Girls Write Out
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Okay, so I'm in Toronto speaking at a conference for RG Mitchell, the distributor of my books in Canada. I've had a fabulous time (love Canada!) and I get to talking about the Girls with Ellen Graf (darling and beautiful girl, inside and out.)

She tells me she and her friends read our blog. We giggle about the time I physically blocked Di from getting Diet Pepsi when we were on the RV Tour. Ellen agrees that aspartame is evil.

Here's where the contact with Ellen gets serendipitous. Ellen tells me that aspartame aggravates gout because her dad has it and he moans when he gets into aspartame. Aha! A light goes off! Now I know how to get Di off the aspartame for good.

The book I'm reading for her now before she turns it in has a heroine who hates feet. Can't stand to look at them even. Now I'm thinking it's probably a little bit autobiographical. No one can write that well about disdain for feet unless she really feels it. Di's feet are actually cute, but that will come to an awful end if she continues her Diet Pepsi ways.

Di, think of the consequences if you get gout from aspartame! You'll have feet that even Jim won't want to see or have rub up against his feet. I'm thinking if you look at pictures of gouty toes, you'll swear off aspartame for life! Maybe I should send you a new picture every day.

I know it seems like tough love. Someday you'll thank me.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:45 AM  
  Comments (27)
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At 7:54 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, NO! Well, that explains it. I had a pedicure a while ago, and I'm sure the pedicurist was yucking it up with his neighbor about my feet. Call me paranoid, but he lifted my foot, pointed to a couple of toes, said something in another language, and they had a gut laugh together.

And the way he hacked away at my cracked heels? Well, it just made me want to hurt him, that's all.

Still, there's something very refreshing about a cold glass of diet Pepsi on a hot summer's day.

Oh man, I just KNOW I'm gonna pay for that comment . . . .

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh Di, you should see the gouty toe pictures I'm preparing to send you. You'll take one look at Diet Pepsi and want to throw up. LOL

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, say it isn't so!!!! Don't send me those pictures! Okay, I'm going to go paint my toenails. Maybe I'll clip them while I'm at it. Put lotion on the cracked heels so I can slide out of my shoes later today.

At least my toes will look good while I drink my Diet Pepsi. *g*

At 8:04 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh, she's asking for it, girls! Stand back!

At 8:38 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Have I mentioned that I'm drinking Diet Pepsi again too?

(You owe me one, Di)

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Whoohoo, you da bomb, Denise!!!!

Hey, C, wanna go out with us for a, um, Diet Pepsi???????

Sometimes I just crack myself up.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Girls, girls, the things you are doing to your body and your LIVER make me shudder. Don't drink it in front of me, please. I don't think I can handle seeing you kill yourselves!

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Okay, okay, if you're gonna go "mom" on us, I'll confess I've cut down. I was hoping a tiny bit of my liver rotting would be better than the whole thing. Right?

I'll drink iced tea around you, I promise--well, most of the time. Except for those hormonal days when I'm ready for a good scrap at Taco Bell. *g*

At 10:13 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Those chem. sweetners are in so many of our foods. Even chewing gum! (Is it aspartame or nutrasweet, and are they the same thing, or cause the same problems? Oh, well, I try to avoid them all. But it's hard.)

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Oh, dear Lord, I am laughing here! But here's the deal: I was awake half of last night with pain in MY BIG TOE. My mother has gout, so I had gout-consciousness all night. However, I ingest NO aspartame, so what are the chances, huh? ;)

I am not kidding when I say I can FEEL my brain cells croaking when I do aspartame. OK, some have noted that I am prone to exaggeration. Even so, better prone to exaggeration that prone with GOUT!!

I hate toes, too, Di!! And what REALLY grosses me out is old people who want me to cut their toenails! (Waving at Mom and Mom-in-law!) I can handle blood, sweat, tears, and all manner of excretions. But TOE NAILS? No way!!!


