If the thought of going a few days without your perfect cup of coffee makes you get a little wild and teary, it’s possible that you actually need to quit coffee or at least take a break.
Some people say that you should give up coffee completely, and then others say that it’s full of antioxidants and beneficial oils, so drinking coffee is actually good for you!
Do You Need Quit Drinking Coffee?
How do you know if you need to break up with your liquid BFF or not?
The thing with drinking coffee and black tea is that it’s not always the drink itself that is so bad for you, it’s all the other garbage that gets added to it!
What's in your beverage may be the reasons to quit coffee
Is the term “double double (or triple-triple!!)” a part of your daily lexicon? All that cream and sugar really negates any possible health benefits that your coffee might have.
If your hot beverage is topped with whipped cream, caramel or chocolate syrup, or flavoured in any way (likely artificially flavoured) then you’ve definitely removed any possibility of it being good for you.
While we’re talking about tea and coffee add-ins, let’s talk about size. When I talk about 1 cup of coffee, I’m literally talking about 8oz. (That’s a “short” in Starbucks lingo).
If you regularly consume anything larger than that then you could be drinking double or almost triple that amount in one sitting! That’s a lot of caffeine.
Here’s the honest truth – I’m not completely opposed to you drinking tea and coffee. I just want you to approach it differently.
How does one approach drinking coffee and tea differently? Well, you start with the quality of beans and leaves you’re using, flavour it differently, drink less, and address the emotional reasons why you’re so attached to it.
3 ways to make your caffeinated beverages healthier:
Choose organic, fair trade whenever possible.
Most coffee and tea is imported from countries where pesticide use is not regulated in the same way as it is here, in North America (and that’s not saying much). This means that beans (and tea leaves) are likely loaded with chemicals.
Fair trade certification means that farmers must be paid above market prices for their crops so that they can make a decent living.
You can take it a step further and choose Bird Friendly, Shade Grown, or Rainforest Alliance certified coffee beans which must adhere to different rules about protecting habitat & environment, and follow even more stringent labour laws.
Watch your add-ins
Skip the cream and sugar, and for the love of all things, healthy avoid anything topped with whipped cream and syrups.
Seasonal flavoured coffees are to be avoided as well because I’m fairly certain that pumpkin pie frappuccino isn’t just flavoured with real pumpkin.
If you need sweetness, choose coconut sugar or a small amount of honey, and instead of cream/milk why not try a dairy alternative? Almond milk, coconut milk, and hemp milk all work well for me.
My favourite way to have a coffee (in fact, the only way I’ll bother drinking it) is a little coconut sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, and some homemade almond/hemp/coconut milk as a cappuccino. It’s delicious! I’m not much of a black tea drinker, but I love herbal concoctions, which often come with a whole host of other health benefits.
One cup per day. Seriously. After that, have a green tea or an herbal tea. One cup of green tea contains significantly less caffeine than coffee or tea. Or better yet, try some of the various coffee replacers out there that are full of healthy roots and herbs.
You don’t need 2-4 cups of coffee per day, and I can guarantee you that once you quit the caffeine habit your body will feel better.
What happens when you quit coffee?
The bottom line is that caffeine is an addictive substance. The more you drink, the more accustomed to it you become, making your coffee habit harder to give up.
If you struggle with a mood disorder, like anxiety, then you really should avoid drinking coffee and black tea as the caffeine will make your anxiety worse.
Coffee and tea are also very acidic, so drinking large quantities makes you less alkaline, and more prone to illness and disease. If you need an afternoon pick me up, try a cup of green tea. You’ll get caffeine, but in far lesser amounts, and you’ll also get things like Theanine to relax you along with beneficial antioxidants.
Most people realize that once they get past the headaches that often come with the first few days of breaking a caffeine habit, it’s not all that hard to give up. So try it!
Give your body a break, quit your coffee habit, and it will make drinking less coffee or tea so much easier once you realize that you don’t actually need so much caffeine to survive!
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