Friday, February 25, 2011

A Treat Named Coffee

My initial reason for giving up coffee this year was because of the elimination of dairy in my diet. I enjoyed a coffee a few times per week and over a few months towards the end of 2010, managed to ween the sugar out and drink my coffee "white" with a good helping of heavy cream (roughly 5 - 7 tbsp per cup).
Unfortunately, dairy is not my friend with the exception of butter. I haven't been able to drink a glass of milk in years without the agonizing cramping of my guts. All types of cheeses have a slightly less severe effect, but still noticeably uncomfortable. I consumed plain yogurt for a number of years, but decided to also give it up this year as part of my dairy elimination. I love yogurt, but admittedly I don't miss it. I have pondered making my own ghee which would eliminate any milk proteins, lactose and casein usually responsible for intestinal mishaps, but butter is a loyal friend, and it doesn't result in ill effects (yet).

I thought gone would be the days I could enjoy a creamy cup of coffee what with the 2011 elimination, but then I discovered Coconut Milk.

4 heaping Tbsps of coconut milk in a cup of coffee and my caffeinated indulgence has returned! I now experience life with 0% bloating, which you can imagine is an incredible feeling. Digestive life just keeps getting better!

Let's just hope that butter hangs in there for me.


  1. Dairy is evil. Coconut milk rocks. I also use almond milk a lot, or I just drink my coffee black. I used to use soy milk all the time, but have since reduced my consumption, because I've read conflicting reports about the estrogen levels in it. Despite being the manliest of men (you know, all full of testosterone-y goodness and such), I don't think it's a good idea to mess with my hormones in this manner. LOL.

  2. I've thought of using Almond Milk as well, but almonds are much higher in PUFA's which can be incredibly evil. It also has a slightly "chalky" flavour, or at least I find it does.

    Good job in reducing your soy. You might grow some moobs. :)