Coffee has always been a staple in my morning routine. Of course, I enjoy the benefits of the caffeine, but I also find relaxation in the making, sipping and tasting of the warm beverage so early in my day. Just as most foods, research studies show both the negative and positive effects of consuming a daily cup or two of coffee. Once again we go back to the golden rule, everything in moderation! I have attached an entertaining article here, which list all the headlines related to coffee in the past hundred years, its quite comical. On a more serious note, recent studies have proved the benefits of coffee including lowering risks for Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, melanoma, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. The benefits are outweighed if we are dumping packets of sugar, cream, or draining our bank accounts at Starbucks. Poor sleep hygiene, anxiety and headaches can also be the result of too much coffee.
I decided to take a break from my two cups of coffee for a few weeks to see if I noticed any benefits. My plan was to avoid coffee completely and then re-introduce the morning drink a few days a week in hopes to not totally rely on the drink the way I do now. I drank tea in the morning, orange juice or warm lemon water as an alternative to coffee. I had a difficult time the first week, but by the second week I was able to get moving a bit quicker than the previous days! I believe I fell asleep better the first week and the second week felt normal. I did notice less anxiety in the morning, less sugar cravings in the afternoon and better breath throughout the day. Overall I noticed small changes, nothing too significant. However, when I started to drink coffee again, I enjoyed it even more and felt more awake after just one cup. I now drink decaf every other day or skip a cup here and there and feel much better throughout the day. I feel that I still am getting the benefits of coffee, but not hitting the negative side effects. I call that a win…Happy sipping, stay well!
- London Fog (earl gray tea, steamed milk, vanilla syrup)
- Lemon Water
- Matcha Tea
- Sparkling Water