I have a confession to make. Back when I said I was going dairy free I didn’t quite manage to. Oh I tried. How I tried. I did cut cheese out – mostly. Save for when Babybels are on offer for a quid for six. But I can’t – or couldn’t – do without milk and even sugar in my tea and coffee. And I drink a lot of tea and coffee in fact, I seem to have upped my consumption of them since I started the diet.
I think dieters do tend to turn to hot beverages when they would’ve once eaten. Also ex-smokers do the same and while it’s 30 years since I gave up I do still consider myself a former smoker, not a non-smoker.
But today I woke up and there wasn’t any milk. Actually I ran out yesterday afternoon when there was plenty time to pop out and buy some. But I didn’t. I decided to go with it and see if I could manage tea and coffee sans milk. And if it was sans milk well may as well go the full hog and cut sugar out too. So I did.
How did it taste? Not bad actually. For one who has always taken milk and sugar in tea and coffee, I found I could cope okay with both black and unsweetened. I tried doing that when I first started this diet and then again when I said I’d go dairy free last month. But I find I can’t go more than a day or two at most without longing for a white tea or coffee. Not a huge amount of milk but a little, semi-skimmed not skimmed and not full fat. See I really do like milk with my beverages.
What stopped me managing to go dairy free last month was that I needed the comfort of a “proper” cup of tea soon after I tried to begin my regime. When you feel a bit down or need a pick-up, truly nothing beats a nice cup of tea. The amount of comfort in a cup can’t be over estimated. So I fell off the dairy-free wagon and stayed there. Maybe that’s why I only lost two pounds – one kilo – in six weeks?
This time it’s different. I feel stronger and better able to handle the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune. I had a bit of a dicky tummy a week or so ago and found black unsweetened tea was all I wanted so… comfort from milk-free tea is now a planted memory.
And please don’t write and tell me I should try herbal teas. I have. I hate them. I’d rather drink water out of muddy puddles. Anyway we’ll see how this latest attempt to cut dairy goes. If it makes me miserable or I find I do need some milk products then I’m going to have them again. I am here for the long ride and I don’t expect to get down to my ideal weight till next December. So I’ve still got more or less 18 months to go.
I am not wearing the hair shirt for the next 18 months! It may take me longer to get there but I’ll get there having enjoyed this diet and not feeling that I am suffering or being punished. Cos that simply won’t work when you’re in it for the long haul.
Have a great weekend.