Posted Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM
I don't drink coffee - it isn't "evil" or anything but it can do weird things to blood glucose levels and as a diabetic I have to watch that. Also, if weight loss is part of one's goal, then adding the extra couple of calories from each cup of coffee (when adding any kind of creamer) will affect things. Years ago, my dad's doctor advised him to lose weight. They went over his daily intake and he was having 4 to 6 cups of coffee with cream/milk and sugar per day. He switched to black coffee and lost quite a bit of weight from that ONE thing.
Plus, caffeine acts as a diuretic for most people so it can affect hydration levels. When I used to drink coffee/caffeinated teas, my rule of thumb was a full mug of water for every mug of caffeinated beverage.
Now, I just drink bengal spice herbal tea (has warm spices like cinnamon plus a kick of black pepper as a wake-me-up) most of the time, with occasional forays into chamomile (except before long meetings - don't want to nod off!) If I have a very-rare cup of hot cocoa (that's a whole other discussion), then I try to have TWO mugs of water or herbal tea to offset it a bit.