Diet Coke Diet


In keeping with the recent health kick that seems to have infiltrated the HME office, I’ve decided to give up diet soda after saturating my bloodstream with aspartame for more than five years.

I started drinking diet coke in 2010, to cope with my former addiction: Wawa Iced Tea. Conservatively speaking, Wawa Iced Tea contains approximately 455,975,310 grams of sugar per oz., so naturally I was drawn to the false sense of security that Diet Coke offered.

My “Cokeain” addiction kicked into high gear with advent of McDonald’s 2012 $1 drink promotion. I'd buy one before work and christened the occasion “Soday,” And Soday was every day

Over the years, I’ve made sweeping declarations about kicking the habit. There’s a plethora of articles and videos on YouTube denouncing the carbonated beverage and its zero calorie count.

Since artificial sweeteners like aspartame are 200 times sweeter than real sugar, diet soda actually dulls our sense of taste. The fake stuff can also trick the body into releasing insulin, which sends it into fat storage mode. It may or may not also cause cancer.

It really is a no brainer—anything that can strip corrosion off a car battery can’t be good for one’s health—or teeth.

What really sent me over the edge was Cumberland Farm’s Chug Jug. As Liz already mentioned, I usually drink a Diet Coke first thing in the morning. But with the Chug Jug, I could get endless refills for a mere $0.49 a pop.

I did this for about a week and a half. Then I thought about it. I had drank 64 oz. everyday for 5 days straight. That’s 320 oz. of diet soda. Gross.

That was the moment I dumped out the rest my soda in the sink and resolved to use my Chug Jug for good (water).

I haven’t had Diet Coke in a week. But I CRAVE it. There aren’t any support groups for diet soda drinkers—I know, because I’ve looked.

National Sleep Therapy sponsors a free monthly virtual support group for CPAP users called, “CPAP Talk – Live!” Maybe they have room for a diet soda addict?