Cinnamon Dandy Blend Fuel + Quitting the Coffee

Before you continue reading, let me assure you this is a not a coffee bashing, stop drinking, coffee is the root of all disease’ kind of post.  This is also not a post advising you to sub your coffee for green juice, because hell, it just doesn’t work that easily.

Fun news, I’ve been off coffee for about 2 weeks now, and the plan to stick with this 100% for another 4 weeks!

My relationship with coffee has always been a little bit of a rollercoaster; sometimes I drink way to much, sometimes I don’t need any at all and sometimes it I’m a raging maniac with out it.  

A few years ago, I felt like my relationship with coffee was at it greatest point, I could enjoy it in moderation and not feel like I “needed it.” Well, then came my role as an Executive Chef with 3 am wake up calls, and the coffee maniac came out once again.

After my trip to Italy, I knew I needed a break from caffeine (espresso all day….literally), I truly believe if you listen closely enough – your body will really tell what it needs and doesn’t.  Also I’m in the midst of working on some hormonal and digestive correction, and coffee doesn’t bode well for either.

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Here’s the problem, I’m one of those people who truly loves the taste of coffee and the whole coffee culture. A cup of coffee with 35% grass fed cream OR fresh cashew milk, is swoon worthy for me. I grew up in a family that surrounds every social gathering with espresso and a father who treats his espresso machine like someone would treat their Ferrari.  I love making nut milk lattes and sipping them during my morning routine, or going to different coffee shops and experience the way they embrace coffee brewing.

There are a couple of reasons why I think ditching the caffeine or at least taking a break from it might be a good idea.

** When caffeine controls you and you don’t control the caffeine that’s big red flag. If your day physically can’t start without coffee, then you’ve surpassed dependency.
**  Also, it’s very freeing to not have any addictions to any food or beverages. For example, when I stopped competing I worked really hard to break any addictions I had towards certain habits or food: obsessive/overtraining, peanut butter, oatmeal, meal timing, counting macros and over or under eating. After a lot of work trying to regain normalcy around food and eating I was able to work through any addictions I was facing.  Addictions lead to a constant cycle of anxiety, tension and obsessive behaviour. Without even realizing it,  coffee can throw you right in this cycle.

Withdrawal
I’m not even going to sugar coat it, the first 7 days will be terrible, and you’ll want to give up many times. Giving up coffee comes with a whole load of symptoms during that first week that you should be braced for, I’ve listen the most common below:
 – Headache/Migraine
 – Fatigue/sleepiness
 – Decreased energy
 – Decreased alertness
 – Difficulty concentrating or thinking
 – Depressive like moods
  –  Irritability
 – Impaired cognitive function all together

Most people don’t realize how caffeine really affects them until they deal with a hormonal imbalance. This is when they really need to reconsider their Grande Americano, double shot. The problems occur when you are dealing with decreased adrenal function and coffee can yes, make that problem worse. Caffeine forces your glands to secrete and push harder when they don’t have much left to give,  which puts you into overdrive, making you more tired over time. Eventually this, among many factors, can put you into adrenal depletion. 

The idea is to make this a slow and progressive process so that your symptoms are lessened and perhaps more manageable.

On the plus, there are some amazing feelings that come with giving up the coffee, once you pass the dreaded first 7 days:

        – Deeper and more sound sleeps
– Feeling rested and attentive upon rising
– Absolute ZERO 3pm crash
– Reduced sugar cravings
– Better control of your mood
– The body is much more hydrated
– Less digestive upset and less digestive dependency

Will I ever have coffee again? Yes of course, however I will probably swap it for a high quality decaf and develop a much better relationship with it!

In the meantime, here is the recipe of the morning drink I’ve been making instead to still provide comfort, natural energy and stimulate digestion:

CINNAMON DANDY BLEND FUEL
Yields 1 Cup
{Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan}

INGREDIENTS
1 ½ cup boiling water
1 heap tablespoon of dandy blend
1/8 tsp cinnamon (or to your liking)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
Stevia or honey if you wish – I went with stevia

METHOD

1) Place everything in blender and blend on high speed until smooth and frothy.
2) Pour and enjoy!

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Anyways, I’m almost at week 3! Super excited about it, to be honest. 

Have an amazing snowy day guys!

-Chefanie xo

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Cinnamon Dandy Blend Fuel + Quitting the Coffee

  1. mikefleckcreator says:

    LOVE this article. Really cool to see the 1 month dedication free from coffee. I think I’d find that tricky. I’m currently trying a vegan diet for one month and loving it, might even continue to do it who knows. Great blog in general here, do you ever feature your writing with any other sites at all?

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    • stucci01 says:

      Hey Mike! Thanks for the comment and great job with your vegan challenge! I’m actually 11 weeks no coffee now, I decided to do it for a full 12 weeks (crazy I know lol!) No I actually haven’t featured my work on other sites, but I would really like too. I’ve written for a few magazines which has been great, but not other sites yet!

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