It all started when I saw the note on the side of my diet soda bottle: “Contains Phenylalanine” My thought: What the heck is that? Now, I’ve been drinking diet soda for many years, (you may say I’m slightly hooked on it) and it never occurred to me that I actually had no idea what was actually in what I was drinking. So, ever-curious little bugger that I am, I hopped online and searched it. Whoa. I really need to learn not to Google stuff anymore.
Anyway, I’m not one of those people that believe everything that they read. But there’s some scary stuff out there about Phenylalanine, as well as aspartame. But don’t worry, I’m not going to sit here and tell you not to drink anything that contains chemicals because, obviously, I’m neither a scientist nor a doctor. But it did get me thinking that maybe I, personally, should cut out that kind of stuff. So, I decided to stop drinking diet soda. That’s it—cold turkey. Cause I’m just that hardcore.
And since the only other person I know that drinks diet soda at 9 AM is my also-slightly-addicted editor, I told her about my findings. Her reaction: “Hmm. Well, that can’t be good. Maybe we shouldn’t drink it anymore…okay, no more diet soda!” And just like that, she hopped on my bandwagon. Muhahahaha. It’s just too easy.
So, we have been officially diet soda free for seven whole days. Seven! (Unless, of course, editor has been sipping on the side. She’s crafty like that.) We now chug unsweetened iced tea like it’s our job, but at least it’s better than consuming alarming amounts of artificial sugar.
Will it last? Can we overcome the lure of the sweet effervescence, and that satisfying shhhhwoooo sound when you pop open a new bottle?
Yeah, the future looks bleak. Stay tuned.
Update: Always-honest editor has confessed that she cheated this weekend. What a quitter. If it were me, I would have cheated and not said anything. Sigh. This is a lonely crusade.