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I thought the book states that you CAN have a LITTLE cream. Cream, not half+half, not whole milk, or fat free milk. (This is for Slow Carb only, not Occam's). There should be no lactose in cream, which is the culprit you want to avoid.
I would definitely steer away from any cream-like-substitute. That sounds like a recipe for chemicals that probably would do more harm than good. My suggestion, though you don't want to hear it, is try enough cream to make you happy, then each day add a little less and less. I did that and now enjoy drinking black coffee with no sweetener, just a healthy dose of cinnamon. Not as bad as you think if you ease yourself into something new!
I was a latte drinking machine before starting 4HB. I would be hitting Starbucks every morning. Giving that up was a hell of a task for me. Here are two things I have tried to help make black coffee interesting:
1) Don't Skimp On The Cinnamon
I don't have superhuman taste buds, but I find getting good, quality cinnamon actually helps. After trying regular "Ground Cinnamon" that everyone and their mom has in their cupboard, I decided I seek out the Saigon Cinnamon Tim refers to in The 4-Hour Body.
McCormick Saigon Cinnamon runs about $5 for a bottle, and as luck would have it, I was able to find it at my local grocery store, Walmart, and Target. Keep in mind, you should only be using a teaspoon at most a day, so the $5 really last a long time. I equate that to 5 or so good shakes, since I don't feel like busting out a teaspoon at work with my morning joe.
2) Substitute Whey Protein For Creamer
Hand-in-hand with my Saigon Cinnamon comes my vanilla whey protein. Half a scoop in a decent sized (16 oz.) mug of coffee goes a long way. Be sure to mix it in well, as it can clump if you don't give it a little lovin'. I've heard chocolate works as well, but I find the cinnamon and vanilla to complement each other.
As of now, grabbing a vanilla latte is the first thing I do every cheat day, but these tricks have helped me make it through the other six days of the week just fine.
For the last week I've added back flavored creamer to my morning coffee, only because I had one last container of it left over from the holidays and didn't want to waste it.
I had such misery breaking myself from that habit last summer. The first few black cups went down like medicine. And now that I'm drinking the "good stuff" again, I'm shocked at how bland and tasteless it is. I had switched to the bulletproof (buttered) coffee, and was adding cinnamon, ginger, chili powder and black pepper to it for a super rich and spicy kick. I'm drinking my old flavored coffee right now and it's just ... weak, thin, and flavorless by comparison. I cannot believe I'm actually looking forward to using this up so I can get back to the better coffee.
Thought I'd post this so those who are struggling to drop their flavored creamers know there's hope for changing your coffee preferences long term.
Soak 1 cup raw almonds over night. In the morning, strain and blend this thouroughly with 4 cups water. Place a clean paint straining bag ($2 at Home Depot in the paint section) in a pitcher or bowl and pour the blended mixture through. Squeeze excess liquid. The end result: pure almond milk (enjoy a latte if you like!) and almond pulp that you can experiment with in other recipes! The whole point is to live a little while consciously living. Enjoy...
What kind of cream is it that one can use? heavy whip cream? and I thought he said up to 2 TBSP? not TSP, right? I am used to having, well, when I ever drink coffee, I am used to having it light, so wondering if 2 tbsp are fine? and the tbsp is per day limit right? If i drink 2 coffees a day means I can only use the 2 tbsp for one and the other black or if I want just use one in each, but shouldn't exceed the 2 tbsp a day, is that correct?
I experimented with cream and no cream and I can tell the difference in the way I feel when I use cream. It was obviously triggering an insulin spike. I switched to using a little almond milk which doesn't seem to give me an insulin spike, or at least not as severe.
I love espresso straight with no creamer or sugar also and Ive noticed I feel better if I go that route as opposed to using any kind of creamer at all in regular coffee.
I've been using 1 tablespoon full cream per cup, 2x a day. However, saw on Dr. Oz yesterday that milk products bind to the healthy antioxidants in tea, rendering them useless. Don't know if the same is true for coffee, but it wouldn't surprise me. (Sob!) I can drink black iced tea all day, but black coffee?
I'm going to try some really nice quality mild beans. Also, the vanilla makes a big difference.
I am using whipping cream in my coffee, a little goes a long way and I have gotten so I like it even better than any of the fancy fake creamers and even continue to use it on cheat day. Sometimes I add a little cinnamon for variety but don't think I will go back to fake cream again. It took a little adjustment time for the flavor but now I wouldn't go back. I still have my latte on cheat days cause it isn't coffee its a latte
Hi, you can have cream but no more than 2 spoon fulls of it with coffee - i know this is a hard suggestion but try going black - it took me about a month to do so but now i cant even consider coffee with sugar or cream/milk anything else in it (other than cinnamon or nutmeg)
it really does help specially if you drink 8 cups a day as i do.
I found it helpful to try finest available coffee beans and a different preparation. (Ex-Latte/Cappucino/Ristretto/Caramel-Junkie)
Starbucks has some medium roasted beans that are great for "blonde" coffee.
1 not too large tsp per mug, classically brewed oder pressed (bodum).
Make sure the coffee is rather hazel than black, and 1 tsp of cream, its different but good!
You can add a MAXIMUM of 2 tablespoons TOTAL of HEAVY WHIPPING CREAM(not half and half or non-dairy creamer) to your coffee(s) PER DAY.
That's not 2 tablespoons per coffee, that's PER DAY! Just FYI!
You can ask Starbucks to put a tablespoon of heavy cream in your coffee as well. Just ask for HEAVY CREAM not just cream.
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