Break your Starbucks addiction: Admit you're addicted.
They say the first step towards healing an addiction is to admit you're addicted in the first place .Stop telling yourself you're pulling in to Starbucks to use the bathroom or to hook up to your computer to their wi-fi. Remember, they're charging you for that wi-fi when there are so many places that give it to you free. Look at yourself in the Starbucks bathroom mirror and admit you're there for the coffee or that high calorie Frappuccino. Congratulations! You admitted you have a problem.
Break your Starbucks addiction: Tell yourself that it's just coffee.
Break your Starbucks addiction down to its simplest form. What are you really addicted to? The reality is that what Starbucks is serving you is just coffee. In fact, you can probably make a better cup of coffee at home or get a less expensive cup at an independent coffee store. When you get right down to it, you're probably addicted to the Starbucks brand and the idea of carrying around a fashionable Starbucks coffee cup. The truth is you'd be better off buying a really good looking coffee mug and carry that around instead. It's a lot cheaper.
Break your Starbucks addiction: Do the math.
Be honest with yourself. If you're buying a specialty coffee drink everyday at $4.00 a pop, you're throwing away $120.00 a month. That comes out to $1440 per month on anyone's calculator. Sit down and daydream about what you could do with that $1440 you're blowing on overpriced coffee beans and a rather nondescript green and black logo. Doesn't Belize sound better?
Break your Starbucks addiction: Do it yourself.
Those super automatic espresso machines may be expensive, but they pay for themselves very quickly at the prices Starbucks charges. Plus, they're quick and easy to use. You can make specialty coffee drinks to your hearts content. Save a Starbucks cup or mug and pour it your better tasting homemade cappuccino into there and no one will ever know you didn't visit Starbucks. Heck, you can go drink it at Starbucks if you want and laugh at the people handing over their hard earned dollars to corporate America.
Break your Starbucks addiction: Consider the calorie savings.
There's nothing low calorie about Starbucks specialty drinks. Focus on the two hours of treadmill jogging you're going to have to do to work off those extra Starbucks calories. Is it worth really worth two hours of brow drenching treadmill activity in a gym full of sweaty, smelly people to enjoy twenty minutes sucking down a coffee drink? Chances are even for a hardened Starbucks addict, it's not.
There you have it. Five ways to help you curb that Starbucks coffee addiction once and for all. If you're a Starbucks addict, heed this advice and you can be Starbucks free in a matter of weeks and cavorting on a beach in Belize instead.
Published by Kristie Leong M.D.
I m a family physician with a strong interest in disease prevention and alternative medicine. I m particularly interested in how diet plays a role in disease prevention. Hope I can inspire someone to lead a... View profile
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