Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Coffee Down the Drain

This morning I threw away 3 partial bags of flavored coffee and dumped 2 containers of flavored creamers down the drain. Enough is enough... that creamer junk has 40 calories per TABLESPOON and I was adding 2-3 T per cup of coffee. I like my coffee supersweet, and after adding half a cup of 2% milk plus the creamer I was getting about 200 calories in my morning beverage ALONE. Add to that the occasional afternoon coffee and we have 400 calories in COFFEE in a day. Not good. So away it goes. No more of this.

I used to drink Chai tea every morning (with milk and agave, well under 100 calories) but have gotten lazy and indulgent of myself with the coffee. I'm going back to my morning tea and eventually cutting back on the agave nectar in that as well. And whenever I have extra cups of tea (green tea or whatever) I do not add milk or sweeteners.

If I want a coffee so badly, I can go get one at Starbucks once a week.

I think this change will help my weight loss efforts.

Real post coming later today :)

31 comments:

Bethany said...

Good for you! I drank coffee every now and again, but my big addiction was pop...particularly Coke and Mountain Dew. All regular. It's totally worth it to quit!
Keep it up!

Diana said...

That was a good idea. ;)

Andra said...

Good for you! Those flavored creamers are the worst crap. Full of chemicals, trans fats, artificial everything. Once you break your taste buds of the habit of having it, you'll probably be able to enjoy coffee with just a dribble of 2% milk and no sweetener (or just a teaspoon or two of pure maple syrup.) That's what happened to me. I was the queen of the HAYOOGE Caramel Macchiato with extra syrup and whipped cream but now it's just home brewed Jamaica Blue Mountain with an ounce of 2% organic milk on weekend mornings and I just love it!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Good job ... I second the fact that they are the worst crap ever! Full of man-made junk ... but I understand getting sucked in to the coffee drinking. Sometimes I fall off the wagon too ... it just tastes soooo good!

What a Splurge said...

Sometimes a seemingly small change like that will save a boatload of calories. You'll see the difference.

Karyn said...

I'm glad you discovered this source of added calories to your day. I am sure you will make great progress now Lyn!

Maria said...

I did that, too. Coffee (1 cup) is for the weekend. Totally helped. You are so helpful to me. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I have a regular blog, not a weightloss one, but reading your archives has helped me lose 72 pounds so far, so THANKS!

Christina said...

Coffee - that's one thing I couldn't or rather - won't give up :). Luckily, I've always taken mine black so it's not a calorie issue for me. Moderate "black" coffee consumption really isn't bad for a person, so I always cringe when I hear people talking about kicking the coffee habit as if it's all a bad thing. Like anything else - it's all about moderation. After all, the coffee itself wasn't really the culprit here - it was all of those extra things that were going INTO the coffee. But if you're one of those that has to have those things in order to drink it then you made a good decision!

Autumnforest said...

Very perceptive. We don't often stop and really look at the little things and how they add up, plus things we drink we usually think of as being almost calorie-free because we didn't have to chew them...interesting mentality we have adopted. If you think about it, that change alone could take just shy of a pound a week off your weigh. Holy moly!

Fluffy said...

Hi! I LOVE coffee and I like it on the sweet side as well. Here's what I do in case you want to try any of these ideas:

Regular (meaning unflavored) with skim milk and Splenda. Splenda also has calorie-free flavor packets (they are individual) I think there is mocha and something else. Anyway, those were good too.

I also will get flavored coffee and add skim milk and Splenda to that as well. Somehow the flavored kind every now and then seems to be quite satisfying.

I don't sweat the Splenda, but some people do. There are now sugar substitutes (Truvia maybe?) that are made from all natural ingredients and you might consider trying that.

Wishing you continued success!!

Seren_Sighs said...

Wow. It's good that you realized it though. I'm sure it will help. Were you tracking those calories or did you just not know?

I used to hate coffee. Loved the smell but couldn't stand the taste, even with cream and sugar. But now that I eat less sugar and more natural foods my tastes are changing and I notice subtleties more. And I thought "if I like the smell, maybe I could grow to like the taste".

So I started with instant coffee in little single serve packages. I drink them black and I actually really like them now. Hard to believe I can drink coffee black after so many years of hating any coffee flavor.

I think about adding sugar or something sometimes because I know it will taste better, but I don't want to get used to it tasting better and then having extra calories.

Tammy said...

I drink 2 c of decaf coffee every morning, and 2 more every evening...I use this in place of an evening snack with food. The decaf has 0 calories, and I use the sugar-free Coffeemate refrigerated creamer. It has 15 cals per Tbsp and I put 1 Tbsp in each cup, so that's 30 calories in the morning, and 30 cals in the evening...not bad!! I use either the sugar-free Hazelnut or the sugar-free Vanilla Caramel....soooooo good! :)

Tammy said...

P.S. I forgot to tell you...I use Stevia to sweeten mine...it's 0 calories, and all natural. :)

Lyn said...

Seren_Sighs~

Oh yes, I track every calorie. So I knew, but was able to still stay within my calorie budget each day. After awhile though, I realized I'd really rather have 400 calories of apples, crackers, cheese, etc than just a beverage.

Tina said...

I did the same thing a while back...I was nursing my morning mug with 3 TBS of FF creamer...not getting my water in, not eating breakfast...then scarfing up a lot of not-so-good things from the kids' lunch (i.e. fishsticks which I don't even like) and ruining my own lunch. I get out to the coffee shop now and then and REALLY ENJOY a latte...and I am able to stick to my plan better at home. GOOD LUCK!

Anne said...

I'm only an occasional coffee drinker, but only good coffee will do. I drink it black and always think that if you need to put tons of sugar, flavour and milk in something to drink it... then you probably don't like what you're drinking. :)

Georgia Mist said...

