Plenty of people have vices. Some can be significant like alcohol or drugs or perhaps reckless behavior. Mine, I assumed, was relatively harmless, but here lately it’s become crashing down on me just how NOT harmless my particular vice is.
Hello, my name is Robyn, and I’m addicted to diet sodas.
Seriously, it’s not pretty. In my mind I *know* I should quit. I even developed a plan earlier in the summer and I was going to quit August 1st, but then I had a book deadline and well, here I am and it’s October and well, I haven’t quit. Even if I don’t buy them for the house, I find a way to have one. But more than likely not just one, but two or that one will be huge (hello Route 44 from Sonic!).
I’ve given up stuff before, but this has been a hard nut to crack. I figured it out recently, I did the math and well, I started drinking diet sodas when I was an adolescent, shortly after they appeared on the market. There was no research, so everyone though, ah-ha, here’s a sugarless drink, must be better for you. So I grew up drinking it. This is a long-standing addiction.
And now the studies come out and they’re talking about diet drinks causing everything from cavities to infertility – I have both of those. As well as obesity, kidney disease, chronic headaches and a slew of other side effects. Now I’m not blaming the soda companies, I’m a grown-up, I’m in charge of my decisions. But the argument could be made that this toxic chemical cocktail that I pour into my body has caused many of my personal medical issues.
Okay so I know the stuff is bad for me, but that didn’t stop me from chain drinking (that’s 2 cans, back-to-back) earlier this evening. I suppose I could try to scale back, perhaps limit myself to one 12oz can a day and that would be reasonable, probably not cause too many negative affects, but I’m not sure I can stop at just one.
So come on, dear readers, help a girl out. What can I do to quit? Anyone else have the same addiction? Oh and don’t suggest coffee, I can’t stand the stuff! But I’m willing to try anything else.