It’s probably safe to say that we all have a morning routine that we follow as we get ready for the day. The first thing that I normally do as soon as I’m out of bed is put the coffee on to brew. When I woke up this morning my first thought was (and feel free to use a zombie *Iwantbrains* voice for this), “I want coffee”, only to remember seconds later that today was Day 1 of the Live Below the Line challenge and I decided that coffee was too expensive to include in my budget. I chose to replace my usual 2-3 cups of coffee a day with a single tea bag. My reasoning behind this was simple: I’m okay with drinking tea black, so all I need for a cuppa is a tea bag and some hot water; when I drink coffee, I normally have it with sweetener and milk, two additional items that I couldn’t afford on this budget. So, the tea won.
I’m pretty sure I was itching like a user in need of a hit on my way to work this morning. I usually have 1-2 cups of coffee before I even leave my house, so to say I was feeling the withdrawal was an understatement. The first thing I did when I got to my office was put the kettle on and patiently waited for my green tea to brew. My work day is now done and I can now tell you that I made a single tea bag last three separate brews. By my third brew it was basically just lightly flavoured hot water, but meh, beggars can’t be choosers.
Overall the day went well. I’m happy with my food choices as I never felt hungry. Starting your day off with oatmeal really does create a good foundation. Rolled oats keep you full! Their texture and lack of taste, however, leaves little to be desired (note to self: next time, invest in some cinnamon and raisins to add to the mix).
Lunch was fine (the blue garlic didn’t kill me), and I savoured the five apple slices that I brought with me. Now, I’m at home and eating my pasta and sauce.
It’s funny how the only hurdle I had today was getting over what is apparently a caffeine addiction. I have a pretty wicked caffeine-withdrawal headache right now, but at least I’m not hungry!
Lesson learned: Need to reduce my caffeine dependency.