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Coffee w/ cream

I know the book states that I can't have cream in my coffee but does anyone have a suggestion as to something that I can put in it that resembles cream?? Are any of the Cremora products an option or maybe some other substitute? I love my coffee but I hate black coffee : (

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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!

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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.

  • Suzanne Roberts commented Jun 3rd 2011:

    Hmm...I've never considered using vanilla protein powder LIKE creamer...I used to LOVE International Delight Sugar Free French Vanilla Creamer. Maybe I'll give the protein powder thing a shot!

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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.

  • ask commented Feb 12th 2012:

    I totally agree Jake, I was amazed at how bland and yucky it tasted. I have found the same to be true for many of my previous "bad" habit foods, I think it is learned and I have decided I like fresh good for you as opposed to yucky bland sugar laden stuff

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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...

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I used to drink coffee with creme and eventually changed that to milk. Now that I am on 4HB I either do Cinnamon (which is surprisingly good) or you really really need it once a day having a coffee with 2 tsp of creme is ok.

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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?

  • lightsurprised commented May 10th 2011:
    "Light cream" seems to lighten coffee the best... if you have to have it.(like me) Yes the book says 2 TBLS per day. IMO the heavy creams don't seem to lighten the coffee enough.
  • lightsurprised commented May 10th 2011:
    And I have also tried the whey protein in the coffee too. But I need to add a whole scoop to one cup... and I tend to have more than one cup a day :-\
  • mfargasch commented May 11th 2011:
    I am using the coffee-mate.... I have a post(thread I started) and tells all that is in it! and its lactose free, gluten free, sugar free... no carbs I think... so dont know why people discourage it!
  • mfargasch commented May 11th 2011:
    take a look here... I use the whole 2 tbsp because I only have one cup usually. http://4hourpeople.com/question/2440/re-about-cream-for-coffee

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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.

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you can have cream in your coffee if its heavy cream and only 2 Tbsp i thought that was what tim said. i only have it in the morning with my coffee =)

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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.

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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 :)

  • bewell commented May 12th 2011:
    I have been on 4HB for almost 2 weeks. I am a coffee with lots of skim milk and splenda girl... I switched skim milk to heavy cream in my coffee (just a little) and it tastes great and so far has not inhibited weight loss...
  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Nov 26th 2011:

    me to i still use half a splenda it hasnt hurt my weight loss either

  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Nov 26th 2011:

    but you just have to see whats best for you at least thats what im told. and it seems to be working.

  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Feb 12th 2012:

    but i dont want to depend on splenda to make it taste good.

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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.

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I sometimes put a tiny bit of Ghee in my coffee; tastes surprisingly good

  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Feb 12th 2012:

    thank you i will try that:)

  • ask commented Feb 12th 2012:

    Where can I find ghee I keep hearing about it can I get it at the grocery store and in what area should I look?

  • Jake commented Feb 12th 2012:

    I've always seen it in a clear jar (like a glass mayo jar), in the indian/international section.

  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Feb 13th 2012:

    yea thats where i get my Ghee butter is in the indian/international store theres one on moorpark and larwence expressway on the right.

  • Cathieely Enter last name commented Feb 13th 2012:

    they have different sizes from 5.99 to -12.99 and up to 17.99

  • HappyGranny commented Feb 13th 2012:

    I make my own ghee from organic butter.

    There are a lot of YouTube video's on making ghee.

  • arctichacker commented Feb 12th 2012:

    I put ghee and coconut oil( about a tsp each ) into my morning coffee and blitz it with a blender. It's so good.

  • arctichacker commented Feb 13th 2012:

    you can make you own ghee. You can choose the quality of butter that is used.

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Hi,

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!

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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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