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Old 10-06-2016, 21:39   #1
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I'm new, and learning. So... My Dr advised me my blood sugar is 119, just below diabetic #'s. I've decided to stop it right here and now.
This site is great to learn what to eat so I can quickly change my diet, and then tweak it to my own lifestyle.
Funny, though, when he told me this, my dearest coffee came to mind... I'm ill, with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia..bad enough to keep me housebound for the most part. I also have to take medications for the pain (tried like heck not to...hate medicines!), so I don't drink, either. That being said, my coffee is VERY important to me. I've tried so many sweeteners, none of which make me even want the cup of coffee.. Oh, I normally drink one cup in the morning and one flavored in the evening (I fall asleep right after dinner if I don't, leaving my hubby all alone), with 3 tsps sugar and heavy whipping cream..
In one thread someone mentioned that if I change my diet in all the other ways, I shouldn't worry about the coffee. Sounds great, but I don't want to just take this at face value just because it's something I'd like. I CAN get used to sweeteners, or even less sugar.

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How about approaching it from a different direction.

It is generally considered "low-carb" to reduce carbs to 150 grams or lower per day. LCHF would be 50g or lower. Pick what your total carb consumption for a day would be, divide it by 3, and see what that leaves you per meal and see if the sugar in your coffee will fit into your overall plan.

You may find that once you've eliminated grains, starches and other sugars like fruit from your diet, that your energy will improve and you won't feel quite as much need for the caffeine in coffee.

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Sounds good, I see how easy that would be to figure out for the carbs. However the need for caffeine is still there. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has robbed me of energy much longer than high blood sugar count. It has knocked me to the ground, robbed me of my job and most of my life (I'm lucky I have such a wonderful husband! A lot of people lose spouses/significant others over this). If I didn't have caffeine at night, I would fall asleep immediately after dinner, as I did last night because I couldn't stand the coffee. If that happened every night, my husband would be left alone EVERY night...I'm not kidding. The only other way is to take a caffeine pill..... I take enough pills.

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I had this same problem - I really loved my coffee. I got used to sweeteners for everything else, but I could never make my coffee drinkable. Finally, I switched to tea and because I had no set notion of what it "should" taste like, I didn't mind it. I make it double strong (two tea bags for one mug of tea) and add cream and sweetener just like coffee. Earl Grey, Double Spice Chai, and Lemon Lift have become favorites, now I don't know how I would manage without them. I haven't checked out the specific details, but I've heard that some teas have a lot more caffeine than coffee does. It might be worth a try - it works for me.

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I never drank coffee "sweet" but rather "neutral". That meant about ONE spoon of sugar. The exact same "not bitter/not sweet" taste is easily accomplished with a single mini-scoop (about the size of a single lentil) of pure stevia extract. I've never tried to make anything "sweet" with stevia but I have a feeling it wouldn't work that well. At any rate, "neutral" for me is MUCH better than drinking straight coffee. A 3.5 ounce bottle of pure stevia, being used 2 - 4 times per day lasts over a year and a half. (I like KAL brand best.)

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I just might do it..... If I can't come to terms with even a LITTLE bit if Stevia, then I'll turn to some strong tea. If I remember correctly, tea has quite a bit of caffeine in it, too. Thanks! Cream will help, too!

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Cream will help, too!
I drank my coffee with a couple of those little Coffee Mate flavored creamers in each cup for years. When I went on LCHF about six weeks ago I switched to heavy cream only. The first day I thought to myself "Hey, where's the sweet?"

The second day and from then on I didn't even miss it.

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No sweetener in my coffee, but I sweeten tea and do all my cooking with stevia. Not EXACTLY like sugar but very close. If I don't tell company their food is sugar-free, they never guess. Good stuff: I use the drops.

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