(I recommend going to my WordPress blog this morning - no time to port over the links and photos today because my mom is visiting! wp.me/p1N36Q-5x
Early on in this experiment, I posed the question whether my issue was wheat or cookies. I've lost battle after battle with cookies, but yet Dr. Davis suggests that wheat may be triggering my cookie cravings.
Last month, when the call of carbs was particularly strong, I implemented a new strategy: Dessert Tea. I learned companies like Teavana make the equivalent of Apple Pie in a cup, but at the end of the day, it's just hot water. Very little sugar, practically 0.0 calories. I had been meaning to try this for quite some time, as I have a bit of a coffee habit I've been meaning to break. I will NEVER give up that morning cup - but returning to coffee again and again throughout the day adds a lot of junk to my diet in the form of flavored creamers and half and half. I have to give myself some credit though - I have switched to decaf AND eliminated adding sugar and/or fake sweetener to my coffee in the past year.
Anyway, the presence of workplace bagels sent me in a panic to the local Teavana, where I demanded that the nice gentleman behind the counter give me everything he had that might taste like carbs. I walked out that day with three bags:
Caramel Almond Amaretti
This one is my favorite so far. The cinnamon and candied almond flavors are really strong, and reminds me of buying a bag or sugared almonds on a New York street corner.
Here's me preparing tea at work. Don't the tea leaves look good enough to eat as is?
CocoCaramel Sea Salt
This one smells like heaven, but isn't as satisfying. The tea always comes out looking cloudy and unappealing. Plus - as a chocoholic - the "coco" in this is way too subtle.
Toasted Nut Brulee
This one is an oolong tea instead of the herbal like the others. I don't know what that means. And I haven't tried this one yet. So really, this review is less than helpful for you - but I can't wait to try it because it smells divine.
Yes, the teas are expensive, but just opening my file cabinet drawers at work and smelling the faux candy shop inside has been well worth it. Tea has helped me avoid the vending machine, the workplace cafeteria, and the second - or third - cup of coffee during the day. Teavana also just came out with a Chocolate Bananas Foster tea which I am going to try on my next trip there - I'm skeptical of chocolate-flavored teas because of my less than thrilling experience with the CocoCaramel Sea Salt, but I love the potent flavor of bananas. Anyway, a note of warning if you do try Teavana (owned by Starbucks, by the way) - they often have free samples of their fruit teas, which ARE delicious - but I think they are particularly tasty because they sweeten them with their brand of rock sugar. I have not added any sugar to any of the teas I have because, well, that would defeat the purpose.
Tea as a binge-fighting strategy seems to be working. I've heard good things about David's Tea as well (Red Velvet Cake? In a tea? Sold!) - but I hate paying for shipping. I'll just wait until next time I'm in NYC to go to an actual store and try out a few.