Drinking coffee in the morning, for me, is not just about consuming the caffeine. It is the ritual of it and it is the sweetness of it. It’s a decadent thing I did to give myself some love and tenderness. So when I decided to quit drinking coffee, I needed something to replace my morning cup. And just going to decaf wasn’t gonna cut it. The process by which they denature caffeine to be decaffeinated is not good for you either. And if you are gluten intolerant you may have issues with digestion proteins in coffee regardless of caffeination.
When I quit coffee, I had several tools in my arsenal to help me quit without having cravings or detox symptoms.
One tool was a product called Dandy Blend. I don’t like to drink tea in the morning so Dandy Blend gave me something that was very similar to coffee in taste and texture but is an all natural herb. Dandelion also helps with the detox symptoms as well.
I also took an amino acid supplement called L-Tryptophan. This greatly helped with the detox symptoms and my cravings for caffeine. You can read more about L-Tryptophan in the book I am always raving about, The Diet Cure.
By the time I decided to quit caffeine all together, Penelope was about 6 months old. I had weaned myself down when I got pregnant, but I maintained one cup of coffee per day through my entire pregnancy and early postpartum. But after doing more research, I realized that even that one cup was doing lots of damage to my body, regardless of me being pregnant and nursing.
Now I think that there probably are some people who could truly do ok and be healthy on one small cup a day. But if you are exhausted and your adrenals are overworked in any way, any amount of caffeine is going to be really hard on your endocrine system, which pretty much governs everything in your body.
But you really have to keep it to a bare minimum, caffeine is basically a natural toxin and makes your liver excrete sugar into your bloodstream. So part of the caffeine high is from that rush of sugar into your bloodstream. This affects your body’s ability to stabilize your blood sugar levels for the rest of the day.
I have had several friends ask my how I got my belly to go down and I think that cutting out my morning coffee was one of the biggest factors, because this past month I have been drinking a cup of coffee (half caffeine and half dandy blend) a couple times a week and my little belly has pouched out more. It’s still way better than it was in this picture, but it is less flat than it has been. Again, it was super flat last summer before I got pregnant and then I sorta had to go back to square one again. It’s never just one problem or one solution, I am just saying I think the caffeine contributes to fat specifically around your waist, because of what it does to your blood sugar levels, which for a lot of people, me included, is the last problem area when you have been on a health and wellness journey.
Post miscarriage, I started craving caffeine again (and sugar for that matter). I am not sure why. I think it might have more to do with needed to do LOTS of things to take care of myself in a decadent, loving way. But I am sure my hormones are still making there way back to normal as well. On the days I want coffee, I am going for it, for now, because I know how to reign it now. I will do one small cup of half Dandy Blend and half regular organic caffeinated coffee and wean myself back down to just Dandy Blend when I am ready. With Penelope sleeping through the night since last fall and she sleeps in till at least 8a, I feel pretty good in the sleep department and I am not worried about my adrenals right now. But it is a very slippery slope and I am gonna to have to be very vigilant and not let my twice a week half/calf cup slide into an every day thing and then to a full cup of caffeinated coffee.