You know all about Joe and the possible ways that it hinders your efforts to clean things up. But what’s the point simply stating a problem without providing solutions? That mindset has never worked for me! Let’s continue with possible solutions for lessening coffee intake to completely kicking it for a few weeks (your choice to extend the coffee/caffeine hiatus from there).
You like to drink coffee during the work week only as a way to regulate the habit, right? The off and on consumption can be doing more harm than good. Instead, drink coffee every day, but change up your blends throughout the week. You can make 50/50 blends of caffeinated and decaf or switch over to decaf. Use blended drinks for most days and save the strong stuff for days you ABSOLUTELY feel you need it. Because research shows you really don’t need the full-leaded version.
Many of us drink coffee as a way to increase energy (or so we think!). Exercise provides energy you need to get going – when you find yourself yawning mid-day take it as a sign to back away from the computer for awhile. Head outside, breathe fresh air and if you can take a brisk walk. Or start your morning with exercise. I find it difficult to drink coffee after I’ve had a morning sweat session. I crave a healthy breakfast, green juice or a cold smoothie. Try swapping coffee for movement or exercise – just for a week! – and see if you notice any changes in your consumption patterns.
Find a replacement drink for your coffee. For many of us foods and drinks are associated with feelings and behaviors. I’m the first to admit I love to wrap my hands around a cup of coffee and inhale its wonderful aroma. It has strong triggers for me – relaxing and it feels like a treat since I don’t drink it often. I also recognize that I’m making powerful associations… uh-oh! So I’ve tried to find other warm, indulgent drinks. I love tea, but when I want something more rich I make a non-milk (vegan by default) drink. My replacement recipe is really simple or you can see 5 more drinks – like coconut hot chocolate and almond milk chai – here! Another great recipe is found on Queer Vegan Food – Superfood Hot Chocolate!
Create fun and induce a smile! If you’re having a rough day – due to decreased coffee consumption or just because – send a love note! Or be the supportive friend and pay it forward as a way to say “thinking of you!” if they’re trying to make changes for their health and well-being (no one said change is always easy!). There’s a beautiful, easy-to-use notecard app from Red Stamp or find the entire gallery of love notes from Lululemon to make it easy & sweet to send love and encouragement.
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