Have you ever thought, “Should I cut back on my coffee intake?” If you drink coffee at all, the answer to that question is a resounding “YES!”
There are many reasons to quit drinking coffee. Besides the fact that it is a drug that is easily addictive, It can cause chronic pain, high blood pressure, promotes arrhythmias, damage the liver, acidify your body and impact your health in many, many more disturbing ways.
Coffee and the caffeine found within is a very difficult habit to kick. It tastes good. It smells good. And the stimulant quality allows us to sleep less, wake up quicker and work at a faster pace. However, quitting this highly addictive habit could be one of the best things you could do to restore your health and natural vitality.
Here is a list of 6 ways you can quit the habit:
1. Substitute with green tea– Begin by substituting a cup of tea for one of your coffee drinks and gradually increase the cups of tea (and decreasing the cups of coffee) over the course of a couple of weeks. Green tea does contain caffeine but in far less amounts and is generally a healthier drink to consume.
2. Address the social experience– Grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend in the afternoon is about so much more than just the coffee. It is a complete experience which includes the great smells, countless choices of coffee drinks, the music, setting and chatting with a close friend. Somehow, paying $4 for a cup of hot water and a tea bag just doesn’t measure up. I suggest looking for some high end tea shops that are becoming very popular to frequent shops that have some options for tea drinks that are just as fancy as the coffee versions.
3. Use other milky drinks– For many, drinking coffee means savouring a big milky latte. There is something about clutching that hot milky drink that is so comforting in the morning! Try fixing up your tea with similar ingredients. Chai tea with coconut milk and honey, peppermint tea with sugar, vanilla and a splash of milk, or or a good English Breakfast tea with milk. Be creative and have fun with it. There is more than one way to get your warm, creamy cup of comfort in the morning!
4. Take care with carbs– Most of us love a mid afternoon coffee to give us an energy jolt to make it through the rest of the day. This is a very difficult rollercoaster to jump from. Often times, if we eat a carb heavy lunch, that afternoon slump isn’t far behind. To avoid the dip in energy, try a high protein lunch instead. You can pack tuna salad, leftovers from the night before or some nuts. This could help you get through the rest of the day without being tempted to reach for the cup of joe.
5. Take a power nap– Usually, napping at work is not going to make your boss happy– but if you are in an environment where it is possible, try it! Researchers have shown that a power nap is more helpful than a cup of coffee. The optimal power nap lasts 20 minutes and is ideally taken around 2:30pm.
6. Assessing habits– Often our food and drink choices are very habitual. We accompany certain activities with certain food and drinks. If caffeine consumption is linked to routine, you will need to address that routine. Record when you consume coffee and make a plan to do something different or plan ahead and be ready to drink something, just as satisfying but healthier, instead.
I hope you find some of these tips helpful and make a commitment to change your caffeine habits for the better this year! You will feel better and have more energy as a result!
Elwin is also the Founder of Complete Detox Academy, Taoist Health Academy, the Health Coaching Institute and High Energy Academy, as well as the author of 'the Easy Exhaustion Cure' and 'the 4 Step Safe and Effective Detox Action Plan'.
Elwin is highly Enthusiastic about empowering people to feel Energized, Joyful and Alive, Naturally and Sustainably, and has worked over 5 years with over 1000 clients towards this goal. Elwin is particularly passionate about working with clients who are highly committed to reaching high levels of Health, Energy and Wellbeing, by natural and sustainable means.
Elwin has always been interested in Health since childhood. With a mother who had cancer 4 times, and a father with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Elwin is determined to get to the Root Causes of what really creates Disease, and what it really takes to have Outstanding Health and Wellbeing. After suffering from Health Challenges all his life, Elwin became determined, in 2007, to 'Get his Energy back or Die Trying', and, with this level of Resolve, made rapid progress, after a few false starts, which led him naturally, organically, after many requests, to dedicate himself full time to helping others get the kind of Results that he had achieved.