Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I like mine dark, rich, intense and bold

Coffee that is.

I love my coffee. Mostly I drink espresso. At Starbucks, I get a venti (large) iced, 4 shots of espresso to go. Several times a day. I have coffee machines in two places in my house and at my office.

An addict. Yes, I am sure. But I love it. It is a delightful ritual for me. And at this point in my life, I see no reason to part with this intensely rich and bold friend of mine.

I DO, however, see a reason NOT to drink it during my shift at the hospital from 4 p.m. to midnight which I was doing. And then I would come home and entertain the Naked Chihuahua for hours until the sun came up. This schedule was wearing us both ragged.


It is naturally caffeine free. It is a "nutritious blend of Mediterranean herbs, grains, fruits and nuts that are roasted and ground to brew and taste like coffee." So sayeth the label, and true it is.

It is non-acidic, contains heart healthy potassium and soluble fiber, and is prebiotic since the inulin from chicory root supports beneficial microflora that improve digestion, elimination and intestinal health.

KOOL BEANZ -- oh, I mean grains!

I like the Java the best -- it has a "strong coffee bite softened with slight sweetness" and is a Medium Roast with "deep, balanced body." Heck, I like anything with a "deep and balanced body!

I also purchased the Original with "citrus notes of orange peel sweetened by dates and figs," a light roast, "fruity, bright body." I don't like my coffee sweet, but if you do, you would probably like this. It is okay, but not my cup of tee..........ccino, if you know what I mean.

Seems like this product is a keeper for the Garden of Eden Vegan lifestyle and self improvement gig. I make a large pot of it around noon and take a thermos with me when I head to work.

My sleep has improved too. I can usually stop entertaining Ms Maddie Sue around 1:15 a.m. and head off to bed, falling asleep shortly thereafter. Good thing -- I need to start waking up early.....I mean e-a-r-l-y for my newest form or torture. Oh did I say torture, sorry, I meant exercise: C25K. Google it. I'll blog on it later.

It is time for another cup of French Roast Coffee since it is still morning and it is still caffeine.

May your day be blessed with eyes made for wonder.....and wonder to fill them with awe.

1 comment:

  1. I recently discovered Teecino myself, and I love it! I'm working my way through the sampler pack - so far my fave is still the Maya Caffe...I like it simple, bold and strong! I was a total coffee addict but was disturbed to learn of the negative effects surrounding its acidity - enter Teecino! Like yourself, I see coffee as a ritual that I truly enjoy - this way I still get to enjoy that ritual, but in a healthier way - and without the caffeine addiction, it's truly all about that pure enjoyment.


The Story Behind the Garden of Eden Vegan Blog

For those of you who knew me prior to December 30, 2009, I was a veteran of the fast food culinary institute. My son, when he lived with me would ask if I had ordered the "Shabbat pizza" yet as the sun was setting Friday nights.

My idea of a good meal was a McFish sandwich, fries with extra salt, and a medium diet coke.

Everything was better covered in a rich creamy sauce and the idea of a naked baked potato was as foreign to me as walking naked in Manhattan.

In June of 2009 I decided to formally become a vegetarian. Although I had dabbled with this, it was not until I read Skinny Bitch that the gauntlet was thrown.

Now being a vegetarian does not sign you up for good health. I was proof of that. Chubby when I started, I indulged in pizza, french fries, cheese, cheese, butter, cheese, pizza......and became very over weight, tipping the Toledos at 200 pounds at 5'4". And taking an assortment of meds for cholesterol and GERD and who knows what else.

As the decade was waning, and with my 60th birthday approaching in the year 2010, there was a perfect storm that snapped my beak and got me in gear. The same friend who gave me Skinny Bitch, turned me on to the John McDougall website. At the same time, there was a Grand Round lecture at the hospital where I work on the book Eat to Live, and at the same time, I was tired of how I looked and felt and needed to make a change.

I regret that I did not start this blog when I changed my lifestyle, but it is better late than never.

My weight is down about 35 pounds, my size has gone from a tight 16 to a loose 12. And I am on no meds, although my vegetarian doctor and I will review my blood work within this month to see if I need anything (like b12) boosted.

I began as a Vegan Minus. Or what I call a Garden of Eden Vegan.

As you know, a Vegan eats no animals nor animal products - none. But then I subtracted oil, sugar, and processed foods.

That is a big subtraction -- but it is this subtraction that helped with weight loss, lack of cravings, increased energy, health, and vibrancy.

Now I am dabbling in raw foods and have signed up to learn with Russell James (google him).

I like the taste and health aspect of raw foods, but worry about the increased calories. So I will (hopefully) use the raw creations as a supplement to my Gan (Hebrew for Garden -- I am in a Hebrew mood today) Eden Vegan lifestyle.

My doctor said that I should write a book about this since most of her patients need it. I said, "Who, or how many, would want to do this?" We shall see. It has been easy (no cravings) and exciting as life and energy unfold before me, just as it was meant to be. (It didn't unfold over a fried fish sandwich, extra tarter sauce.)

Join me or not. Walk with me the whole journey, day trips, part of it, or not. This is my 60th year -- buckle up life, here I come.