What You Need To Know About Coffee

If you’ve been following my journey, you’ll know that I say ‘yes please’ to one cup of coffee each day. Plenty of research has shown that moderate amounts of coffee is good for our health. In my opinion, the issue with coffee is not the coffee itself; it’s the way people have their coffee. The additions of sugar, milk, cream and sweeteners are what make that innocent cup of coffee not so innocent. In fact, it can contribute to many unwanted health issues. Consuming too much caffeine can cause a rise in cortisol and adrenaline, which can cause all kinds of hormonal issues, in addition to weight gain around the midsection. It can also have a major impact on your liver and digestive function.

If you drink your cup of joe with full cream milk and two sugars, I can assure you this is not good. If you’re having a large cappuccino, this contains two cups of milk, two espresso shots and chocolate sprinkled on top, which is also not good! Most coffee options at Starbucks or Gloria Jean’s are not going to be a good option unless you have a long black.

 

What does a good coffee look like?

  • A long black: with a dash of good quality cow’s milk or almond milk (if you prefer dairy-free).
  • A piccolo: a shot of espresso with only a small amount of milk added. This is what I have. Sometimes I have cow’s milk, but when I’m cleansing, I enjoy almond milk.
  • A 1/2 latte/flat white: a cup of milk with the espresso shot. I sometimes order this.
  • A small 3/4 latte/flat white: this is 3/4 of the cup milk with no added sugar or sweetener.
  • A small latte: this is a full cup of milk with no added sugar or sweetener. A small latte is actually quite a lot of milk. This is as much as I would go. No more!

 

My tips for drinking coffee

  • Start your day with warm lemon water before you have any coffee
  • Drink your coffee before noon on a full stomach. I try to drink mind around 9am
  • Skip the afternoon coffee because caffeine can stay in your system for hours and make it difficult to fall asleep.
  • When the craving for your second or third cup comes, opt for a chai tea with almond milk and ground cinnamon, a dandy coffee, green juice or homemade healthy chai latte.
  • If you’re craving the pick-me-up you get from coffee, try having something nutritious but sweet, like my nut butter and sea salt brownies.
  • Ensure you’re eating enough protein and good fats at each meal to keep your blood sugar balanced. When you don’t eat these macronutrients, you’ll crave pick-me-ups, like caffeine.
  • Make sleep a priority. For most people, that means a solid eight hours each night. When you’re well rested, I bet you won’t even miss those extra afternoon coffees.

 

I have plenty more health and lifestyle tips in my 8-week Program.

 

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  1. Getmoxiee
    5 years ago

    That’s one thing that always gets me at my favourite cafe…even when ask for no chocolate on top…guess what comes out from the barrista…chocolate! Interestingly I have to use the same trick I use with changing any habit…I replace it with a better option…so now I always ask for cinnamon on top.

  2. kale and the kettlebell
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!!! I used to have a large soy flat white every morning – and never knew why I was having such terrible digestive issues. I cut the soy and now have a long black with a dash of milk and VOILAAA much better!!! Happy Friday gorgeous!

  3. Alex
    4 years ago

    Great tips! I have my coffee dark. I prefer its original coffee taste than mix it with some sugar or creamer. And oh, no coffee after 1pm? Geez I’ll try that

  4. Alwaysyoucanstayfit
    2 years ago

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  5. Angelina Brown
    2 years ago

    Great article! The beverage that almost all of us depend on every day to function is unfortunately not too good for our health. Coffee has been associated with many diseases and is considered very
    acidic for the body. You are right to say that it is the components that are included in the drink that are mostly harmful. Hydrating is essential if one has a strong intake of caffeine.

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