Good news: Despite what you might have heard, all of the most current research points to the fact that drinking coffee is actually good for you. (Yay!)
But wait, because here’s where it gets confusing: While a cup of joe (or two) a day can provide health-boosting antioxidants, there are still lots of reasons to cut back on caffeine consumption. And as I kick off 2018, I’m thinking many of them apply to me.
First, whether or not java is good for your overall long-term wellbeing, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, sipping it can lead to feeling wired 24-7. This can make it hard to slow down and live mindfully. When I try to meditate after a few cups, for example, it feels like there’s a ping pong ball being batted around in my head, which isn’t exactly helpful when I’m trying to focus on my breath and watch thoughts come and go with a sense of calm.
More importantly, by making you feel artificially alert, caffeine can mask other issues affecting your healthy lifestyle. If you’re barely sleeping, for example, or aren’t eating the right foods for sustained energy, those issues won’t come to the surface until you wean yourself off that boost.
So, to start the year right, I’m going to try sipping on these alternate beverages instead of reaching for a latte every time I want a drink.
Yeah, simple, I know. But it’s always a great idea to up your intake of good ‘ol H20. Drinking more water is linked to more successful weight loss. Not hydrating enough can also affect your mood and cognitive abilities (AKA how impressed your boss is with how you do your job!). I’m going to try, like countless models and actresses and anyone healthy on Instagram, to drink a glass of lemon water each morning. We’ll see how that goes.
Using the crazy high-tech new Nutribullet Balance, I’m also going to be whipping up lots of smoothies packed with greens and other superfoods. Its Bluetooth-enabled nutrition sensor is like having a nutritionist in your kitchen with you, since it’ll track stats like how much protein you’re getting from whatever you’re blending. Brilliant!
I’m going to try to drink a smoothie in the AM a few times a week— I think giving my stomach a few extra hours before I hit it with solid food will help me feel a bit lighter in the AM. Also, my friend Kelly LeVeque says lots of fat, fiber, protein and greens in your smoothie will help stabilize your blood sugar and keep you fuller longer (and less hangry!). My recipe on repeat: Chocolate protein Powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, a handful of spinach (sometimes with a little Moon Juice dust!)..
(No Caffeine) Tea
Yes, some tea contains caffeine, but most has less than coffee, or you can also choose herbal varieties, like chamomile for better sleep. I also love matcha, which provides a less-jittery caffeine buzz that leads to sustained energy instead of a spike-and-crash scenario.
I’ve always had Yerba Matte around, but tend to grab other things. I think I’m going to start drinking more of it, since it’s supposed to be great for your brain.
I really love Kombucha. it’s tart and weird and tastes like nothing else. But best of all, it’s fizzy, so it makes me feel like I’m drinking a soda when I’m not. (PS did you know you could make your own at home with this cool machine?).
Are you trying to drink less caffiene as a resolution? How is it going? How do you feel? Share with me in the comments below!