Thursday, January 19, 2012

How I kicked the nasty habit

I used to have an addiction. I’m not proud of this. A little ashamed, in fact. I think about the damage its done to my body over the years I ingested it, and cringe knowing I might never recover...
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My addiction…coffee creamer.

Say it ain’t so!!? ..oh its so.

It started out normal. I grew up with milk, then 1/2 and 1/2 but as I became an adult, the choices were overwhelming. Vanilla, Hazelnut, Irish Crème, Cinnamon Vanilla…then all the holiday creamers…oh the possibilities were endless!!

But there was one. One that grabbed me and swore it would never let go. Cinnamon Vanilla. We were instantly in love. I spat out everything else. I took it everywhere with me to ensure the best coffee experience. People warned me of the risks, but I didn’t care. I was in love and no one could tell me otherwise.

Then one day, all the stores stopped selling it. It was like they were intervening. Meddling where they didn’t belong. I searched high and low, going into groceries stores I never would normally go, in hopes they would carry it. Not one did. I felt broken.

Until, on a whim, more than 120 miles away, I pulled into the parking lot of a store. My hopes were low as I walked toward the dairy section, and what did my eyes behold? My creamer. My beloved creamer in 2 whole rows! I grabbed 3, embraced them tight and ran to the cashier with a smile as big as can be.

Once my supply ran low, I returned to that same store 120 miles away and saw they didn’t have as many and feared they were beginning to meddle as well. I grabbed the last 2 and made my way home, looking in the backseat with adoring eyes at my 2 beloved creamers tucked tight.

It struck me not much longer after that, my possible addiction. I didn’t want to face it fully but knew I needed to acknowledge something was there. G-man was there to encourage me. Filling me with facts of my beloved creamers poisons all while rubbing my back, soothing me.

I started slow. Only using 1/2 the amount with heavy whipping cream. Then less, then less…until I was completely out and only had heavy whipping cream in its place. It took months to adjust but loved the flavor of coffee again, on its own. Then reality struck….heavy whipping cream wasn’t a great choice either.

With a heavy heart, I began the transition to 1/2 and 1/2. A slow slow process that again took months of fine tuning the right amount of sugar with it, to make me love it once again.

Now I’m hooked. 1/2 and 1/2 and I are best friends. We share our mornings together and laugh over the difficult days filled with withdrawals, but I’ll never regret my choice, my decision, to kick that nasty habit…nay…addiction that was flavored coffee creamer.

*if you face similar addictions, know you aren’t alone and that you have a support group standing by to help you through your difficult times ahead. Don’t let flavored coffee creamer rule you one more day.

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17 comments:

Noelani said...

Oh my gosh. As I'm reading this ... I'm sipping on my morning cup of coffee that is filled with 1/4 'caramel machiatto' creamer. I swear to you ... I'm at the grocery almost every week getting a new thing of it. :x

Bailey Schneider said...

Hahahahaha... I'm very glad we don't have this in South Africa...or maybe we do and I've never noticed - OH NO... I had BETTER NOT discover them now, from the sounds of things ;-)

Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Natalie said...

Oh. goodness.

I'm an addict to Italian sweet cream... and I don't ever think I'll give it up until they stop making it! And then I shall move on to the Irish sweet creamer. I refuse to give up the fight for flavored creams!!!

LOL. =D

GreenGirl said...

You crack me up!
I would encourage you to stay away from Chex Cinnamon...
Trust me...
I want to jump in the box.

Annie M Culley said...

Totally drinking 'cinnamon vanilla' right now... You know you're jealous! Love it!

LeAnna said...

You're so funny. I too quit creamers once I realized all the nasty stuff in them. Did you know that powdered creamer is flammable? I make my own now (of course) and they're so much better. Half and half, milk, cream, sweetened with pure maple syrup. Good things like vanilla and cinnamon, or cocoa and mint can be added. Put in an easy-to-pour bottle and taaadaaa!

Stephanie said...

You can't make me give up creamer. NOT. EVER.

Nicolle said...

I am definitely a half n half girl. I love it. Creamer has always been too sweet for me, even though I have a very strong sweet tooth. I'm glad you love half n half now too! :)

Ashley said...

haha. emily, this was tooo funny! i def right there with ya girlfriend! flavored creamer is soooo EVIL! ugh!

i love me some peppermint mocha! ;)

carissa at lowercase letters said...

l.o.l. this makes me glad that i don't like coffee. : ) but chocolate? that is my obsession.

Megan said...

Haha! Good thing I don't really like coffee, because I would be all about the flavored creamer! I can only drink frozen coffee drinks.

Tatiana said...

I can only empathize with you, but I'm still not strong enough to be where you are. You're once again, braver than I am. Insert dramatic pause. The hazelnut cream, has stolen my soul!

Tabitha Lynn said...

I'm so proud of you!

Daisy said...

I just found your blog and you are hilarious! I nearly peed myself! New follower :)

meghan said...

okay wait. you're going to think i'm crazy. what's wrong with creamer? i don't use it; i use half and half because i don't like sweetener in my coffee, but what's bad about it?

Shane said...

hahaha this post was far from what I expected when I read "addiction" Had me chuckling the whole way through. Too cute!

xo Shane

Colleen said...

Mine is Coke. The cola kind, not the ghetto kind.

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