I sent a newsletter out to my list last week telling them about the changes I’ve been making to get to my ultimate 2017 goal- fueling my body with the right foods to heal myself and finally lose this baby weight. In my newsletter, I mentioned how I kicked the habit of drinking coffee daily and someone asked how.
A bell went off in my head to share what worked for me here on this blog! So let’s talk coffee!
First, I love coffee.
Second, I had given it up in the past cold turkey and the withdraw symptoms (massive headaches and more) that came were so painful I vowed never again.
So, why the sudden change?
My health was suffering. My adrenals and other areas of my body were really weak and causing me to hold onto the weight. Something had to give.
I have been working with a nutritionist and I told her at the very beginning of our sessions, I was willing to eliminate anything she thought I needed except coffee (unless it was an absolute must). I explained the withdrawal I had before and how I couldn’t do that to myself again. I did say, however, there was one thing I’d like to change about my coffee, which was to eliminate adding sugar. Her suggestion was to make bullet proof coffee, so I did and it worked. No more sugar in my coffee (when I drink it).
When she suggested I stop drinking coffee to see if that helped my health, she knew I was not happy about it. She told me it was only temporary till my body got back on track and she’d help me through it.
My want to lose this baby weight, be less injury prone and just feel good again outweighed my love of coffee. It was time to lessen my intake.
We agreed to work on reducing the amount of coffee I have daily. Here are the tips she recommended and what worked for me:
- Change the size of the coffee. I went from a tall to a short cup of coffee.
- Have coffee every other day. This didn’t work for me at first, so I just focused on having the short coffee daily and then a week after I started doing every other day. Then I did every 2 days until I got to just having coffee on the weekend.
- Replace coffee with Matcha Tea. I added Matcha tea powder to my smoothies and learned how to make Matcha tea lattes.
It’s been a month and I have to say I don’t miss coffee. I feel less wound up and it’s helped my adrenals get stronger. Now I have it when I want, mostly on the weekends or whenever the moment strikes (like the other day on my way into the office).
When I do order coffee, it’s always a small black coffee or I make it bullet proof.
If you are trying to eliminate something from your diet you can use these tips to help you. Here are 4 easy steps to start eliminating foods that are not working for you:
Step 1: Reduce the amount you are consuming.
Step 2: Go every other day without it and then every 2 days, then only on the weekends until you can go without all together.
Step 3: Find a healthier alternative.
Step 4: When you do add it back in, enjoy it!
Till next time…Sparkle on!