Troy says I have a motto: “BE REALISTIC!” I guess in a way he’s right because it’s a phrase I often say and one that I try to live by as well. No it doesn’t hamper on dreams it makes them possible – it helps take things to the next level.
So here’s my next level with coffee…
Devotees will recall that I gave up soda (I’ve been soda free for 2 years, 7 months & truly have no desire to go back)
I love coffee and have “given it up” many times. When I was pregnant with Sophia I was super strict about it (not so much with Tedy & Ceci). Yet I can’t seem to kick the habit! Truly though a regular cup o’ joe isn’t that bad for you – actually it has some health benefits (but that’s a different story). What’s not so good is the crap that you load into your coffee.
I’ve cut WAY back on my coffee and have gone from having a whole pot (yes I used to drink a whole POT aka 12 cups) by myself to 1-2 cups a day. I’ve also cut back on how often I go to dunks (except when back home OMG there is just something about being back on Massachusetts and going to dunks every morning). With those “be realistic” cut backs I realized I loved iced coffee and my big ole tervis tumbler was mainly filled with creamer (I’ve also done a good job about cutting back on the sugar…I used to take my coffee with so much sugar that it wouldn’t even dissolve completely).
So hhmmm what should the next step be? Today while grocery shopping I figured it out! Something led me to read the labels of the coffee creamers (I did this because I didn’t see the flavor I had a hankering for). This is what a typical coffee creamer label ingredients list includes: water, sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (oh no wonder why I always have some point in the day that I don’t feel good – duh Liz you are allergic to soy), natural & artificial flavors, sodium caseinate (wtf is that?!? It says it’s a milk derivative but isn’t a source of lactose), dipptassium phosphate, polysorbate 60, mono & diglycerides, color added, sodium stearoyl lactylate, carrageenan.
SAY WHAT?!? Spell check doesn’t even recognize half that stuff as words!!!
I looked up high and saw some Natural Bliss (my friend Lisa had been talking about this stuff…she is also a coffee addict). This stuff includes: nonfat milk, heavy cream, sugar, natural flavor (vanilla)…well that was easy…of course the 16 oz bottle is the same price as the 32 oz bottle of chemicals (sorry I don’t know what else to call that kind of coffee creamer any more because it’s ingredient list is so confusing to me now).
I picked up one other new alternative that wasn’t as pricey as the Natural Bliss to test out. French Vanilla Coconut Milk Creamer includes: organic coconut milk, dried cane syrup, natural flavors (vanilla) only downfall I’d say is…colored with titanium dioxide (that brings silly pictures into my mind), dipptassium phosphate, carrageenan, guar gum.
We shall see how this next step goes but my point is that you truly need to “BE REALISTIC” when “dieting”. I know giving up coffee completely for me is just silly and it won’t work…plus there are some health benefits to it (kinda like how I still enjoy a nice glass of wine of beer on occasion) ok so how do I make my overloaded with chemicals coffee better? “BE REALISTIC” with my creamer – if I know what the ingredient is then I think I’m headed down the right path.
Baby steps folks…baby steps…most importantly…ENJOY!