Skipping the Fritos

Slowly I am uploading less junk into my body.

My kids devoured garbage over the holidays, and I didn’t say much. But last Friday I bought a 12-pack of Mountain Dew, and I think by day’s end between the two of them they had killed off five. No reason for that, I said. One a day max. When they all were gone, they didn’t get replaced. There is bottled iced tea in its place, and I don’t kid myself that it’s not sugary, but one step away at a time.

Yesterday I stood in front of the vending machine at work. There were Fritos and one or two other salty and sweet things I would have liked the taste of, but I realized I didn’t want them any farther than my mouth, so I passed.

The sweets will be more of a challenge. So far in the past week I have had two cans of Mountain Dew and one fountain Pepsi, and that is an improvement. A tougher test will come, though, when all the Christmas dark chocolate is gone.

This post originally appeared on, the online home of the Midland (MI) Daily News. Republished with permission.

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