Good-bye, Doctor Pepper

(Please note, because of the time that has passed since I wrote this article, it may no longer reflect my current views or the most accurate and complete information available on this subject.)

My favorite soft drink was Dr Pepper. It always tasted so much more interesting than any other soft drink I've had, and I enjoy that it has maintained its "outsider status" - always a little bit hard to find, a little bit hard to emulate (though not for lack of trying), a little bit hard to place just what the taste is.

And then, I made a New Year's resolution to stop drinking soda. Cola. Soft drinks. Fountain drinks. Carbonated beverages. Pop. Whatever you want to call it, it was time for me to give it up. It's partly because of the High Fructose Corn Syrup. It's partly because I can't get over how much power the soft drink industry has over the American diet and consumer habits in general, and I don't want to contribute in that particular way any more. And it's partly because there comes a time in one's life where one has to give up the things that one does not really need.

Now that a month has gone by with success, I feel comfortable officially saying farewell to my bubbly pseudo-medical friend and its peers. Oh, I still get the cravings now and then, and I still sometimes quietly wonder to myself if I wouldn't like to be a Pepper too. But those are just remnants of a former life, and I've moved on.

Good-bye, Doctor Pepper.

4 thoughts on “Good-bye, Doctor Pepper

  1. Wow, good for you for sticking to your New Years Resolution (ANY resolution at that!). I don't think I would ever give up soda - I like it too much! I don't drink a ton of the stuff, so I figure if I have it every once in a while it's fine. As for the High Fructose Corn Syrup, I think it gets a bad rap. Having a lot of HFCS isn't great for you (but neither is having a lot of sugar or any kind of sweetener), but I don't think HFCS is a reason for me to stop drinking soda in moderation...

  2. Anyone can throw off a serious jones for a month. Even that devil's crack HFCS. Keep on pluggin'...

    But watch out, though - for it's during this brief period of success where the phenomena I dub "quitter's righteousness" can raise it's ugly, judgmental head...

  3. For the record: I went through all of 2007 without drinking any soft drinks, with the exception of a ginger ale once when I was ill. I'm planning to continue this choice into the foreseeable future; after a whole year, it would feel weird to put that stuff in me now.

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