... over the soda issue. I was reading Babbles of a Bandster yesterday, and Amy quite innocently asked about drinking carbonation. Well! This subject really gets my attention, and not just because of my horrid addiction to diet wild cherry pepsi. My dear friends, I was off soda for over a year. It was not difficult, I had no withdrawal, and no cravings. My abstinance coincided with my surgery, but I actually stopped drinking caffeine for my Fibromyalgia symptoms. About two months ago, I decided to take a sip. And then another, and now??? That's not important.
What's important is, why is this "rule" for bandsters to not drink carbonation in place? Is there any evidence? Studies? Literature? Does anyone know someone whose band exploded or whose pouch became the size of a football as a direct consequence of drinking soda? So, after a bit of thinking, I decided to do a little experiment. What does soda actually DO in our stomachs? I can't measure that exactly for the obvious reason, but I had the bright idea that my MOUTH was in my body, and if I figured out what soda did sitting there, I'd have a good idea what it's doing a bit further down.
So, for the sake of science, I drank some diet wild cherry pepsi. ALOT of it. Here are my findings: I took a regular sized amount of one sip that I'd usually take. I let the soda sit in my mouth. I was attempting to assess the amount of pressure I feel, or if the soda expands, or what exactly it does. For about 10 seconds of the soda in my mouth, my tongue could appreciate the tingling of the carbonation. My mucous membranes did not appreciate any carbonation. Not only did the soda not expand, the carbonation rapidly decayed in approximately 10 seconds (depending on the size of the sip), and by the time I swallowed the soda the carbonation was completely gone.
My theory is that since the carbonation provided no appreciable pressure (as in NONE, nada, ZIP)in my mouth, that's probably what it does in my pouch and or stomach. And, that's assuming the carbonation has not fizzed out by the time it reaches my pouch. And, for me, liquids go straight through. They are sliders for me. So, in conclusion, I should stop drinking soda for my fibro symptoms, and not for some inane reason. Soda is BAD. There are plenty of studies to show that. I just want to make sure I'm doing the right things for the right reasons. But, I'm still going to drink my DIET WILD CHERRY PEPSI because I love it, I'm going to marry it!!! Ok, enough.
I weighed myself IN FRONT of my husband this morning! I've not ever done that, ever, never, ever. He now knows how much I weigh. 191. I think I'm going to make my birthday goal (hooray). Wait! rewind, replay... I WEIGH 191lbs! 191!!!Unbefruckingleavable!!!
Yesterday I had 1150 calories, 73 grams protein. I've got 49 grams of protein planned for during the day today. Weekends I'm not so planned, but I usually end up doing ok anyway. Happy Friday everyone!