These were my two favorite drinks before:
Starbucks vente (24 ounces) iced white mocha w/ skim milk still with the whip cream average price $4.50
|Calories 570||Calories from Fat 180|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 20g||31%|
|Saturated Fat 14g||70%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 85g||29%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
What shocked me was not only the calories in a starbucks drink but also the amount of caffeine! After some research their espresso is about double compared to other coffee shops.
My ultimate favorite coffee shop is Biggby Coffee and I would usually get a Super (24 ounces) iced or hot Teddy Bear w/ skim milk and still with the whip cream average price $4.99
Nutrition Facts Per Serving (24 fl oz)
Again a ridiculous amount of "empty" calories!
So my plan of action starting on January 1st was to cut back on the caffeine and calories in coffee! My weeks always started on a Sunday when I could be at home.
Week 1: I reduce the size of beverage to 16 ounces for 3 days and then to 12 ounces of espresso based drinks. I always got skim milk or soy and got rid of the whip cream. I also stuck to just one coffee/ day no extra trip.
Week 2: I got down to just 1 shot of espresso the smallest size of coffee I could get or I would make my own coffee in a Keurig or Coffee pot up to 2 cups.
Week 3: Brewed coffee only 1 1/2 cups with a coffee pot and in a Keruig I filled it to about the 10 ounce line. With barely any creamer or extras. I used flavored hazelnut so the taste was not an issue. ** I did experience caffeine withdrawal headaches this week so I took aspirin, slept more, and used bio freeze to fight it off. The weather was also really up and down this week so the headaches could have been related to weather vs. caffeine withdrawal.
Week 4: I switched to 1/2 calf coffee & K cups as well. If I went to a coffee shop I got healthy teas (black, green, etc.)
Week 5: Try to wait later and later in the day until a headache or urge was there. During this week I only made myself coffee 3 times and barely finished my cups! I replaced the urge with water or working out to distract me.