Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Giving Up an Addiction

I am a soft drink addict. I admit it. I became addicted to soft drinks during my second pregnancy. My obstetrician told me to cut down my milk consumption and switch to 2% from whole milk. I started replacing it with soda, which is what it is called where I come from - pop, tonic, or something else in other areas. 

At one point, I made the switch from regular to diet soda. Although it saved a lot of calories, I was still drinking it all day, every day. I had started drinking it, instead of milk, with breakfast. My children still drank milk with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though.
At another time, I started drinking caffeine-free soft drinks after 2 p.m. so I could get to sleep earlier. I could always tell if I drank or ate something with caffeine in it, because I would still be awake in the middle of the night.

I have tried in the past to give up soda, but I always give in and drink it again. It has been only a couple of months since I gave it up for the umpteenth time. Okay, maybe the third or fourth time. However, now, I need to give it up for good.

It has been a few days since I ran out, and I have not gone out and bought more. Instead, I made this awesome smoothie that turned out better than I thought (recipe below). I am using the flavor enhancers for water. I bought a variety of flavors so I can see which I like and which I do not. Chai tea latté first thing in the morning is soothing and delicious.

I am not a coffee drinker. I gave it up when I was four-years-old. What? True. My mother used to leave me a little bit of coffee at the bottom of her cup. One day, while I was outside playing, my mom poured a cup of coffee and set it on the kitchen table before going upstairs for just a minute. (You see it coming, right?)

With the utmost of poor timing, I came in from playing, saw the cup, and thought she had left it for me to drink the last sip. Being four-years-old, the scalding hot coffee ended up all over me to the point my mother took me to the emergency room. Thankfully, there was no lasting harm. It was summer, I was four, I ran around without a shirt on for a couple of days until it felt better. 

I never touched another cup of coffee again until I was age 20. I started with black and tried adding sugar and milk to it, but it was still not a taste I enjoyed. I tried again about age 45 and still no luck. I am going to stick to tea, thank you very much.

So, here it is, day three and I want a glass of soda. I will still drink it for a little while longer when I am out and about with friends, but I will not bring any home. Wish me luck! If you can still drink soda or like coffee, all I can say is...



Smoothie Recipe

Add ingredients in order given to a blender

2 c. cantaloupe chunks
1 over-ripe banana
1 packet chocolate-flavored Breakfast Essentials powdered drink mix
2 Tbl. wheat germ
1 pkg. frozen blueberries (10-16 oz.)

At this point, the blender should be full.

Add chocolate almond milk to fill in empty spaces, but leave liquid a couple of inches from the top of blender. 

Start on low speed for about one minute. With blender off, remove cover, break up the blueberries, and then stir with a spatula, but do not go low enough to touch the blades. Replace cover, then continue on low speed for another 30 seconds. Change speed to high - I used "Frappe" setting - and continue blending until mix is smooth.