Monday, June 8, 2015

The ultimate cheat

Jim and I first started a low carb diet in May 2013 after I finished reading Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. Probably the day before we started, I had my last Coke for two years. Two years! Prior to May 2013 I wouldn't have thought that was possible. I was a Coke fanatic. If I needed caffeine, I never drank coffee or tea, just Coke. My husband gave me a Coke Santa Christmas tree ornament one year. That's how much I liked Coke. But after reading Taubes' book, I didn't ever want to drink soda again.

A few times over the last two years I had Sprite or orange soda in a bind, but I never had Coke...for two reasons. I didn't want to be tempted to start drinking it again. And I was afraid I wouldn't like it anymore, and that was kind of sad. I didn't want to ruin my memory of what it tasted like. Weird. I know.

The most amazing thing is that for most of the last two years, we've had cans of Coke in our fridge. We entertain a lot, so it's nice to have it on hand for others who drink it. So even with it staring me in the face, I didn't drink it. Until this May.

I had been cheating more and more over the last year or so. Cheesecake. Ice Cream. Cheez-Its. Pretzels. But never Coke.

I gained back all of the weight I originally lost, plus some, so I wanted to start being good again. I just started eating low carb again at the end of May. But before that, I had one Coke.

At my niece's 13th birthday party, I had a bad headache, which I thought might have been a caffeine headache. Maybe that was just an excuse. When I saw my nephew drinking a Coke, and he offered to get me one, I took him up on the offer.

It tasted like Pepsi. Too sweet. I should have had a bottle instead of a can. The acid-y bite of Coke, which is what I love (loved), has always been harder to taste when drinking a can. But maybe it's good that I didn't like it. Now I'm not tempted. It was the ultimate cheat, and now I can eat low carb again without that temptation.

The ice cream in my freezer is still calling to me. But the 5 pounds I've already lost is speaking louder.

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