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Lent
Well, Mardigras is over and Lent has begun. I enjoyed my paczki yesterday, and I also enjoyed a giant diet coke with lunch. I enjoyed a kit-kat in the afternoon, and some chocolate ice cream with diet pepsi in evening.

For Lent this year, I am giving up paczkis. That one's pretty easy, since I only eat them on Mardigras anyway. However, I am challenging myself this year. I am also giving up chocolate and artificial sweetener.

Yes, that's right. You read this properly. I'm giving up chocolate. AND... I'm giving up diet coke. Chocolate! Diet Coke! This is going to be a challenging couple of months, because I really love both of those things.

Why? Why would I do this to myself? Well, mostly to prove to myself that I can. I don't need any of that stuff, it's not good for me... and I like to occasionally remind myself that I am stronger than my cravings.

I'm not good at permanently making healthy life-changes. But I can last a couple of months; I know I can. It will be challenging, but it will be good for me.

I've successfully given up chocolate for Lent in the past. (Last year I gave up candy, which is similar (though not exact).) It's a good thing to give up, because it's bad for me and sometimes I have a tendency to over-indulge in it. Giving ourselves some time apart helps me remember that chocolate is a treat, not a necessity.

Avoiding artificial sweetener though, this is a new thing for me. I'm mainly doing it as an experiment. As somebody who easily gains weight, I've always chosen diet coke, equal, and things like that as a means to enjoy something sweet without consuming extra calories. But there are several articles out indicating that artificial sweeteners may actually lead to weight gain.

I don't know if this is true or not, or if so how much, but it's worth a Lenten Experiment. Especially since all those chemicals probably aren't that good for me anyway... no matter how much I may love my diet cola beverages.

So here we go, day one of giving up artificial sweeteners. It's going well so far. I haven't slipped up even once!

Except... I could kill for a nice icy cold diet coke. Well, maybe not kill, but maim. No, even that's not true. But I would happily elbow somebody firmly out of my way, if only it weren't Lent.

This is going well. Yes. I can do this. It'll get easier....I hope!

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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 1st, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
you could try making some green tea and then sticking it in bottles and then chilling it in the fridge and then taking it to work.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 1st, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
hmm. I don't even especially like green tea. I'll just try to get in the habit of drinking more water.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: March 1st, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are not supposed to like, because its good for you.
jennlk From: jennlk Date: March 1st, 2006 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
According to my tea pushers (Adagio), all tea is good for you, it's just that the only teas tested were green teas.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: March 1st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not giving up elevators this year?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 1st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, unofficially I still am. But not officially, because I already take the elevator so rarely it's basically irrelevent.
geekjul From: geekjul Date: March 1st, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you don't get a caffeine withdrawal headache. I know I would if I gave up Diet Coke. Good luck with it, I know you can do it!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 1st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I'm still allowed coffee and tea. Just no Equal in it! Thanks. (:
min8ive From: min8ive Date: March 1st, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did the same thing one year. It was hard at first, but got easier once I got used to my new diet. Except for all the Easter treats in the stores. Just don't go down those aisles.

I read that artificial sweeteners should be avoided during pregnancy, so I gave them up as well. It was a complete change from my Weight Watchers diet, which seemed to consist mostly of foods with artificial sweeteners.

You will be surprised at what you find them in, or, if not artificial sweeteners, then high fructose corn syrup. (Which is a big contributor to the weight gain problem.)

Fruits and vegetables are the key. (Fresh or frozen--some canned have Splenda or hfcs.)

Good luck, you can do it.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
High fructose corn syrup? Hmm, I hadn't considered giving that up. Just Nutrisweet/Splenda type stuff. Maybe that'll be my next effort.... I'll see how this goes first. Thanks!
bunjamin From: bunjamin Date: March 1st, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder what's left out there that is totally devoid of artifical sweeteners of any sort.. hrm
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Water! That's my main beverage now.... And some occasional coffee.
bunjamin From: bunjamin Date: March 3rd, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe yes, but then there are other concerns.

http://www.csindy.com/csindy/2006-01-19/appetite.html

..this was just one quick article I pulled. First link. There are some plastic water bottles that are releasing dioxins into the water they hold. There have been a few people who have shown it doesnt happen -- almost all with full or partial funding from bottled water selling companies.

What could it mean? Enough of it shuts down the pancreas and people get diabetes..

so yea -- be careful.
nishar From: nishar Date: March 2nd, 2006 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
*waives an ice cold diet coke in front of you* :D
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: artificial sweeteners

That's a very encouraging link, thank you! I hope I find similar results soon.
niiicolaaa From: niiicolaaa Date: March 2nd, 2006 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad someone else is giving up diet coke =) I decided to give up all pop and at about noon today I started craving diet coke and went a little bit crazy. But I held off the urge and I think it can only get easier. I am also giving up alcohol, which will make happy hour interesting. I figure it is a great way to get my water intake up. Good luck with the chocolate! I gave it up one year and then realized since my birthday falls during lent I couldn't have a chocolate cake. That ended that.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: March 3rd, 2006 05:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I miss diet coke already. But I'm sure it'll get easier... at least it had better!

I agree, water is a good thing. I'm trying to drink more of it also!

Good luck to ya, we can do this. (:
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