I have at points in the recent past drank a whole lot of Diet Coke. In the run up to the trade show, I was probably drinking between 6 and 10 cans every day. As a default, when thirsty or stressed or fidgety I’d go to the fridge and get another can. It was just completely crazy.
When I got back from Chicago, as it happened we were almost out of Diet Coke and we just didn’t get any more. Out of the blue, I just decided to not drink any and before I know it I had kicked cold turkey. I went about a week not really drinking any. Now I’ve backed off of complete temperance. When I really began to crave it enough that it became distracting, I chose to indulge again in very moderate amounts. I’ve decided that I will drink it along with meals, but will not drink it between them. This will be my moderation mechanism. The rest of the day, if I’m thirsty I’ll drink water. It’s cheaper, it’s healthier, it suppresses your appetite some, and keeps you from getting completely addicted to sugar (or aspartame or saccharine) water.