Anyhow, I had one of the offending (and oh so marvelous) FAGE yogurt’s today with about a 1/3 cup of granola and some fresh blueberries thrown in there. I didn’t take any pictures because there’s a new crop of interns in my office and they’re already eying me like I’m a nut so…. ya know. However, I assure you it looked as elegant as this image from their website.
Lunch was rice and beans (cheese free version), (I would have taken a picture of that too, but I think I’ve shown you enough photos of rice and beans to feed a virtual village so I’ll refrain) with carrots and Sunchips. Dinner is on the run today as well, and it’s going to be a tuna sandwich on whole wheat with a bed of mixed greens in there. I make my tuna with mustard instead of mayo, which gives it a hell of a lot more flavor and heck of a lot less calories – win win. But I didn’t come here to talk about food. I want to talk about beverages, and not the kind you’re thinking, I am in full support of my drinking habits in that department (healthy moderation is my jam). I want to talk about diet soda.
Sigh. The ever powerful call of the mid afternoon bubbly caffeine indulgence with a side of aspartame. I CAN NOT KICK THE HABIT. I have tried again and again and again, and for some months I will switch to just seltzer, or nab the beast altogether, but I always go back. Now I realize that right now isn’t the right time to try and go cold turkey (you mean working full time, going to school full time, training for a marathon and applying for long term gainful employment require all of available my willpower?) but I want to quit eventually. I would like to cut the daily dose of harmful chemicals out of my life, but I think I need a healthy substitute in this situation; something to keep me going back to the beast.
Are there healthy alternatives to diet soda? Is there something I can drink in the mid-afternoon when I’m starting to fade and have 8 more functional hours in my day? Something with caffeine and bubbles? Maybe something a little sweet that feels like dessert?