Oh, gawd. So tired. I can confirm that drinking a pint of full sugar, full caffeine Coke right before bed is a bad idea. I know, right?! Urgh. As some of you may know, I used to drink a lot of fizzy pop. Originally it was Diet Coke. When I used to commute to London for work, I lived on the stuff. Then, as a stay-at-home mum, I cut right back to only having a couple of glasses in the evening. The same way a lot of parents have a glass or two of wine after the kids are in bed. My glass of pop signified the end of a busy day. My chance to relax and unwind.
Then a few years ago I decided to cut artificial sweeteners from our household, particularly aspartame. This was part of a general move towards buying less processed food. Full fat milk, proper butter, wholemeal bread, rice, and pasta.
For a while I switched to full sugar Coke and limited it strictly to one small glass in the evening. But eventually I just went cold turkey. I wanted to reduce my sugar intake, in the hope that my skin might improve. I also switched to decaff coffee. Less sugar, less caffeine. So now I haven’t had any Coke for about 18 months. It hasn’t improved my skin. I really don’t feel any different at all, although it’s undoubtedly healthier not to have that sugar in my body.
Anyway, last night I cracked. Aaaages ago we were sent a free bottle of the stuff with a takeaway order. It’s been sitting in the kitchen for weeks. Last night I really fancied a glass. Just a little taste. I mean, what harm can it do?! Except The Husband went a poured me a whopping great pint glass full of the stuff! Gah! Stupidly I drank the lot. At about 8pm. And I haven’t slept a bloody wink all frigging night! Oh, lordy. I am SO tired. I felt so restless. Couldn’t get comfortable. Twitchy legs. Wired. How the heck did I ever sleep before when I drank it all the time?!
So, despite thinking that giving it up hadn’t had any effect on my body, I certainly noticed the difference when I reintroduced it. Lesson learnt. Never again!
MONDAY: full roast dinner – chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions, greens, bread sauce, and real gravy (just because I can!)
WEDNESDAY: warm sausage salad
THURSDAY: beany butternut squash lasagne
FRIDAY: lazy ready made pizza
SATURDAY: cheese and bacon pasta bake (I fried some lardons until crispy and added them to my recipe for macaroni cheese)
SUNDAY: garlic and thyme chicken tray bake