naturally occuring sugars", typically posted as unattributed assertions.
"Seriously" the topic below is about a Purdue study on rats with yogurt. See my post below for more info.
Read "Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills" (written by an MD). You are either ignorant or lying.
I don't think this post is meant for people who are substituting Diet Coke for sugary coke as a weightloss mechanism. I have been trying to stop drinking Diet Coke for years now... and I can't. I really can't. And because I find myself making my lunch choices based on where I can get a Diet Coke, I have to say that in my heart, I know I will lose weight when I finally kick the habit for good. Today I am on Day 5.
Your comments are a bit troubling because they are vague and unsubstantiated. The experts and organizations that you cite as the official word on whether something is safe or not have histories of misconceptions and mistakes. The FDA declared DES and Thalidomide safe in the 70's and the result was miscarriages and children born with flippers instead of arms and legs. The list of mistakes and reversals is huge and sadly the results of these mistakes are irreversible. Any drug or chemical that is introduced into the body will have some effect either immediate (allergy) or cumulative. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener deemed safe, well so was Saccharin until they decide that it might cause cancer in rats (what doesn't). There are studies that say Aspartame can damage neurons in the brain. The phosphates in Coke rob your bones of calcium, here's an experiment for you to try...take some baby teeth (human) and drop them in a glass of Coke and in 3 days they will be mush and in 5 days they will disappear. The Sodium Benzoate preservative has hundreds of studies on it where they say it has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. Now before you pooh pooh the studies I have mentioned, please keep in mind that I wouldn't trust the FDA to help me make an informed decision about anything. They have too much pressure from big money forces to get something approved.
You have to do your own research and swim against the tide a bit. Diet Coke is sort of like a weak poison that builds up over the years and insidiously hooking you into with the caffeine. I realize you are a Registered Dietitian but that only goes so far. The person who wrote the article is writing from real life experience. You can't beat real life from laboratory life. If you want to know more about me Beth, I wrote a reply on sept 28th around 4 oclock...it starts with , I'm 54.... So no offense intended but I think the person who wrote the article did a service and it was for people with an addiction that would like to see how other people deal with it.
Ma'am, it is obvious that you are a shill for the artificial sweetener industry. Aspartame and Sucralose are the worst kind of garbage you can put into your body. I wlll stick with water and unsweetened iced tea, thank you very much.
Well, I won't be going to YOU. I used to believe that I was getting a free pass by indulging in numerous Diet Pepsis a day. Problem was, either the caffeine or the reaction my body was having to the perceived sweetness I was ingesting would cause my blood sugar to crash–hard–at which point I would eat anything just to stop shaking. Since I've given up DIET Pepsi, I am dropping weight–I drink seltzer water instead or homemade tea, which, even though it has caffeine, does not result in the same crash as diet soda did.
You are full of it! You must work for the soda companies. Diet soda is very bad for you.
I'll say one thing ... I look around my office and see all these fat bottomed chicks knocking back 4 or 5 REAL Cokes a day and then I laugh when they wonder why their behinds are getting so huge. There's a couple hundred calories in each can, as opposed to zero in a diet drink. And don't give me that garbage about you can't stand the taste of artificial sweetners. you can learn to like anything if you really want to. Course, if that fat butt is that important to you, just keep on a chuggin' ...
Actually, studies have shown that the artificial sweeteners cause the body to store more fat than naturally occuring sugars (such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, etc.) do. Drinking diet sodas is not better for you and drinking real Coke will not cause you to gain more weight than drinking Diet Coke.
Where are you getting your facts from? Have you seen the calorie count on a can of regular Coke? And you say that "... drinking real Coke will not cause you to gain more weight than drinking Diet Coke." A couple hundred calories vs. ZERO calories and there's no difference in weight gain???? Sorry, but you'll have to explain that one to me ...
Anally extruded facts are next to impossible to prove.
This is correct.
The particulars (Author, book or journal title, publisher, date) of just one of your referenced "studies".
No, I didn't think so.
Lazy tards. If you don't believe something how far out of your way will you go to keep your belief, no matter how wrong it is?
Check this one of many many articles about the subject – IF you are willing to learn.
All, this person is referring to the Purdue University Ingestive Behavior Research Center's rat study published by Drs. Swithers and Davidson which compared yogurt sweetened with Saccharin to that sweetened with sugar. They found rats who consumed the Saccharin yogurt later ate more calories in other food and gained more weight than the rats that ate the sugary yogurt. A simple google search will find this paper for you if you are interested.
I also must say that one rat study doesn't make something true, but it is just a little piece of the puzzle...all part of this messy scientific process we call progress :)
"They found rats who consumed the Saccharin (a specific sweetener) yogurt later ATE more calories in other food..."
is indeed plausible, but that's hardly the same as
"...artificial sweeteners (all?) cause the body to STORE more fat than naturally occuring sugars", now is it?
