I don't know if you realized, but there is a syndrome that is almost 100% contagious, is totally airborne, and there is nothing you can do to protect yourself. There is no vaccine, no preventative measures, and you won't know you've been hit until it happens to you! Except when you catch it, it's actually a good thing - it actually makes you appear younger, more successful and can help you live longer. So what is it that is so infectious ? A smile.
If there is one thing that still resonates so loud in my head from growing up, it's my father yelling and screaming how bad soda was for us. He used to say that is was going to kill us...um, yeah, as a kid the only thing you can do is look at your father with a blank stare and something like 'freak' runs through your head. We would then say something like 'sure thing, Dad' and just walk out of the room or outside and enjoy our soda without a care in the world!
Then as life would have it, you grow up. Before you know it, you can't possible drink a soda without all this noise running through your head...so you give up and think if all that sugar is so bad for you then I'll just switch to diet soda!
That's when Dad throws a curve ball. Several years ago (and it's been a long time) he saw me drinking a diet soda...oh no, he went even crazier, apparently that was even WORSE! He said 'if you are going to drink a soda then at least drink the real thing...'. WHAT?! SERIOUSLY?! Would you make up your mind?! He went on to say that the artificial sweeteners in diet drinks are absolutely devastating to the body and even though regular soda is not good for you, your body can at least recognize real sugar and process it vs. a chemical!
Oh man, he was right....but the artificial sweetener issue is for another day. So, what is one to do? I hate to admit I'm a quitter, but... I'm a quitter, and I'm OK with that, because in this case quitting has profound health benefits! So don't be afraid to be a quitter, and this is proof that all the things we tell our children over and over again will eventually sink in someday...someday! And if you are still a soda drinker and need a little more convincing on why you should back off then check out this diagram: (Here's to you Dad!)