Friday, April 9, 2010

Coffee Obsession

I used to stop at Starbucks every morning. Routinely. Every day. I'd order a grande mocha and a pumpkin scone. When pumpkin spice lattes were in season, that was my drug of choice.

These days, Starbucks still has a hold on my heart not because I'm addicted to the fatty drinks and sugary treats, but because I'm generally in desperate need of my caffeine fix. I've given up so much for my diet and don't regret any of those changes ... but coffee is one thing I know I'll never be able to pass up. It's a necessity. I live in the Northwest, it's my form of Vitamin C. It's a staple.

Going to Starbucks has been an issue as of late though. Those tastey sugary treats beckon me from behind the counter and it's been hard for me to shut off their call. I've even given in a time or two and that just can't happen if I want to get this weight off.

There is only one type of coffee that I can make at home that even comes close to the awesomeness of a Starbucks. It's Moose Munch by Harry & David. It's got the right aroma and flavor to not only satisfy my coffee addiction but set my mind at ease thinking I've just "treated" myself. And what a nice treat ... no calories!

I hope to be able to venture back into Starbucks eventually. I like coffee shops. They feel comfortable to me and I want to be able to go there and stay true to myself. In the meantime though, I'm happy to have a substitute that meets my mental and physical needs. As my friend Darcy said, hooray for Harry & David Moose Munch!

Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Becoming a Food Snob

When I visit with Nancy at The Healthy Weigh, the one thing I truly appreciate about her is her love and understanding of food. Not just any food though. She has it out for truly fine food.

She can describe something as simple as cottage cheese in such a way that it makes my mouth water and my brain do back flips as I think about the creamy goodness that is that protein.

One thing she said that resonated strongly with me was that I needed to become a food snob. Basically, instead of just eating to eat, I needed to plan and truly enjoy my food. Take the extra time to try different food combos, play with spices, enjoy the tastes of the food I'm downing instead of just shoveling it in my face. Pick out the ripest apples, the most juicy grapefruit, the best chicken breast and then savor it as I take it in.

I think we all need to be reminded of this now and then. Although we know we need to slow down and enjoy the food, do we really take the time to do it?

This week I'm on a mission to convert myself into a food snob. The shopping trip tonight will kick things off and this coming week I vow to myself that I'll take time to enjoy the food I'm eating. After all, as a reduced calorie dieter, I don't get a lot of food! So I need to make it all count.

Here's to a great Easter weekend!