Speaking for myself, I have a serious fast food problem. I spend way too much
money on fast food simply because I it's so easy. I have a Wendy's a block over
and being a college student plus working, it's just so EASY to go and get a
burger rather than cook.
I am really trying to not eat fast food now. I am trying to plan meals and cook
them at home, eating out only once a week at a proper resturant.
I have decided to give up Diet Coke as well, but still use the equal sweetener.
I worry that this is bad for me, but I like the taste now and find that if I
make tea with real sugar it nearly blows my head off. I have heard that
Aspartame (sweetner in equal) can lead to memory loss. So, my question is, is
Diet Coke what is bad or is it the sweetner?

The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you
have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for
all to see; and in that record you can find for yourself and your country both
examples and warnings; fine things to takes as models, base things rotten
through and through, to avoid.

--Livy, The Early History of Rome


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