I heard someone talking about Social Security this morning. I found it interesting to be reminded that it is not just a thing for retired folks, but it also is a life insurance program for families. It’s not an entitlement but rather, it’s an insurance program that people who have fica taken out of their paychecks are paying for.
When the speaker talked about cost of living adjustments, my mind wandered to its acronym, COLA. From there, my attention fizzled and I started thinking about soft drinks. Then coke. And then drugs and addiction.
As I’ve been learning to use Twitter, I have also been learning about the politics of sugar. Several countries have imposed or proposed taxes on sugary soft drinks. When I come across a tweet about it, I will retweet it with a comment about sugar taxing my body and brain. When it comes to sugar, I refrain. If a cost of living adjustment has to do with maintaining quality of life, I’d call my abstinence of soda a cola.
Obesity was an extreme tax on physical and mental health and wealth. My obesity was related to sugar addiction. I was able to crack the hold sugar had on me by paying attention to what I was eating and feeling. It was a small price to pay to eliminate the taxing effects of my addiction. It was a cost of living adjustment that has greatly improved my quality of life.
I am much more bubbly without soda. When I think I am hungry between meals I enjoy drinking seltzer. Life is sweeter without sugar. And although I have to continue to pay attention, I feel like it’s extremely worth it to have the security of control over sugar. Socially and by myself.