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What I Eat in a Day (and How I Cut Out Soda)

It’s been almost a year since I wrote a “What I Eat in a Day” blog post! In April 2018, I shared with you my not so healthy diet and complained about my dependence on carbonated soft drinks. I’ve made small steps this year to make healthier choices, the biggest one being I cut out soda from my diet! So I figured it’s due time that I did another “What I Eat in a Day”.

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Right now my diet is 99% vegetarian so what you will see below are vegetarian meals.

I’m not strict about my veg diet and will occasionally grab something that contains meat when out. It’s a lot easier to eat plant-based at home than it is on-the-go! Plus, meat is tasty, I’m not going to deny it.

So I guess I’m a “flexetarian” in a way. 

But enough of that! Onto the food photography!

Keep scrolling to see how I cut out soda and what my day in food looks like!

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HOW I FINALLY CUT SODA FROM MY DIET

If you know me, you know last year I was addicted to Dr. Pepper and other dark sodas. I craved the sugar content and caffeine in these drinks and even though I knew they weren’t good for me I couldn’t stop.

Fast forward to 2019 and I’m happy to shout out that I FINALLY CUT OUT SODA! 

While my method for cutting the habit might not work for everyone, what worked for me might also work for you.

Here’s how I did it: Carbonated water with lemon juice.

Say what?!

In January, I decided to try Bubly sparkling water in orange flavour. The first time I tasted it, it honestly reminded me of orange soda that had all the life sucked out of it. It was obviously missing sugar.

Bubly is 0 calories and doesn’t contain any sweeteners. It’s just carbonated water and natural flavour.

So, I had an idea to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to add that little bit of sweetness and flavour I was missing. The lemon juice wouldn’t be near as much sugar as a regular can of soda and was natural.

The result?

The lemon juice improved the drink enough that I could see myself drinking this all the time. The carbonated water was close enough to the satisfaction I got from the refreshing taste of soda, without the high fructose corn syrup, that it made quitting a lot easier.

It’s been over two months now. I’ve noticed some positive things since quitting. Firstly, my junk food cravings have lessened, probably due to the reduction in sugar. Also, I found my appetite less of a rollercoaster and I was enjoying healthier food such as apples (see below). 

If you’re consuming soda regularly, have tried to quit and can’t, I would give this hack a try. If it works for you share your experience in the comments below!

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY – PART II

Here is what I consumed on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. 
 

Morning

I start my day the same every day, with a comforting cup of hot coffee. I wasn’t always a coffee drinker though. It’s been something I started enjoying regularly about a year and a half ago.

Lately, I’ve been using McDonald’s Medium-Dark Roast fine ground coffee. I prepare it in my drip coffee maker and top it with Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Coconut Sweet Creme Coffee Enhancer (it’s dairy free!). My favourite mug right now is my new “Reading is Sexy” mug from Indigo. 

I don’t usually eat anything in the morning. It’s probably not the healthiest habit because your breakfast sets you up for the day, but that’s just what I do.

I have my coffee during my morning routine and don’t consume anything until lunch.

Afternoon

In the afternoon I made an avocado pesto with linguine pasta from Chef Chloe with some Pure Leaf Lemon Iced Tea to wash it down.

I have a container of basil right now that I’m trying to use up and this pesto is perfect for it. If you haven’t tried a pasta sauce made from avocado I highly recommend it. The avocado creates a creamy sauce that is flavorful and filling.

To reduce the calories and fat content in this recipe I reduced the olive oil and used water to replace it.

What I eat in a day: A bowl of avocado pesto pasta

Evening

For dinner, I had some roasted vegetables and tofu with some rice noodles.

This is my go-to dinner since you can make it with whatever veggies are in your refrigerator.

In this recipe, I used orange sweet pepper, broccoli, garlic, onion, and extra-firm tofu. I toss that with salt, pepper and oil, then roast it in the oven for 25 minutes at 375 degrees. 

I add flavour to the noodles with reduced-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil and sriracha. The vegetable mixture is just seasoned with salt and pepper. 

Lastly, everything is garnished with white sesame seeds (did you know they were high in calcium?).

As a snack later in the evening, I had an icy glass of Bubly sparkling water with lemon, slices of a royal gala apple and natural peanut butter.

What I eat in a day: A bowl of roasted vegetables, tofu and rice noodles

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CONCLUSION

I hope you liked this post! Looking back on last year’s “What I Eat in a Day” I’m so happy that I solved my soda addiction. Now I just have to work on consuming more fresh veggies and less simple carbs!

What are some of your favourite go-to meals?

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