I’m not a coffee drinker anymore!! I know I feel just as weird typing it as it sounds..
I started drinking coffee at the age of 5 when I would sneak the last sips of my mom’s cup. It was love at first sip, and I was drinking a cup every morning by the time I was 9! This carried on and coffee has always been a huge part of my life. It took an even bigger role when I became an Ashtanga yoga practitioner, because it helped provide energy for waking up at 4 or 5 AM.
But just this year, at 30, I had a huge WAKE UP call. My hormones were not balanced. My cortisol levels were high and my progesterone low. No Bueno. So I had to have an intervention with myself and stop the coffee.
I transitioned to green tea for 3 days, then cut all caffeine out for 10 days, and coffee for a complete month. I’m not gonna lie, the headaches were AWFUL. But after 3 days I was fine. And you know what? I have more energy now then ever! An energy that just feels natural, not artificial. I now drink hot cacao or matcha before my yoga practice, as well as a cup of kombucha in the afternoon,and perhaps a cup of coffee once a week as a treat.
The juice pictured here was a saving grace when I was having withdraws from coffee, and I still drink it almost daily in lieu of a cup of Jo. I call it the Energy Zinger.
Energy Zinger Ingredients:
- 4 -6 carrots depending on size
- 5 stalks celery
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 inch piece of peeled ginger root
- 1 inche piece of peeled turmeric root
- 1 lemon or lime
Juice and enjoy the natural buzz! I like to enjoy mine in the afternoon, as it gives me a nice little pick me up.
Have you recently quit coffee? What are some methods that helped you with the transition? I would love to hear any tips, so put em’ in the comment section below!
Health Coach Jenna