I had some diet soda on Saturday night because I had not had any for awhile. I also did this as an experiment. Then something happened the next morning when I got on the scale. I gained two pounds apparently. Yes, you can chock it up to (especially for women) the body’s weight fluctuates, and one should not weigh themselves frequently. Whenever I go on these health journeys I always find myself frustrated, bewildered, and I want instant gratification. I know logically that the weight gain did not happen over night because it was a combination of many years of bad food choices and lack of motivation to be active. It certainly is not going to come off in a fort night just because I cranked up my activity level and started making better food choices.
As far as diet soda goes, in my opinion, is worse than regular soda and yet I can not drink that either because I am diabetic. I might as well drink battery acid because soda is not good for you period. When I drink diet soda I get bad cramps in my legs and headaches, my stomach is bloated, and I start craving sugary and heavily starched foods. I notice once I stop drinking this crap (and it takes a good while) that I stop craving a lot of the bad things that are not good for my body. I mean it doesn’t eliminate all, but at least I’m not jumping out of my seat and a voice telling me I need these bad foods. It is an addiction that leads to more bad addictions…in a dietary way.
Also, the caffeine is not good for my anxiety. Yes, caffeine makes anxiety ten times worse or a hundred times worse depending on how much of the stuff you ingest. I could jump and leap to paranoid conclusions that make no sense in a single bound. In worse case scenarios upon drinking too much caffeinated diet soda I have more panic attack episodes even when I am not anxiously thinking about something. The anxiety is manageable and almost non existent when I keep up with my exercise routine and not ingesting any caffeine, but more importantly when I am not drinking any diet soda. I am convinced that other chemicals especially the fake sugars are doing something to my brain as well. I also know for a fact that my anxiety is a lot better when after a few months of adequate exercise, a good diet, and meditation (with a bit of yoga) I become a healthier happier person mentally and physically.
The only reason I wound up having some diet soda this weekend was before the diet I thought I drank and got rid of them all in my fridge, but only to discover I had one more box of 12 cans in the kitchen closet while cleaning. With any addiction it’s important to get rid of any temptation, and I should have done a more thorough inspection of my kitchen…
No worries, no one is perfect, and when we fall we get back up on the horse and try again. As long as we keep trying (even if there are setbacks) and do not give up it is still doing more than doing nothing. So, yes diet soda is the devil and that is my story and I am sticking to it.