No, I am not in league with Kate Moss and Boy George. The Coke I am talking about is ostensibly more benign than cocaine. I am talking about good, old fashioned Coca-Cola, the kind that teaches the world to sing and brings us all together. A soft drink known around the world, even by pandas on the north pole.
I don't know what it is exactly about the sugary sweet, bubbly drink that entices me so. Is it the refreshment, the caffeine, the sugar rush? Whatever it is, I drink one 500ml bottle of Coke a day. I used to think I could get away with this, just one a day, not like drinking a six-pack, or anything. Still, I have come to the realization that it is bad, and my habits need to change. Sure, I could go for diet Coke (my husband and his family drink it exclusively) but I think I'd rather chew on an old shoe than drink a diet soft drink. No matter what people say, or what advancements have been made in flavorings, I don't think diet sodas taste good. Not at all. And they leave this nasty cottony aftertaste. Blech. Not to mention that a couple of days of downing diet Cokes leaves me with mondo headaches. Any food or drink that gives you bad headaches is suspect, in my opinion. Perhaps that artificial sweetener is safe, perhaps it is not. I'd rather not take chances.
I figured now was the time to try to curb my habits, since as the weather gets cooler, I tend to crave Coke less. When it is hot out I have a habit of consuming any cool liquid that is in a one mile radius. I'm trying a stealthy every other day plan for now, downing water on the off days. The trick to this is keeping up with our bottled water supply, as the city water here has a frightening amount of salts in it. Hopefully, within a month or so, Coke will be a once in awhile treat and not an everyday habit. It tastes so much better that way.
I think I can do it, as long as they don't introduce Dr. Pepper here in Greece anytime soon. Then I'm a goner.