Writing this post feels a bit like speaking at my own funeral. I love Diet Coke so much. Diet Coke is my friend.
But fuck Diet Coke, because it’s my greatest addiction.
Kicking the Habit
I’ve tried so many times to kick the habit. I failed, I succeeded, and failed.
I kid you not that I had serious withdrawals. If I didn’t drink Diet Coke by 1 PM, my lower back would start hurting. I would get a terrible headache. Wtf is that about.
An End to Extreme Approaches
I used to take an extreme approach to quitting the great Diet Coke. “Starting today,” my dumbass would say, “no Diet Coke for all of eternity.”
And by 1 PM my back would hurt. And by day three, you’d find me underneath an overpass, injecting Diet Coke directly into my thigh.
I’ve stopped taking this approach. Quitting my dearest friend is too hard.
Instead, when I want a Diet Coke, I just try to drink something else. And sometimes, just sometimes, I have a fucking Diet Coke. And it’s glorious.
Five Alternatives to Diet Coke
1. Water. Need I say more?
2. Green Tea. Usually, water doesn’t scratch the itch. And oddly enough, coffee doesn’t scratch the itch for me either. I’ve never been a huge tea drinker, but Green Tea somehow does the trick for me. And after substituting Green Tea for Diet Coke a few times, it actually became much easier. It’s a habit thing. If you don’t like Green Tea, maybe you’ll like Black Tea or one of those zesty orange flavored teas.
3. Coffee. Maybe coffee will work for you. Coffee is delicious, and it has health benefits. The coffee at my office is disgusting and burnt. It gives me heartburn. So choose a coffee that is not the coffee at my office.
4. Vitamin Water Zero. Ok so arguably this is just as terrible for you as Diet Coke. I don’t know, it probably is. But I find it less addicting. And I guess it has vitamins. So sometimes I just want a Diet Coke and I have a vitamin water instead. Then I don’t want Diet Coke anymore.
5. Crack. Sometimes, you need something a bit harder. Crack is probably equally addicting to Diet Coke, but you won’t find it at Duane Reade. Once you develop a full blown crack habit, your Diet Coke habit won’t seem so bad. It’s all about perspective.
I can’t remember if crack is one of those drugs that makes you skinny, but try it for yourself and let me know.
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