Don’t you love the title of this post: ‘Why drinking diet coke is healthy?’ Are you curious? I was definitely curious when I read it too, so I thought it would be fun for Sarah to think out loud on this fun topic for Amanda’s link-up!
Seriously guest posts are such a blessing (READ: I love to blog, but right now I am SO tired.) . They remind me that blogging is all about collaboration not competition, care and compassion not comparison.
I have totally been saving up this guest post for way too long, but I want to preface it by saying that I am:
and so so overwhelmed by this friend Sarah from Creating Better Tomorrow.
Why? Because Sarah is constantly, everyday, living out Matthew 16:24 everyday,
‘Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.’
Sarah humbles me by constantly reaching out to others, praying for others, not thinking of herself, being transparent with her own struggles, and she literally vibrates with the joy of the Lord.
This sister is constantly living out Galatians 6:1-2 to me and to others, ‘Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.’ She is incredibly meek. She is selfless. And when I’m thinking wrong or lacking in faith or love for others, I see something that Sarah has posted, and it’s like she is truly restoring me like a sister in Christ.
Sarah, I can’t say enough about you, but words won’t suffice, so I’m just going to say that I thank God for you, and that I can’t way to share the SECOND guest post from you.
If you didn’t check out Sarah’s very first guest post on the blog, you need to read it. Sarah gets really transparent with ‘Why An Eating Disorder Made My Marriage Stronger.’
Sarah also has a really balanced way of looking at health; she’s not obsessive about exercise or food, and I thought this post would be so appropo for the audience. It’s called:
I think this one is 100% better!!
I’m going to bet you read this title , Drinking Diet Coke is Healthy, and thought has Sarah gone off her rocker?!?! Well, hold up before you stop reading I think you may appreciate this post if you read through.
I’m sure in the past I’ve written a post about swearing off soda. How swearing off soda – diet or regular- is one of the BEST things you can do for your health. And while I do wholeheartedly agree that soda is NOT HEALTHY FOR YOU WHEN REGULARLY CONSUMED, I do believe treating yourself can be an amazing mentally and emotionally healthy thing to do.
Let me give you a little background. I cut out soda cold turkey I’m not sure when and truly I didn’t miss it. Then when I was pregnant wouldn’t you know all I wanted was a diet coke like every other week….the amazing fountain drink kind with the crushed ice out of the stirofoam cup….you know what I’m talking about, right?
Drinking Diet Coke is Healthy
I often times would have Dan drive me to get one and he’d get an ice cream cone while I the pregnant lady truly only craved the diet coke. Then once the boys were here I really didn’t want them so I didn’t have them. One week I was having one of ‘those’ weeks as a mom, you know where no one is happy, no food is the right food, no naps happening, and I thought I need to treat myself for surviving this week with our house still standing and everyone still alive. Some moms might have said I’ll have a couple glasses of wine and I thought about that, but it didn’t sound appealing (hey, I’m too tired as a twin mom, if I drank two glasses of wine I would pass out on the couch). Then it hit me, what sounded the most amazing to me on that Friday afternoon was a fountain diet coke.
I called Dan and asked him if he’d bring me the smallest size diet coke from the local gas station on his way home. That started a weekly self care act that many would argue is unhealthy. Dan stops every Friday and gets me the 20 ounce diet coke with just a bit of crushed ice. I wish you could see me drink this thing, I savor each sip and it truly is a little break from it all for me.
Are you getting where I’m going here? Often times when on this healthy living journey we can swear off drinks, food groups, food types and then we find our souls and minds yearning for them. I’m here to argue that the mental anguish we put ourselves through when we fight and deny what we truly want is more unhealthy than just indulging once and awhile on whatever it is that nourishes your body and mind. For me that diet coke is like some bit of relaxation, some bit of enjoyment, some bit of wonderfulness for a hard week at work. I know a former me that would feel oh so bad about drinking that chemical laden, fake colored soda and yes I can recite to you many of the terrible things about diet sodas BUT sometimes we need to look beyond the scientific research studies and forget the latest google article we read about cancer causing foods….and just savor and enjoy this life. However, the day will come when I won’t want that diet coke…I’ll want something totally different and perhaps totally healthy…and the beauty of just listening to what you want is…I’ll have whatever that is.
So for me every Friday night I get a 20 ounce diet coke and have a bag of homemade popcorn (slightly burnt, trust me you want to try the slightly burnt method) and sit on the couch and watch a movie with Dan….it’s the little things in life!
What is one self care act you routinely do? What’s one guilty pleasure?
Do you like Diet Coke or have a special treat that you love to have when you’re out with the family or out by yourself?
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