Lamia (musashi) wrote in indie_baristas,

Coffee Diet

I have a bit of a barista dilemma, and I'm hoping I can get some advice here. I just started working at a coffee shop near my new home in the state of Texas, which apparently does not require employers to provide their employees with breaks. As you can imagine, this sort of work can be exhausting in a popular indie coffee shop AND restaurant, working between 6 and 9 hours straight without so much as a moment of sitting down. This leaves little to absolutely no time for food.

So my problem is this: Before I started working here, I was eating regular meals at home. Now I'm lucky if I'm able to cram half a biscuit in my mouth while I wait for the dish sanitizer to finish its load. And so I've replaced breakfast and lunch with coffee. I'm surrounded by coffee, and it's free. I don't need to leave the counter area to consume it, and I don't feel ravenous by the end of the day when I've been chugging coffee all day.

However, I can no longer eat more than a small meal per day. Every day I come home, eat a relatively small amount of food and feel like I'm about to explode. I feel like this until the next day. Today I ate one pancake and a side of grilled potatoes after work and I still feel full 5 hours later. I'm thirsty, but I feel too full to drink anything. To make matters worse, I'm not sickly and losing weight or anything- if anything, I've gained weight. WTF. I'm not drinking mocha cappuccinos. Just regular gourmet coffee, occasionally cream/sugar.

Is this ridiculously unhealthy? Is replacing meals with coffee a terrible thing to do? Has anyone else experienced this? Is something wrong with me?

Thanks for reading and comments~
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