Second post today, but I wanted to also share about my first dietary change: eliminating coffee creamer.
Maybe this sounds minor, or silly. But it is important to me to make small, sustainable changes in my eating habits that will result in better health. I figure I can start with something small but significant.
I currently drink 2 cups of coffee every morning (and sometimes I have 1-2 more later in the day). Before I began my weight loss journey, I used to drink it with LOTS of sugar... we are talking 3 Tablespoons per mug of coffee! I also used to add a lot of half and half as well... about 3 Tbsp of that per cup. Well, if I drank 4 mugs in a day... which I often did... that is 12 Tbsp of sugar AND 12 Tbsp of half and half every day! Do you realize that is 3/4 CUP of sugar? And 3/4 CUP of half and half? That is more than 800 calories per day of COFFEE! Looking back now, it seems unbelievable that I was doing that and so unaware. But I liked my coffee to taste like a dessert, and since I was used to eating a lot of candy and donuts and such, my taste buds were used to a LOT of sugar. Even fresh ripe strawberries used to taste sour to me!
Anyway, as I was saying, I still drink coffee. However, I have been using 1 Tbsp of Lucerne Sugar Free French Vanilla creamer in each mug, which only has 15 calories, so my total for 4 mugs of coffee is only 60 calories. Much better. However, take a peek at the ingredients list for this creamer:
Water, Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil and Cottonseed Oil, Less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Artificial Color (Titanium Dioxide)Datem, Carrageenan, Beta-Carotene (for Color), Sucralose, Acesulfame K, Polysorbate 60.
Alrighty then! So although it is low in calories, it has some things I want to avoid:
artificial flavor and color
Acesulfame K (another artificial sweetener)
My goal is to start switching to green tea (which has female reproductive cancer protective properties), which I am used to drinking plain, with no added sweeteners. I still feel like I "need" some coffee in the morning, so for now I will be switching to half and half and Stevia. 1 Tbsp half and half only has 20 calories so it won't affect my intake much.
This change fits in nicely with my goal of eventually eating more natural foods and fewer fake ones. It's a small change in diet, but a big step in the mindset I need to move forward.