At 12:55 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

FYI, this post affected me so deeply that I also have blogged about toes today. More specifically my particular gross-out: Old people toe nails! EEEEWwww. Feel free to take a peek, if you dare.


At 2:14 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

Hey Colleen - if it will help, i'll try to get a photo of my dad's foot and his gouty toes... Believe me, if you had to hear him moaning every time he tries to drink a Diet Coke and then can't walk for a day, you'd never even think of touching it either. However, just for thought - he doesn't have the same gout issues if he drinks Splenda (not that it's any better for you).

My word - i'm writing about gout! When did I turn 70? :)

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Whew, Di, I'm so relieved! LOL

Ellen! You're on here. Hey guys, Ellen is my girl from Canada. She's a DOLL! Di, you can thank her for that horrible toe picture. LOL

Katy, I'm going to go look at your blog. LOL

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You guys have to read Ellen's post about this too. LOL

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Kayla said...


I cannot imagine why anyone would even desire a diet drink *gag* I'm addicted to McDonalds sweet tea at the moment. IT IS AMAZING. My church's whole band and choir were all shocked and horrified when sweet tea was no where to be found in California. How can you even THINK to use artificial sweeteners?! Eating my grandma's goodies baked with Splenda is bad enough!

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Ewww! I can't believe you're discussing feet. I'm going to have to go wash my hands even after typing a comment on the subject. LOL I can't stand feet, so is it weird that I love shoes? Pretty sandals and heels that show off the, well, feet! I guess I'm a look but don't touch kind of person feet-wise. *g*

At 8:50 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You said it, Kayla! Sic 'em! LOL

Jill, you are SO going to have to read For Better and For Worse. The heroine is right up you alley. LOL

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Okay, imagine my surprise when I am greeted by hammer toes on my own blog. GRRROOOOSSS! And Di, I have two words for you today: FREE WILL.

Smokers get cancer...drinkers get liver disease. I'm thinking the gout sounds pretty good as far as addictions go. : )

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Yes, I have got very sick from aspartame. Kayal & Colleen are right about the diet drink's . artificial sweeteners are a no,no.
I won't drink em.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

LOL K! Free will applies to the blog too since it's mine, Di's and D's as well. LOL You just gotta deal. LOL

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Gina Holmes said...

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At 10:03 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Au contraire, dim sum ;o). My feet are 60 years old and they are still cute. No gout and only teeny-tiny bunions from years of wearing high heels. I've indulged in aspartaine since it first came out in the whenever-it-was - 70s? Not a gout in sight. That's hereditary, or at the very least predispositional.

So drink on, Di!!! Save those calories for DeBrands! :o)

At 5:39 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I have the gout. I am only 26. Imagine my displeasure. I've only had one attack so far, but it was by the most painful thing I have ever suffered from. I got it in my ankle, not my toe, but it felt like my whole foot needed to be amputated. I was crawling around because I could not put any pressure on it.
I drink tons of diet soda. I guess that's the problem. But in truth, the only solution that works is to take meds and lots of them.
So not only old people get gout. And you don't only get it in your toe. I think that's my point.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

I sat down at my computer to scarf din-din and catch up on e-mail. Since I have you guys on my FeedBlitz (yep, that's a plug) I just opened my mail and clicked on to find a GROSS TOE! Yuck! I'm eating here--or I was.
Oh where are the days of decadence--dark chocolate debates, truffles and coffee creations? My lasagna just doesn't look the same now.

Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Aw, sorry Jenny! But it does you good to face unpleasant things. LOL

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At 3:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aspartame turns into formaldahyde in your body once it reaches 89.7 degree's and it is in your diet pepsi. I was a major diet drinker and I am 27 and just had 2 strokes due to major migranes attributed only to my diet coke habit. This supposedly safe habit gave me these life threatening strokes and to top it off yes now I have three lovely disgusting toes that have gout!!! How fun it is to go show my doctor my huge nasty foot. Don't drink it please it's not worth it.


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