Feeling triggered by the title?
Coffee has become something far bigger than what it should be in our society…its is a social ‘glue’ that sticks people together Admittedly, there are far worse social glues!) and its a crutch for those that are pushing themselves too hard or too fast.
Its interesting what comes up when I mention coffee, how much is too much and suggest cutting it out and reducing intake.
People squirm, shake their heads, make excuses and I’m sure that there were some people that were reading this, that are now no longer:)
So good on you for hanging in there!
Coffee isn’t the demon or the angel, its important to realise that it is just another substance to consume.
The problem arises when we abuse it, rely on it for energy and overdo it.
For any people, coffee is like that toxic partner – we will kick it (them) to the curb, take it (them) back, kick it (them) to the curb…
Does this clients story sound familiar?
She had drunk coffee since her early 20’s.
The amount had gone up and down – creeping up, then when the anxiety would kick in, she would reduce it or give it up all together.
Then she would have the odd one with friends, or the morning after a late night, and it would creep up again.
The coffee gave her a kick that she loved.
She loved feeling animated by it, the lovely taste and texture.
She was back to her old routine of overdoing the coffee intake.
Then it stopped working. There wasn’t that ‘kick’ anymore.
She was constipated.
Her energy levels plummeted (so did her bank balance at $5 a cup!) and anxiety kicked back in.
She knew she had to give it up (we really all know what we need, we just need a hand).
Together we made a plan.
The first couple of days, she had an almighty headache and could have murdered someone, and for the next week she felt that fuzzy, ‘slightly hungover feeling’.
(Who says caffeine isn’t a drug?!)
We introduced a dandelion root substitute – this is made up to look and taste like coffee (without the caffeine and is actually a liver stimulant).
She also loved ordering a turmeric latte (coconut milk with a turmeric powder blend, spicy and very tasty!).
AND THEN…. she felt great.
Her bowels were working regularly, she lost 2kg just with this change alone, she had less bloating and her energy levels were through the roof.
She didn’t have the slumps she would always get (which would lead her to reach for another coffee).
She was saving money.
She now drinks decaf when out meeting friends and drinks herbal teas (along with the dandelion root or turmeric substitute; they really are addictive).
What can you do today to feel good?
Get in touch and we can work out a plan to help you heal your hormones, and feel on top of things today.