My Battle with Diet Soda


I strongly feel all posts should have a photo, so here’s a photo of me drinking a margarita. My 2nd favorite choice of beverage. I don’t think water cracks the top 5.

But at the #1 spot is diet soda. Or as I call it lately, liquid satan.

The problem is that I genuinely love Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper. I do…not gonna lie. It is damn tasty. And sometimes it keeps me from raiding the snack machine.

BUT. The problem is that I think that all that aspartame could lead to cancer and I think that the carbonation is not good for me. Not to mention I will never have a dazzling white smile.

Ugh. Problems, y’all.

In an effort to jump on the resolution bandwagon, I have been adamantly trying not to drink it. At all. Like, I thought quitting cold turkey was totally the way to go. I lasted about 3 days before I caved and consumed 60 oz. in about 1.5 days. Now, before I get all self-defeated, I will admit there is not a drop of soda in this house and I will not buy it to bring home. I exclusively drink water or tea at home, but at restaurants, work, or when traveling, I find it hard to crave water. I mean water is water. It’s not earth shattering or tasty. (Although I do love it with lemon or lime, but who carries lime wedges with them? No one!)

I watched Hungry for Change recently on Amazon Prime (which I highly recommend; it’s an A+ documentary), and the experts in the documentary talk about how diet soda makes you crave sugar/insulin spiking foods, so in other words you consume MORE CALORIES because of the crap in diet sodas. And all this makes total sense to me; I am heavier now than when I drank “regular” soda. Oy.

All the signs point to the fact that diet soda is of no nutritional value, potentially harmful, and not so good for my weight loss efforts, yet I can’t quit the habit. What gives?

Have any of you struggled with this? I hate to drop the word “addiction”, but I think this kind of is. I am proud that I’ve cut back significantly on my consumption in 2014 (all 14 days of it…whoopee! Give me a medal!), but I am also finding it really hard to do this. Any advice? Should I focus on cutting back rather than quitting? Maybe allow myself to only have a serving on weekends?

I always look to you all for advice, so I would love your input. I would also love for you to scare me into thinking that diet soda is the root of all my problems so that I’d be more inclined to stop.

Smooches! Also, I finally picked my colors for the #MyColorResolution challenge (for my foyer makeover), and I picked:


Contemporary Kitchen by New Hope Interior Designers & Decorators Gacek Design Group, Inc.


And Peppercorn:

Eclectic Bedroom by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Dayka Robinson Designs


Which one will I use in my foyer? You’ll have to wait and see!



  1. Kara
    January 15, 2014 / 12:25 am

    My soda craving is more about the fizz than the flavor. Have you tried club soda or seltzer water? Or even adding some club soda to a little bit of fruit juicuge, if you want the sweet or tangy flavor? Also although I don't carry lime wedges with me on a regular basis, I do carry True Lemon and True Lime packets. (I"m not at all affiliated with them in any way – I'm just a big fan.) I use them all the time in water and in soda to give a little burst of flavor and zing when I don't want just plain water.

    • Monica @
      January 15, 2014 / 12:28 am

      Hi Kara! I tried sparkling lime water (with no added sugars) and it shall be an acquired taste. I think for me, I love the sweetness and flavor of a diet soda. I'll try your idea of adding some club soda to a fruit juice- that might do the trick. And it's funny you mention True Lemon and True Lime…I ordered a shaker of each to flavor my water with at work/home. Glad to know that works for you, too. 🙂

  2. Candy
    January 15, 2014 / 5:43 am

    Beautiful colors!! I can't do diet soda.. I'm a coke or pepsi girl.. but I try to enjoy partake when we are out. I've done well not having it for awhile now.. but all bets are off when we are out! :/ LOL You can do it!! One day at a time doll!

    • Monica @
      January 16, 2014 / 12:11 am

      Thanks so much for your comment, Candy! I am with ya… all bets are off if I am out at a restaurant (especially with the poor water quality around here!) I am going to take it a day at a time. 🙂

  3. Carla
    January 15, 2014 / 1:45 pm

    Like you, my two favs are Diet Pepsi and Diet DP. What's a girl to do to get off of them? Well, I follow the only-drink-soda-when-not-at-home rule. And I also decided to pick a new soda that wasn't my favorite with the hopes of weaning off completely. It's called Diet Rite (available at Walmart). It has no sugar, no aspartame, no caffeine, no sodium. Dr's often recommend it to diabetics (though it does have sucralose). The taste is surprisingly not bad! I have been drinking it since December. I occasionally have to choose my favs if eating out. And when I do, I feel like my heart is racing from all of the caffeine (because, yes, I get at least one refill) which really hits home that I didn't realize how it was affecting me. I also feel like my 'brain fog' has lifted! It's not just the aspartame – it's also the caffeine & sodium that is bad for you. Good luck! (Love your blog, btw!)

    • Monica @
      January 16, 2014 / 12:14 am

      Hi Carla! Thanks for loving my blog– those sorts of comments totally make my day! I may give the Diet Rite stuff a try. But boy, that Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper stuff is soooo good, especially when I am eating out. I think not drinking it at home is a huge step in the right direction, and I hope to stick to that behavior for awhile.

  4. Cairn
    January 15, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I found that when I quit several years ago that it was more the carbonation that I craved than the soda itself. It does get easier over time. It is rare for me to ever even think one sounds good anymore. I never drank diet soda. I gave up caffeine shortly before I got pregnant with my first child over nine years ago and gave up all soda/carbonated beverages several years ago. I primarily drink water, milk and some juice. Once in a great while I will treat myself to a Sonic slush! Good luck! You can do it! 🙂

    • Monica @
      January 16, 2014 / 12:15 am

      Sonic slushes are amazeballs! And who can pass up their happy hour? I applaud you for not drinking soda and sticking to healthier choices! One day I hope to be like that, too. Thanks for your comment!

  5. tinab158
    January 15, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Hey, girl…….feeling your pain about giving up diet drinks…my fav was Diet Coke, and I drank 4-5 cans a week for years.In my effort to get healthy last year, I decided to limit my diet Coke consumption…along with beginning a Paleo/Primal lifestyle. I didn't intend to give it up completely, just limit my intake. Well, as you know with a Paleo/Primal lifestyle, sugars/carbs are limited. In a matter of a week or two (no joke), I found I didn't even like the taste of diet Coke…it tasted like liquid sugar!! It seems by simply consuming sugar (in any form, including faux sugars) it creates the need/desire for more….conversely, by restricting my sugar intake…anything with the least amount of sugar tastes overly so. On top of that, even the faux sugars can cause troubles with your insulin and actually wreck havoc with any diet plans. I had no idea drinking diet drinks would prevent me from losing weight either. Why in the world would they make a "diet" drink that works in reverse. Here's an awesome article that goes more in depth about the workings (and dangers) of diet sodas: I recently read that by drinking only 16 oz of water a daily, you can increase your metabolism by 30%! Holy Cow! Another reason to drink more water. 🙂

    • Monica @
      January 17, 2014 / 2:42 am

      That article was amazing!! Thanks so much for sharing, Tina! I could relate to 99% of the article, especially this part, "Diet Soda, much more than regular soda, causes intense sugar and carb cravings." I literally do not crave these things as much when I am not consuming tons of diet soda. Seems the connections are totally real and totally unhealthy. Thanks for sharing– I truly appreciate it!