She Put the Lime in the Coconut, She Drank ‘Em Both Up . . .
Maybe that’s what I was supposed to do? New things can sometimes be a challenge, and I have to admit I’ve never been much of an adventurous eater. I like what I like and then repeat. That is, until I started wondering what my food choices were doing to my body. I was also unsatisfied after the 15 lb. weight loss I had a year ago, which led to a plateau and — in all honesty — no real lifestyle change. I needed a program that would transform my food cravings and that I could follow long-term.
As I’ve already shared, I embarked on the Paleo (specifically Whole30) diet this week and am on Day 2. As such, with my morning cup of ‘Joe, which thankfully is allowed on this program, I had to omit the creamer that I love, along with the Splenda, which I really only use in my coffee. Instead, I opted for my first taste of coconut milk in lieu of dairy.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like coconut. And I thought the “vanilla-flavored” version I selected from Trader Joe’s smelled delicious in the carton. At first sip, I could barely taste it in the coffee and I definitely missed the sweetness of my two Splenda packets. So I added more coconut milk to try to up the flavor and sweetness. Now, with about a half cup gone, I’m feeling incredibly nauseous. A quick Google search confirmed that this is not uncommon when first being exposed to it, since coconut milk has a lot of fat. Suggestions include trying less and then working up to more. Also drinking it on an empty stomach was probably a no-no.
However, I will not be discouraged! I loved the herbal pumpkin spice tea that I bought and tried yesterday, and it would be a good substitute if I decide to forgo coffee altogether. This diet is about retraining your taste buds and breaking addictions or cravings for the foods that may be harming us or wreaking havoc with our metabolism. If anyone reading this has had a similar experience with coconut milk, I’d love to hear from you!