Coffee... gotta love it. Coffee and I go back a long way. I started my little sordid affair with it back when I was a teenager. It has played an important role in my morning ritual for as long as I can remember and has gotten me through some tough, late nights as well.
Its warmth is so soothing. Just holding that mug in my hands and softly sipping this nectar of coffee beans brings such calmness and comfort to the moment.
When I found SparkPeople, you can imagine how pleased I was to learn that I could keep it center stage in my morning routine, would still be able to continue to delight in its hypnotic aroma and rich flavor, and could still take on this healthful lifestyle and have successful results.
And it's been working out so very nicely so far -- that is, until this past week and, especially, until this morning. For some reason, the sweetness and the creaminess of my coffee just hasn't been satisfying my palate, so I've increased the brown sugar a bit, increased the half and half a bit, and have now added some skim milk.
I did so enjoy this morning's two cups; however, when I went to track my breakfast, I was upset to learn that I just sacrificed 176 calories, 24 carbs, 7 fat, and 5 protein of my daily target ranges for my lovely morning blend indulgence!
The same thing happened yesterday... and I ended up going over my caloric range by 73 or so.
The thing is this: Now that I'm discovering new whole foods and putting more effort into being mindful of my meal planning, my food intake, and exercising, I don't know that I'm as willing to sacrifice so many of my calories (and other numbers) on the java.
Perhaps it's time to cut out the two tablespoons of half and half and the tablespoon of brown sugar per cup, but if the taste doesn't excite me, then why have it at all?
I definitely can't do black coffee... and under no circumstances will I put artificial sweeteners into my body.
Is it time to say goodbye to the java?
This will take some serious pondering...