I have been a Diet Coke addict for nearly 15 years and recently broke the habit. I’m going to share with you my reasons for cutting it out and tell you how I did it. But first, let me share my lunch recipe with you.
Chicken Sausage Pasta Salad
- 6 oz. whole wheat elbow pasta
- 1 chicken sausage, cut into pieces
- 1/2 TBSP olive oil
- 1/2 an onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1/2 an avocado, diced
Cook pasta according to package instructions. Meanwhile heat a large skillet with olive oil. Sautee onion, garlic, and sausage 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomatoes and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add pasta and toss to coat. Stir in avocado. Serve.
I had mine with a side salad and it totally hit the spot. YUM!
I grew up drinking Diet Coke. In fact, as a toddler I was very attached to my mother and when she left I became inconsolably sad. My dad would use Diet Coke to calm me down. He says if I was drinking, I wasn’t crying and that was the only thing that made me stop!
By the time I was 11 or 12, I was having at least 1 can of Diet Coke a day. Then once High School and college came I moved on to 44 oz. fountain drinks. At restaurants I always ordered a soda and asked for at least 2 or 3 refills. For me, Diet coke was like a bad-for-you-boyfriend. I knew I should break it off and every once in a while I would try. But, something would always bring me back to it. I justified that my soda consumption wasn’t THAT bad because it was “calorie free” and wouldn’t make me fat. Or so I thought.
It wasn’t until The Big One started asking for sips of my soda that I began to wonder what affects my Diet Coke consumption was taking on my body. If I wouldn’t give Diet Coke to my child, why would I allow myself to have it? I started to do some research and found out that the aspartame and chemicals in my beloved diet soda causes headaches and weight gain, and may possibly increase a person’s risk of getting cancer. The possible risk of getting cancer was enough to deter me. And now that I think about it, I did have a lot more headaches when I was drinking Diet Coke.
About 3 months ago I decided to quit cold turkey. Since then I took one sip of Diet Coke at my in-laws house in a moment of desperation and pure weakness. To my surprise, it didn’t even taste good and it certainly didn’t quench my extreme thirst. I now have more energy and clearer skin and I don’t crave soda anymore. My decision to break up with Diet Coke once and for all has been a positive one all around!
Are you or have you ever been a soda drinker?
Do you blame your parents for any of your bad habits?