Kicking my Diet Coke habit…

diet coke badLadies and Gentlemen, I have a (not-so) massive announcement to make: I am kicking my Diet Coke habit. I have just had to scrap the majority of this post, unfortunately, because I realised that I could potentially be shooting myself in the foot with an arrow the size of a small tree trunk. As modelling is my main (only!) source of income, there are certain clients that I simply can’t afford to antagonise. Once I become some kind of millionaire internet entrepreneur, things will be different!

So for now, let’s just say that I wasn’t comfortable with the amount of DC I was drinking, so I have banished it from my life. Perhaps I’ll have the odd one (let’s not be too ridiculous about this!) but I shall be eschewing my daily fix and instead drinking copious amounts of tap water. Which is recycled wee with added chemicals. You just can’t win.

Very exciting health and fitness news coming up this month. I get scores of emails daily asking about my health, diet and fitness routine and I have been holding off talking about this because I wanted to ensure that I approached it in a totally responsible way. There’s so much bad press around models and their diets and sizes, yet I have always had a healthy BMI and approach to diet.  I didn’t want to get drawn into huge arguments that didn’t apply to me, when all I wanted to do was share some useful information. But I have done some careful thinking, and this month shall see the launch of a HUGE new section on A Model Recommends. I’m very excited about it.

Watch this space.

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  1. February 28, 2011 / 12:28 pm

    I’m also addicted to diet coke and have the same reservations you do about it health wise. But, it just tastes so damn good!

  2. February 28, 2011 / 12:38 pm

    Great news…hope you’ll be my motivation for the spring and summer and the rest of my life, ha! x

  3. Robin Palmer Hosking ESQ
    February 28, 2011 / 12:40 pm

    Good call cutting down on the Diet drinks. A fairly recent report (found here shows that diet drinks could contribute towards stroke, myocardial infarction (commonly known as a heart attack), and vascular death.

    Best off buying a Brita filter jug and glugging back the free-ish stuff that comes from the tap. Also, because we live in a hard water area, the limescale in un-filtered water provides us with more calcium (essential for strong bones and teeth) than places with soft water. Therefore, if you don’t mind drinking perfectly safe hard water, without filtering, you increase your daily calcium intake too.

    The odd diet coke isn’t going to harm you. As all healthcare professionals will say, everything in moderation isn’t a bad thing (other than the two obvious things; smoking and unlicensed drugs).

    • February 28, 2011 / 12:46 pm

      You are becoming a sort of health guru Robin! x

  4. February 28, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    Ohhh I was saying on twitter last night how Im kicking my Lucozade habit today. We can do it together! lol.


  5. thumbalins
    February 28, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    I had to stop drinking coke when I was 8 (parents put me on a homeopathy treatment for asthma) and now I cant even smell it. Sweet-acid taste that has the weirdest colour and funny fizzy sensaton? No thanks, I prefer San Pellegrino! Very excited about your new set of videos~! I keep telling you how much I miss those body series! (and thankyou for talking me into body brushing!) x

  6. February 28, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    Good luck! You can do it. I found that I reached a point whereby I could only drink DC when it had a double vodka in it, so it was relatively easy to quit it. The vodka, on the other hand…

    I now have a Strawberry Ribena habit. It seems if its not one thing it’s the other.

    • February 28, 2011 / 5:40 pm

      I do quite like strawberry ribena.. Perhaps that’ll be my next thing..

  7. Facing the Day
    February 28, 2011 / 3:37 pm

    Good idea cutting out the diet coke – I’m not a fan of diet varieties in general; I personally think a bit of real sugar now and again is better than a load of sweeteners etc.

    Looking forward to hearing your fitness tips too as it’s something I’ve been wondering about (if that isn’t too strange to say!)

  8. February 28, 2011 / 8:48 pm

    Good luck! I would seriously struggle with this!

  9. Vera Fonseca
    February 28, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    Uh! I’m very curious about that new section. BTW, for fitness and exercise I always follow the website/blog
    Short but very intensive workouts, probably also good for models since you can do it everywhere only with your bodyweight. It helps me a lot, I’m always moving to different countries and it’s just not worth to but and transport equipment, nor to buy 6 months gym membership. I confess, I am not that muscular… it also depends on your approach to it, mine is the laziest possible :x

    I hope this is not considered as an advertisement lol But the owner of bodyrock remembers me about you, Ruth. Probably because of the the daily updates, the commitment with an internet project that you take seriously enough to grow and atract good stuff… xxx your blog is still the 1st one I visit in the morning eheh

  10. Tabvi
    February 28, 2011 / 9:29 pm

    i about “tap water-ed” in my pants im so excited!! xx

  11. Sophie
    February 28, 2011 / 9:56 pm

    Good on you :)
    Personally I’d wait a bit though – ASOS are doing a DC competition and you can win vouchers! Hehe

  12. February 28, 2011 / 11:35 pm

    Good luck! I’m addicted to DC and the thought of going without it makes me feel a bit nervous. Although I recently stopped drinking coffee and can’t say that I miss it at all so I think you just have to be in the right mindset to want to stop something. x

  13. raie
    March 1, 2011 / 2:06 am

    You should try an aquasana filter, I was grossed out by the wee and chemicals thing so now I only drink water through my filter. It just tastes so pure.

  14. Natasha Howells
    March 1, 2011 / 11:40 am

    I wish you lots of luck with kicking the old DC habit. Cant wait to read your fitness posts. I have recently got into the Zumba craze and Pole dancing for fitness and these two forms of exercise are the best fun ever. I Love reading your posts they make my day x

  15. b
    March 1, 2011 / 8:50 pm

    Don’t you feel like your tummy is about to explode with all of the gas from diet coke??? Or am I the only one?!

    As a self-confessed fitness freak (I go to the gym everyday, lift tons of weights – I’m male – and cardio on rest days), I have been trying to curb this habit as well. Besides, it’s almost £1 for a can in most places nowadays, and imagine where we can channel all of those to!!!


  16. Georgie
    March 2, 2011 / 4:16 pm

    I had a DC habit that was taking over my life and wallet (bottles are £1.10 in mt works canteen and I was buying up to 3 a day) I am 16 wks pregnant and stopped because of all the artificial sweetners in it doing my baby not much good. That was my motivation but I guess not everyone’s cup of tea ;-)

  17. lindseyb498
    March 3, 2011 / 9:08 pm

    I know a good substance misuse therapist if you need one!!! Avoid “drinking without thinking” never tried it with a coke (read Cola) addict but I think the same technique will apply. L xxxx

    • March 3, 2011 / 10:37 pm

      I’ve done nearly a week and haven’t even thought about it. Methinks that I was never actually *addicted* in the first place…

  18. Memy
    March 8, 2011 / 11:56 pm

    Probably one of the best thing you can do to your body (and skin)Do you know how many yucky stuff they put in those diet drinks.Switch to a good tea your skin will thank you for it.Personally I really like tulsi-green tea ,it’s rejuvenating ,stress relieving and full of antioxidants ,enjoy!!!

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