I began drinking coffee when I was 18 years old out of desperation.
I was then a dental assistant, and we worked from 8 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. our lunch break.
I was starving.
So I began drinking coffee mid-morning.
We used Cremora in those days.
I tried it with the creamer, didn’t particularly like it. Tried sugar, liked it less, but gradually found it palatable with the creamer without the sugar.
One day, the second dentist I worked for piled a heap of dental plaster (same color as Cremora) into my cup of coffee and stuck a sign in it, “Cream gone bad.”
I tried to get back at him later by partially blowing up a weather balloon he had bought, and stuffed it in the closet so when he opened the door to get his smock, he would be met with a floppy pile of escaping rubber.
It partially backfired on me, for when I came back from lunch, he was working on a patient in his dress shirt. He asked me to get the pen out of his pocket, and, chuckling under his breath, sent me to face the balloon.
However, I knew it was there and squeezed past the rubber, found the pen and took it to him.
Well, you know he had encountered the balloon earlier.
I wish I had seen it.
Okay, I was talking about coffee.
I have gone through thinking the caffeine wasn’t good for me, so I drank it decaffeinated. When I read that the chemical used to decaffeinate was worse than the caffeine, so I tried steam-decaffeinated. Thinking that dairy wasn’t that good for me, I tried soy lattes.
I stopped drinking coffee when I was pregnant, which is probably a good idea, and if the mother is breastfeeding, the baby has to process the caffeine.
If a breast feeding mother isn’t careful about spacing her caffeine intake and her breastfeeding sessions it can lead to a caffeine build up in the baby's system. To give you an idea of how long it takes, the half-life of caffeine for a newborn baby is about 3-4 days, compared to 2.5 hours for a six-month-old. For an adult, it's about an hour and a half.
Now, not pregnant, not breastfeeding, and knowing that fat is a necessary ingredient to any diet, I can pour on the cream, and chug down the coffee.
I love it with half and half, hot or iced, especially iced.
And when I heard that coffee is good for us, I began drinking it in earnest.
Got my computer, got my coffee. I’m set.
And now not only can I drink it guilt free, but I find it is healthy.
1. Studies say drinking coffee will make you live longer.
More than 35 studies have been done covering more than 2 million people that indicate coffee directly influences what Public Health Nutrition calls “all-cause mortality.”