Oh, how I love the taste of coffee.
I remember the days when my friends and I would go to the local Dunkin Donuts after school to grab a large extra light, extra sweet iced coffee. Loaded up with equal packets, of course. As I got older my palate matured and I began to drink darker coffee and on a daily basis.
At some point I found that whenever I drank coffee I would soon after feel ill, my palms would get clammy and my mind would start racing. I was having mood swings and my stomach would get upset. Before long I came to the conclusion that drinking coffee wasn’t worth it for me to feel like this. So I gave it up, just like that.
Coffee is one of those things that puts a pep in your step and makes you feel like you are walking on a rainbow. Just walking into a Starbucks can give you the impression that it’s going to be a good day.
This feeling, however, is distracting us from the fact that this habit is negatively affects our bodies and our minds.
Like many things in American culture, we are often consuming too much of it. I have heard of people taking three Starbucks runs in one day! Coffee consumption like that puts an incredible amount of stress on the body.
Coffee, although having some antioxidant benefits, is extremely acidic on the body. Therefore, it must be consumed in moderation. It has also been known to cause heart palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks, ulcers, disrupt the digestive tract and insomnia.
I know I may sound like a broken record because this isn’t the first time I have spoken of the pitfalls of coffee. But I think it is really important, especially for the fast-paced lives we lead, to find natural alternatives to increasing our energy
Consider these before reaching for another cup of joe:
Herbal Teas + Yerba Mate- Yerba Mate is a tea with just about the same amount of caffeine as coffee, but with more health benefits. It makes a great transitioning tea for when you first kick the habit. It comes in many different kinds too, which who doesn’t love variety? My favorite is the Mate Chocolate. If you need something to sip on just out of habit try replacing the coffee cup with ginger, green or peppermint tea.
Hot or Iced Cacao Mylk- Who doesn’t love chocolate in the morning? Well with this drink you can have your chocolate fix and reap the benefits too. You can find the recipe here.
Chia Seeds- These bad boys are so convenient and easy to incorporate into your diet. Add them to your oatmeal or smoothie in the morning, make some chia pudding for an afternoon snack or if all else fails simply add them to water and guzzle them down.
Breathe and Stretch- The most likely reason we get tired is because of a lack of oxygen to the brain. Throughout the day we are rarely being conscious of our breath. Breathing is especially hard when we are hunched over a computer for 8 hours. When you feel that afternoon crash coming on at your desk and the coffee pot is tempting you do this: Stand up, clasp your hands behind your back (optional) and fold forward over your legs and take 8 long and deep breaths. Not only are you expanding your chest but you are encouraging oxygenated blood to your brain.
Can’t give up coffee cold turkey? Take baby steps at first. If you’re consuming 3 cups daily–cut back to 1 or 2. If you only rely on one first thing in the morning–cut back to only a few times a week.
Gradually decrease your coffee consumption and I guarantee you’ll notice that you really don’t need it to function on a daily basis.
With Coffee Grinding Love,
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