I once had a terrible coffee addiction. Usually 2 to 3 cups with... are you ready for it?
*10* teaspoons of sugar! Yes. 10!
January 2009 -- I stopped drinking coffee, tea, and cola. I'm a water only gal now!

bbubblyb said...

I don't know if anyone has suggested this yet since I didn't get to read all the comments but in the mornings at work I use 1/2 a scoop of whey protein powder to flavor my tea (use vanilla) or coffee (use chocolate). It gives me the creamer effect plus 12 grams of protein. I will admit that it's not quite as tastey as creamer but I have gotten use to it.

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

This was the same conclusion I came to a few months ago. I took my java Willie Wonka-style too, and it was just too many empty calories. The first day was a real bitch, but it's been smooth sailing ever since. Now I only have coffee if I'm somewhere where I know it'll be good.

I have almost developed a taste for green tea, mostly because I want something warm mid-morning.

Good luck with the coffee break!

thegardenweigh said...

Ugggghhh on the flavored creamers. Ever read the ingredients lists on those?

Good for you to dump them.

Hubby refers to his coffee as a "sweets delivery system", though he uses saccharin tablets to sweeten his huge 32 ounce tumbler. And a fair amount of milk. That's probably what your morning cup became. I wish he could see that he could have just a little real sweetener and cream if he was willing to drink a small amount of coffee.

Or, if he preferred to forego the calories, a bit of milk and a natural low-cal sweetener like Stevia.

I don't really do coffee, except occasionally. I like it best black, but my stomach doesn't always agree with that. A little milk or cream does me nicely.

But the tea thing, yeah, I can relate. Get good quality tea and you don't need sweetener. I love my tea, I'll drink black, green, white, red, herbal, whatever. I seriously recommend getting a good quality loose-leaf and an infuser. There's something really enjoyable about fixing that perfect cup.

I think the change will help you. It's not the big things that got us fat in many cases, it's the little extras that add up over the 365 days of the year.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet you'll find it easier to lighten up on the agave over time than you would have 'regular' sugar. I use xylitol, and have cut it to about 1/3 of what I used to need. And your point about having the calories for more useful foods is really important.
You are so on the rise, and you can see it yourself! Congratulations!
Marie

screwdestiny said...

Yeah, I can't stand coffee unless it's got tons of fat and/or sugar added to it, so I think it's best to just stay away. Good for you for dumping that crap.

kelly said...

Thankfully I drink my coffee black. However, I still drink WAY to much regular soda!! Good for you!

Run, Heat, Run said...

I used to have a huge cup loaded with flavored creamer every morning. I kept a bottle at home and a bottle in my mini-fridge in my classroom. I finally made myself give it up because I had the same realization as you. I even gave my classroom coffeemaker away and got rid of the mugs that were sitting in my room so I wouldn't be tempted to go sneak some from someone else's. It's been hard, but if I really want something, I'll stop at Dunkin Donuts on my way to work for a small lite latte and it does the trick.

(Sorry for the random; I just came across your blog recently and have been lurking since!)

Dinah Soar said...

I couldn't get used to black coffee, and don't like it with milk, or sweetened...my solution is to use half and half...I put one tablespoon, which is 20 calories into my coffee cup and that must suffice for all my coffee for the morning...I top it off as I drink it, to rewarm it and get the benefit of my tablespoon of half and half...it's a nice indulgence--half and half seems luxurious--but doesn't wreak havoc with my calorie intake for the day.

You might try that, and add some calorie free sweetener and some flavoring from your pantry if you find you miss it.

emmabovary said...

I cut out sweetened coffee--I was using splenda so it was a question of taste rather than worry about calories. I wanted to not 'jumpstart' my sugartooth in the morning, which I suspected the splenda was doing.

Now I think nothing of drinking regular coffee...in fact it makes the taste of my breakfast foods more vivid because the beverage isn't sugary.

I'll bet you'll get used to this quickly and not regret your decision at all.

Anonymous said...

It's all about moderation. When I have coffee, I have 1 TEASPOON of fat-free French Vanilla creamer in it, and no sweetener at all. And sometime I just have it black!

Hanlie said...

Oh absolutely! Caffeine negatively impacts the hormonal system - the very system that regulates your weight, metabolism, etc. You'll be better off without it.

justjuliebean said...

I would like to give up coffee for tea, but am not motivating. I did switch from sugar to splenda, because I was using tablespoons of sugar. Creamers are trans-fatty, and the packaging offends me, I use milk, usually 1-2%, occasionally full fat raw like I have. I don't mind the milk calories so much, but the sugar was too much. I have lost a few pounds since then, but I'm also eating less fruit, so who knows?

downsized76 said...

Get yourself an inexpensive espresso machine with milk foaming wand ($30 at Target/Walmart) and make your own lattes! An 8oz cup is actually pretty filling and only has about 100 calories. Use sugar free sweetener if you need it. You get the caffeine kick AND a healthy dose of calcium.

Anonymous said...

We have a huge coffee culture here in Melbourne, Australia due to a vibrant European mix. You could accuse it of being a little gourmet and yuppie; whichever way you look at it, we love authentic coffee and particularly the process. American coffee by comparison with it's creamers and Starbucks and ridiculous non-coffee flavours (caramel? Etc!) and toppings make a Frankenstein milkshake out of the idea, with odd flavour additions that confuse the idea of drinking -coffee- with something else. Anyway! My suggestion is fall in LOVE with the taste and smell of COFFEE itself! Ditch the add ons and perhaps learn the process and focus on quality beans grinded fresh yourself daily. What a treat! Just my 2cents as the USA coffee frappacinno stuff is so weird from our perspective! Haha :)