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.
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.