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Step three of my coffee addiction challenge

Monday, March 04, 2013

What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track?

Well yesterday's blog comments included a number of folks who think that since coffee is the #1 means for US citizens to get anti-oxidants this isn't the best choice to improve my health. In terms of anti-oxidants in beverages the stacking is:
White tea - #1
Green tea - #2
Black Tea - #3
Coffee - #4

Coffee makes the top of the list because so many US adults drink it so I still think that switching out a couple of cups for water or Green Tea is a good choice.

Yesterday was a good day. I reduced from potentially 6 cups to only 2 with no caffeine withdrawal headache. Of course being at home with better access to healthy snacks and activities on a Sunday is much less of a challenge for me than today at work. So far, today I only made 2 cups of coffee and it would appear that the coffee to water ratio has gotten screwed up and the coffee turned out very weak and unsatisfying. So the first thing I'm going to do to encourage me and keep me on track is to buy a 2-4 cup coffee pot this evening which should help the satisfaction part of the challenge.

I have my eye on a 72% Super Dark Organic Chocolate Bar with Almonds at Trader Joe's for Wednesday if I make it that far at only 2 cups per day and a beautiful set of Asian tea cups for my new green tea interest if I get thru to Sunday.
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    2968 days ago
    That is a good plan and those rewards look wonderful. emoticon
    I reduced my coffee intake by gradually going from regular coffee to def and now I only have one cup of def a day and 2-3 cups of green tea.
    2968 days ago
    I like your rewards! I have several tea cups that are especially pretty and delicate...when I use them I feel like I am treating myself..bonus on the antioxidants and zero calories! emoticon
    2968 days ago
    Great rewards you've set up! I have decafed and re-cafed repeatedly. Right now I drink mostly black tea during the day at home and decaf or herbal tea in the eve. I do allow myself a cup of coffee when I go to the gym, though. It's free and good there. Don't think I could pass it up. Best wishes on achieving your coffee goals!!
    2968 days ago
    emoticon Great plans for success!
    2968 days ago
  • KSW1963
    Nice reward! If I drank coffee I would give it up for that :)
    2968 days ago
    You are doing well and have good plans, especially a nice reward for being successful. All the best. emoticon
    2968 days ago
    I love your encouragement gifts to you AND the fact that you did some research! You got this!!
    2968 days ago
    Good plan with the smaller coffee pot. I also like the fact that you plan to reward yourself for being successful! Good luck in all your efforts!
    2968 days ago
  • POPSY190
    I like your incentives and rewards! Enjoy them. Coffee is like everything else - ok in moderation so I think your aim is a good one and has the added benefit of adding variety to what you drink. emoticon
    2968 days ago
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