Beverages and Me

I’m not sure what the deal is lately, but I’ve been going crazy on the coffee and pop. So much so that the ice water I’m drinking as I write this seems like a long lost friend.

So, you can imagine how surprised I was when I was strolling around Target the other day, minding my own business, when tastebuds rebelled against me and insisted that my chestnut praline mocha was shockingly, excessively sweet.

It was all a bit disorienting.

I’m feeling like my constant sugar and caffeine highs are starting to take a toll. Time to rein it in. More water, less sugar. No sweeping declarations here, but something’s got to give.

 

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No Coffee: Day 9

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Well, hello there, my new friend. What’s your name? “Homemade tea latte,” did you say?

How does one make it nine days without coffee? Maybe a better question is why would anyone put themselves through such a thing.

I have a problem. Coffee tastes great in the moment, but it also leads to all kinds of misery. My acid reflux is one thing it sets off. As does other delicious foods, like chocolate (gasp!), pop, alcohol, mint, and anything fried. Last week, I went to a painting class at my church and enjoyed some treats while my first coat of paint dried. While I loved the coffee, red velvet mini-cupcake, chocolate eclair, and whatever else I had, I also felt terrible afterward. I decided it was time to cut back.

Since then, the only things that fall into that category that I’ve consumed are three chocolate chip cookies and some tortilla chips. No coffee, very little chocolate. And, I feel amazing. I’m not going to commit to never eating or drinking any of these things, but limiting them to one or two a week is totally worth it.

Of course, I’ve had to do a little exploring when it comes to things like ice cream and hot drinks. One of my new discoveries is a homemade honey vanilla chamomile tea latte. Here are the ingredients:

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All I did was microwave a mug of milk, add a tea bag, and pour in a little creamer. If you love tea or have trouble drinking coffee, try it out with the tea and creamer of your choice.