When I figured out that I was sensitive to dairy, drinking coffee became less fun. What I really loved about drinking coffee was the milky sweetness that accompanied the coffee. I didn't give up drinking coffee at first. Initially, I gave up the cow's milk and drank it with soy milk. Then I realized how bad soy was and I drank it with just sugar--the soy wasn't that great tasting anyway. Next, I switched to black tea with sugar. As I counseled people to make healthier choices I decided I, too, could make healthier choices and I switched to herbal tea. Then when I met with Geri Brewster, a nutritionist, who recommended I have a big glass of water with half a lemon each morning, I gave up the tea completely. I didn't go from drinking coffee to drinking water with lemon overnight. It must have taken a year for me to make the switch--but I love my new even healthier ritual.
Little changes in a healthy direction can eventually lead to a big change.