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August 16, 2012 5:53 AM
So, I decided today that I am going to stop adding coffee creamer (of any type) to my coffee. Looking back at my diary, I find that the coffee creamer alone can add 32 calories - 60 calories to each cup I drink (which is usually 4 per day; but sometimes as much as 8. I find that half the time I don't log it, and therefore I am cheating myself out of an accurate diary count. I am just now enjoying? my first cup without creamer. How long until start to like it this way?
  18409911
August 16, 2012 5:55 AM
not long, probably a month..
August 16, 2012 5:57 AM
I've tried it and just CANT!! My goal is to give up coffee completely...ON DAY!! So, until then, I use Sugar Free creamer most of the time and just try to keep logging it. I dont log it accurately but, working on my measuring skills now! :) I have cut back DRASTICALLY from what I normally would use tho!! :)
  4043847
August 16, 2012 5:57 AM
When I switched over I started using fat free milk and Stevia (true Stevia, not the crap from Walmart). Took a couple of weeks, but I got used to it.
  4683103
August 16, 2012 5:57 AM
I've given up a lot of things to get healthy, but my creamer isn't going to be one of them lol. I do try to buy the sugar free to cut down on my sugar intake, but it's hard to find any in flavors that I like, so I guess I'll just have to create my own. hmmm now that's a thought lol.
  9084209
August 16, 2012 5:58 AM
I have this same issue! I can drink coffee all day long, and unfortunately, I like the coffee light, so I use alot. I like the sweet stuff and it drives my carbs WAY up! I'm not sure I could drink it black, but maybe with almond or coconut milk?
  14904441
August 16, 2012 5:59 AM
i know i should too, but dang if i don't love some coffee mate
  7249045
August 16, 2012 5:59 AM
maybe do skim milk instead? it will help you segue to a darker coffee and be less calories.... my philosophy is that if you eat well and exercise, treating yourself to that one pleasure (for me its whole milk and sugar in my coffee) then you'll be fine. I've tried switching to a little skim milk and splenda or other artificial sweeteners, but I just can't do it.
August 16, 2012 5:59 AM
I'd rather not have coffee at all than give up the creamer. I can't stand the taste of black coffee; I wish I did.
  6581763
August 16, 2012 5:59 AM
i stuck with it for a year and lost a alot of weight just with that, but it was too hard to stick with. First thing i do every morning is log my coffee creamer for my morning coffee and my evening coffee. I switched to smaller amounts which was easy. If you find you miss coffee with creamer too much, try smaller amounts and a different brand? Good luck flowerforyou
  24811242
August 16, 2012 6:00 AM
IF you find you can't stand the black coffee have you considered a non dairy milk? I use 20ml of rice milk and its only 10 calories.
  19505636
August 16, 2012 6:00 AM
I switched to almond milk. It may take a little time to get used to but it is worth it to me.

Others will probably eventually chime in and tell you that the only way to drink coffee is black and it is delicious that way. I can't do it though.
  18429001
August 16, 2012 6:00 AM
That's one of the big things I've decided NOT to give up...and actually, I recently read an article that if you consume a little sugar with your breakfast in the morning it can curb your sweet tooth for the rest of the day. I will be keeping my creamer, tyvm. :)
  7699586
August 16, 2012 6:01 AM
I'll never give it up, it's my one thing that I want to keep. I bought MINI things of half and half that are 10 calories each. I allow myself 4 of those a day and PRE LOG them...That way I don't forget. I did give up sugar!!!!
  17404994
August 16, 2012 6:01 AM
I cannot give it up. I cannot drink coffee without it. I have cut myself down to no more then 2 cups a day though and I use the sugar free creamer. This has also enabled me to up my water intake so I figure I am good. I make my coffee at home and bring to work this way I measure the creamer with a measuring spoon so I can accurately log how much I am consuming.
  13246138
August 16, 2012 6:02 AM
Good luck. I have tried it. I love it too much. Instead I went to fat free and gave up dressings on my salads.
August 16, 2012 6:02 AM
I also gave up creamer & started drinking it black. I'd say it took about a week or so to get used to it. I've started buying better coffee and different blends to get variety.
  20843039
August 16, 2012 6:03 AM
Look for other types of coffee if you're finding your plain cup too bitter. I was drinking Folger's but then switched to Green Mountain (I got a Keurig) and found the Breakfast Blend to be unbelievable, even with just a tbsp of my usual creamer (I'd been putting almost six into my Folger's!). So shop around and try a few new brands. It might make the cream-free transition easier.
August 16, 2012 6:03 AM
Try So Delicious Coconut Creamer. I think it is 10 calories a tablespoon. It tastes just like half and half and has a lot less calories. I can not give up half and half or a reasonable facsimile!
August 16, 2012 6:05 AM
Personally I don't see why you'd want to cut out a little joy from your day. I've tried the Silk and other healthy options to no avail. Nothing tastes as rich in my opinion. Why not just factor it into your day and plan around it?
  9824420
August 16, 2012 6:05 AM
I use Eas low carb protein shake (the per made one)in my coffee tastes beer than creamer.low calorie as well
August 16, 2012 6:06 AM
Once you go black..
  10460866
August 16, 2012 6:08 AM
I've switched from half&half to organic unsweetened soy milk - it took about 2 good weeks to get used to it. I do have an afternoon cup and don't use any type of creamer, so I am thinking about kicking the creamer habit altogether.
August 16, 2012 6:17 AM
Thanks for all the great ideas and insights. I put some davince sugar free coffee syrup in it and it isn't too bad; I don't think I could ever drink it just black. I will be trying several different coffee blends over the next few weeks (I have a Keurig) and see which ones I prefer. If the no-creamer doesn't work out I will be taking some of your ideas on creamer alternatives and giving them a try :)
  18409911
August 16, 2012 6:25 AM
I gave up my coffee creamer back in April mainly because of all the unnecessary additives (and also because of the calories -- I drink a lot of coffee!)

Sometimes I still miss it, but I'm an "all or nothing" type of person so I can't "treat" myself every once in a while.

I fill my creamer-void by adding some type of stevia sweetener and vanilla, almond, or coconut extract.

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