So after being diagnosed as prediabetic, a few months ago - despite not being overweight or eating many sweets (sweets are too sweet for me, always have been) - I decided the problem was pop, which I was drinking all day, every day, to stay alert for work.
Thus, I'm trying to replace the morning caffeine with something else, and I've been trying various breakfast teas. I first tried a green tea with ginger/honey mix, but it immediately bothered my stomach. Your basic Lipton is, well, boring - and I don't want to add any sugar or sugar-containing products or processed sugar substitutes, to make it more interesting.
Right now, I'm doing Twinings Earl Grey with skim milk for breakfast, with toast (to avoid the stomach upset I experienced early on), and that works for me :)
However, the problem is what to drink with dinner? Water just doesn't cut it with the more flavorful meal that is dinner, juice is a sugar problem, milk is carby, too, and I don't want to develop a new vice of expensive wine with every dinner, so what to do?
My optometrist - who is from Toronto and is awesome - said she used to be a morning pop junkie, but replaced it with blonde-roast coffee in the morning, for taste, and for dinner, she has water or brews white tea, which is sweeter, and suggested I try that.
However, she warned that though naturally sweeter in flavor, without the risk of boosting blood sugar, it also has the most caffeine, and to be wary of this near bedtime.
She also advised to not just do the boiling water and steeping the tea bag in your teapot or cup later, but actually brewing it with 5 bags in a coffee maker or tea brewer.
I can't do coffee, I've tried. I mean, I need caffeine in the morning, but coffee is too strong and too bitter, for me, in the morning. To me, it's like drinking beer in the morning - nope, can't do it lol.
I can only do the really fattening, sweetened kind, like cappuccino or lattes, and that's as sugary/carby as pop.
However, my optometrist says that the problem is the coffee most people drink, and to do some digging to truly do and brew coffee right, so I may check into that too.
PS - BTW, I'm seeing an optometrist not only for the sudden need for stronger glasses, but because of extremely dry eyes causing bothersome irritation, for which I'm now on drops several times a day - not due to prediabetes, but hormone changes.
Once again - FU, menopause - for taking away so many natural protections against health issues, all at once/within a few months!
Interestingly enough, using some special new tests, she also amazingly correctly diagnosed my having "hyperalert eyes" - without knowing I had PTSD first.
In other words, she could literally see my PTSD in my eyes, without my having put PTSD down on my medical history or having mentioned it, because I didn't think it was relevant to eye issues.
Apparently, these tests are often positive in the intelligent, those with ADHD, the hyper-anxious, or those with recent trauma and/or chronic PTSD.
Well, that's most def a check for the last two, for sure lol.
(No ADHD, though, because people with ADHD also test with accompanied darting eye movements, when focusing, which apparently I didn't have - just symptoms of overly quick efforts to focus.)
The problem with that is, it results in the eyes weakening at a faster rate with aging, because anxious and/or PTSD people definitely rush to focus faster :/
Interesting, that you can actually see physical evidence of PTSD now, both neurologically and in your eyes, isn't it?
And ADHD, too, for people who struggle with that. Amazing :)