Audra Krell

On Purpose

Ain’t much fun since I quit drinkin’

I wish I could say that Starbucks has seen the last of me. Wish I could tell you that with all the money I’d save by not going to Starbucks, that I will do something wonderful for the less fortunate.  I love my lattes.  I love everything about them.  The whole ritual from beginning to end. The luscious green Starbucks sign, the window of treats as you wait to place your order, the AWESOME music they always have playing and finally the first taste of the iced latte in the 110 degree Arizona heat.

I had been feeling short of breath and winded after simple tasks.  Come to find out that I am iron deficient.  I had no idea how that could be, I eat eggs everyday, red meat several times a week, as well as other protein rich foods.  PLUS, the bonus, I drink plenty of 2 percent milk in my lattes.  How could this possibly happen to me?  Well, the answer was the worst news possible.  Starbucks was the culprit.  Excessive milk consumption  can actually block the absorption of iron.  Devastated, I decided it was time to do something about this.  I thought about quitting cold turkey.  Then after a half hour I got a bad headache from lack of caffeine.  So I just cut the size and frequency back.  Honestly, I feel much better, physically.  But emotionally, well, people and things just aren’t as much fun as they used to be.  I suspect that on my non- latte days, I’m not too fun to be around either.  Yesterday Starbucks sent me this awesome gift for being such a loyal customer.  It is a CD compilation of live performances from singers like Bonnie Raitt, Coldplay, Robert Plant, Tracy Chapman and my forever favorite, Willie Nelson.  I can’t quit Starbucks now, when they give great, surprise gifts to devoted daily consumers like myself! I think my husband (who is an accountant) would buy me several CD’s if I quit.  Sorry, can’t do it.  It just wouldn’t be the same.  Besides, I could quit anytime I want to, I just don’t want to right now. ; )

Praying you’ll keep finding the fun in life-

Audra

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