I know I’m not the only middle-aged mom out there who’s had a 20+ year intense relationship with her coffee. If that’s you too, chances are we also share a thick middle, or what some health professionals call ‘coffee belly.’ all i knew was that my waistline never returned after having my kids. I have dedicated myself to steady & intense exercise, mediation, gotten more sleep, and minimized my stress, but my belly remains. It was my quest to conquer my belly that led me to understand that I needed to break up with coffee.
why give up coffee
I didn’t want coffee dictating to me the message that I was so tired and lethargic that I needed its caffeine anymore in order to start my day.
I also didn’t want coffee dictating my morning ritual or moods. I always had to take minimum of 30 minutes to get my two cups in before I did anything else. I also knew my body in general and nervous system in particular would be really happy to be free of the prison of chronic caffeine stimulation it had been bearing for 30 years. It is well documented that caffeine induces a stress response in the body. In response, the body produces cortisol to manage the stress brought on by caffeine. When you have a body chemistry like mine where cortisol is chronically present; the body stores fat in the abdomen.
When your stress and cortisol levels are high, the body actually resists weight loss. Your body thinks times are hard and you might starve, so it hoards the fat you eat or have present on your body. Cortisol tends to take fat from healthier areas, like your butt and hips, and move it to your abdomen which has more cortisol receptors. Hello ab flab! In the process, it turns once–healthy peripheral fat into unhealthy visceral fat (the fat in your abdomen that surrounds your organs) that increases inflammation and insulin resistance in the body. This belly fat then leads to more cortisol because it has higher concentrations of an enzyme that converts inactive cortisone to active cortisol. The more belly fat you have, the more active cortisol will be converted by these enzymes — yet another vicious cycle created by visceral fat. — Jilliam Michaels
Now that I’m conscious about what caffeine does to my body I set off on a mission to figure out how to do what I had thought was impossible – living without coffee. It was recently during my 21 day cleanse and that I discovered this recipe for organic chicory dandelion coffee that is all-natural and has no caffeine. Drinking this herbal coffee is a great way to transition to being caffeine-free, because it gives me that warm mug of delicious coffee flavor. My husband described it this morning as tasting like christmas-y coffee, probably because I make mine with a cinnamon stick.
ingredients & supplies
- You’ll need to order some special ingredients & supplies from Amazon if you don’t already have them.
- Organic roasted cut dandelion root – 1 lb. bag
- Organic roasted chicory root granules – 1 lb. bag
- Boodum French coffee press
- Electric kettle or stovetop kettle
- Heat the water to boiling in your kettle.
- Add remaining ingredients to your french press.
- Pour boiling water into french press and allow to steep for five minutes. you can place the top of the press on without plunging down to keep it hot.
- After five minutes or so, press the plunger down and enjoy with your favorite nut milk or creamer.
- I sweeten withSweet Drops all natural stevia in toffee flavor.
why decaffeinated coffee is just as bad as regular coffee
- Decaffeinated coffee is never completely caffeine free. “People who are trying to eliminate caffeine from their diet should be aware that popular decaffeinated espresso drinks such as lattes (which contain two shots of espresso) can deliver as much caffeine as a can of Coca-Cola — about 31 milligrams.” – Roland Griffiths, PhD, a professor of behavioral biology and neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
- Decaffeinated coffee is processed by chemicals which may be harmful to your health. Even decaf that claims to be 100% natural water process are soaked for up to 10 hours in methylene chloride and ethyl acetate which are harsh chemical solvents used in paint stripping and dry cleaning. Because the beans are steamed again to remove most of the solvents the FDA allows them to be called “100% natural water process” decaffeinated coffee. A misleading label for sure! Also, The FDA allows residue of these solvents to remain on the decaf coffee beans after roasting. That’s so gross.
- The soaking or steaming decaffeination process robs coffee of its beneficial antioxidants.
- Decaf is highly acidic which is can cause heartburn, ulcers, and other inflammatory response in the body. An acidic environment in the body will cause a depletion of your blood calcium levels in order to balance your Ph levels. The body will rob your bones of calcium in order to keep you balanced. Chronically, this situation can lead to osteoporosis.
I really, really encourage you to take a brave step and try living without coffee. I’m approaching it with an experimental and curious intention. I want to see how my body responds and how I feel. Let me know how you find it if you try it, too. Updates to come soon.