There has always been a lot of stigma online from nutritionists about Diet Coke. They always say it is terrible for you; it encourages you to binge as it’s a bad fake sugar and that you’re better off having a can of full sugar coke.
Well even though I love Diet Coke I can’t stand full sugar Coca Cola. It tastes horrible and I can’t imagine drinking it ever again.
I don’t drink much alcohol (does 1 drink in 14 months even count?) and don’t smoke and I feel like I deserve at least one vice and my vice of choice drink wise has always been a Diet Coke. I also don’t like coffee so it has always been my kick when I am feeling tired and want a boost.
At the same time with us having a hot few days here in Portugal at the moment, I wanted to try quitting Diet Coke for a week (and other canned drinks) to see what difference it makes on my body or whether or not it is actually a pointless experiment.
This is something that I have wanted to do for a while. Whenever I have been doing super strict diets like my fat burning experiment I have ditched them as part of it, so I am sure it won’t be too hard!
But just to make sure I could cope I did have a Malibu & Diet Coke last night so that I wouldn’t spend all day craving it!
This is easier than I thought it would be. I have hardly even thought about it. I have realised over the years that I have two trigger points when it comes to fizzy drinks:
First thing in the morning – this is because I want that hit of caffeine when I am half asleep. But also because it’s quicker to open a can than it is to pour some cordial. Something I have previously got into the habit of doing. Secondly, my Diet Coke is now kept in one of my outbuildings so I often forget to go and get some!
Booze replacement – because I have been pregnant or breastfeeding, until last week that is, I have been booze free for 14 months. This has meant that at times when I would have the odd glass of wine, Malibu & Diet Coke or even an Advocat at Christmas this has been replaced with Diet Coke. And now I have the fizzy drinks out of habit rather than need.
So I will see how things change now that I am avoiding them and to see how my mood goes.
They say if you drink lots of diet drinks then you are more likely to eat more fats and sugars so I am really putting them to the test by excluding them.
I want to see if as I do this, if I can average out my usual 1200 calories a day (on average) that I consume.
Today I have Bubble & Squeak and wow I love this as much as I did as a child. It is a classic and incredibly cheap to make as well.
I must admit I have never really bothered that much with avocados and I don’t really know why. They have just never been at the top of my wish list, so I decided to buy some and experiment with them and thanks to good experiment we had loaded pitas with stir fried vegetables and an avocado base.
They were delicious and will certainly feature in a future recipe (when I get around to it).
In the Diet Coke world I have hardly given it a thought and kind of forgot what the experiment was this week!!!
Actually, I think a big part of it is convenience just like with fast food. Its ready, its there and it doesn’t create any real effort to consume it. I have all my cans in an outbuilding and now its more of an effort to get them, than it is to pour myself a cold glass of water.
Today we have another first – Pork Tenderloins and must admit I never recall ever having them. I have had endless amounts of pork shoulder over the years and pork steak but never these and wow they taste amazing. May have undersized the portions a fair bit though, as I find myself sharing one with three of us. Dominic didn’t complain much though!
Today I spent most of the day in the kitchen baking and preparing dinner. The result = breakfast and lunch passed me by! I end up picking and testing in the kitchen while cooking and before I know it I have scoffed my way through a lot of calories.
Thankfully I don’t do it very often otherwise I would be a much bigger size and very soon!
Today is one of my favourite lunches and its steamed salmon. I just adore salmon and try to have it at least twice a week. However, other things have come up lately and it has been forgotten about.
But now it’s back on the menu it will be staying on the menu FOR GOOD.
Today also marks the first day when I truly crave some Diet Coke. It’s probably because I am super tired and I need my hit of caffeine. I have been waiting for it to go away but it hasn’t, so I think I am stuck with this craving for the day!
So glad that this challenge is finally near the end as I want to open a can. Surprisingly if I just have one (in the future when my body craves one) this would mean that I would end up having just 1-2 per week and would be much better health wise and financially if I just stuck to that!
Today I have homemade burgers. And they are not just any burger, but Dominic’s and they are absolutely delicious. It’s one of those things that I wish I ate every day but know that I should eat all the time. On the plus side, it is Dominic’s healthy recipe so I am sold on them!
The results are in and I have found that if you drink less you will:
Be less dehydrated as canned drinks make you thirsty
Are more chilled without caffeine
That my baby enjoys breastfeeding more (she is on one evening feed per day now)
From a healthy diet point of view I have found that I crave more chocolate and sweets than usual, because I am giving up my other vice. I think in the long run I would still like to keep drinking Diet Coke, but not as often as I do now. And I may give it up altogether during the hot months when I am more dehydrated than usual.