Coffee, in my opinion, is a huge part of D.C. culture. Many people here are working long hours and a good cup of joe is one of the ways we push through. But don’t let the “cup of joe” bit fool you — the coffee is anything but average. In the span of a few blocks, you can find at least two to three different types of cafés with drinks that range from regular drip coffee to the fanciest lattes.
Joe & The Juice
I love going into this place because it makes me feel like I’m back in New York. The dark vibes with the splash of pink and yellow is so pretty. Not only does Joe & The Juice have really good coffee, but as the name connotes, great juices. This is a great spot to hang out with friends or, if you telework, a great spot to work. What I ordered: Drip coffee
This was actually the very first pour over cafe that I ever visited. It’s a quick 15-minute walk from where I live so when I work from home, I’ll sometimes go here to treat myself. One downside: it’s usually crowded and bustling with students and people working. But if you’re lucky enough to find a seat it’s a great place to enjoy a special coffee experience. What I ordered: Philtered Soul
Blue Bottle Coffee
This is a beautiful coffee shop with a really clean and fresh aesthetic. Fun fact: It’s named after one of Europe’s first cafes, “The Blue Bottle Coffee House.” What I ordered: Almond milk latte
Firehook Bakery & Coffeehouse
If you’re looking for a fabulous pastry or cake to go along with your coffee, this is definitely the place to go. It doesn’t have the eye-catching appeal that the other shops that I listed do, but it’s always consistent and one of my go-to spots. What I ordered: Almond milk latte
Everyone who knows me, knows that Georgetown is my favorite neighborhood in D.C. so it would make sense that my favorite coffee shop is located here. I love going to Boulangerie Christophe because the staff is so warm and friendly. It also has some of the best French pastries in the city. This is the only location so you really get that unique, one-of-a-kind vibe when you walk in. What I ordered: Medium roast drip coffee
Don’t give into temptation this weekend; stay strong with your No Sugar lifestyle and in a few more days it will pay off. Today was way easier and I feel like I have more energy. This may be a placebo effect, but I’ll see how I feel in a few more days.
I think the trick is to be consistent with what you’re eating. That’s why I have developed a routine and try to eat the same things daily.
Here is what I ate as of 6:02pm EST
According to a story that I found on CNN, cutting sugar in just 10 days has amazing results for children. So if you started doing this, it may be time to get your kids involved, too.
Also, check out this really cool chart from AssociatedContent.com on how soda affects the body, take a look
(scary isn’t it?!):
Soooo, I made it! It’s almost the end of day 2 and I didn’t give into temptation. I know it might seem silly to some of you, but you’ll be surprised at how many things I can’t eat because of the added sugar.
Here are the things I ate today (minus a pink lady apple that I forgot to take a photo of). I also drank another can of seltzer water and filtered water throughout the day.
Steel Cut Oatmal
Sweet Potato with salt
According to The American Heart Association, the daily recommended intake for “most American women, is no more than 100 calories per day and no more than 150 calories per day for men (or about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men)”. I used to eat WAY more than that!
I found this really cool infographic from the DailyMail showing how much sugar is in some of the common foods that we eat. (Also, don’t mind the fruits, your body can’t function without sugars, but they should be natural).
Jar salads have become super popular over the past few years and I never realized how easy they were to make. Usually when I come home from a long day I don’t want to make a complicated dinner. So I’ll have a salad, some fruits, veggies, or anything that doesn’t require cooking.
Instead of just munching on boring veggies, I decided to spice up my dinner with this fun salad. If you’re interested — keep reading!