Why I gave up Coca-Cola

They say it takes a month to break a habit….

I have always had an addiction to Coca-Cola, as a child it was all that I would drink and at University I practically lived on it, while limiting my food intake.   I had no health complaints, I was not over weight nor did I think that it was doing me any harm.  I stopped drinking it a few times over the years and slowly started again, but opted for the diet version as it was zero calories and like many others I actually believed that it wasnt that bad for me. I completely appreciate that there are worse addictions to have and so I am not complaining about my life in the slightest, I am just sharing my experience.

After a trip to the dentist in 2016, I decided that I would cut out all forms of coca cola including diet.  It has been over 18 months now and I am pleased to stay that I have stuck to it completely.  I cannot believe that it took me 26 years to break this silly addition. I have not even had one when I have been on a night out or on holiday for the fear that I would get addicted again.  It is hard as cola is such a good mixer for many drinks and I feel that this does kind of stop me drinking as much now which I am not complaining about.  I know that I can have a choice of cocktails which makes up for it.

Cutting it out completely was probably the hardest thing that I have done, I had a constant headache for about a week solid where my body was adapting to not having the sugar and it was hard.   The working day was such a struggle for a couple of months but I have done it, I no longer have the headaches and I feel so much better for it.  I did consider not stopping completely and just reducing to say one glass a day however, this would not have been realistic for me and would have made the whole process harder.

I actually drink my water at night out of a diet coca-cola cup that I got for Christmas a few years ago and I love it.  I find it sort of ironic!  I personally don’t think that I could physically drink cola now without throwing up and that shows me how far I have come in 18 months.

When I have eventually have my own children, I think that I will be carefully as to what food and drink I expose them too at a young age.  I know that this is difficult but I would not want my children becoming so addicted to cola.

It did take me a while to realise the benefits of not having cola on a daily basis and I am so glad that I only drink water now with the daily coffee and occasional lemonade. What benefits have I felt in the last 18 months:

  • Improved concentration especially at work
  • I am fully hydrated – I read that although cola gives your taste buds the sensation of dealing with your thirst, it doesn’t and you end up thirstier
  • Fewer headaches
  • My skin has cleared up
  • I now that any teeth issues is not caused by the excessive amounts of sugar etc. but rather the lack of milk in my diet which I am working on
  • I have more energy
  • I generally feel happier in myself
  • I am no longer embarrassed at the amount of cola that I drink.  I use to have a sense of feeling ashamed that I was so addicted to it and this has now been taken from  me.

Love, Minnie x

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Goals I’d like to achieve before 2018

It is already August and I thought I would do a post with my 2017 New Year Goals and how I am working on them.  I set myself yearly goals rather than resolutions as I feel that you don’t need to wait until the 01 January to start working towards them…

Start a Blog

ok, so I have already done this but it is a on-going target as lots to learn.  I do think that this is one of the best things that I have done this year.  It is great being able to put my thoughts into written posts that people actually read.  It is also great being able to read more posts and receive comments from lovely people.

Learn how to do makeup properly

I have always loved doing my makeup, but it was literally, a layer of foundation and some mascara.  I have fairly good skin anyway so thought that I didn’t really need much more but since YouTube and the Blogs I am loving learning new ‘proper’ ways of doing my makeup and I am really enjoying this.

Bake More 

You may have noticed that I have started doing this.  My flat does get very hot with the oven on and multiple batches so I am looking forward to doing this even more in the winter months, when I want the flat to be warm. I am also looking forward to some Christmas baking!

Exercise More

This is not really an excuse but I do not have that much time with work and gym’s here are really expensive.  I have started walking to more places with Mike instead of driving which is a start.  I did also start ballet at the beginning of the year but this was time-consuming and was leading to a show, which happened to fall on the weekend of my parents anniversary party.  I enjoy ballet so this is something that I may restart in the future.  I also want to run a charity 10K, however, it is getting late in the year now so I may start training ready for next year.

Give Blood

I tried to give blood in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The first time they had to check my medical history with a doctor before I could donate.  I went with my sister who has actually now given 10 times and I cried when I couldn’t donate on the day! The doctor gave the all clear and the next couple of times the blood didn’t actually come out quick enough and they had to stop the donation.   At the time, I was 1.5 stone over the minimum weight allowed but as I was only 20 the nurses decided that I was too small and too young! I was put off the reminder list until 2016.  However, 2016 arrived and I now weigh too little in order to give.  I hope that I can put on enough weight by the end of the year to give.

Save More 

This is always a goal of mine and it is self-explanatory.  Spend Less Save More! My ultimate goal is to save enough for a deposit on a house….

What are your current goals?

Love, Minnie x

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