My 2 cents...
It's really hard for me to say whether or not treating yourself to that caramel mocha latte would cause you to fall of the wagon. I think it's probably one of those things that only you can really be the judge of. And I guess thinking of it as the forever forbidden fruit is not an idea that I could or would engage, because there's always going to be a point where, for whatever reason, maintaining ketosis is not going to be possible.
How do I deal with it:
I do follow a low carb diet, but not a specific diet such as atkins...and I do love
coffee - probably too much
(the carb limit I set is actually higher than most low carb diets, I check that I'm in ketosis using ketostix). Personally there's a couple of ways I deal with the coffee issue to stay in ketosis: I don't often buy coffee out, I do drink a lot of instant coffee and use a measuring spoon to measure out 20ml of skim milk. And the second way is that there are actually quite a number of good flavoured coffee mixes on the market. Where I live Jarrah is the one that comes to mind: makes a delicious, flavoured, frothy coffee drink without too many carbs. Not quite as good as a cafe bought flavoured coffee, but imho not that far off either. It does use artificial sweetener (though tastes like sugar to me
), and although I've never done atkins I know some people wouldn't recommend this, but personally I'm a fan of 'do what works for you' (or in this case me