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Tuesday, 15 March 2011
This is what I have given up for Lent. Seems like an odd thing, you may say. To my mind, the thing to be given up should be something which is a significant part of your life but which you do not actually need, thereby trimming down your intake. How important was Diet Coke in my life? Hard to say. For several years now I have drunk some every day except (usually) Sunday. Coke because the caffeine in it helps ward off afternoon sleepiness, a cold drink for liquid intake and because office air is dry, Diet because my diabetic tendencies (and tendency to be overweight ever since I stopped smoking over seven years ago) contraindicate sugar. I usually bring a two-litre bottle to work and keep it in the fridge there. A few weeks ago I ran out. So I went to our (nasty and overpriced) canteen to get some and it was closed for a private function. So I went to the vending machine and it had run out. When I had visited every vending machine in the building, to find them all without Diet Coke, and had got increasingly grumpy and on edge, I began to think I might have a problem. So I drank my last DC on Mardi Gras. From then until approximately yesterday, ie five or six days, I felt quite a lot as I did when I stopped smoking. Physically uncomfortable, experiencing cravings, the inside of the mouth feeling all wrong. Fine now, drinking water in the afternoons and better for it. But - who knew? What do they put in that stuff?