I was sitting at a baseball game a few weeks ago with the other moms and I desperately needed a fountain Coke. One of the moms said that she doesn’t drink her calories unless of course it is a glass of wine. I’ve thought and thought about it and I can’t get the idea out of my mind. Part of the reason I can’t forget about it is that I think that it is a great idea but I can’t do it…….I won’t do it.
I can give up cheese, milk or any dairy products. I can easily give up meat since other than a bit of chicken once a month I don’t really have any. Well, I guess that’s not true. Sometimes there is no replacement for a cheeseburger. And on holidays there isn’t anything better than a spiral cut ham. And, well, I live in the South so I am obliged to have barbecue every once and awhile. Honestly, 90% of my meals are vegan – usually. And as my friend Caryn said, that makes me a fegan.
Anyway, back to my point. I don’t spend nearly as much time thinking about my food as I do about my drinks. I used to (three months ago) be a Mountain Dew addict. I could not even begin to make a lunch or let out a dog or talk to a child if I had not had my Dew. Ethan was notorious for collecting my Dew for me each morning from the garage. 9 times out of 10 he bounced it down the garage steps before he gave it to me. Then one day I ran out and instead of having Justin make an emergency trip to the Shell station I decided to stop drinking it. Just like that and I haven’t looked back. I consumed pints of green tea instead and was determined not to replace one bad habit with another.
Everyday I have a chai. During my dew days I would have a chai later in the afternoon and if I couldn’t get to Starbucks I would have another Mountain Dew. But ever since I have given up the dew I have had to have a chai earlier in the day. I make a homemade banana mango smoothie everyday for all 5 of us(Justin has gone to work by that point) and I always hope that will replace the need for caffeine. But it doesn’t. I can survive until about 11 am before I am forced to find the nearest Starbucks – preferably a drive thru. If I go into the store close to our house I see the same cast of characters each and every morning. Each one of us eager to part with our $4.15 or whatever the amount might be. I can’t give up my chai.
And then there is a fountain Coke. I don’t like cans, bottles or litres. Coke from a fountain tastes so much better, so much sweeter and less carbonated than any other. I love it but most days I don’t seek it out. But still I can’t give up my fountain Coke.
My last must have drink is Bud Light. I love Bud Light. I love sitting on the deck on a Friday evening with a Bud Light – warm or cold. I am an equal opportunity drinker of Bud Light. Temperature does not matter. It drives Justin crazy because when we are out I will order a porter or an interesting lager but when I want to truly relax after a crazy week nothing tastes better than a Bud Light. I can’t give up my Bud Light.
I suppose I do have some bad habits and I do I drink every single one of my calories.