Peppermint Mocha

Thursday 11.12.09 - Peppermint Mocha

Once again I am enjoying one of my favorite things Peppermint Mocha Coffee-mate in my coffee on this “chilly” Thursday, 11/12/09 morning, which was purchased this past weekend as part of my personal commitment to try all this seasons coffee creamers available since I missed several of them last year and was very disappointed that I did!

Now, I will point out that these coffee creamers are not as good as the seasonal offerings at Barnie’s (Santa’s White Christmas) or Starbuck’s (Peppermint Hot Chocolate) but they are better than the plain all Half & Half I usually use, plus they are easier on your wallet & mid-section as you can control the amount you add to your cup!

 My eats for the day were:

BREAKFAST

Thursday 11.12.09 - Breakfast

A bowl of MultiGrain Cheerios with 2% milk & a glass of orange juice

MORNING SNACK

Thursday 11.12.09 - Snack

2 slices of Pumpkin Bread with 1/2 a pear

LUNCH

Thursday 11.12.09 - Lunch

2 slices of high-fiber whole wheat bread with mayo, Boar's Head oven-gold turkey, white American cheese, tomato & lettuce with baby carrots & 2 pickles

DINNER 

Thursday 11.12.09 - Dinner

Small plate of whole grain pita chips & roasted red pepper humus

Thursday 11.12.09 - Dinner2

A small side salad with Italian dressing

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10K Training Program

WEEK 6

I was scheduled for a 30 minute run, which I was going to do in the park before I picked up my daughter.  However, just like yesterday my plans were messed up.  This time it was because I had to get home quickly after work to walk the dog as my husband had to work late so I did not get to do my run tonight……=(  I plan to make up my run tomorrow!____________________________________________________________________________________

TIP (QUESTION) OF THE DAY!!!

coffee

What does the research say about coffee and health? Is coffee good or bad for me?

Answer

from Donald Hensrud, M.D.

Coffee has a long history of being blamed for many ills — from the humorous “It will stunt your growth” to the not-so-humorous claim that it causes heart disease and cancer. But recent research indicates that coffee may not be so bad after all. So which is it — good or bad? The best answer may be: It doesn’t seem to hurt, and it may help.

Recent studies have generally found no connection between coffee and an increased risk of cancer or heart disease. Why the apparent reversal in the thinking about coffee? Earlier studies didn’t always take into account that known high-risk behaviors, such as smoking and physical inactivity, tended to be more common among heavy coffee drinkers.

HOWEVER, the research appears to bear out some risks. High consumption of unfiltered coffee is associated with mild elevations in cholesterol levels. And another study found that two or more cups of coffee a day can increase the risk of heart disease in people with a specific — and fairly common — genetic mutation that slows the breakdown of caffeine in the body. So, how quickly you metabolize coffee may affect your health risks.

Newer studies have also shown that coffee may have benefits, such as protecting against Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes and liver cancer. But this doesn’t mean you should disregard the old maxim “Everything in moderation.” Although coffee may not be harmful, other beverages such as milk and juice contain important nutrients that coffee does not. Also, keep in mind that coffee accompaniments such as cream and sugar add calories and fat to your diet. Finally, heavy caffeine use — such as four to seven cups of coffee a day — can cause problems such as restlessness, anxiety, irritability, sleeplessness and headaches.

Personal Note On The Underlined Portion Above

I always add about 1-2 tablespoons (approximately) of Half & Half along with 2 Splenda’s to my morning cup of coffee! 

I have “always” done this, even through my entire Weight Loss Journey in which I lost 100+ Pounds as I hate black coffee and just do not enjoy it milk.  I know that Half & Half is heavy in “fat”, however it was a SPLURGE I decided to keep in my diet because it was just too difficult to cut out as I truly enjoy my morning cup of joe.

I point to telling you all this is that you can still have your coffee splurge, even a fatter or higher in sugar one, just limit it to 1 cup a day!

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  1. November 14, 2009 at 4:29 am

    I just mentioned on another blog I need to try more starbucks drinks. I want to tryt he peppermint mocha, but maybe i’ll just try this yummy creamer!

  2. suzy Smith
    November 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I can’t live without 1/2 and 1/2 either!! I consider it a bit of a cheat……. 🙂

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