Posted on May 30, 2011
2:00 A.M. Wake-Up Call
Earlier on the weekend, needing a mixer, J picked up a bottle of Coke Zero and stashed the remnants in my fridge. I didn’t partake in any at the time, but last night as I flipped on a movie and popped some popcorn, I reached for a glass.
Zero calories? No sugar at all? What could go better with my evening flick before the week begins? I figured it would be harmless but doubted my choice by the time 11:45 p.m. rolled around…
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After what seemed like five minutes later I checked my cell phone clock again. It was now 12:55 a.m. I flipped, tossed, turned, stretched, covered up, uncovered and checked my clock again. 1:52 a.m. By the time 2:23 a.m. rolled around, I stopped checking and finally fell asleep not long after.
What frightened me most as I struggled with this extremely rare occurrence of insomnia was the severe impact that one little glass of “zero” cola could do to my entire body. “What was even in that stuff anyway?” I thought to myself.
If that one little glass was strong enough to impact me in such a way from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, it couldn’t be good for me. And that got me thinking to which other foods and drinks I consume that could also have potentially negative effects.
In recent weeks I’ve undertaken to increase my organic food consumption because those foods are better for me. However, I’d yet to consider the flip side of the coin and wondered why what I was cutting out was bad for me. About two months ago I gave up my daily cups of coffee, swapping them for green tea. I’ve also tried to reduce my refined sugar intake and increase my daily fibre through fresh vegetables. Last night’s wake-up call certainly served to reinforce my new choices.
What’s one thing you have a habit of consuming that you’d be better off without?