Over 50% of Americans drink it daily, which means more than half of you reading this post include this habit into your everyday life. What is the terrible habit you ask?! Drinking coffee.
Quitting coffee isn’t easy. When trying to eliminate coffee from your diet you typically find yourself tired and with a headache. Sometimes you might be so cranky and irritable you find yourself having to restrain from snapping someone’s head off (don’t deny it – you know you’ve been there before….). In today’s post, I’m going to share with you 4 simple ways that can help you kick your coffee habit to the curb – with minimal side effects.
I have been coffee free for a year and a half now, but I do indulge in a small cup from time to time as a treat. When I cut out my daily cup the first few days were rather difficult (I’m not going to lie), but once I got through the first week my body realized it didn’t need the coffee anymore. I now have more energy than I ever did when I drank my daily cup-o-joe.
You might be asking yourself, “Why would anybody want to stop drinking coffee?!” and the answer is simple: It is not good for your body. Period.
Coffee dehydrates you.
Coffee burns out your adrenal glands (the part of the body that regulates hormones associated with stress and cortisol).
Coffee causes anxiety (see previous sentence).
Coffee reeks havoc on your digestive system.
Coffee causes vitamin and nutrient deficiencies in your body.
Coffee creates blood sugar swings in your body (ever wonder why you get a rush of energy, then a few minutes later you feel exhausted?).
Coffee causes emotional mood swings.
Eliminating this not-so-good for you substance is probably simpler than you think. Below I will share with you my 4 top tips for eliminating your need for coffee. These are 4 things that I incorporate into my life everyday that help keep me coffee-free.
1). Get some supplements.
Did you know that approximately 80-90% of all Americans are vitamin and nutrient deficient? It’s not just folks who eat the “Standard American Diet” (SAD) of boxed and pre-packaged food, either. Even folks who eat a whole foods diet can be vitamin and nutrient deficient for number of reasons – time and distance traveled from field to fork with vital nutrients decreasing as each day passes, toxic pesticides being sprayed on our food not only harming the bad things, but the good nutrients as well, to name a few. Taking a high quality multivitamin can help provide your body with the correct amounts of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs to fight off diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. AND these vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body a boost of energy. Since I have incorporated high quality supplements into my daily health routine, I’m happy to say my energy levels have sky-rocketed! Not sure what you should be taking? I invite you to take this free health assessment to see what supplements are recommended for your body type.
2). Get moving.
Incorporating exercise into your daily routine gives you the energy boost you need to make it through the day. This does not have to be strenuous activity – even something as simple as a 20 minute walk gets your blood pumping and your heart thumping! I start most days off with a 30 minute walk with my dogs, and get in other activities, like running, fast-paced walks, yoga, swimming, and biking whenever I can find time in my schedule – typically a few times a week.
3). Get some rest.
Your body needs 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and you need to allow yourself these hours of rest. Illness and disease attack the body when it is rundown and tired. The more sleep you get, the healthier (and more energized) you will be!
4). Get your greens in.
Every day my diet looks something like this: green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, and greens somewhere in my dinner. Of course I include protein with each meal, but greens are the basis of my diet. Greens are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are important in keeping my body energized and ready to go. You can never have too many greens!
My next blog post will go into more detail on Spring greens that are currently in-season and can be easily added into your daily diet. I’ll even share with you one of my favorite, incredibly simple Spring green recipes that is sure to keep you energized – so stay tuned!
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, how many cups do you have each day? And if not, how do you stay energized? In the comments below please share your coffee experience.