A Follow Up From Louise Who Moved Away From Diet Coke

by Louise
(United States)

Some time ago I wrote to books-empower.com to say that I had given up diet Coke. I'm following up on that letter with an update today and am pleased to report that I still haven't had any diet Coke.

Last week I wasn't feeling well so I asked my husband to buy me some ginger ale. This is something that my Mom gave me as a child. So I'm thinking the memory is the connection.

That was my first taste of any kind of pop and my thought was that I shouldn't have asked for that can. I remembered reading about the dangers of aspartame and I was also a little concerned about experiencing those old cravings again.

I'm happy to report that didn't happen. I have no desire whatsoever to go back to those days of rapid energy bursts followed by an equally sudden fatigue. I don't want to give up the gain I've made since dropping the old habit.

I also spend more time reading about healthy eating. I'm more aware of what is in the food that I eat now. I've committed to really reducing the sugar intake, including being more careful to avoid high fructose corn syrup.

And I'm focused now on another big step. I love bread. But I've read more and don't want to be in that number of chronic disease cases. I used to eat 2 to 4 slices of bread per day. Not anymore. I've also eliminated cereal from my breakfast routine. I'm really trying to cut back on all processed grain consumption.

I've switched to oatmeal-not instant packages-real oatmeal. I might have one slice of bread with peanut butter on some mornings. This will get me through till lunch. I keep a bag of almonds around if I do get hungry. I've cleaned out that candy drawer.

The inches are slowly coming off along with the weight. My focus is better because I put together a plan. I followed that plan and it is working. I know more about food because I've read more than ever before.

Springtime is not too far off now. I'm looking forward to working in my flower garden and walking the wonderful nature trails that circle our town. I'll be out there everyday.

I've followed the advice on pages within this web site. Better diet, better exercise, better knowledge. It will work for you too.

Good luck

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"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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