Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Keeping it real: Can it, would you

This one is for you, Megan ...

We wake up together. We've gone to bed together. We go to dinners, parties, sporting events. We've even been on vacation together.

It's a torrid love affair we have. And it's still going strong after 10 years.

Don't worry. Mark knows about it. In fact, he fully supports the relationship. He doesn't really have a choice, of course, as he knows full well that I'd be a mess without it.

It being Diet Coke. It being a chemical-laden, artificially sweetened, full of caffeine beverage. It being the beverage the authors of "Skinny Bitch" might have likened it to drinking formaldehyde.

It being the beverage that makes me feel normal.

And you know what? I don't feel bad about it.

Coca Cola Light on my honeymoon in 2008. It tasted like doody and I was about 40 pounds heavier.
Many of those in the healthy living world demonize diet soda because of the chemicals and sweeteners, and they would tell me to drink sparkling water or, if I had to have soda, Zevia. I'm not going to lie - those would be better options.

But here's the thing: I rarely drink, I don't smoke, I think gambling is boring and recreational drugs are just too darn expensive ... and illegal. Diet Coke is my one and only vice.

I'm also not drinking a 450-calorie iced latte or throwing back energy drinks at my desk (though that is something to think about ...). Nor do I imbibe the 3+ 20-ounce Mountain Dews I used to drink in my college days when I began to seriously gain weight. I merely have one or two diet sodas to break up the monotony of tap water and peppermint tea.

If Diet Coke is the worst thing I do, I think I'll survive.

Where do you stand on diet sodas?


  1. I love diet soda, but unfortunately anytime I am drinking it regularly I gain weight! So I cut it out completely. i switched over to Kombucha organic tea. It is naturally effervescent and so it gives me the bubbles I crave. Also, I tend to get addicted to caffeine, and I move into energy drink mode. I HATE being addicted and having to rely on anything for my body to function normally so I cut out all caffeine. But that is just what works for me!

  2. I heart cherry coke zero. I drink 1 or 2 every day when it's in the house, but I only buy it on really good sale (like less than $5 per case). I'm missing it right now...

  3. "C" and I are 100% supportive of your addiction! We too belong to the diet coke drinkers unite club! We are known for planning our road trips and training around McDonald's locations so that we can pick up a McDiet (as "C" has coined it).

    If given the choice, my preferred choice is diet mt. dew.


  4. This is so funny to read because my dad and I were just having this conversation a few days ago. He has an hour commute to and from work and is a busy guy - and he is so serious about his 44 oz. diet cokes. Someone said something to him about it the other day and he went into the same rant. Doesn't smoke, rarely drinks, etc....just let him have his dang diet coke. :)

  5. I WISH it was diet soda I loved. I can't give up regular Dr. Pepper. When I trained for the half marathon last Spring I was down to every other day, but since the Fall I have been having one a day. I hate it, but it's sooo good. So, when someone makes you feel bad about it just think about me and all of the calories I drink with my DP everyday. :(

  6. Oh man, you just made my morning! I loved it! Thank you so much for representing the Diet Coke lovers of the world. And it's so true that everyone has their vices; if Diet Coke's that one vice, then it can't really be that bad, right? There are far worse things to be addicted to.

    Coincidentally, I started drinking DC about 10 years ago as well. I was in college, wanting to lose that "freshman 15", and thought, "hey, why not?" It tasted terrible then, but it's now become the nectar of the gods!

  7. I love this post. I am a diet coke drinker as well. I used to drink 6-8 cans a day back in my "fat days." When I switched to my healthier lifestyle I tried to cut it back to one can a day. Most days I have it with or right after dinner.

    I do find that when I drink diet coke I get more "munchy" but since I drink it at night I will just go upstairs so food isn't as accessible. However, I am NOT willing to give up my Diet Coke so its just a side effect I will have to deal with. I can't say its my one vice, but one of my few. My other... nutella!

  8. I agree. I drink Coke Zero. It's probably not great. Water is always a better choice. But there are certain foods that just demand a carbonated beverage (popcorn is one for me). And since it's weird to drink beer in the afternoon, Coke Zero it is.

  9. The only reason that I don't drink Diet Coke often is because it gives me a bad stomachache. Otherwise, I don't think it's such a bad vice to have.

  10. Exactly where you do for the same reasons. Thanks for this motivational corner of the web.