I wish it were Friday
Good afternoon, lovelies!
One of my New Year goals that I didn’t list (I have quite a few — I only wrote down the biggies) was to really make an effort in cutting out artificial junk in my food/diet. For a long time, I’ve struggled with trying to understand why we read so much research about HFCS and aspartame and blah blah blah everything else is bad for you, yet you find it in EVERYTHING. Everything! I don’t think I’ve ever worked in an office where the coffee area wasn’t stocked to to the brim with miniature coffee creamers, NutraSweet, etc. And for a long time, I used them because…well, they were there. It was convenient. I was lazy.
I’m starting to reach the conclusion that, while it may be better than NutraSweet (although maybe not!), Splenda still isn’t good for me. My goal isn’t to replace one “artificial” sweetener with another, but I’ve switched, at least temporarily, to Stevia. It really wasn’t that hard — I picked up a big ol’ box of Stevia extract (it’s illegal as a sweetener in the US still, so they have to call it a nutritional supplement — silly, right?) at Trader Joe’s and keep a handful of packets in my desk drawer. That’s it! Simple, right?
I still try to use sugar in my coffee, but that is going to take some work since, as the Beastie Boys said, “I like my sugar with coffee and cream.” I like it ridiculously sweet and creamy. I know — why bother drinking something that’s so dark and bitter then, right? Yeah, not my train of thought. So until I can wean myself off the sweet coffee, I’m stickin’ with some Stevia instead of Splenda and that gross NutraSweet crap. I haven’t used it in years, but it really makes me angry that it’s in sodas, low calorie yogurts…low calorie anything really. A big reason why I don’t eat “diet” foods.
Back to the coffee creamers. That stuff is GROSS! Seriously, have you read the ingredients list?
(Non-Dairy Product) Water, sugar, palm oil, corn syrup, contains 2% or less of each of the following: Sodium caseinate* (a milk derivative), dipotassium phosphate, natural and artificial flavors, mono and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl lactylate, carrageenan, salt.
*Sodium caseinate is not a source of lactose.
Needs No Refrigeration.
Come on. Are you kidding me?? Anything using the terminology “cream” should REQUIRE REFRIGERATION. I don’t even know what half of this stuff is, but it certainly does not belong in my coffee — something I put in my body every day. Full fat half & half may not be the lowest calorie option, but if I’m careful about my portion, it’s certainly much more natural than this stuff. Ick. I encourage any of you to take a look at the creamers you use and consider doing the same thing.
This week has been a little low on the gym attendance, but understandably so. I’ve been fighting off some sort of illness and wake up feeling yucky. I still went Monday, but Tuesday I had promised Samantha from the amazing Bitches Gotta Eat that I’d show up to her short prose reading (hilarious, by the way!) and met up with Laura for some beers, dinner and girl chat before the “show.” As much as I love my exercise routine, this is the kinda stuff that makes me happy. I wish I could figure out a way to fit in my exercise schedule and still have time for my social life on the same day (cough cough working out at the crack of dawn….ew), but for now, this was worth it. Plus, this hipster bar served up some CHEAP DRINKS. Holy crap. I told Laura I was considering getting a shaggy haircut and wearing some mismatched thrifted dresses if that’s all it took to get a cheap drink in Chicago.
Last night I had a late doctor’s appointment and tonight I’m meeting up with the girls for some pizza and wine (aka therapy), so the gym ain’t happenin today, either. Hrm. Worth it? I think YES. Tomorrow it’s gotta happen though — it’s been written in the planner, so it’s set in stone.
I’ve got a vicious headache again today. I’m hoping a tall, icy glass of water will nip it in the bud. We’ll see!
On a side note, I have been reading One Fit Foodie a LOT lately. One of my favorite things to do when I find a new blog is to go back in the archives and work my way forward from the beginning. Good reading material if you need a break from books or just want something to do when you’re laying in bed at night with your laptop on your stomach like I do ALL THE TIME. Check out Naomi though, she has tons of great advice about meal ideas, workouts, playlists, everything!