For my birthday present to myself, I thought I would give up one of my addictions.
I do not use this term loosely. I admit it (again): I am addicted to Diet Coke.
Diet Coke is sweetened with aspartame. Recent medical studies correlate the consumption of aspartame with vision loss. Some experts think the body doesn't know the difference and confuse it with sugar, so weight loss/metabolism is compromised by high aspartame consumption (i.e., it's harder to lose weight). Some studies show that consumption of soft drinks in general is correlated with less water consumption. In general, I'm trying to eat healthier, which includes less processed foods. And beverages.
And then there's the caffeine.
Long story, short, I'm giving diet coke up. Starting today.
But I just read today that it is dangerous to give it up cold turkey. I remember a study about caffeine consumption in which the subject self-recorded ounces of coffee drank, reducing consumption daily. I'm going to try that, and you're going to help me.
I'm going to blog about this daily and share my data. I think my target will be 3 oz. by Nov. 3, zero ounces on Nov. 4 (happy birthday to me!).
I've tried this before, without success. This month, however, is the 14th anniversary of the month I gave up alcohol. I like the symmetry.
Wish me luck!