I miss coffee.
There, I said it. And, I am not ashamed.
I miss trying coffees from different countries. I miss going to fun and interesting coffee shops to try these exotic coffees. I miss the taste.
Back in April I wrote a post about healthy changes that I was making and my task of reducing coffee consumption. I used to drink only one coffee per day, small to medium sized, but the Naturopath I was seeing at the time thought I should switch to none at all. In fact, she compromised with me and let me still have decaf coffee and green tea. Green tea has many health benefits, so I don’t think it’s right to give it up entirely.
This may sound funny to you, but it’s not the morning jolt that I am missing. I believe that since my switch to decaf was so gradual, that at this point I have cleared up those caffeinated coffee cravings. This process was all small steps for me: smaller portion sizes of coffee –> half-caf –> half-caf every other day –> half-caf as a treat –> decaf –> a cup of decaf every once in awhile (with green tea maybe 3 times a week). Now, I go days without even having a decaf coffee or a green tea and I have not experienced headaches or any other noticeable symptoms that come with cutting out coffee. Well, I guess that is something to be happy about, right?
But, I miss the delightful aromas… the great tastes of a fresh french press.
Of course, I realize there are health benefits to avoiding coffee – the main one for me was to give my adrenal glands a rest. I was definitely suffering from adrenal fatigue and needed to make changes to give them a break and essentially reset a little. So, cutting out the coffee was one way, assisted by supplements and certain diet changes. To read more about some easy changes you can make to help your adrenals rest, check out this article on Yoga Girl Revolution titled 4 Nutrition Tips to Beat Adrenal Fatigue. I love how simple she explains the role that the adrenals play in the body and how you can help them.
As we know when it comes to the discussion about coffee, there are two sides – the good and the bad. Although cutting out coffee is good for your adrenals and giving your body a break, there are also benefits to consuming coffee in moderation. Some of the research out there speaks to depression reducing and cancer preventing properties – you can also check out more benefits in this Huffington Post article here.
At this moment, I am totally focused on healing and getting things back in order when it comes to my health so I will still be off caffeinated coffee for awhile. I personally haven’t noticed that I feel much better without it, but that could be because I only had one a day. It may not become a daily practice again, but I will certainly have a delicious, exotic cup as a treat every once in awhile. Moderation is key when it comes to so many things, so I believe I can still have this treat every once in awhile. (Of course, I realize there are health conditions out there that require cutting out coffee altogether and I respect that – always talk to your doctor.) ॐ
Have you given up coffee before or are thinking about it now? How was your experience and do you have tips for others?