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Can I learn to drink coffee without milk and sugar?

I drink 2 cups of coffee each day, both with 2% milk and 2 teaspoons of sugar. I don't want to use sugar substitutes, I am anxious about eating chemicals.

Any good ideas?

Thu. Jun 4, 7:22pm

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I don't know about you, but I like my coffee how I like my coffee! I've switched out my usual cream and sugar for organic milk and agave. If I can't dress it up I just switch to tea or water!

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 7:54 PM

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I now have my coffee black with de-bittered (very important, the de-bittered part!) stevia. I love it even more now. You get used to everything, you know? I think agave is a great idea too. But stevia has zero impact on insulin....

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 8:18 PM

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I now have my coffee black with de-bittered (very important, the de-bittered part!) stevia. I love it even more now. You get used to everything, you know? I think agave is a great idea too. But stevia has zero impact on insulin....

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 8:18 PM

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Sure you can! Start using a little less of each until you either stop using them at all or you have at least decreased the amount. I don't put sugar in mine anymore...I do use skim milk though.

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 8:19 PM

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OP here.
Thanks for the great posts. I know the surest way to quit the sugar and milk is to decrease it gradually like the PP said. But I am with the first post, I want my milk and sugar! I love my milk and sugar, lol.

I don't know what agave is? Does it taste good? Is it natural? Where do I find it?

I tried Stevia once, and didn't like it, but maybe it wasn't debittered? Maybe I can come to like it, but seems like an expensive habit to develop? I am not sure. Again where do I get the debittered kind?

Thanks again, keep up sharing your ideas please.

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 8:46 PM

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I used to take my coffee with 2 cream and 2 sugar. I slowly decreased my sugar ... but kept the cream. Once I eliminated the sugar, I slowly switched from cream to half and half. Then I slowly switched from half and half to whole milk. I stopped at whole milk. Now if there is any sugar in my coffee, I just can't drink it....same with creme.

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 10:43 PM

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agave is a natural sweetner derived from a cactus.. its amazng very sweet.. I love it. I use it in tea, baking.. you name it... it is also low glcimic so it wont spike sugar levels.. also stevia is a another natural sweetner, but I love agave

as far s milk you can go with almond milk, soy or rice.. all are good mlk subsitutions. you can even make your own which I have not done yet myself.

good luck.. you can do it.


Thursday, June 04, 2009, 10:49 PM

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You are used to drinking coffee with milk and sugar. But you can get used to drinking coffee black. Lots of people drink coffee black, and like it. You have to drink it that way a couple times but you'll get used to it.

Friday, June 05, 2009, 12:02 AM

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yes you can.

you need a good coffee. the coffee in folgers and maxwell is terrible, they use sticks and unriped beans for their coffe, basicly the left overs. they're lazy.

find yourself a good coffee house, talk to them about good coffee, they'll help you find the right blend for you. it would be great too if they roasted it themselves.

Friday, June 05, 2009, 1:06 PM

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Why do you want to learn to drink it without the sugar & milk?
Is it to cut extra calories or what?

Just asking because sugar is only 16 cals per teaspoon - so your 2t per cup is only 32 cals per cup or 64 cals each day. Don't know what kind of milk you use so I can't say much about that.
Maybe try to only use half of what you use now and do that for a month or so and then cut it in half again... maybe you will get used to it and can completely cut it out.

Friday, June 05, 2009, 2:12 PM

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It is so inspiring when I hear that people have reduced their sugar intake, and after a while they don't even like the sweet stuff anymore. My mother is one of them, and I am always amazed. Thanks for the encouragement.

I measured my sugar intake with coffee this morning. It turns out I put 2 level
teaspoons for every cup. I'll try to reduce that slowly. I am not as concerned about the milk because it is 2%, but once I conquer sugar, I can try to get rid of the milk too. I figured that between the two cups of coffee, I am taking in 100 calories a day that I don't need. I'd rather eat a banana instead frankly.

Here do I get agave? and how is almond milk? Is it high calorie stuff like almonds? I tried soy milk, very very unsuccessfully.
Thanks again.

Friday, June 05, 2009, 9:17 PM

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Nu Stevia is the de=bittered brand of stevia. I by a big concentrated bottle for home- I've used it for 6 months and I have more than half left. Also, I bought 1000 packets for 4 cents each- both from So worth it. For me, its not about calories, its about insulin. so i cannot stimulate insulin or I will gain weight. good luck!! I can tell you this, I'll NEVER be one of those who can live without sweets... however, I have gone sugar free. I like agave too.... never tried it in coffee, because I only have real calories at meals, and use coffee as a filler.

Sunday, June 07, 2009, 1:07 AM

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OP - I usually find Agave (in a plastic squeeze bottle) near the syrups, and it was at my local grocery store so I didn't have to make a special trip to a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. And unsweetened almond milk is fairly sweet and lower in calories than skim milk - about 40 calories per cup. I like it, although, I haven't tried it in coffee!

Sunday, June 07, 2009, 6:42 PM

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Milk in your coffee never made you fat! as for the sugar, try splenda, but a 15 calories a teasponn, that never made you fat either

Sunday, June 07, 2009, 10:05 PM

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though i love black coffee i also love my coffee w skim and sugar. but i try to use raw sugar or brown sugar instead of white sugar. i also mix in some cinnamon and nutmeg to give it more flavor. another favorite is to put a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice.

good luck!

Monday, June 08, 2009, 5:52 AM

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