Beverages: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
With lunch and dinner, I have (thus far) successfully gave up the soda.
I drink water instead, sometimes a cup of orange juice with lunch.
With breakfast, I drink coffee. 1-2 cups, every day. Sometimes, but rarely 3. This third cup only happens when I'm in a groove & the 2 cups prior were excellently executed a la the "pour over" method.
Have you tried coffee this way??? Smooth & delicious!
Anywhoo...I've typed all about my love for this drink before; and now, I find myself at a crossroads.
I'm currently out of beans, and have yet to tell Husband to pick some up. He always buys the coffee! I've been thinking about giving it up for awhile.
Well...I hear all the time (on the news) how coffee has certain health benefits, but my issue with coffee is that it gives me a false sense of energy and at the same time, depletes my (already insufficient) daily water intake.
I read that the caffeine in it prevents your body from making a chemical that tells your body, when it's time to relax. No wonder, I feel so uptight sometimes! LOL
I also just had my yearly physical and everything came back good, except my cholesterol.
My doctor says it's a little high, but can be brought back to normal by making some changes to my diet. He said to cut back on fatty red meats.
When I told him, that I don't eat a lot of red meat, he then told me what I didn't want to hear:
To cut back on dairy; cheeses, whole milk & cream, butter, and ice cream.
He also suggested eating more vegetables, which was no surprise to me, and substituting 2% (or skim) milk for whole...cottage cheese for cheese...and frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.
None of this sounded appealing. NONE of it...
except the frozen yogurt. YUM!
I love pasta...in a cream sauce.
Butter & cheeses get used the most in my kitchen.
I use Half & Half every morning in my cup(s) of coffee. The ingredients in it are obvious, right?...and yet, I just had to check the label. Reading the 2 sole ingredients listed on the back of my bottle, I instantly felt dumb...LOL, "Cream & Milk".
I'm considering not only replacing soda with water, but coffee too.
...but, Where's the Joy in that???