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: