Until about 3 years ago, I was an iced water fanatic. I would drink the water because it left me with a prize: a cup full of ice to chew. The ice was just perfect for chewing after soaking in water for awhile. Yes, to all you dental experts, I DO know it's bad to chew ice. I also knew that eating ice is often a sign of anemia. I learned this when I was pregnant (and as a note of interest, pregnant women in third world countries will eat dirt when they are iron deficient; I heard about the dirt eating from a Kenyan, then read about the reason in a book). However, my anemia had never been given much attention (apart from pregnancy: Take these iron pills & see me next month). Turns out the anemia was a tell-tale sign of my Celiac Disease.
So, I got on a gluten free diet, took massive amounts of iron, and stopped craving ice. Good, right? Except I also stopped drinking lots of water every day.
You would THINK now that my body was eating healthier (at far as gluten goes), that I would be craving healthier foods. Nope. I started drinking Coke! Or Pepsi. Or even generic store brand "Cola." It really makes no difference to me. I went from drinking about 1 Coke per week to drinking about 1-2 daily or every other day. We have this great drive-in restaurant here called Sonic. They are "Drink Central" with about a zillion combinations of drinks you can have made to order (non-alcoholic). They even have a "Happy Hour" when drinks are half-price, so I can get a BIG Coke for under $1.00!
Make that I COULD, past tense, get a Coke. We are on a strict budget now, at least until the next payday. Okay, we're usually on a strict budget, but we are not even going to get half-price drinks at Sonic. I had my last Coke on Saturday! It is now in the wee hours of Thursday. I think I've only had a 'hankerin' for Coke once. Let's see if I can last all week!
Any other recovering Coke addicts out there? I know at least one of my friends is. And she's one of my 2 or 3 faithful blog readers! LOL! Let me know YOUR food or drink withdrawal story!
"I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me!" Phillipians 4:13