Breaking the Soda Habit (And I Need Your Help!)

January 7, 2008

So last night I walked into the grocery store with the desire to purchase a little dinner and my normal two or three 2-liter bottles of Diet Mountain Dew, depending on what the special was.

Well, it turns out they were out. This was the second night in a row. Apparently it is either a very popular drink or very poorly stocked. Last night I thought I’d change it up a bit and bought some Pepsi-One, an old favorite of mine affectionately named P1, but I wasn’t so pleased by the “black tongue” it tends to give you.

But tonight was different. I didn’t want P1. I didn’t want Diet Coke, another old faithful. I wanted the Dew. That sweet nectar, full of caffeine and yellow 5 goodness. I stood there puzzled in the aisle literally for five minutes. I knew not what to do. There was Diet Mountain Dew in the coolers up front. But I had come to the grocery store to get the better value in the two-liter bottles. The thought that I kept coming back to, though, was that I needed that drink!

It is the first time that I truly realized just how addicted I am to soda. Yes, I’ve been told. But of course, I felt in control and denied any such claims. Yes, I’ve gone from store to store in search of the elusive elixir at times. And while the thought of addiction crossed my mind, it just couldn’t be true.

But now, at 35 years-old, can say… My name is Mark Sessoms, and I am a soda addict. It might be the bubbles. It might be the sweet taste. It might be the caffeine. But whatever the reason, I know I have to stop.

And with that admission comes the action plan. I don’t intend to never have soda again. But I do intend to quit this dependency cold turkey. And I do ask for your help. Any tidbits of encouragement or advice that you can pass my way would be certainly appreciated.

And so, in a couple of weeks, with a whole lot of determination and good decision-making, I envision that I’ll be happily writing to you again of my release from soda rehab. Wish me luck!

PS  I almost forgot Happy New Year!

PPS  And no, this isn’t a new year’s resolution!  It is an admission of guilt.  =]


5 Responses to “Breaking the Soda Habit (And I Need Your Help!)”

  1. jonsquared Says:

    Most people drink soda not necessarily for the taste but for the carbonation. At least, that’s why I used to drink it. One of the ways I’ve been able to break myself of my soda habit is to drink carbonated water (i.e. sparkling water). If you’re in it for the “sweet” taste, try mixing 100% pure fruit juice in the sparkling water. It’s tough to beat the Dew (I know, because I used to love it…remember MelloYello?), but, if you really want to curb your addiction, don’t go cold turkey. Instead, gradually wean yourself from it. As with everything, gradually declining the use of something will eventually lead to not craving it in the future. Of course, you could simply start by drinking less and less of it, instead of doing the substitutions I mentioned above. Best of luck to you!

  2. Min Says:

    Yes, I recall when I lived with you that you were a Diet Coke drinker. I never knew anyone who drank as much Diet Coke as you.

    I understand though. I LOVE soda. What do I do to stop or at least slow down the soda consumption?


  3. outeasy Says:

    HA! Switch to coffee. I did, and now Starbucks owns me!

  4. Josh Says:

    Yo Slick, you can do it! It is a great feeling to know that there is a can of soda in your ‘fridge and you don’t have to drink it. And you know this because it’s been there for 3 weeks. Who’s in charge now?

    I agree with what jonsquared says: don’t just eliminate it. Gradually ease off of the sauce. As you stated, you want to be able to enjoy a soda now and then, just not now and now. Substituting carbonated water sounds like a smart move. You can even claim that you’re just trying to act like your Italian brethren whilst sipping on San Pellegrino. Just don’t substitute beer.

    As a nice benefit, you’ll shed a few pounds as well. What’s not to like about this whole ordeal?

    So go for it!

    Did I ever tell you about my friend that was addicted to hot turkey sandwiches? He had to go cold turkey.

  5. Ho Says:

    Yes – you are a pretty hard core soda drinker. I have never before or since lived in a house with so much Diet Coke in the fridge!

    I think you may also consider the parallel caffeine addiction. I am addicted to caffeine as well…

    Though I realized at a recent dentist visit that coffee was doing my teeth no favors. So I have cut it out and replaced it with… green tea.

    So maybe try some green tea – I love the Celestial Seasonings one that tastes like fruit punch. You could throw that in your San Pellegrino too.

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