This post ran a few weeks ago, but only for a few hours due to a behind-the-scenes glitch. If you saw it then, another new post follows below. If you didn’t, it’s your lucky night – two new posts!
More than four months ago, I made a hard decision to break my long standing addiction to diet cola. I knew it wasn’t the best thing for me, and the headaches I got when I didn’t drink it were enough to push me toward quitting that habit. Seriously, I think it was one of the hardest things I have ever done.
Which could make you think my life is really idyllic (and it’s not), or that it was really hard (which it was).
The last time I tried this, I lasted 10 days. It wasn’t easy, but despite two slips, I’ve done it. There was a lot of agony in the process, but in the end I feel healthier and happier.
However, leaving behind my dear friend diet cola has left me missing the bubbly goodness of a carbonated drink. Whereas the caffeine was the hardest part to give up, it no longer has that same hold on me (a very good thing … no one likes those ugly withdrawal headaches).
What to do?
Walking down the beverage aisle in the local grocery store, I started looking at all the different bottles. I flirted with an orange drink I first had when, as a child younger than Nick, we lived in Italy. But it’s expensive, and as a single mom value is king.
Then my eyes fell on ginger ale. Ginger Ale (and especially Seagram’s Ginger Ale because their caps have Coke Rewards codes on them that you can collect and redeem) is comfort to me. Grilled cheese, tomato soup, and ginger ale: the stuff that fond memories of mom and home are made of. The thing that brings me right back to childhood.
And for Nick, it’s something special too. When he’s sick or sometimes on a special occasion (or when he’s nagged me to death!), I will pour him a glass as a treat. Since it’s caffeine free, I don’t have to worry about sharing with him. It’s a flavor that bridges my childhood and his in a way that is special to us. Maybe sometime when Nick’s older, he’ll take a sip of ginger ale and be transported back to our happy home and his days playing soccer and enjoying life.
Plus it satisfies that need for bubbles without caffeine for me, too. I’m so happy to have rekindled my love affair with ginger ale and its bubbly, effervescent flavor.
If ginger ale means mom, comfort, or healing what ails you too, the folks at Seagram’s have a new “Good to Be You” app on Facebook you might want to check out. Now that summer is here, you can marry their new app with all your favorite family photos and “stamp” your friends’ photos with the GTBU photo stamp (details here). Whether you can celebrate with your friends in person or not, you can use Seagram’s Good to Be You app to give them a virtual high five on their photos! I can think of all sorts of fun pictures that this would be perfect on. Have at it. And in the meantime, cheers!