I Do Not Drink Coke

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Today I was listing some glasses that were in a box I recently purchased at an auction.  This set of Coca Cola Stain Glass with Red Tulip are so pretty.  It got me thinking….when was the last time I drank a Coke?

I told you back in 2011 that I was a die-hard Coke fan.  I used to drink a regular Coca Cola or a Diet Coke with Lime almost every afternoon.

I dramatically reduced my Coke intact in late 2012 and early 2013 as I mentioned in this post.  It is amazing that I no longer eat any of those snacks in that photo.  I still would love to eat the Nature Valley Sweet and Sour Almond Nut Bar, but haven’t had one since late August.  Not sure how it would taste if I did eat one.  All of them are loaded with sugar. After a lot of research, I realize how bad sugar is for me.

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I also listed these White Evergreen Pine Coca Cola glasses today.

Then I reduced my sugar intake in February of this year.  Do I still eat sugar?  Yes, but not nearly as often.  My sugar mostly comes from the fruit I eat, but I will sometimes eat it when I am outside my home.  I rarely eat it when I am home.  That is a good thing. I still love sweet things, but it is amazing how things are tasting sweeter and sweeter to me.

So when was the last time I had a Coke?  I have had only a handful of Coca Cola’s this year, with my last one that I shared with my Mom at an auction sale in Jun or July.  The funny thing is it didn’t taste right at all.  I would say that I have broke my Coca Cola habit.  I am not a fool, and therefore, I know that if I started to drink it again for a few days, the habit would probably come back quickly.

Part of my process in breaking the habit was making sure I was drinking plenty of water a day, drinking green tea, and finding a healthy substitute if I really need something besides water.  My current favorite is a tall glass of water with about a tablespoon of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a drop or two of Stevia. Something about the bite of the ACV cures my craving for a soda pop.

Now that I have broken my habit, I tell myself, “I don’t drink Coke.”  For some reason saying that instead of “I can’t drink a Coke” gives me the control and the power not to feel sorry for myself. It is my choice, and a choice that I know is so good for my health.

How about you have you given up a food or habit that is bad for you?  Do tell.

Follow My It’s Still Life Facebook Page

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I have not been as good showing my thrifting and auction finds on this blog, but I am still out there looking for treasures.  I am still listing and selling my finds in my ItsStillLife Etsy Shop.  If you want to keep up with what I am listing, just check out my ItsStillLife Facebook Page and follow.  I will be posting my listings on my page.

The Sprite Boy Coca Cola Clock is my latest listing.

Keep on junkin’.

 

 

Cooking School

Photo from The Kitchn

Photo from The Kitchn

I know that we are already into the second half of the month, and I am a little late posting this.  The Kitchn website is hosting a daily, online Cooking School since Oct 6.  Each day they are teaching you how to cook.  Yesterday’s was on herbs and spices.

Now I know how to cook, but every day there has been a tip or two that I learned.  So go check it out.  You can still sign up, or you can just check out the past lessons.  I know that the better I am getting at cooking, the more we are enjoying our meals.

We are never too old to learn something new.

 

Asparagus Soup

Aspargus Soup

In my quest to cook new foods I found a new favorite for me….Creamy Asparagus Soup.  I caught Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show on Food Network, Trisha’s Southern Cooking.  Bet you didn’t know that Ms. Yearwood cooks as well as sings. She did a show, All Things Miniature, where she had Creamy Asparagus Soup in Mini Teacups.  It looked yummy.

Big M and I like asparagus, so I made it for lunch today.  Oh my, it is yummy.  Now in my quest to eat better I don’t usually use cream any more, however, I did use it in the soup. Sometimes I want to make sure I like the recipe before I start making changes to it. Next time I am going to try coconut milk or coconut cream.  The rest of the soup is healthy for you, and if you don’t have a restriction for dairy you may want to try it as it is.

Do you have any asparagus? Go ahead and try it.

Pumpkin and Squash Recipes

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I have to share a couple more recipes I found online that I tried and enjoyed.  It is fall, so I have pumpkins and squash.  I wanted new ways to use them and not only display them around my house.

The first is the Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie.  I found it on The Lemon Bowl.  I love pumpkin pie, just not the crust or all the sugar.  This seemed like a great substitute.  Check it out to see if you want to try it. I really enjoyed the change. I didn’t add any stevia…the apples and protein powder added enough sweetness, so try it before you sweeten.  I will also even lower the clove next time. I am not a huge fan of clove, so a little less might make it perfect.

The other recipe is Butternut Squash Soup.  I found this recipe on Dr. Frank Lipman website.  I was a little worried.  I have never tried a squash soup before, but it was delicious fresh as well as left over and reheated.  I could taste the onions which made it extra delicious, yet my son said all he could taste was the squash.

If you are looking for some new fall recipes I encourage you to try these recipes and see what you think.  Then tell me, did you like them?

Cabbage Onion Kale Recipe

Cabbage Onion Kale Salad

I have been trying new vegetable recipes.  Picked up Kale, onions and cabbage from our CSA this weekend, so when I saw this recipe today from Amy Meyers MD website, I had to try it.

I wasn’t sure how nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon would taste on vegetables other than pumpkin or squash…it really worked well.  The kale wasn’t bitter at all, and the cabbage and onions almost had a sweet taste.

So if you are looking for a recipe for kale and cabbage go check it out.  Let me know if you try it, and if you like it or not.