There’s a 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke sitting on our kitchen counter, and I’m really enjoying giving it the evil eye every time I walk past. It’s now been 55 days since my last sip of this beverage that once ruled my life. The more days that pass, the more my momentum to keep going down this path builds.
I wrote about kicking this 25-year addiction in this week’s News-Sentinel column. But while it’s true Diet Coke no longer tempts me — that bottle on the counter belongs to my husband — I’ve had a hard time figuring out what I DO want to drink. After all this time, I’m not crazy about taking up a caloric beverage. But what exactly am I trying to avoid here? Aspartame — or artificial sweeteners of all types?
Ben took great pleasure in “busting me” the other day for drinking a black raspberry sparkling water.
“If you look at the ingredients on this, it’s carbonated water with an artificial sweetener. So it’s basically the same thing as diet pop,” he said.
I’m not being too hard on myself just yet as I feel my way through this transition. But for now the safest bet is just plain old bottled water – or if I want a real treat¸ seltzer water with lemon juice.