Sunday, December 5, 2010

Reverb10-Day 5

December 5 – Let Go. What (or whom) did you let go of this year? Why? (Author: Alice Bradley)
After the emotional post on Day 4, I'm going to keep this one on the lighter side!
Soda. I let go of soda. I did this one before in 2002. I didn't drink soda for about a year and a half. I only started again because I met Chris, we started going out to eat a lot and he LOVES soda. You can be peer pressured into drinking soda, ya know.
I'm not a huge soda drinker. I enjoy the taste but I never had 5-6 refills in one sitting. Growing up, I wasn't a diet soda fan either. We didn't have soda in the house a lot but I would go for the full octane stuff.
Somewhere along the line, I started craving diet root beer and diet orange soda. And I couldn't drink one of those without gummy worms or whoppers. I recall blogging about it and my friend Alison told me that there are studies that linked aspartame with a craving for real sugar. BING. It made sense. I had to stop my soda intake.
I have to come clean though. I did have soda on two occasions this year.
1. I had this horrible stomach ache from some type of gas bubble. Chris gave me some Sierra Mist thinking it would help. I had about 2 oz of soda that day.
2. I had a Shirley Temple which has sprite in it.
Thats it. No other soda. There are times when I miss the bubbly taste but I know that if I have one, it just opens a cans of worms (of the gummy variety) and I can't stop myself from ingesting a few a week which just doesn't work for me.
I hope to carry my no soda stance into next year and perhaps the year following that. Wish me luck!

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