Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep this morning. I sure did. Then as I walked and prayed this morning I was treated to this gorgeous color in the sky. One thing is for sure, North Dakota has an amazing skyline.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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?