I am an adult, a forty year old adult (I am still getting used to that last bit, kind of living in denial about it, and trying to pretend I am still twenty something, sadly my body is not going along with that game!!) I have a nursing qualification, among other things and I also can read and surf the internet just as well as the next person.
I am VERY aware of what’s good and bad for me, mostly. I don’t claim to be a doctor or scientist, or nutrition expert.
I am however, fairly aware of this forty year old body (there, I said it again, I must be getting over my mid life crisis, surely?) and I usually have a good idea of what works and what it needs, based on the fact, you know that it’s my body and I live with it all the time.
So when I share a photo of the diet cola, that I happen to be drinking, on social media, because I had been struggling with a mild migraine, and I KNOW that a can of cola actually helps – because it contains a small amount of caffeine, which can help relieve symptoms and this is my chosen way of ingesting it, and you take it upon yourself to ping me a “concerned” message to lecture me on my nutritional sins, and about how bad said can of cola is, for me, with all the added nasty stuff in it, I may get a little huffy about that, especially when you then proceed to lecture me on how to treat my migraines. Gosh, gee, I have only been having them since I was 15, I haven’t had eye tests, a scan, seen a neurologist, and several other medical professionals, to make sure they aren’t anything sinister or life threatening or anything sensible like that. Oh and they aren’t anything sinister, they are generally linked to tiredness, and also my hormones at certain times of the month (pms combined with migraines make me a FUN person to be around, by the way… 😉 )
Yes, I know a can of cola contains aspartame and all sorts of other horrible things. Yes, I know it probably will make me grow an extra eye, gills, wings or even a unicorn horn (I would quite like wings and a unicorn horn actually) and yes, I don’t actually like aspartame that much and I don’t let my kids have it, if I can avoid it.
But, you know what? When my head is about to explode, my eyes hurt, the world is hazy, and I feel like I might throw up at any given minute, and I can’t take the prescribed medication I have for migraines (because it makes me very sleepy and I have children to look after) and I know from twenty five year experience (twenty five plus fifteen makes forty, I really am starting to accept this turning forty thing, aren’t I?) that diet cola actually helps a bit to relieve the symptoms and nausea. I don’t like non diet cola drinks, so I take the evil that is a small dose of aspartame for the relief that a can of diet cola brings. It helps me to battle through a bit more, until my husband comes home and relieves me of childcare duty so I can take my meds, lie down and pretend that dying would be a better option, until my migraine symptoms pass.
So, if you are going to give me a hard time about my diet cola consumption, then I am going to get snippy, and I am going to tell you that you are rude, and then I will ask you if you would like to come and babysit for me, whilst I lie down in a dark room, if you are so worried about my drinking a can of cola to help me feel slightly less dreadful, oddly enough, you didn’t reply to my message. Can’t think why!
So thank you for being rude and commenting. Yes, I know diet cola is bad for me, but hey, giving unsolicited and unwanted “concerned” advice is also bad for you. Stop doing it. Thanks
This Friday Rant was brought to you with no sponsorship or affiliation with diet cola, whatsoever. However if anyone wanted to send me to a beach, in the sunshine, I will happily take photos of cans of said product in return… 😉
(stock image, used with permission, I promise!)