Coffee and Yogurt != Tea and Milk

January 30th, 2007 by owenam

A while ago Becky gently chided me for not posting, and my mom gave me a book called No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog. So, I’m going to talk about what I had for breakfast. And my intestines.

My standard breakfast consists of granola (or sometimes muesli), yogurt and coffee. I find this to be an excellent breakfast: it’s quick to assemble (especially when you have cold-press coffee waiting in the fridge), provides good bike commuting fuel (winter tip: for maximum warmage, drink the coffee on the way out the door), and you can add a bit of variety with different kinds of granola and/or fruit additions (yes, that provides enough variety for my spartan tastes).

However, about a week ago I ran out of both coffee and yogurt. Instead of rushing to the store, I simply started substituting tea and milk. Six days later, the result is that I feel totally off my game as far as morning energy goes. It would be easy to chalk this up to the different caffeine levels in coffee and tea, but I think it goes beyond that — over the weekend I noticed that foods which normally wouldn’t phase my stomach (e.g., a bunch of tasty chicken tacos) were suddenly presenting a bit more of a digestive challenge. Nothing alarming, but definitely a difference.

So, my theory is that by suddenly removing yogurt from my diet, I’ve upset the delicate balance of my intestinal flora, which had come to rely on the daily huddled masses of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Streptococcus thermophilus, and Lactobacillus acidophilus yearning to, uh… whatever. Much like an office with too many people on vacation, everyone else is now running around trying to figure out who is responsible for what, with the result that some of the paperwork doesn’t get done and revenues are down for the quarter.

The easy solution: go to the store, dammit.