I know you're thinking "why on earth would I want to quite coffee"? I get it, I thought the same whenever I heard someone had quit coffee.
Now don't get me wrong I still love coffee, I love the smell, the buzz and the ritual - I just don't drink it anymore.
Why? Basically because it wasn't conducive to my health anymore.
I recently discovered I had leaky gut syndrome due to having coeliac disease that's gone undiagnosed for a number of years.
So why should you quit coffee (or at least cut it down)?
- Coffee releases the stress hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels have been associated with stubborn belly fat and reduce your immune system.
- Coffee is incredibly acidic to our bodies and can cause heart burn, indigestion, and worst of all it kills off our healthy gut flora, leaving our gut imbalanced.
- It leaches your body of certain minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
- Depending on coffee for energy can lead to adrenal gland fatigue, which can take 6 months to two years to heal.
Those are just a few negative side affects of drinking coffee.
So How Do You Quit Coffee?
- If you drink more that 1 cup of coffee a day start by reducing that gradually to one a day. Then ask/make your coffee to be half strength and also make sure you drink coffee after 12 pm.
- Swap your morning coffee for a beautiful hot cacao. Cacao has a similar effect on the brain as coffee and will give you the morning boost your used to. It won't be as intense, but it will help you break that morning dependancy until you no longer "need" coffee to function. It will also helps with detox symptoms.
- Eliminate soda from your life, it's also packed with caffeine and continues that addiction/habit of using caffeine as a source of energy.
- Eat clean nutrient rich foods that are unprocessed. You'll need to get your energy from your food, this means eating enough food to function, including carbs in your diet, whilst avoiding refined sugar and carbs that cause an energy slump.
- Jump on the green juice wagon! Green justice or smoothies are packed with nutrients and will also give you an energy boost.
- Get enough sleep! The first few weeks of quoting coffee can leave you feeling lethargic, get 8 hours plus sleep and just wait it out. It takes time for your body to level out and to start producing the energy you need to get through your day.
- Still be sociable and find another drink you can enjoy, it could be a nice tea, cacao, mattcha latte or just a fresh juice. De-cafe coffee is still incredibly acidic to our bodies, so it stills has an adverse effect on our health.
Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions or need some more tips.