How To Quit Coffee: How I gave up my caffeine habit for my hormonal health & you can too!

I'm hoping this post will be helpful for some of you, as I would have loved to have found something like this when I was looking to give up coffee and didn't know where to start.

I was an avid coffee drinker from the age of 13. Sad to say, but it's true! I had my first cup of coffee as a fun treat when I was 10 years old, started drinking it regularly as a pre-teen, and by the time I hit high school I was a full-blown addict drinking a cup or two (or three) a day.

College only made it worse (I also worked at Starbucks during those years so... free coffee lol). I would drink coffee or espresso ALL DAY LONG! I could literally drink a latte at midnight while studying and fall asleep 20 minutes later. Needless to say, I had built up quite the tolerance and quite a crippling habit as well.

I couldn't go a day without coffee. When planning trips to new places or even just planning out a busy day, having access to coffee was top of mind. My friends and family knew that I would make them stop at a coffee shop if we were running errands or on a road trip. It's kind of sad how important it was to me. But I loved everything about it; the smell was comforting, the process of grinding and brewing the beans was a ritual for me, and the taste of a fresh-brewed cup of black coffee seriously couldn't be topped.

I spent the first part of my adult years as a Kindergarten teacher. Teaching and coffee go together like PB & J. So my addiction worsened (which I didn't think was possible).

Later on as a health coach, I would come across a ton of research that pointed at coffee as problematic, yet I would ignore it and jump on the bandwagon of coffee-centered health trends like Bullet Proof coffee to make myself feel better about my daily habit.

Meanwhile I felt terrible, never had any energy, couldn't sleep, my hairline was thinning, and my hormones were completely out of whack! Deep down I knew I should give coffee up, let’s just say no one was ever able to fully convince me.

Caffeine can stimulate the release of stress hormones, contribute to breast and ovarian cysts, and negatively impact fertility

My initial deep dive into overall hormonal health opened my eyes. Finally, I understood why I had to give up my beloved beverage. My coffee habit was constantly taxing my adrenals; flushing my body with adrenaline and plaguing my poor liver. Couple that with the chronic dehydration it caused, and I was blocking my own healing and counteracting all of the other amazing things I did to take care of myself throughout the day.

Needless to say, when I made the decision to finally ditch coffee once and for all, it was tough! But I knew It was time to give my body a chance to heal and to give my adrenals a fresh start. I also knew that I had to replace coffee rather than just cut out a huge part of my life & routine.

So I was on the search for health-promoting coffee alternatives and I was pleasantly surprised with my findings.

The following alternatives made transitioning away from coffee a much more manageable, and dare I say it... enjoyable experience. I found products that are meant to brewed like actual coffee, using either a french press or a drip coffee maker, for those people like me who truly enjoy the morning ritual of making a cup o' Joe. I also found options that were quick and easy, making me ponder how much time and energy I used to spend on my coffee each morning.

If you are a habitual coffee drinker and are looking to cut the caffeine I recommend weaning yourself off gradually, starting with a mix of 3/4 coffee to 1/4 "coffee alternative" and then lowering the coffee ratio each day until you can cut it all the way out! That way you avoid the nasty withdrawal symptoms that come with quitting caffeine cold turkey.

Coffig- Roasted Fig Beverage

Made solely from roasted figs! (Figs are one of the most alkaline fruits and are rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, selenium, and zinc! This beverage has a bright yet still bold taste and is a deep brown color that truly has the look of coffee lol)

Chaga Latte- Ground Chaga Mushroom Beverage

(Chaga mushroom is rich in Vitamins A, C, B, D, and E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium. It also has anti-cancer & anti-tumor properties. AND its high in beta-glucans which supports your immune system.

Rasa- Adaptogenic Wellness Beverage

This blend is made from 12 organic herbs and adaptogens, including chicory, dandelion root, chaga, and ashwaganda to name a few. It can support your body's natural detox pathways AND help your body respond better to stress. Both of which can contribute to hormonal balance. It also has no added flavors or gunk. Very herbal yet delicious)

Cafe Capomo - Organic Maya nut beverage

(Made from just 100% Pure Capomo (Maya Nut) and cinnamon. Maya nut, also known as Ramon or Breadnut, and is full of antioxidants and is high in calcium, potassium, folate, iron, zinc, B vitamins. This has a rich, deep flavor reminiscent of a dark roast coffee)

Dandy Blend - Instant Herbal Beverage

Dandy Blend can be served hot or cold, is super inexpensive, and a excellent way to get dandelion root into your diet which is high in plant estrogens and plays a crucial role in detoxifying excess hormones in the body.

There you have it! The best coffee alternatives for when you're ready to take your hormonal healing up a notch by quitting the caffeine habit. (Or when you just want a tasty caffeine-free beverage!)

Comment below with your favorite coffee alternatives for the community to try and/or let me know if you try any of these :)


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