Letting go of my soda addiction


I confess, I am addicted to diet coke or in European terms cola light. I didn’t even know how bad it was, until the coke machine broke at work and I walked to another building to get diet coke .

I told a friend, and she laughed so hard. And said “you are not the only one” and proceeded telling her story about her inspiring India trip where she kind of went nuts when she couldn’t find any diet coke. So she finally found 2 cans at a gas station, and was trying to figure out what would be the best time to drink them  in order survive the trip.

I have been drinking diet coke since I was in high school and haven’t stopped since. I drink about one glas to a whole bottle a day, easy. My best friend calls it Zoe’s accessory, can’t leave the house without it.

Yesterday, I decided it has been enough. How can I just quit something that has been such a big part of my life? After some online research, I was shocked as to what this artificially sweetened fizzy drink could do to a person.

When looking at the ingedrients – sparkling water, caramel color (E150d) Phosphoric Acid (E338), Citric Acid (E330) Potassium Benzoate, Aspartame (E951), Natural Flavors and caffeine – I noticed that I was drinking a bottle full of chemicals.

My three year old asked me:  “mommy, can I have some?” and that was the moment when I decided enough is enough. I am ditching soda for a three months, weaning off of it long enough to let go of the addiction. It has been on my bucketlist for ages, and starting yesterday, I decided it was time to let go of the caramel fizzy drink that has made me happy and sane (as I like to call it) all these years. Wish me luck.