Thursday, February 18, 2010

"Sean Read, Sean Do" or "Can I lent you some Coke?"

Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. It is the starting day for Lent. Now, I'm not Catholic, but I like the idea of giving up something for 40 days as a sacrafice for your God and for yourself. Especially if that something is bad for you - like Coke. I LOVE Coke. I love the taste. I love the texture. I love the feel of the carbonation and caffine surging through my body. But as a person with a hiatel hernia and as a person with a rather large belly, Coke isn't all that rewarding for the body in the long run.

So as Cindy gives up Sugar (an impossible task for me) for her Lent offering, I am going to give up Soda - all of it. I do have one exception, though. If we have a natural disaster (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, blizzard, typhoon, tsunamia, flood, Republican control of the Senate, etc.), then I'm dipping into my food storage which has in it - Coke Classic.


  1. Four words to help you quit - high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Read about how bad it is for you:

    P.S. I am also trying to quit, but as you noted Coke (even the tame non-cocaine version we have today) is very addicting. Yes the original Coke recipe included cocaine!

  2. Good for you! Once when I was 18 I gave up chocolate for no other reason than I wanted to know that I could exert control over my own self. I wanted to know that ultimately I had the power to make my body do or not do whatever my brain told it to. I lasted maybe, MAYBE a month (you know what, it might not have even been that long- it just felt like it), but then Halloween hit and my body showed my brain who was really boss. My brain justified it and said I lasted this long already, I’ve already proven I can do it, I could easily have not eaten that chocolate if I found it important not to, but eating chocolate isn’t a sin so why not?

    I wish you luck in your endeavors! I’m always happy to hear of people making lifestyle changes for the healthier.

  3. Good for you! Russ is going off of Dr. Pepper (which he's been addicted to for 20 years, almost) because I've begged him to do my no sugar diet with me for a few weeks. After day one all I can say is I WANT SOME CHOCOLATE!!!

  4. Cindy, very high quality dark chocolate has very little sugar and lots of good stuff for your body. At least that is what I tell myself.

    Isn't science useful once in a while.