I confess I may drink an abnormal amount of Diet Pepsi in a day. I hesitate to say “too much” but that term may be applicable as well. My daughters used to tell people that instead of the more familiar waking up to the smell of coffee in the morning, they knew mom was up by the pop of her soda can. Whenever I visit them, I know I will find a ‘cold one’ waiting in their fridge for me. One year, I actually gave it up for Lent (observing the Sunday grace period where you’re allowed to have whatever it was you ‘gave up’ for Lent). The family begged me not to do that again, they preferred to choose their own sacrifice in the future!
Thinking that a diet drink was doing me no harm, I never really worried about it – other than the increased cost of enabling my ‘habit’. But now knowing the harm it does to teeth enamel and the increased appetite for sweets it can cause, I’m trying to limit myself to one or two a day. I’m closer to my goal when I say two. If I start the day with water and don’t allow myself to have Diet Pepsi until I have drank that water, I do so much better. I treat myself to one at lunch and then maybe one in the afternoon. If I make it to the end of my workday, I don’t usually have one at home at night so I’m home free!
I am taking a closer look at my seemingly ‘healthy choices’ and making sure they are living up to my expectations. Water is great for our skin, for our organs, for our digestive systems. It makes our wrinkles less noticeable and flushes out fat!!! I will never give up Diet Pepsi completely, but there may be a day or two in there where I will be Diet Pepsi free and maybe those days will expand to more than one or two in a row – no promises but I feel good working toward that goal.
Hope your week is great and you didn’t enjoy your Mardi Gras celebrations too heartily over the weekend. – M