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Low-Carb at Starbucks

Low Carb at Starbucks

If you like plain black coffee, then low-carb at Starbucks shouldn’t be too difficult. But if you’re cursed with a sweet tooth, it isn’t so easy to skip the sugar on your way out. But you can use Splenda at the condiment bar. And you can ask the barista to add Stevia. Yep, they have that.

If you prefer handcrafted drinks with 40+ grams of carbs, try this:

  1. Cold brew coffee (this is generally less bitter than brewed iced coffee)
  2. Heavy cream (a creamy texture can make up a bit for sweetness)
  3. Sugar-free syrup, such as Cinnamon Dolce or Vanilla (be warned that the sugar-free vanilla syrup has an ingredient that can cause a bit of an insulin response)

And this is less expensive than the high-sugar handcrafted beverages.

If you like to grab a bite to eat at Starbucks, then here are a couple of ideas:

  1. Try the Egg and Cheese Protein Pack. Just skip the little piece of bread. If you feel small servings of fruit will exceed your daily carb allowance, then you should probably skip this menu item.
  2. Try the Sous Vide Egg Bites. They’re quite satisfying.

While these menu items are relatively low-carb, they’re not super low. But they fit fine in my diet.

Are Star Wars Fans Ruining Star Wars? [Rant]

Star Wars: What's The Big Deal?

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters in December 2017, a lot of fans revolted. Now, summer 2018 sees the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story is released, and legions of fans have now lost their minds.

I think the fans are no longer interested in experiencing stories, and now they only want to see specific backstories of any characters they feel are interesting. And it better be the exact version of the backstory they expect. Any any story story advancement had better be exactly as expected, too. And we’d better see everything spelled out as expected for the original trilogy trio (Luke, Leia, and Han). If anything unexpected occurs, then there will be extraordinary fan backlash.

SPOILERS AHEAD

So we saw the demise of Snoke at the hands of Kylo Ren. That was a delightful twist, unless you were a Star Wars fanatic who badly wanted to learn more about Snoke. Like who his mom was, what public school he went to, and what intergalactic bully turned him into a deformed force-user bent on taking over the galaxy when the Empire couldn’t pull it off.

Um, who friggin’ cares? I want to see a story. I like surprises. And I feel the new characters deserve the primary focus of the current trilogy. Comparatively, there was nothing wrong with The Last Jedi (we all remember the trainwrecks of Episodes I and II, right?). And it was much more ambitious than the retread that was The Force Awakens.

And what’s up with the hate for Solo? Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover did excellent jobs with legendary characters. They brought a new dimensions to the characters of Han and Lando. Youthful optimism, smugness, and a bit of rivalry. And they went up against an interesting set of antagonists.

But the fans want Lucasfilm management thrown out. And even Disney stock has taken a hit. All of this hate over popcorn movies?!

C’mon, fellow Star Wars fans! Grow. Up. Please.

PS- I hear you. I have no idea why I take the time to write this stuff, either.

Why Start a Low Carb Diet?

Considering Low-Carb

Whether you call it “Low Carb” or “Paleo” or “Keto,” low-carb eating can provide undeniably good results.

What Fuels a Human Body?

Generally, human bodies use fuel from foods to make everything in the body work. The fuel comes from fat and carbohydrates. Carbs create blood sugar (glucose) that the body uses for fuel.

Why Eat Low Carb?

You can achieve your optimal weight. For most of us, that means we become leaner. For a few of us, that could mean gaining a bit of weight. Either way, optimal weight should provide health benefits by preventing conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

Many people on a low-carb diet claim fewer arthritis flare-ups, lower blood pressure, and clearer thinking.

Why are Carbs Bad?

When carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream, it causes a human hormone called insulin to respond. Insulin converts carbohydrates into fat and quickly stores the fat in human tissue such as skin and even internal organs (aka, visceral fat).

The body will use glucose for fuel while insulin is busy storing what it can as fat. In a relatively short time, your body will become hungry again without using the stored fat for fuel.

Think about that for a moment. Stop and really think about that.

Your body will become hungry while it refuses to convert its stored fat into fuel.

You’ve heard the saying “You’re fat because you overeat.” But if you eat a diet high in carbs and low in fats, then the reverse is actually true: “You overeating because you’re fat.”

How the Heck is Fat Better for Me?

Humankind has been on Earth for about 3.5 million years. During that time, the human body has evolved to fuel itself with (get ready for it) fat.

Yeah, I said “fat.”

For millions of years, our ancestors lived off the land: Mostly animals and seasonal vegetation when vegetables and fruits were available.

Consuming grains and sugars was introduced in our societies about 4,000 years ago. That might sound like a long time, but it’s an infinitesimal amount of time when it comes to evolution. Our bodies simply have not had enough time to adapt to the drastic change in fuel source (translated: going from fats to carbs).

So there’s some who believe that carbs are poisoning the human race. And with skyrocketing obesity and Type 2 Diabetes rates, there’s compelling evidence that this is true.

What About the Good Carbs?

To be brutally honest, there is no such thing as a good carb. All carbs turn to sugar. All of them. All sugars trigger an insulin response in the body. Insulin will store as fat all the sugar not immediately used to fuel the body. And the body will become hungry again without using the stored fat.

So that healthy orange you ate might have significant nutritional value, but all its sugars will metabolize the same exact way as a candy bar. Some nutritionists will contest this, but it’s a scientific fact.

Diet as Religion (a 2-Way Street)

I’m surprised how ingrained the low-fat diet has become in our society. Many people believe this diet like a religion. If the learn of your interest in low-carb eating, others might lash out at you for considering such a controversial (and dangerous) diet. They might even stop being your friend. I’ve seen it happen.

My advice is to avoid the topic if you sense someone will resist your argument for adopting a low-carb diet.

Meanwhile, you’re likely to encounter some who follow the low-carb diet very, very closely who might judge your initial efforts as lacking and “not good enough.” Kinda sounds like these people also believe in their diet as a religion.

Don’t Get Discouraged

Get into low-carb eating at your own pace. If you decide to take your diet a step or two further, then do so on your own terms.

Good luck.

Does This Wannabe Blogger Even Know What He’s Talking About?

I’ve done a ton of research, but I’m lousy at remembering where I heard (or read) what. Also, I can’t advise anyone how to eat. You might have conditions that make low-carb eating a bad idea. I’m not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV (or anywhere else).

I encourage you to learn more from more valid sources than me.

But here’s the book that changed my life and way of thinking:

Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It by Gary Taubes [Amazon]