Anyhow, thank you for the (more accurate) reference.
M. Drop, couldn't agree more. Plus, rats are not humans. However, the study cannot be discarded as hooey when considering the relationship between weight gain and food consumption.
i was a life-long Coke "addict" up until recently; i'm in my early 40s. i could never stand the artificial sweetener taste of diet products. i loved the burn of my specific tasting carbonated soda. but my habit, while still daily, had dwindled to just a few shots with a meal; i like drinking something of flavor if eating something with a bite that hangs on. i realized the sweetness of Coke had become a turnoff. i like my sweets, but drinking that sugary syrup had become virtually disgusting to me. so i quit. i drink unsweetened green/white tea now, delish and healthy (and yes, naturally caffeinated). i didn't really miss the Coke. what i missed was...the burrrn. so i get my fix of carbonation now only when i have a beer or insert some seltzer water into the mix. i love that i'm not just drinking pure cr@p anymore.
You're all a bunch of pansies!
I drink 10-12 Diet Mountain Dews a day. It's my only vice and I ain't givin' it up. You think you're on a caffeine high with Diet Coke? Compared to Diet Mountain Dew that's like drinking bottled water or tap water (both of which i despise).
tellin' em, by God!
so you are consuming around 200lbs of sugar per year. diabetic yet?
Read the post again, Bill. I said DIET Mountain Dew: Zero sugar, Zero carbs, Zero calories. I believe that comes out to 0 pounds of sugar per year.
And yes, I am diabetic. Have been for 41 years. Which is why I drink DIET drinks, not sugary real ones.
Bill got owned.
Soda and especially diet soda has aspartame, an addictive neurotoxin that first damages the nervous system and then goes on to damage all of the body systems.
Ok so all of you saying you CAN'T be addicted to Coke or Pepsi, you are wrong!!! I don't drink either one of them just because I don't really like it. But my dad was an addict but stopped drinking it a little more than 10 years ago. He would drink about 12 to 13 one Litre of Pepsi a day and sometimes more! He literally always had one in hand and one on his night table when he was sleeping. It's just the one day when his doctor advised him that if he didn't stop or reduce his amount of Pepsi he would die of either heart attack, diabetes or wtv. My dad got scared as hell and just stopped it cold turkey! He never had a sip ever since but he craves it every day even after 10 years. So if you don't call that an addiction than I don't know what you're talking about! And you don't need to seel your body or stuff wtv to be addicted to something... Pepsi & coke are ALOT cheaper than drugs btw!! lol
to donate my body to Medical Science, but they wouldn't take it, so I gave it to English Literature.
Sadly, I'm a regular Coke addict (Diet Coke tastes too diet for me). I once had a 5-6 can/day addiction that I kicked cold turkey. Then after about 7 months I had a BAD day and chugged a can as if it were the oxygen I needed in order to breathe. Now I have to limit myself to 2 cans a day. I don't know if I'll ever get that delicious bright red shiny monkey off of my back.
you people are such weak minded creeps. addicted to cola and whining about it? get a clue, you dont have an addiction, it's called a bad habit, if you want an addiction that you can moan about to total strangers then start drinking, smoking or shooting ron
Have a coke and a smile ...
I'd like to buy the world a Coke, and keep it company.
...by, God, you weak-sister pantywaists!
Go out and get yourselves a real MAN'S addiction, and THEN come back and moan to me!
...come back and moan...
Eh, never mind.
Hey man, ...DON'T LOOK, don't look, moron!... can I cop some ron?
I haven't seen anyone mention specifically MCDONALDS DIET COKE!! It's the best. I don't even care about other diet coke. What's lurking in McDonalds diet coke?! Special sauce?
It's the saccharin. It's in alot of fountain-dispensed Diet Coke. McD's, 7-11, various restaurants.
You are absolutely right! It is the BEST. I don't know why either. I thought it was just me....
Most people don't realize it, but the F-1 engines in the Saturn V rocket were powered by Diet Coke and Mentos.
it's the caramel coloring in any soda that is one of the causes of bladder cancer.
...caramel covered apples at Halloween cause bladder cancer?
My mother loves diet coke. My husband favors it. I, personally, am "one of those people" who cannot abide by the taste of diet soda. Diet Dr. Pepper does NOT taste just like regular Dr. Pepper.
YES IT DOES!!! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!!
...to air. Seriously, I can't go for more than three or four MINUTES without a fix.
This article is a slap in the face of anyone who has had a real addiction. When you're selling your body for Diet Coke, come back and write an article. When you're stealing from your family to pay for DC, then call it an addiction.
If you'd steal your mother's insulin to sell for a fix...
...you may be an addict.
