In late 2006, a friend brought me some quality ground coffee from a trip to Seattle. I didn't even own a pot. I wanted to be able to tell him that I tried it, so I went to Target and bought the smallest $12 4-cup coffee maker I could find. I didn't care for the coffee, but now I had a coffee pot...and when you give a mouse a cookie...
Fast-forward to now, 7 years later. I drink a lot of coffee. I take insulin to cover it some of the time because my continuous glucose monitor has proven to me time and again that an 8 oz cup gives me a 30-40 mg/dL bump in blood sugar. I'm better about accounting for it in my dosing in the morning than I am later in the day.
When I tell people I drink too much coffee, they always commiserate and tell me they do, too. Then I tell them I drink at least 6 cups a day and they go "whoa, okay, I don't drink that much."
I don't need it. I drink it because I like it...because I'm bored...because my blood sugar might be high and I'm sleepy...because my kids wear me out...because it's easier to brew a lot than a little...because it's there...because it's tastier than water. But I drink too much.
|Between the Splenda, the sugarfree Coffee Mate, and the caffiene,|
I usually need to count a cup of homebrew as about 10g of carb.
I haven't seen any negative consequences of this level of intake though. The caffeine doesn't make me jittery, it doesn't seem to affect the toddler I'm breastfeeding (just makes me feel guilty), and I have to admit that I get a restful 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
But I came back from the Friends for Life conference with a lot of energy (of the mental variety) and a lot of new goals - which I'll discuss in another post soon - but I am starting with the goal of a little less caffeination, a little more action, please.
So I'm cutting back. To 3 cups from 6. I did 4 yesterday. I'm doing 3 today.
I hope to accomplish the following:
- better blood sugar control, specifically in the afternoon when I have the most trouble and forget to bolus for it anyway
- make better choices about hydration and more effective sources of energy
- admit that I think too much about caffeine and that I have a psychological hurdle to jump
- spend less money on coffee, sweeteners, sugar free creamer, etc
|I woke up this morning with a 24-hour no-hitter. So far, that's a sign of success.|