Reasons to Kick Your Coffee Habit
Your morning does not start without coffee. Your afternoon cannot continue without it. You daydream about coffee and your social media accounts have about as many pictures of coffee as they do of anything else. But maybe it’s not working out so well between you and coffee these days. Your stomach hurts and your doctor has given you a stern talking to about sugary drinks. Here are four reasons it might be time to let go of your coffee and some coffee substitutes you can turn to instead.
Your morning does not start without coffee. Your afternoon cannot continue without it. You daydream about coffee and your social media accounts have about as many pictures of coffee as they do of anything else. But maybe it’s not working out so well between you and coffee these days. Your stomach hurts and your doctor has given you a stern talking to about sugary drinks. Here are reasons it might be time to let go of your coffee and some coffee substitutes you can turn to instead.
Drink a hot morning alternative
As you wean off, it’s important to replace your hot morning Joe so the ritual remains. Try Roastaroma by Celestial Seasonings. It seriously tastes just like coffee, and it’s all HERBAL (crazy!) Dandy Blend Instant Herbal Beverage is my latest obsession. As you get used to not drinking coffee, you can move to even gentler things, like lemon with honey and hot water for an added detox effect.
Drink plenty of water throughout day
When I started quitting caffeine and my 6-diet-cokes-a-day habit years ago, I knew I had to replace it with something. So I bought a pretty water bottle, filled it twice a day and made sure I drank it. I couldn’t believe how much more energy I had. Even today, when I’m feeling drowsy, I drink a glass of water, and sure enough, it does the trick. Try it yourself and see!
Use a skin brush
As random as it sounds, skin brushing is an invigorating body exercise that gives you a jolt of energy. In fact, I would NOT recommend skin brushing at night for this very reason. Running the brush over your skin before a shower moves your blood, stimulates the lymph system and gets your motor running. Give it a whirl and see for yourself.
Quitting caffeine (or any addiction) can be rough on the body at first. Enter juicing. Upgrade to juicer and get amazed at the “kick” you get from freshly juiced veggie and fruit drinks! Loaded with minerals and enzymes, fresh juice goes straight into your system without having to go through an extensive digestive process. As a result, your whole system feels revitalized.
Fresh air exercise
When quitting caffeine it’s important to find a jolt of energy elsewhere. The fresh air and elements combined with some brisk activity gets your blood pumping faster than any caffeine. Outdoor activity boosts our oxygen intake and vitamin D levels too. Woo hoo!
Get your ZZZs
We need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night… easier said than done for a mama but so important. If I have a busy week, I make myself go to bed a few nights super early to build up a “sleep bank” to get me through. Another option is to nap when baby naps. No matter how we do it, we need to get our sleep! By doing so, we’re reducing our likelihood of relying on crutches like coffee/caffeine to keep us going.
Now, I know that there are articles out there that say that coffee and caffeine can be good for you, and I’m sure there are some health benefits. BUT, overall, I still think there are more drawbacks than benefits.
- You’re having stomach problems. Coffee is often linked to heartburn and coffee drinkers frequently complain about stomach problems. The jury is still out on whether this irritation is caused by caffeine, other elements of coffee or if these side effects are even caused by coffee at all. Individuals may all react differently, so if you are a regular coffee drinker experiencing stomach issues, it might be worthwhile to talk to your doctor and try a different morning beverage.
- Your coffee has nearly as many calories as a meal. Maybe you hate the taste of black coffee or maybe you just really like cream and sugar. Unless you drink your coffee black, your morning drink could be 100-600 calories and have almost as much sugar as soda. If you are trying to lose weight or cut fat and sugar, removing your morning latte can be a great step.
- You can't sleep at night. It might help to keep you up in the morning, but caffeine can make it harder to sleep at night, which then makes you more tired in the morning, and the cycle continues. If this sounds like you, you might want to cut back on the caffeine. This might mean cutting out caffeine entirely or finding a coffee substitute that gives you sustained energy so you only need one cup.