This may be a bit random so bare with me. I’m lying in bed with a sick kid and a laptop. I’m not sure if that makes me a good mom or a weird internet obsessed mom, but until I get sleepy enough to drift off myself, we’re here.
Yesterday, I posted the following on my Facebook profile: “I gave up soda to set a good example for the baby, but now all I want is a Coke Zero. SO.BAD.” That resulted in lots of comments telling me that I was insane for that choice. That is, perhaps, very true, but I really feel like it was the right thing to do.
It definitely wasn’t intended to condemn others. I LOVE soda. I love it so much that I can consume a 12-pack in a day and never think about drinking a drop of water. On the other hand, my body hates soda. Artificial sweeteners give me a killer headahce - one that analgesics can’t touch - that remains until my body has processed all the fake sugar. I guess I could drink non-diet drinks, but I don’t think we even need to go there on what they can do to your body.
However, this decision has nothing to do with the headaches or the other health concerns related to artificial sweeteners. To tell the truth, I didn’t really care. Those headaches suck, but the delicious taste of Diet Cherry Dr Pepper far outweighs the pain. We’ve decided to cut out soda because of Cecilia. You see, we’ve recently fell of the wagon - the healthy lifestyle wagon. We’ve been eating junk food like it’s going out of style, and last week, I noticed Cecilia looking at me and signing “More” as I snuck Hershey’s Kiss in my mouth. (”More” is her way of asking for a bite.) Also, when I’m drinking a soda, she points to the can and signs and says “Yes”. (Sign Language is awesome for babies until you realize that they comprehend a lot more than you want to admit.)
I really don’t think soda is bad, and I don’t want her to think soda is bad. It’s all about moderation, but unfortunately, Chris and I suck at moderation. So until we can get that a mastered, I’m planning on keeping soda out of the house. I’ll still have my caffeine (Thank you, God, for coffee), and there will be occasional Sonic runs (large Diet Cherry Dr Pepper & a small ice water, please). But we’re going to keep the cans & plastic bottles out for a while. Lord help me.