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How to Give Up Coffee

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!

ALANA’S FEEL-GOOD COCO MOCHA

 

When the summertime hits, sometimes all I want is a sweet chocolatey milkshake. But there is no need for me to run to the next hormone-filled, mucus forming concoction available at the nearest diner or Starbucks. No, no. I’ve got something better. I call it the Feel-Good Coco Mocha because it tastes like a Java Chip Frappucino but has an extreme amount of feel-good nutrients that will leave you with a feeling of awesomeness instead of a sugar crash. Perfect for a post-workout or for when you just need a pick-me-up. I promise—you will be hooked!

Ingredients

1 cup of coconut water (if you want to make a larger portion, add regular water or almond milk as well)

2 tablespoons of chia seeds soaked for 10 minutes

1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter

¼ avocado

1 heaping tablespoon of raw cacao/carob powder

1 pinch of vanilla extract

1 pinch of liquid stevia (optional, if you want a little more sweetness)

Ice (optional)

Throw it all in a blender and hit blend!

What’s Great About the Coco Mocha

Coconut water: Coconut water is extremely hydrating, and contains the electrolytes potassium and magnesium. Magnesium is extremely helpful for reducing stress and belly fat, whereas potassium is great for rehydration.

Chia Seeds: I know I talk about chia seeds all the time, but that’s because they are AMAZING. The tahamurara tribe drinks water with chia seeds to fuel up for 3 day, 50 mile runs (check out the book “Born to Run” if you want to learn more about them).  The seeds absorb water, giving the smoothie a thicker texture and making it more filling.

Cacao: Cacao is a nutrient-rich superfood. Who would’ve though chocolate could be so good for you?  Cacao also has magnesium, along with serotonin (which is often deficient in those suffering from depression). In addition, it has more cancer-fighting antioxidants than green tea, red wine, and goji berries combined!

Carob: Although not as nutrient dense as cacao, carob powder is a great source of calcium and has less caffeine and calories than cacao. Both forms of chocolate have excellent cancer-fighting properties.

Avocado and Almond Butter: Tons of fatty acids to keep you satisfied and to keep your skin glowing and radiant!

Not to mention, its absolutely DELICIOUS, if I do say so myself. ;) Enjoy!