Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rethinking Coffee...

I'm sorta on a diet.

Not a certain number of calories, points or grapefruits per day sorta diet, just a general overall rethinking of what I eat.

First up: rethinking coffee.

No, I am NOT suggesting the total exclusion of my favorite morning beverage, just rethinking what I put INTO it. As I have always said, I don't love coffee. What I love is cream, sugar, chocolate, whipped cream, caramel, syrups, sprinkles, whathaveyou. So, we are rethinking this.

Yesterday I added up the approximate number of calories I ingest by guestimating my average slosh of creamer added to my 4 cups of coffee per day.

Sidenote: Let me quickly define the "4 cups of coffee per day" statement. I have a mini 4 cup coffeemaker, but have always wondered what is defined as a coffeemaker "cup" compared to an 8 oz fluid cup. Guess what? I measured it out today and I drink 16 oz of coffee per day. SO...2 measuring cups worth. Definitely not as much as I thought.

Anyways, back to the creamer.

So my average creamer-slosh-a-day helping added up. A LOT.

I figured it is between 500-1,000 calories per DAY of creamer. YIKES. And let's not even talk about the sugar.

I promptly went out and purchased non-fat half & half which has 1/4 of the calories per serving, zero fat, and 2 grams of protein to boot. Yes, it has corn syrup added to it but at a much lower amount than the creamer. In flavored creamer the first two ingredients are listed as: Water, Sugar. In the non-fat half & half it is: Non-fat milk, milk. MUCH better for me.

Now. Let's get real.

It doesn't taste as good.

Of course it doesn't. So, to my AM cup o joe I add half & half and a smidgen of creamer. It's all about moderation, folks.

So do you think this might explain a 5 lb weight loss over the last two weeks?

Methinks so.

So what foods/meals/daily consumption might YOU need to rethink?



  1. hmmmm I might need to do that too.That would sure make my bottle of creamer last longer. These last ten pounds WILL NOT come off by themselves like they did the first two times around. I say, in general I need to not go back for seconds. Just hard to start 'dieting' when I have never had to before. I'm sure working out would help, I just have zero time and a baby that screams the entire time I try to leave her in the childcare.

  2. Um...maybe! ;) Yes, I've been watching Cook Yourself Thin on Lifetime and its given me some real insight into how much I should be eating a day. It says to take your goal weight, and multiply by 10 (so if you want to weight 150 x 10 = 1500) that's how many calories you should have a day. Anyway!!! Good work, it takes dedication, thats for sure!

  3. AVOCADOS. I'm wayyyyyy too addicted--I'd eat them for 3 meals a day if I could! Right now I'm trying to stick to 3-4 meals a week.

  4. I need to rethink alcohol:)I've been better this last week and don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem or anything but I likes me some wine with dinner (OK half a bottle of wine!) And my husband could win an award for his mixed drinks (margaritas, mojitos, martinis etc.)That can REALLY add up. Especially when your trying to lose that pesky last 10 that I've had for *ahem* 2 years now!

  5. Yikes 500-1000 cals in creamer I just about had a heart attack! Good for you for that change!

    Small steps! Way to go!

  6. Oh girl. I gave up the creamer several months ago, for your exact reasoning.

    I do use regular half n' half (no carbs! LOL) but not a ton and then I sip it first without sugar and then add in sugar until it just barely tastes sweet enough. I found that by tasting it first, unsweetened, my taste buds picked up on what sugar I did add faster and I didn't need to add anywhere near as much.

    I do buy creamer for very special occasions or guests, but will do my regular cup and then just a TINY splash (and less real sugar b/c they are so sweet).

    I definitely think you can lose weight easily by cutting out something daily like that. :)

  7. I love coffee but just one cup a day. Way to compromise with yourself.

  8. Ha ha, I'm still laughing about Ande's comment. I don't even drink coffee or alcohol, and I still have that extra poundage hangin' out! My issue is that I need to EXERCISE. Otherwise, I get lazy with the food in moderation thing.

  9. I'm kind of rethinking EVERYTHING I eat. I'm reading the most amazing book, which I plan on blogging about when I finish!


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