13 Times @themacrobarista Saved My Morning And My Summer Bod

13 Times '@themacrobarista' Saved My Morning

Craving a sugary caramel macchiato before class while trying to achieve your summer bod? @themacrobarista on Insta has your remedy!

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We've all been there...Starbucks addicts who know we're paying the price for the drinks we choose on our hips. What if I told you that you could drink all the pumpkin spice lattes and caramel macchiatos you wanted...but guilt-free?

Here are 13 ways to order modified Starbucks drinks that will save your morning and save you some cals (brought to you be @themacrobarista):

1. Iced Caramel Macchiato

Venti Cold Brew

1 pump caramel syrup

4 pumps of sugar free vanilla syrup

Light cream

Light caramel drizzle

Disclaimer: this one is my favorite and definitely my 'go-to' in the morning!

2. Pink Drink

Venti Passion Tango iced tea (unsweetened)

Ask for strawberry infusion

Light coconut milk

1 scoop of strawberries

2 Stevia/Splenda

3. Cinnamon Shortbread Latte

Grande Blonde cafe Misto

1 pump brown butter shortbread syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla syrup

Steamed almond milk

Add cinnamon powder on top

4. Iced Mocha

Grande Cold Foam Cold Brew

1 pump skinny mocha sauce

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Ask for Cold Foam made with sugar free vanilla

Light cream

5. Vanilla Green Tea Latte

Grande Iced Green Tea Latte

Substitute almond milk

1 scoop of Matcha

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

MIX IT UP and enjoy!

6. Caramel Iced Coffee

Grande unsweetened iced coffee

1 pump caramel syrup

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Light cream

7. Coffee Frappuccino

Grande Coffee LIGHT Frappuccino

One extra pump of Frappuccino roast (adds 50 cents--optional)

Almond milk

2 pumps Frappuccino base syrup

One Stevia/Splenda

8. Blonde Vanilla Cappuccino

Grande Blonde cappuccino

Substitute almond milk

Sugar free vanilla syrup

1 Stevia/Splenda

Optional: light caramel drizzle

9. Iced Chai Tea Latte

Grande Iced Chai Tea Latte

2.5 pumps of chai

Substitute coconut milk

LIGHT water (this requires water, but it normally doesn't get water)

Two Splenda (optional)

10. Iced Salted Caramel Mocha

Grande Cold Brew

1 pump sugar free vanilla

1.5 pumps of toffee nut

1 pump skinny mocha

Light cream

11. Peppermint Mocha

Tall Americano (in a Grande cup)

1 pump of mocha

1 pump of peppermint

Steamed almond milk

1-2 Stevia/Splenda

12. Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Tall Blonde Americano (in Grande cup)

1 pump of pumpkin sauce

3 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed almond milk

XTRA pumpkin spice topping ;)

13. Caramel Brûlée Latte

Grande Americano (only 2 shots)

2 pumps of caramel brûlée syrup

2 pumps sugar free vanilla

Steamed coconut milk (half water/half milk)

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.

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Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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