“Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” – Albert Einstein

I have given up Diet Coke.  For me this is like saying that I have given up breathing.  I am on day 8 sans DC, except for one lapse when my wonderful husband unknowingly brought me one when he met me at the airport last Wednesday.  I am, surprisingly, not nearly as cranky as I thought I would be.

Furthermore, except for in my coffee, I have given up artificial sweeteners.   For me, the consumption of soda is 100% about the bubbles, so the loss of caffeine and sweetner hasn’t been as big a deal as I thought it would be – of course, this is provided that I have access to a good supply of Perrier, or at the very least, low sodium seltzer water.

I must admit that my fingers started twitching when I passed by the McDonald’s drive-through on my way to work this morning.  I think it is less the craving for cola, than the disruption of a long-standing morning routine that is causing me the most disorientation.  I am, if nothing, a creature of extreme habit and altering this creates a series of twitches that would do justice to Tourette’s syndrome.  Or maybe it was just the combination of caffeine withdrawal and the insanely inept Arkansas drivers.

I think I will start a petition for McDonalds to introduce McPerrier.

Don’t laugh.  They sell McEvian at their stores in Paris. 

No shit.  It’s true, I swear.

February 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm
6 Responses to “Pray for me”
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    charlotte Says:

    Yay for you Bri! That is great!

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    jodifur Says:

    I did it last year and it was awful for about 2 weeks. An then it was ok. And just recently I had one and I didn’t even like the stuff. And my migraines are 100% better.

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    Edrei Says:

    Overall, I try to limit myself on carbonated beverages because I get stomach problems. My weakness is iced tea, but I’ve been brewing my own and cutting way back on the caffeine content. I actually haven’t noticed much difference in how I feel. I just have to be careful if I buy fountain tea at the local convenience store because if I have too much, I start to get buzzed.

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    Steph Says:

    I can’t quite let go of the diet coke. However, I have dry eye issues since lasik and I’m finding the thing that really helps the most is the amount of water I drink. In the process of upping my water intake I naturally dropped my diet coke intake. I’ve found that if I can maintain a certain water to soft drink ratio, not only can I control the dry eye pretty effectively, it’s also helping me control a stubborn skin problem. I just have to keep the soft drinks down and the water up.

    Good luck, you!

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    OS Says:

    You are 1,000% stronger than I’ll ever be. Don’t know if I could give up diet coke, I’m a complete addict. But good for you for doing it. I know it’s so bad for us. I go through about 6 two liters a week . . . horrific really . . . I could probably give up chocolate before that. Yeesh, now I’ve scared myself! Good luck with the transition!

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    William McNaughtong Says:

    Why’d you quit? You don’t drink much, you don’t smoke, and you’ve quit chasing men.

    DC was the only vice you had left.

    Will