I love coffee. Love it. But I got to where I could hardly ever drink it anymore unless it was sweetened with flavored creamer. When I started calorie counting or eating "low-carb", I'd buy the same fakey creamer, but I'd get the Sugar-Free version. Ugh.
On Whole30, you are not to have ANY added sugars or sweeteners of any form. This includes honey, stevia, Splenda, aspartame, etc. I saw on the support forum that a lot of people doing Whole 30 or Paleo like to add a bit of Coconut cream/milk to their teas and coffees. I tried this the first week, but could only handle a few sips before I lost interest. The cream looked like it had curdled and would separate and I felt like the black coffee was tasting like I imagine an ashtray would. Strange, I know! haha! Then I read that people actually pop their coffee into the blender or in a shaker to really get the cream blended into the coffee. Eureka!! Back in the game! Comes out like a LATTE and I love it. Sticking to just one cup a day, but it's a cup I enjoy and can finish.
Along with these changes, I've also:
- stopped chewing gum and eating mints/candy - can't have the sweeteners and it just sends crazy mixed messages to your brain making you think you want something sweet or that more food is coming
- stopped eating fast food - for one, it's too difficult to find compliant foods (see the Carnitas post about Chipotle) and two - it is an easy way out. I need to be thoughtful and this pushes me to plan ahead.
- stopped drinking soda/diet soda/sweet tea - not allowed and I'm glad. I don't mind the water one bit.
- stopped having a late night snack or dessert - I wasn't a big snacker before, but I loved a bowl of ice cream or even a bowl of cereal late at night.
- stopped weighing myself - it's not allowed during Whole30 and I don't want to obsess over it anyway
- started making a conscientious effort to move more - I have a desk job. I sit almost all day. So I make myself get up and walk, bend, reach as much as I can.
- started paying attention to how I feel when I wake up, after I eat, during/after exercise - just being more aware of my body has really helped me clear my mind
- started reading every.single.label that I can - I used to make the price a priority. Now it's the ingredients that I care about most.