Coffee–it is delicious, energizing, and gives you that warm feeling that helps you get up in the morning. But addiction doesn’t come without a price. Coffee leaves you dehydrated and can often come with a crash. In addition, it is taxing on the liver, highly acidic, and often made from pesticide-infused beans. However I, more than anyone, know how difficult it is to go without it. Up until a year ago, I was drinking at least two cups a day–which is something I had been doing since the age of fourteen. After my consumption had risen to about four cups, I decided it was time to stop. Here’s how I did it.
Drink Something Else in the Morning
Part of coffee’s appeal is the simple habit of drinking it. After drinking it every day, you get used to it, and can’t imagine a day without it. So why not replace it with a more natural and energizing drink? If you want something hot in the morning, try drinking a cup of rooibos tea or–if you’d prefer to slowly wean yourself off caffeine–a cup of black or green tea. If it’s the sweetness of coffee that appeals to you, try drinking a fruit smoothie (but make sure you make it yourself–Jamba juice does not count). You can also try several other bottled drinks –celebrity news personality Guiliana Rancic, drinks yerba mate and kombucha instead of coffee.
Keep Some Energizing Snacks on Hand
The best way to beat the 2:00 slump that makes you dive towards the coffee machine is to instead opt for snacks that give you energy. These are some snacks that will help you feel energized throughout your day:
Apples and almond butter: Apples give you just enough natural sugar to stimulate your brain, while almond butter helps to keep steady blood-sugar levels.
Dark leafy greens: Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are filled with vitamins, minerals, and fibers that will keep you full and energized. Have them either in a salad or in a green juice mixed with apple and ginger. Yum!
Walnuts: Walnuts are filled with omegas that help your brain to stay more alert. Eat about 10 as a 2:00 pick-me-up.
Avocados: Avocados have plenty of good fats that help you to feel full. You can eat them with crackers or scoop it out alone with a spoon!
Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate–when consumed in moderation–has various positive benefits. It can help reduce the effects of aging and is good for your heart. It has some caffeine though, so make sure you don’t eat more than one or two pieces. Always opt for brands that are dairy free and have organic/raw sugar.
Eat a Light Lunch
After a big lunch, you feel tired and sluggish. This is because your digestive system takes up the majority of your body’s energy, so the more you put it to work, the more tired you will feel. That sluggish feeling will tempt you towards the coffee machine! The best lunch is always a salad or a light wrap. Make sure you eat slowly and are conscious of not overstuffing yourself.
I know getting off coffee is not easy. But once you are completely weaned off, you will see amazing benefits in your health, energy-level, and skin. Good luck!