Diet Pepsi and Me

Last winter, I made a crucial lifestyle decision.

Written by Allison Klinghammer

I decided that I would give up Diet Pepsi. Don’t worry, I’m doing alright — I still have donuts in my life. But it’s a shame I had to part with my one true love. We had such a good run.

I’m not sure when exactly my love affair with Diet Pepsi began. I want to say it was sometime during high school. I’d get it from QuikTrip most days after school when I first got my license. Sometimes, we’d go to the theater and watch movies together on weekends.

But things changed. I changed. I had been snacking and watching too much Netflix to keep up with my college classes. I definitely wasn’t staying in shape. And Diet Pepsi wasn’t helpful at all. In fact, it was enabling me.So I called it quits.

For the record, it wasn’t mandatory for me to cut soda out of my life, I just knew it was time for me to change. Instead of making me feel energized, Diet Pepsi was making me feel bloated and lethargic. I wasn’t drinking it for enjoyment anymore, I was drinking because I had to. Now that I think about it, I may have been addicted.

After I quit soda cold turkey, I went through the classic caffeine withdrawal symptoms: headaches, irritability, sleepiness. The crippling cravings were the worst. One night I even dreamed about Diet Pepsi. It wasn’t a nice dream either, it was just one long, boring PepsiCo commercial in my unconscious mind.

Thankfully, all those symptoms vanished after a few weeks. I haven’t touched the drink in months now, and I’ve found that I don’t really want to. It’s possible that some day in the future, Diet Pepsi and I might still be able to have some more good times. It was, after all, my high school sweetheart.



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