Well it had to happen sometime.

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Today I finally caved and bought a Diet Mt. Dew! Ahh!

It’s been a little over a month since I gave up all diet pop (specifically Diet Mt. Dew) for a number of reasons, including:

  • I was scared about what aspartame could be doing to my brain/body.
  • I don’t like the feeling of being semi-addicted to something.
  • It’s expensive.
  • My husband was one month diet-pop free at the time, and I wanted to join in on the fun! (…)

Here’s what’s happened since then:

  • I still crave an ice-cold, so-fizzy-it-burns-on-the-way-down, can of diet dew like crazy, but the feeling as if I’m about to die everyday around 2pm if I don’t have one has completely passed. Now I just want one at random, odd times.
  • It’s easier to make healthier snack choices without it. Like I said in my quitting post, fake sugar triggers something crazy in my brain to look for yucky, junky food after I ingest it. I’m not saying all those Girl Scout Cookies are collecting dust or anything…but it’s a lot easier to say no without aspartame coursing through my veins!
  • I’m saving money like whoa. The bottle of pop I purchased today was $1.74. $1.74! That’s insane!!! No more 24-packs to purchase either!
  • I’ve formed a new love for tea. I still crave flavorful beverages during the day, but instead of turning to diet soda, I now sip on a warm mug of black tea with a teaspoon of sugar. My favorite flavors are cinnamon, mango and vanilla (Trader Joe’s has a great selection!)

So why the breakdown today?

It was a perfect storm of having one of those days, calling Ben for moral support and finding out that he had just purchased a pop (yeah he’s off the wagon) and some super-nasty surprise snow (I really hate snow,) that led me to say… screw it. I’m going for it!

Sadly, devastatingly, it tasted just as refreshing and delicious as I remembered. More so, probably, because it had been so long since I last had a gulp! I thought it was supposed to taste sickly sweet and disgusting? Nuts!

All is not lost, however. The Diet Mt. Dew did not trigger some sort of ravenous, diet soda-hungry beast inside of me, whose thirst cannot be quenched.

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I had my soda, and now I’m moving on. I like the way I feel when I don’t drink it and I have no desire to go back to my can-a-day habit. I think that’s a sign of a successfully broken habit, don’t you? :D

To those of you who also gave up diet soda – how’s it going?

In other news, Ben and I had such a fun dinner: a Cheese & Prosciutto Platter!

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Recipes be gone! We filled up a giant platter of yummy, crunchy, chewy, sweet & savory goodies – then went to town.

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The platter was centered around Everything Crackers,

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and Prosciutto. Paper thin, chewy and perfectly salty. So addicting!!!

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I wrapped the prosciutto around fresh melon slices (saw this in Rome and knew I had to recreate. Just slice your cantaloupe, then cut along the rind until the slice is almost completely cut off, then wrap prosciutto around it!)

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and lightly steamed asparagus spears.

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These were Ben’s favorite!

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Crunchy apples slices were perfection when paired with creamy cheese.

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Which was Light Brie. LIGHT BRIE! I took a total chance with this wedge – I mean who’s ever had good, light cheese? So glad I did – it was awesome!!!!

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The other wedge was Chimay Belgian Washed Rind Cheese.

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Chimay is Ben’s favorite beer, but this was not his favorite cheese. It was a tad on the funky side…

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The combinations were seriously endless. We figured there was over 40,000 of them!!!

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Prosciutto with apple and a cracker. Cracker with brie and jam. Apple & brie. Just brie. You get the picture!

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Fast, tasty and fun. Plus it left us feeling "sushi-full". You know – when you’re full, but not uncomfortably full. Like how you feel after you have a nice, sushi dinner. :)

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The night is young, but I have so much to do! I’m off!

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Have you ever had to quit something, or give something up?