If the only thing an addict has to worry about is the company they're keeping under the umbrella term "addiction" then they're probably not focusing on their recover enough. I'm sorry you're suffering either as an addict or as a victim of an addicted persons behavior, but that doesn't give you the right to be rude to someone who is addressing, in a mildly humorous way, one of the leading causal agents of obesity, diabetes, and other medical problems. Before I started limiting myself to a couple of 20oz bottles a day I was drinking more than two 2 liters. It damages teeth, can reduce calcium, and a host of other stupid things.
PS: or you could just chill out and let us all deal with our crap the best way we can while you deal with your crap.
I just didn't think this article was funny at all, not even in a mildly humorous way. I found it trite bordering on idiocy. It's typical "waaaaa meee!" behavior put into words.
I understand you too were "addicted" to soda, so you're biased. However, I've yet to see anyone in rehab for Diet Coke. When you see one, tell me. The article also mentions her boyfriend and later her husband, so she was able to have healthy relationships with "non addicts" while she was "addicted". Yeah that sounds about right for an addiction. This Diet Coke addiction is more of this generations ridiculous attention seeking behavior.
Your agitation over this borders on ideological correctness run amok.
Here, we talk of being addicted to football; and, indeed, football as a religion, without even the fundamentalists taking offense.
More to the point, Diet Coke is legal and hardly consciousness-distorting, so the anology is indeed lightly humorous.
Certain businesses are referred to as "cash cows". Should dairymen be upset?
Don't forget what was in the original formula, or what the name Coke derives from.
So sick of hearing every bad habit called an "addiction."
thank you for saying that. I'm over it too.
I think the term "addiction" is being used in a more sarcastic manner here. It's not like this woman is going through some sort of 12 step program to get away from it.
After moving to Germany due to the military, there's nothing quite like Cola Light – the European version of Diet Coke. OMG, soooo much better than the American Diet Coke crap. They can't use the same chemical sugars over here, so the diet sodas are actually better for you than the US/Canada sodas.
Coca-cola Lite is the worst! It has a very bitter after taste. I swear, I think they use sweet-n-low as a sweetener. Do they even sell Sweet-n-low still in the US??? Who would use that for anything now that they have nutrasweet and spenda!
Can you guys just drink water.
Congratulations! You're lucky you quit so easily. It took me three years of consistently trying to defeat my Diet Pepsi addiction. Haven't had any in ten years and my heath improved drastically. I am absolutely certain that that poison is addictive. I experienced severe withdrawal symptoms every time I tried to quit. Glad I kept trying.
Congrats to all the people that have kicked their soda habit – whether it's regular or diet! Regular has too much sugar and diet is a CAN FULL OF CHEMICALS. Diet soda – no calories, no sugar, no natural flavors – ewww.
I used to be a mild addict – maybe a can or two of Diet Coke a day, but I have known people who drank 12 cans a day or more, a couple of 2 liter bottles, etc.
You have to stop and think about what you're doing to yourself and your wallet! If you need caffeine you can get it from a natural source – coffee or tea. Iced tea with lemon, sugar or not, is so delicious and cheap and easy to make.
My AHA moment was in the supermarket when I realized how much $$$ I was spending on soda – really, really stupid!
Now my family drinks water, milk, iced tea, fruit juice, lemonade and seltzer water. It's so much cheaper and so much healthier.
All those chemicals that make up a can of soda cannot be good for you no matter what the experts say!
Every material substance in nature, -every one-, is a chemical. (Purists might exclude the elements).
Sucrose is a chemical.
Water is a chemical.
The alloy aluminum the can is made of is a chemical.
Apples are made of thousands of chemicals.
D@mn straight, Skippy! Take that naysayers!
All power to the people!
...er, and do what with it?
(But that would be illegal, my name's not Skippy)
No offense intended. Just caught up in the moment of reading rational post for a change.
NEWS FLASH: ALL THOSE BUBBLES ARE WHAT CAN GIVE YOU KIDNEYS STONES AND INFECTIONS. Diet Coke also has the sweetness factor and you might still gain weight from it but it's the bubbles of carbonation you have to be concerned about.
Actually, it's the caramel coloring that gets deposited in your kidneys as sediment that causes stones – I've had them myself. Any dark colored drink like teas and sodas can do this. The bubbles don't cause stones. I think they're bad for you for entirely different reasons, but they don't leave deposits in your kidneys to form stones.
Yup, I was gonna say – I had already cut WAY back on my soda consumption since leaving college, but the first time I ended up in the hospital with a kidney stone I essentially completely cut sodas entirely. I might have part of one from time to time, but they usually taste way to sweet/syrup-y to finish. Not worth that kinda of pain.
Is it a pop, soda, soft drink, or fizzy water?/
Whatever you call it, it's garbage.