“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” ~Hugh Jackman
In high school, my friends and I spent a lot of time at our local Starbucks. We loved having a place to hang out and we loved trying all the different drinks. There was always some new coffee or tea flavor we were hooked on, depending on the season or the week or the hour of the day.
In my adult life, working in the food and beverage industry, I could never start a shift without my sugary coffee drink or one of those red bull drinks where they take a sugary energy drink and add sugary syrup and sugary juice.
Later, when I got serious about budgeting, I couldn’t justify everyday trips to the coffee stand anymore and I got back to the basics, making coffee at home. And something wonderful happened. I remembered that it’s coffee that I like! Coffee is delicious with just a little cream, it doesn’t need to be dressed up with syrups and foam every day!
Anyway, this weekend I was at a Starbucks enjoying a tall breve latte (which I think took me three hours to finish and wound up replacing lunch), and I happened to be sitting at a table right next to the pickup counter, where they call out the drink as it comes up. Everyone was ordering some form of sugar in a cup, and very few people were ordering that in a remotely small cup. Just like it has been for me in the past, this is what people are having every single day for their morning cup of coffee. It’s not a treat, it’s not even a meal, it’s just their coffee.
Those drinks are delicious, but they are also dessert. They should be enjoyed on a very occasional basis as a treat, not every day before breakfast. I’m not saying “don’t go to Starbucks or a local coffee stand,” all I’m saying is, re-think your drink order. Depending on your daily habits, a change this simple could be the first huge step toward becoming a healthier version of you.