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My thoughts on coffee + A dandy un-coffee fix

23 April 2014
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Coffee lovers, I feel you! I love my coffee. I adore the smell and the taste. I look forward to the experience of walking to my local coffee shop for a cozy cup.

And that is just it  – a cup. One cup, one time a day. Unfortunately, so many are drinking more than one. Four to five cups a day is the norm for some! This influx of caffeine each day can cause hormonal havoc. Caffeine causes our blood sugar levels to surge quickly which can cause a blood sugar rollercoaster for the rest of the day. This means sudden cravings, mood swings, increased appetite and feelings of fatigue. This is why it is important to drink a coffee after food (on a full stomach) to help balance the effects. It also triggers the release of adrenaline (too much adrenaline can lead to the fat storage stress hormone, cortisol) and congests our precious livers (our largest fat burning organ and the place where our hormones are processed). Hmm!

In what feels like another lifetime as a dieter, I used to drink cups and cups of black coffee because it was “calorie free.” I had no clue the damage it was doing to my health, my sleep, my peace of mind. I needed to find an alternative that provided a similar warmth and comfort without all the caffeine.

Enter dandelion almond-y “coffee.”

This glorious dandelion root herbal blend is like a miracle – it has a similar body and bitter but creamy taste. It’s a rather simple blend – roasted dandelion roots, chicory, beets, and the grains of barley and rye. Some fantastic health benefits, too! It’s full of vitamins, plus trace minerals and micronutrients. It helps stimulate your digestive system, too, to better the absorption of nutrients. I use Bonvit brand, but Dandy is also easily available online.

Simply strain 1 heaped tablespoon of dandelion coffee in 1/2 mug of hot water, then add 1/2 cup of frothed almond milk. Add a few Stevia drops and cinnamon, and you’ve got a cozy cup. 

Give this a go when you’re craving that second cup of coffee – you’ll develop a much healthier addiction! 

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