It’s been two weeks now. Two weeks on only water or milk, and to be honest it has gotten easier. The fatigue of the first week has passed and I don’t daydream about diet cola drinks now, though we have been out to dinner recently and it was a bit of a shock to the system to sit down to dinner and not order a Diet Coke! I have noticed my body trying to compensate in other ways however.
Before the “diet cola diet” I wouldn’t drink overly much in a day, maybe a litre and a half, tops, a little more if I were running or yoga-ing. Now however, I’m drinking more than two litres of water a day, the majority of it before I even finish work. And do you know? I really like it. I’ve never been adverse to water, but if there were any other options around, I would take those. Water was my drink of last resort. Now I find it’s my first choice for nearly everything.
It’s also given me a new appreciation for my fruit infuser bottle. Before I just used the bottle as a water bottle, the only reason I even bothered with a fruit infuser bottle was because I liked the colour. Now however, I don’t know if my favourite is strawberries and lemon wedges or lime, cucumber and mint!
One holdover from the first week is the sweet cravings. I just want to live on cakes, candy bars, pastries and fruit juices – basically, if it’s sugary, I want it! I haven’t given in since the horror of that first “3 Snickers in a week” week, but I’ve been eating my home grown strawberries nearly before they’re even ripe, burying my nose in my Sweetpea blossoms (the scent is so strong I can nearly taste it) and trying to find sweet alternatives that don’t contain artificial sugars. I did indulge last week in a warm scone with jam and cream. I could have cried, it was that delicious.
It’s really brought to the fore just how addicted not only to the caffeine in the diet colas I was, but the sweetness of them too. Because of my dodgy pancreas, I’ve been trying to keep real sugar out of my diet as much as possible. I never realised I had a sugar addiction too until the artificial stuff wasn’t there anymore to ease and mask the symptoms anymore. I had just switched one addiction for another.
I am more than halfway through my 30 day challenge now and whereas last week I couldn’t wait until the 30 days was over so I could have a Pepsi Max again, now I’m starting to think I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I’m thinking now that when I clear it, when I’m in the daylight again, it won’t be a big glass of diet cola waiting for me. Maybe it will be a big glass of ice water, and that’s okay with me.
As long as there’s a lemon wedge in it.