A Stumble

Thursday, February 07, 2013
I had a pop yesterday. I don’t feel guilty in the slightest. One pop in a week? Pretty darned good if you ask me. And today, I’m back on the water wagon and loving it. Truth be told, that one pop yesterday told me a whole lot.

Yesterday’s indulgence turned into a scientific experiment of sorts. You see, I was having a craving yesterday morning after running some errands; nothing major but it was there nonetheless. I also had an extreme head/eye ache in my right eye that would not go away with Tylenol, water, or resting my eyes. The caffeine withdrawal had kicked in. I chose to give in and the result was a refreshing, enjoyable glass of ice cold soda that quenched my thirst and tickled my throat as I drank. Ahhhhhhhh. And the headache in my eyesocket? Toast. I felt satisfied. I didn’t have a desire to eat copious amounts of junk along with it or drown myself in a dozen 2L bottles. It hit the spot. And I didn’t want any more. Hmmm. Remember what I said in my last post about a treat and thinking about it like we did as children? Bingo.

The Hound says put down that Coke and pick me up instead.
However, a little while later, I noticed that I had now had a headache in my other eyeball. To top it off, I didn’t feel so good. Not sick exactly but not great. And heavy. There was no bloating (what I was expecting) but instead I felt weighed down. I hadn’t eaten anything really heavy all day or over-indulged so it could only be one thing: the Coke. And when I woke up this morning, I was phlegmy and mucous-y (I know, TMI for some of you). It was at that moment that I realized I hadn’t woken up feeling that way for the past few days. Eye opening. Big Brother told me once that he noticed the same thing when he switched from drinking soda made with high fructose corn syrup to ones made with cane sugar: the morning horking and hacking lessened.

Would I have been proud to say I had completed the entire month Coke free? Of course. However, its moments like yesterday/this morning that really re-enforce my determination to cut way back on my intake of the sweet stuff. And it highlights the long-term effects of ingesting overly processed “foods” such as soda.

Sometimes you need to take one step back to take those two steps forward.


Jacquelin said...

Yup! Way to go - I've been trying to kick the diet pop habit with little success. Yay for you! Stay strong!

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