Today while getting coffee at our local coffee shop, I overheard a conversation between two ladies. One was saying how she had to reduce things in her diet such as milk. Therefore, she was going to use half and half (I had to bite my tongue here). The other woman said that even if she was put in jail she could never drink black coffee. While I didn’t chime into their conversation, it made me want to share how I stopped drinking coffee with flavored creamer. As my father says, “If you want a candy bar, eat a candy bar. Don’t drink it in your coffee!”
To make the transition from “candy bar” coffee to black coffee, I started by reducing the amount of creamer I used. Then, I switched to almond milk and a little sweetener. I started with a little organic sugar, then transitioned to rice syrup, which has a very mild, sweet taste. Lastly, I gradually reduced the amount of the almond milk and rice syrup. The first few days drinking black coffee wasn’t fun. I only had one cup instead of three or four, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Now, I drink one cup of black coffee most mornings.
While at a friend’s house, I recently tried some flavored creamer in my coffee and it was way too sweet for my new tastes! Yay! It’s the small victories that make me smile! This can be applied to reducing other items from your diet, too! I hope sharing my story has inspired you to slowly make healthier changes in one of your food consumption patterns.
Have you done something to positively change your diet? I would love to hear it in this comments below or on my Facebook page!