Hear ye! Hear ye!

January 2nd

Beginning of the New Year public proclamation!

drinking up the sunlight

I am giving up artificial sweeteners. No more diet soda, or sugar-free anything. There is plenty of research backing up this decision, and a good bit of personal motivation too. A good friend was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. She has changed her diet and way of life dramatically since the diagnosis, and recently said she was cutting out the diet sodas too.

In solidarity, I am joining her.

And while this may seem like a simple thing, I am a Thirst Buster kinda girl. 64 ounces of pure Diet Coke love. No kidding:  I buy my sugar-free gum at Costco. (That’s a lot of gum.)

This is one of the simplest and healthiest changes I can make this year. If you see me chomping on gum or gulping down saccharine bubbly, feel free to remind me of this proclamation and my hypocrisy.

Pretty tulips

The upsides: better bones and teeth, in the long run. Not looking like a unpolished galoot when I show up to meetings with gum in my mouth. One less product to have to buy in bulk. (Bye bye, Truvia.) Throwing away those refill Circle K plastic cups in the back seat of my car.

Showing some support and love for someone when I feel helpless to do anything else. And oh – showing myself I can do it. It has been a long time since I have put my mind to something and actually completed the task to the finish line. With someone to support in the process, it will be easier.*

What are your changes for the New Year?


*There is also more than a little bit of me hoping that if I can master this step, I can move on to other aspects of living a clean paleo diet that have thwarted previous attempts. One step at a time.


Posted in
Goals, Good to Great
Follow the comments.

10 Responses

  1. also? artificial sweeteners lower your sperm count. not that YOU have sperm, but just a thought. like, stop drinking diet soda and your sperm count will go THROUGH THE ROOF, and your fertility doctor will say you have sperm donor levels of sperm.

    not that I have had experience with this recently. (cough)

    black coffee tastes much better than I ever thought it would (at least, it did until baby girl decided to make her presence known), and if you miss sugar, just add the real stuff!

  2. Before she died, my grandmother swore up and down that her breast cancer was caused by two things: her 100+oz a day diet Pepsi habit, and the fact that she put her nicotine patches on her boobs. So yay for lowering your Boobie cancer risk! Grandma sue would be proud of you!

  3. I’ve stopped the diet soda a few times. Trying to keep it in moderation here! My favorite drink involves soda so on the few occassions when we go out drinking there is that…

    I’m also trying to keep the processed foods to the minimum. Switching from margarine to butter etc (sound weird but I grew up on margarine!)

  4. I am also giving up sugar, cutting down on the dairy and caffeine too…no more processed anything and the thought of fast food just makes me gag so I think I am on the right track…

  5. I gave up DC a few years ago, and it was the best thing I ever did. (But OMG frikkin hard. The detox is ROUGH. BUt you will learn to love unsweetened coffee, tea. etc.) I am now trying to deal with the real sugar side of the equation. Sigh…

  6. I gave up all soda and artificial sweeteners nearly 15 years ago. Five years before that, I quit smoking and gained about 20 lbs. After giving up the soda and artificial sweeteners, I lost that 20 lbs over the next year without making any other change in my diet or exercise level. I know you can do it!

  7. You can do it Kelli! 🙂

  8. Oh, I know you can do it!

  9. How’s it going?!? I have tried (not all that whole-heartedly) many times to give up my daily diet coke (two – one in the AM; one at lunch….unless….). Wondering if you have any magical words of wisdom! I’m trying 100 oz of water a day which I am having trouble doing!

  10. Good on you!! Blessedly, soda in general was a habit I never got too hung up on but I have heard it’s killer to quit. You will be great! This year, I’d like to continue working on what I’m always working on: better balance.

    Happy 2014!