I have only slipped up once, and it was a total accident. I went to Chik-Fil-A with a friend for lunch, and it was in the first week of the year, and by habit I ordered a Coke but then I said "No wait! No, I'll have a lemonade." Then I realized, derr, lemonade is juice. By now I'd paid and it was busy so I just drank half of it. It tasted like pure sugar anyways.
I stated before that I would only use juice in my smoothies, and I have done that. I use 100% juice only so it's the same as eating one serving of fruit. But the point was to guide me towards more water. By now, it's a habit to come home from work and fill up a red Solo cup with water and drink water all night long.
At work, I haven't been drinking much water. And I have been missing my one can of Coke or Pepsi at lunch or the early afternoon. That sugar did wonders to help me get through the day, but I have not buckled. I realized I've been slowly replacing that one can of soda with candy though. So there's a potential drawback. I've been craving sweets intensely, even late at night. While I won't be jumping back into a soda habit come February, I am rethinking my Fast-Food-Free February and making it something like Candy-Free February. Right now candy is much more of a habit for me than fast food is or ever was. All I'd have to do to succeed at Fast-Food-Free February is make a different choice for lunch, maybe, 3 times the entire month. I'm thinking that cutting candy out of my diet might be a better benefit at this time.
So I'd better hurry up and eat my stash at work....
On another note, I have to say, I really am addicted to smoothies. I haven't gotten sick of them yet. I've drank them every day for 3-4 weeks now. They have slowly become a breakfast replacement for me, and by the time lunch rolls around I'm actually not that hungry. I might eat something small for lunch like a small sandwich, an apple, or a cheese wedge and some crackers. It's rare that I'm eating a full meal at lunch. And on the days that I DO eat a full meal at lunch, I have zero interest in dinner because I'm so full. So my eating habits are changing - and I think for the better.
I'll share my recipe for smoothies here today. I sort of came up with it on my own because when I started looking for a "base" recipe for smoothies, I couldn't find anything really consistent or simple. So I figured out a recipe that will fill my "to-go cup" (a 16ish oz double-walled cup with a straw that I got from Target - it's "sweat-proof" and keeps your drinks cold too) and take me a couple hours to drink. When I finish it, it's still cold.
Cristin's Base Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups frozen fruit (same or different - I have been mixing strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and mango; but choose what you like. Those are just my favorite fruits.)
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups orange juice (I use Simply Orange + Pineapple Juice - the pineapple adds some extra sweet, and cuts the bitter that you can sometimes taste with OJ.)
- 1 big spoonful of vanilla yogurt (I use Stonyfield Farms Organic French Vanilla, and I use a big serving spoon from my hostess set. I bet it's about 1/4 cup if I measured it out.)
- 1-2 tsp flaxseed oil (this highly popular MUFA is rumored to target belly fat - hey, every little bit helps right?)
Note: I read that coconut water is good in smoothies - I tried it and wasn't a fan. But you could probably use any juice you'd like, I just prefer the OJ + Pineapple juice. Whatever you use, try to use something that's 100% juice so that it's less sugar and more like eating another serving of fruit. You can also add a handful of spinach - legend says you don't even taste it, but I haven't been brave enough to do that yet.
While I'm on the topic of smoothies, I have to rave about my blender. My husband bought this gem for me for Christmas, and I couldn't be happier. This thing kicks ass. I'm actually going to order another blender jar tonight, because I'm tired of hand-washing it every night or so between making milkshakes and smoothies and salsas and sauces.... it's the best appliance I have in my kitchen right now. And at $99, it's a TOTAL steal.
I'll check back in soon. If I pretend I'm a famous blogger that has lots of readers, maybe I can stick to my resolutions. :)