What Are You a Slave To?


Last weekend I decided that I needed to treat sodas like I do alcohol because I sure drink them the same, and I decided to quit completely.

I have been putting this off for many reasons:

  1. I didn’t want to do anything that was diet-like and not about moderation because that’s my goal in all things (except for alcohol of course).
  2. I have tried so many times and have gone back to them so I just assumed I couldn’t quit.
  3. I have been using it as a crutch since I quit drinking alcohol… “It’s not as bad as alcohol, so it’s okay.”

I drank so. many. sodas.  I started right after I finished drinking coffee in the morning and drank them all day.  Most days I drink zero water and I just literally felt like I couldn’t stop.  I had a huge stock of them in my garage. I didn’t want to run out.  When I grocery shopped, I bought a lot.  I would have all of this nutritious food in my cart then several twelve packs of sodas or six packs of bottles.  It just didn’t make any sense.

The biggest thing and main reason why I have quit soda is how soda makes me feel.

Just like my behaviors with alcohol weren’t normal, my behavior with soda wasn’t normal.  And the fact that I was constantly thinking I needed to quit made it more clear.

This might all sound silly.  I mean, it’s just soda!  It’s not alcohol or drugs.  But if I am a slave to anything, I need to really evaluate that and make some changes.  So, that’s what I did.

For some odd reason I felt that since I quit drinking alcohol that I couldn’t quit drinking soda!  It’s interesting that I would even think that, but I have been thinking that since I got sober.

But I have decided that I don’t want to be a slave to anything, and I want to have control over what my mind and body think and do.  I don’t want to keep drinking (or eating) something even when it doesn’t taste that great anymore and makes me feel awful.  I want to live a life of freedom and joy.

Also, the beautiful thing that I’ve learned is that if I can quit drinking as an alcoholic, I can quit anything that isn’t serving me well!  I have the strength and drive to do so at this point in my life.

This week has been so so great with-out being obsessed with something.  While I’m not actively working on food habits, I ate so well this week.  I just craved better foods and had so much fun preparing them.

Last Sunday I:

  • Made 2 batches of banana zucchini whole wheat muffins (we ate them all this week because my family and I all loved them)
  • Cut veggies for the veggie tray
  • Homemade whole wheat bread
  • Cut up watermelon
  • Made lunch for my day in town on Monday
  • Shredded and bagged zucchini

Other days I:

  • Made homemade Greek yogurt
  • Made steel cut protein oats
  • Made homemade garlic hummus

I made a few great dinners as well (we also ate in the dining hall a few times).  I started using an awesome cookbook called Good Cheap Eatsby Jessica Fisher.

Robert and I went on two hikes.  The kids and I did yoga one night.  We walked to the dining hall and back a few times.  So I got more movement in.  Still not as much as I want, but it’s a place to start!  I also started drinking better and I really think stopping the sodas helped that.  I also started meditation in bed :-).

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