How to give up Diet Coke without even trying — (5 nifty tricks)
Everyone’s heard it.
“I need my Diet Coke!”
You need a can of carbonated chemicals to get work done?
Because when you give up Diet Coke, you very well might get:
- Faster metabolism.
- Quicker, sharper mind (surprisingly).
- Whiter teeth.
- Increased sex drive (causation / correlation fallacy, perhaps, but too bad!)
- Decreased blood pressure.
- Decreased risk of heart disease (eff you, aspartame)
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. But who’s counting?
So HOW do you give up Diet Coke?
Let’s explore a few ways.
1. Cold turkey
Some of us have built quite the tolerance toDiet Coke. One in the morning. One at lunch. One after lunch.
So, conventional wisdom would say to ween yourself off.
Go cold ‘effing turkey.
Is it gonna suck?
Will you be in pain?
But sooner or later, you won’t even want it.
2. Replace it
Caffeine is addicting. Physically, your body gets used to it. So, taking it away cold turkey hurts.
If it helps you give up Diet Coke, just replace it.
Hot tea has plenty of caffeine. Have some.
Coffee has caffeine. Have some.
No, caffeine isn’t great for you. But some caffeine is beneficial, assuming it comes from a natural source.
What’s also great? In time of need, what’s easier to find? Coffee and tea? Or, Diet Coke?
And, what’s more likely to be free?
Another Diet Coke replacement I hear frequently?
That’s right. Tons of people have emailed me recently saying they make smoothies instead of having a Diet Coke. They enjoy it more and still get the same kick of energy. Sticking with the smoothie thing is the toughest part. Investing in a high-speed blender is a popular way my readers are holding themselves accountable.
3. Hide it / toss it
When it’s in sight, you want it. Free or not.
Here’s something to keep in mind (pun intended).
A tired mind is an indulgent mind. It will take over your body and grab a Diet Coke from the company fridge.
But a tired mind is also a lazy mind. So use that to your advantage.
If there’s Diet Coke in the company kitchen, don’t go in the kitchen. Use another route.
If you have Diet Coke in your house, toss it out.
No matter how addicted you think you are to Diet Coke, your brain is lazier than it is addicted.
It does NOT want to go to the convenience store.
4. Tell the world
Identity is a HUGE motivator.
Tell people, “I don’t drink Diet Coke anymore.”
Better yet, hastag that shit: #iquitdietcoke
Reasons are less important. But they could be because giving up Diet Coke makes you:
- More in control.
- Helpful to the healthcare system.
- A good example to children.
- Accountable to your word.
- Ahead of your time (soda is next generation’s cigarettes…just watch)
You’ll be amazed by how effective this is.
And, the positive support you’ll get will blow your mind.
5. Choose a day off
Giving up Diet Coke doesn’t mean never drinking it again. At least, right away.
Knowing you can indulge once per week will help you:
- Stay strong.
- Stick with it.
- Stay sane!
Just pick a day off.
For me it’s Saturday. (Well, it’s Friday night through Saturday night)
You’ll need the day off, at first.
But eventually, you might not need it at all.
It’s not uncommon to lose the taste for Diet Coke completely.
It is uncommon, though, to expect 100% success immediately.
Note: This is also how I gave up french fries. You’re welcome.
Nobody said giving up Diet Coke was easy.
But nobody ever regretted doing it either.
Using these tricks should make easier than ever before.
In the comments, tell me your struggles with trying to give up Diet Coke and what you’ve done in the past to give it up. Better yet, tell me what worked!
Tell me right meow.