Here’s what I know of Holy . . .
God answers prayer.
And sometimes, it’s in the form of:
Yes, my friends, I’m convinced that on the 3rd day, God created coffee and He said it was MORE than Good! Also, that someone failed to mention that in Genesis.* Ohhhh wellllll. Tonight is a glorious night, and let me tell you why. It’s not just because I found this Godiva Pumpkin Spice Coffee at Safeway. It’s not just because I’m done with all my errands for the day. It’s because I’m enjoying a piping hot delicious cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee right now with NO WORRIES of dealing with an upset stomach tonight!! And yes I realize it IS past 10pm and I’m drinking coffee, and that might make me a nutcase . . . or as I like to call it, a Coffee Fanatic. 😉
You see, my biggest fight lately has been whether or not to cave and just buy a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks so I can get my Pumpkin Spice fix. It’s a battle because Starbucks is yet to offer a Sugar-Free option. With my recently developed sugar sensitivity, this is no bueno. I have seriously been at war in my mind as to just HOW BAD I want a PSL. I know that if I get one, even a Tall, my stomach is going to be in pain from the sugar in the syrup
and who am I to turn down whip cream as well. However, now that I have this, I can just add it to my Almond Milk in the morning, sweeten it up with my raw Stevia, heat that puppy up and enjoy my 1st Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season with no fear and no regrets!!! HUZZAH!!
Also, here’s a bonus—some info on the Starbucks PSL:
a 16 ounce serving of Pumpkin Spice Latte:
- 380 calories, as many as seven Chips Ahoy! cookies
- Eight grams of saturated fat, 40% of your dietary reference intake
- 49 grams of sugar, nearly double the amount found in 16 ounces of cola
- 51 grams of carbohydrate, almost as much as four slices of white bread
Look, you may think I’m spouting crazy talk, but when it comes to enjoying food experiences, an upset stomach and sugar-high out-of-body-experience is a no-go. Some might think I’m cheating myself or depriving myself of the awesomeness of an authentic PSL and to that I say, “Maybe, but I’ll deal. I’ll DEFINITELY deal. In fact, I may deal up 2 homemade PSLs in the morning!” And it’ll save me some mad cash!!
Speaking of, here’s your PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Saturday is NATIONAL COFFEE DAY!!! And guess who’s going to be hittin’ up Krispy Kreme for some FREE COFFEE tomorrow??? This chick, right here!
Jump on that, folks! Do it for me. Please. 🙂 And for the beauty of coffee. Please. Let’s do it for our Country.** 😉
I remember a time long, long, long ago
maybe not THAT long ago when I used to drink about 3 lattes a day. Nowadays, I stick to black drip coffee. I’ve had some people along the way ask me how I deprive myself of lattes and how I can even stand to drink black coffee, but it’s really no big. My palate has become more sensitive to the actual flavor of the roast and it feels cleaner going down. It’s just one of those things that over the course of this health journey I’ve decided just isn’t necessary. Sure, I’ll have one for a treat from time to time, but it’s not a necessity. It’s a swap I made that I’m actually pleasantly pleased with. And that leads me into today’s FIT LIFE topic . . . HEALTHY SWAPS.
Whenever people ask me how to start eating better, one of the first things I’ll say is . . .
Slowly swap out the unhealthy stuff for the wholesome real food stuff.
What does that mean? That means slowly swap out the peach cobbler for just actual peaches. Slowly swap out your potato bread for whole wheat bread. At your own pace, take inventory of the things you’ve been eating and ask yourself, is there a healthier option? If you’re not sure, here’s a little infographic that might help give you a starting point.
Here’s another great reference chart.
(Click through for full-size photo + more info)
Other simple, healthy swaps:
1. Quinoa instead of rice or pasta
2. Shaved zucchini or spaghetti squash instead of pasta
3. Kale chips instead of potato chips
4. Coconut water instead of Gatorade
5. Spinach and tomato sauce instead of spaghetti with sauce
6. Cauliflower instead of potatoes
Oh, and by the way, in case you were wondering . . .
I actually just talked with my mother earlier that my dessert for tonight was going to be an organic pear that I bought at The Peach Pit (local produce market) and she asked, “A pear? For dessert?!?” And I reassured her that for me, an organic pear is a PERFECT dessert! You guys, if you’ve yet to try one, please do so . . . soon! They’re Hallelujah good! So while it wouldn’t be in my best interest to eat a slice of Godiva White Chocolate Cheesecake for dessert with my Turkey & Veggie Skillet dinner, enjoying a piping hot cup of Godiva Pumpkin Spice coffee, and an organic pear for dessert sure is! That’s really what it’s all about—finding the right foods to fuel you that will treat your body and mind well. Simple, healthy swaps are just the beginning. Over time, you’ll begin to feel the difference in your body and your mind, and odds are, you’ll feel healthier, and that is an incredible feeling!
Happy Fit Life Friday, Y’all!
* I’m probably going to hell for joking around like that. Fact: I live in constant fear of lightning bolts.
** 10,000 Awesome Sauce points if you get that reference and don’t think any less of me.