Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Orange Soda Moment

Tonight as I was cleaning the kitchen, I poured the remnant of my brother's unfinished orange soda down the drain. As I crushed the can, the fizzy scent filled the air and it brought me back to the days when I used to drink the bright-colored stuff.

It was never a frequent thing. Soda -- and orange soda in particular -- was a treat I sometimes craved. But when I got a whiff of it tonight, I didn't crave it. Sure, it smelled good -- great even. I thought to myself, What a great air freshener scent this would be. I'd put it in my car. This is big. They say that scent is the sense most closely tied to memory; and these memories had no effect on me, or rather they didn't have the effect I was used to. I love that I've gradually embraced healthy eating. Learning to appreciate food for its natural taste, color and texture has been a really fun and interesting journey, to say the least. I'm calling this my Orange Soda Moment because it's such a milestone -- a symbol of me learning to let let go of disordered eating...of an unhealthy body image...of the negative words that often spew out of my mouth...and of the past.

What's your Orange Soda Moment?


  1. I wasn't really ever a soda addict, but I definitely felt that way about artificial sweeteners when I finally kicked them.

    I tend to think anything neon-colored probably should be ingested on a regularly basis. LOL!

  2. So true about the neon! If it's brighter than what we normally find in nature, stay far away! =)

    P.S. Thanks for stopping by my blog - it really means a lot. I was a little apprehensive about my "shameless plug" on Twitter, but glad you were receptive. =)

  3. Orange soda! Grape and Strawberry bring back memories too. Nice to finally read your blog Nessa. I have to say, I've neglected mine however. Time to get back in the saddle!