I've never been a coffee or a tea drinker. I always laugh that I have plenty of other vices -- as I do like beer and the hard stuff, I like to gamble, I enjoy driving fast -- that I've never picked this one up. I was always a soda drinker, to the point of a bit of insanity. In college, I never picked up the coffee habit, but kept pounding soda.
The first time I lost weight, gearing up for my wedding, I switched from "regular" to "unleaded", moving to Diet drinks as part of the calorie management solution. I did Weight Watchers, and it worked really well for me, and I was able to get down to a trim 175 for my wedding. Sharon even thought it was too much weight loss.
I put the weight back on over the past two years, and with a rather stern warning from my doctor at the beginning of the year, I was told not only did I need to take the weight off, but that watching my sugars and carbs was going to be part of my life. Yay me.
Thus, I geared up and dropped Diet soda as well as the other changes to my diet, and I'm well on track to target weight. (Beer is currently under a restriction, where I only drink it in the UK, because mixed drinks in the UK is a waste of time and money.)
What this has done, however, is leave me in a spot where, besides water, there aren't good "on the go" drinks. With sodas out, and juices containing a lot of sugar I'm trying to avoid, and sports drinks off the table for calories reasons, I need to find myself something I can have.
Coffee and tea are things I've just not had the taste for, but I suspect it's because it's something I don't understand more than something I won't like. For example, I didn't always like beer, and still don't like ALL beers (India Pale Ales just don't do it for me), there are beers I like and ones I don't like. I feel like with this wealth of types of coffee and teas out there, there have to be ones I'd like!
But where to start is the bigger question. I hear a lot of "go into a coffee shop and try things", but what to try? When you don't know what things are, this isn't helping much. I can't be adding tons of sugar to things either, as that defeats the purpose.
I like sweet things, and always have. Of course, I'm on a sugar restricted diet, so no cheating and adding sugar.
Carb management is important, so watching those is important.
What to try?
I know there are a ton of coffee and tea drinkers out there -- how to best tackle this?
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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Help me learn about coffee and tea
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