It’s been about a year since I gave up Diet Coke. I used to drink about three a day. I would never make a grocery run without buying at least a case of Diet Coke. Zero calories and a caffeine kick! What harm could it be in a somewhat-balanced diet, right? And it’s a far cheaper habit that smoking or drinking!
It wasn’t a formal New Year’s resolution. I don’t make them anymore – perhaps so I won’t fail in keeping them. But I’ve actually succeeded in giving up Diet Coke. Last year, a nutritionist convinced me to take a close look at the ingredients. Then Dr. Oz talked me into staying on course – though he said a Diet Coke here and there wouldn’t hurt. No matter. I’ve quit altogether and now I usually just drink water.
There are quite a few people in the news biz who are fueled by Diet Coke. Some are Pepsi fans but Coke seems to be more popular in the newsroom. There are often cans behind the anchor set and at workstations throughout the studio.
It doesn’t help that my co-anchor Patrick Elwood drinks a lot of Diet Coke. A big part of the equation – pop is just 35¢ in the Fox Chicago break room and a bottle of water costs twice as much. What’s up with that? I need to make a concerted effort to keep a bottle of water on hand at all times. But I won’t make that a resolution.