My other big dietary change – beyond the Healthy Heart stuff – has been cutting my caffeine intake to one cup a day.
If I’m to take a prescription to counter an unrelated medical problem, the caffeine has to be greatly curbed. Seems it counteracts the medicine.
This has been major. I’m a writer, after all, and a retired journalist. My habitual intake had been three to five mugs a day. Café au lait mugs, a third to a half filled with milk.
It’s the way I wake up and also the way I continue through the day. Or did.
I’m still waking up to a café au lait mug. We use dark-roasted beans or Spanish ground coffee, essentially espresso. It’s rich, flavorful, and stands up to the milk and sugar I add – enough, as I joke, to turn the brew into chocolate.
By chance, I came upon an instant coffee substitute – Cafix – at the local natural foods store, and this serves nicely for the second round.
By midafternoon, though, I’d really like a jolt of the real stuff. That I miss. Many days I find myself taking a nap instead.
Should we go to half-decaf on the real coffee itself? I feel that’s cheating.
Or cut out the coffee altogether? Now we’re talking daily ritual, as in showering or dressing.
Or just use a demitasse and take one quick gulp?
No, I’ll just resolve myself to slowly sipping the one I have. Down to the last drop, without complaining.
Well, then. Salud! And top of the morning to you, too.