Think More Not Less

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I was having a discussion the other day,  with my uncle, and as we dived deeper into the topic a comment was made that I hear from time to time, “You think too much”. I paused for a second, which, if you think about it (no pun intended), is the fulfillment of the spirit of why the statement was made.

I literally stopped thinking and actively questioned whether I was wasting time. Luckily for me I became more energized against that statement and stated out loud just before returning to the debate, “No! If anything, we need to think more!”.

This brings me to why I made this post, COFFEE-MATE. I ran out of cream for my coffee this morning so I went on amazon to order more. Just as I was about to place the order I decided to think about it. I wanted to add thought to the equation and get a real understanding of what was being done and why.

First: What is my relationship with COFFEE-MATE cream? Simply put, I use it solely for coffee, so what is my relationship with coffee?

  • COFFEE
    • I usually purchase the first cup of coffee at Panera in the morning 3 to 5 times a week before going to work.
    • The next 4 cups on average I get at work for free.
    • Last few cups are at home after work from my Keurig machine.
    • I drink on average 3 cups a day on the weekend at home.
  • Creamer
    • I use half and half at Panera.
    • I use COFFEE-MATE creamer at work and at home.
  • Sweater
    • At home, I use raw organic cane sugar.
    • At work, I use white processed sugar.

So…. Some eye openers right off the start, I drink way more coffee than I was consciously aware of. I would like to be somewhere between 1 to 3 cups a day at most.

Next the Panera : This is usually my first frustration of the day. The lines, the lack of resources at the coffee bar and the cost.

Panera Coffee Home Keurig Coffee Savings
Daily $2.09 $0.75 $1.34
Weekly $8.36 $3.00 $5.36
Monthly $33.44 $12.00 $21.44
Yearly $401.28 $144.00 $257.28

If I cut out the Panera run I’ll get to work faster, with less frustration and save $21 a month in added expenses, not to mention my home coffee with the Keurig tastes better.

I drink Newman’s Organic at home so I looked to see what the “Five Star Food Service” coffee from work was and couldn’t get any details on the coffee used. I’ve learned that when you can’t see what’s in your food or drink… it’s time to change. I’m going to switch to tea at work to reduce the coffee count. I did some quick studies on teas that increase cognitive capability to match the theme. The two below were ordered.

  • Organic Gingko Biloba Tea:
    • Protects nerve cells
    • Positive effect has been studied in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients with powerful results.
    • Excellent for memory retention
  • Organic India Tulsi Caffeine Free Tea, Gotu Kola
    • For memory retention and focus
    • Boosts circulation of blood throughout the brain
    • Better clarity, focus, concentration and attention.

I also wanted to look deeper into the creamer I’m using for the remaining coffee.

  • COFFEE-MATE
    • Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Partially Hydrogenated Coconut or Palm Kernel, Hydrogenated Soybean), Corn Syrup Solids, and less than 2% of Sodium Caseinate (a Milk Derivative)**, Dipotassium Phosphate (Moderates Coffee Acidity), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Mono-and Diglycerides (prevents oil separation), Sodium Aluminosilicate, Salt.

Corn syrup of any kind is a big no for me so that was a surprise.

All partially hydrogenated oils contain high levels of trans fats, which are brutal to your body. Companies are legally allowed to say “trans fat free” if the serving size is small.

Sodium caseinate: Your Brain and Body’s Worst Nightmare per this study: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/casein-dairy-protein-and-your-health/

Mono- and digycerides: Simply put, these are fats. Some nutritionists are calling them “the next trans fats.”

That was a wakeup call so moving forward no more creamer. I will be drinking the coffee black with just sugar.

That brings us to the last variable (Sugar). I use two types but found out when reading the article I linked below that there is no big difference so I will simply reduce sugar usage to just my brown sugar from home since I know how much I’m adding when using packets.

http://foodwatch.com.au/blog/carbs-sugars-and-fibres/item/7-types-of-sugar-which-is-healthier.html

There you have it… thinking is better. I am now saving money, drinking healthier and have a more informed perspective for future discussions. Be inspired to think more about everything in your life.

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