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Watch Out!

It’s easy to let habits get the best of you.

This morning I went to a coffee shop for coffee.  I went to the corner.  Poured myself their regular roast.  And instinctively, as if I were a zombie, went to the dairy section, and poured myself some milk.  I stopped after one second.

I didn’t want milk.  I didn’t crave it.  It was merely habit.

Of course, I went back, got myself a black cup of coffee.  My body moved before my mind.  It’s how I will sabotage this journey.

Then there are the hidden ingredients.  I was looking at a promising fruit and nut bar.  It had some sugar-like glaze on it so I checked the ingredients.  It wasn’t the glaze, but that the ingredients in the dried cherries and cranberries already had sugar.

It’s one way dried fruit is particularly deceptive.  Even dried fruit may have added sugar.

Check the ingredients.  For now,  I’m giving up all dried cranberries and raisins for 30 days, unless I’m sure they’re free of any added sugar.  I’m not going to feel guilty about being deceived.  I will, however, freely feel irritated.

  1. Taylor
    January 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    They say caffeine is ok? I’m dubious. Anyway I’ve tried to switch to black coffee but it leaves me cold. Too bitter. I need some sweetness with it and I need the cream (not milk).

    • padremambo
      January 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

      They prefer not to have caffeine. However, some have recommended almond milk. After thirty days raw cream is a “less bad” option.

  2. January 27, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I’m skeptical of almond milk because it’s pretty heavily processed unless you make it yourself. Have you found a brand that’s got fewer ingredients?

  3. padremambo
    January 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Khaled – I took another look at the almond milk ingredients and yes – it looks fairly processed. It includes, for example, Tapioca starch, which probably gives it some body. I’m going to wait until after the 30 days. I’m thinking cream, if I must, or coconut milk. But I’m actually fine with it black!

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