I don't need an inspirational quote. I need coffee.
Mmm! Coffee. One of the biggest rituals of my morning routine. Holding a warm cup of coffee on a cool morning feels like a hug from a loving friend, and it can be the best way to cap off a delicious dinner out with your sweetie.
If you've been following my journey these past few years, you may also know that I have been battling adrenal fatigue on and off for most of my adult life. This relationship between my insufficient adrenals and my deep love for coffee proves to be problematic every now and again, leaving me feeling over-anxious, fatigued, and mildly depressed, the higher my caffeine tolerance rises. My gut and skin become highly sensitive to the coffee's acidity, which causes me to feel bloated and my face to break out. When I begin to feel these symptoms coming on I know it's time to take a break from my 2-cup morning affair.
You may not be experiencing adrenal fatigue like me, but you may notice that your tolerance for caffeine has risen and you're not getting the same positive effects from your standard order. If that's the case, this plan is great for resetting your tolerance, as well.
5 Ways to Help Crowd Out Coffee:
- Go slow. If you are usually only enjoy a cup or two in the morning and are planning on detoxing cold-turkey make sure to have an alternative beverage that you can make on those mornings as a substitute to keep your routine in order. If you're putting away a pot of coffee to yourself over the course of the day then going cold-turkey will leave you with headaches, stomach aches, and a lousy mood. It's always good to play it safe and ween yourself off slowly to avoid feeling like complete sh*t. You can start by drinking half regular and half decaf until you're able to drink just decaf and eventually moving on to herbal teas or infused waters.
- Any lingering caffeine consumption should be pushed to the beginning of your day, ideally no later than 8-hours before your bedtime. I love having that fancy espresso after dinner, but it's a treat, not a habit. I like to have a cup early in the AM and then if I choose to have another, it's usually mid-morning. Having caffeine of any kind before bed will disturb your circadian rhythm and will ultimately lead to a poor night's sleep.
- Drink plenty of water. For many of us, that means just a few cups a day, but we should really be striving to drink much more than we think. A good rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide that number in half. That number is how many ounces you should be working to drink each day. Get a cool water bottle that you like, or spruce up your water with some fancy homemade infusions, using fresh fruit and herbs. Another nice way to get some extra H20 in your system is by drinking it hot with a couple tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar and lemon slices. This drink will not only help hydrate you, but pull toxins out of the body while doing so!
- Tell those around you that you're taking a break from the ol' muddy water. Having a support system will help you make the lifestyle changes necessary to successfully crowd out coffee altogether.
- Give yourself time. It takes anywhere from 12-20 hours after your last cup to start feeling withdrawal symptoms and will peak about 48 hours later and can last up to 7-9 days. By following the steps above, you'll be able to successfully reset your tolerance, and give your body the break it deserves.
Please share any other helpful tips or tricks you use to crowd out caffeine below in the comments!
In health and happiness,