$3,650 dollars a year????
Okay, where shall I start? Perhaps with my worst nemesis and addiction, the double vanilla latte..da da da da!
Yes, this creamy concoction of caffeine and milk has been a stumbling block of mine for quite a while now. I have vowed to give this drink up at least a million times only to awake the next day and stumble blindly to the coffee shop like a junkie looking for a fix.
Date: 2/22/2005 8:38:30 PM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 2997 times
Oh, and it's not only once in the morning, I often go for seconds and if it's a really stressful day, maybe a third.
It's shameful, I know. First of all, let's start with the milk. Now it's common knowledge these days that milk is only good for baby cows. Humans have no business drinking it, especially the pastuerized, homogenized, antibiotic, hormone and steroid ridden concoction that we have today. But...it can be oh so addictive. There are compounds in milk that have sedating properties similar to opium and heroin. Hence, the idea of the warm glass of milk before bedtime. Those sedating properties can be just what a brain depleted in neurotransmitters thinks it needs. I have found a much better way to approach this depletion by providing my body with amino acids, the building blocks of neurotransmitters, by supplementing with bee pollen. So take that double latte, I no longer depend on you to help me feel calm!
Next, lets discuss the caffeine aspect of the latte. Just like every other health issue, you will find conflicting opinions on whether or not caffeine is good for you. All I know for sure is that it is not good for me! Caffeine stimulates the body to release energy in an unnatural way and only leaves me more fatigued in the long run, not to mention its dehydrating and acidify effects. I find that as long as I keep my blood sugar balanced by eating healthful (and for me, that means raw) foods regularly I don't need the extra boost that caffeine provides.
And last but not least, I must address the habitual aspects of my latte addiction. Ahhhhhh, the coffee shop, and the sweet people that work there. What a great break from the hectic day to stop in my coffee shop to get a drink. I get to banter with staff and other regulars, enjoy the music and atmosphere, and relax away from my everyday troubles. Hmmmm, but is this escape worth $10 dollars a day, $70 dollars a week, $300 dollars a month, $3,650 dollars a year!!!! Holy cow, do you know what kind of vacation I could go on every year with that money? Not to mention the detrimental effects that this habit is having on my health. Surely I can find ways to relax that don't involve a trip to the damn coffee shop. Surely I can take my dog for a walk, pass right on by the coffee shop and not go in....or can I???
Well, I guess we will see tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first day of my life without coffee!
Join me then, and I will discuss this and much more. See you soon!
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