To Coffee or Not to Coffee?

When I first dove into a wellness lifestyle I gave up coffee for about a year.  I drank warm lemon water every morning because that's what all the cool yogis and health coaches were doing...

... And it sucked!  Like seriously sucked.  I thought about coffee every single day.  More like fantasized actually.  I dreaded the lemon water, and I know a lot of my wellness buddies won't like what I'm about to say, but I'm not convinced that warm lemon water is really the best option especially for your beautiful teeth.

But back to coffee...

I now drink a cup of coffee almost every morning.  I buy organic coffee, and I use either my new drip maker or a french press.  I drink it with a teeny bit of raw sugar, and a generous splash of cream.  My cup of coffee is sacred, and I'm not being dramatic here.  When I go to bed at night, I actually look forward to knowing that coffee will be there for me in the morning.  Have you ever heard the quote that sleep is like a time portal to coffee?  I couldn't agree more!

But like I previously mentioned, I gave up coffee multiple times depending upon what health information I was currently subscribing to.  The data is mixed.  Some say coffee is "bad".  It dehydrates you, depletes your adrenal glands, and caffeine is not good for you.  I've also read multiple studies that tout the benefits of drinking coffee.  Coffee can actually reduce your risk of developing several forms of cancer.  Yes, you read that right.  There is scientific data that suggests coffee is anticancer!

My approach: If you like it, drink it.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Always buy organic coffee and cream because we want to avoid nasty chemicals.
  2. There is a huge difference between drinking a cup of coffee in the morning versus drinking coffee all day long to compensate for poor lifestyle choices.  Excessive caffeine is definitely not good, and it will NOT make up for lack of sleep, crappy eating habits, sitting all day, depressive thoughts, and no exercise.  See the difference?
  3. Try a coffee meditation.  Instead of scrolling on your phone or writing emails while you chug coffee try to slow down and be present. Breathe in the heavenly scent of the hot coffee.  Feel the warmth of the mug in your hand.  Feel the burst of flavor as the coffee hits your tongue.  Notice the texture and the heat.  See if you can feel the heat as it moves throughout your body.  What a perfect mindfulness exercise to start the day with (for those with kids, I personally know the chance of this happening is slim to none!).
  4. Remember that you know what you need to do.  Listen and trust your body.  If coffee makes you feel anxious and gross, don't drink it.  If it makes you feel happy and satisfied, enjoy!  It's really that simple.
  5. In general, avoid extremes!  All or nothing rules are not realistic for long term success.  It actually causes more stress, sets you up for failure, and leads to feeling guilty.  No bueno.  There is no one right way, so run far from anyone who says there is.  Think about what is sustainable and good for you. Healthy living isn't supposed to feel like deprivation or punishment.  For me, that is how no coffee felt.  

Tell me what you think.  Do you drink coffee, too?  Have you ever given it up for health reasons?  Or if you have given it up, tell us about that, too!