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DAY 1 of 30: MEAT & VEGGIES ONLY CHALLENGE

I have been challenged by my husband to commit to consuming meat and vegetables for the next 30 days, effective today 01|02|2020. With meat and vegetables I am able to add any condiments and/or toppings. For example: ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomatoes (I hate tomatoes), and pickles. For beverages: water and tea (tea counts towards your water intake). Now, when I mention tea I am not referencing “sweet tea” or any tea beverages with artificial sweeteners.

Most importantly, this challenge involves me eliminating iced coffee. I am one of those avid iced coffee addicts and this 30 day challenge definitely will be a challenge for me as I eliminate coffee. Aside, from a caffeine headache which will probably occur with my sudden stop of caffeine, I am going to miss the social part of enjoying my iced coffee in the mornings.

During the next 30 days I hope to successfully transition from coffee to tea. There are so many different tea blends that have multiple health benefits (reduce bloating, curve cravings, cure upset stomach, relax).

I will keep each of you updated with my progress over the next 30 days and post pictures of my meals throughout the day.

Take a look at my lunch from today:

Chicken Caesar Salad (no croutons) from Panera Bread

3 Tips on How to Deal with Coffee Cravings

While you may classify your love for coffee as an “addiction,” it more than likely is just a dependence. It is really not that difficult to kick your coffee habit to the curb or at least have more control over your coffee craving.

One aspect to keep in mind is that caffeine withdrawal does not last that long and your body will naturally reset itself after a free weeks of abstinence from consuming coffee. Yes, you may experience some side effects such as: headaches, tiredness, irritability, and trouble concentrating are all are temporary and will resolve on its own. The longer you successfully refrain from coffee, your tolerance for caffeine will also decrease.

3 Tips on How to Deal with Coffee Cravings:

  1. Quit Cold Turkey: Remind yourself that symptoms of withdrawal are only temporary. Symptoms can range mild to severe and will very individually. Some people may find it challenging to function normally and others may be able to work through the sudden transition. Withdrawal normally occurs within 12-24 hours after your last cup of coffee. The majority of withdrawal symptoms will peak after two days without caffeine but could potentially last up to ten days.
  2. Gradually Give it Up: If you are not willing to quit cold turkey, fearful of the symptoms you may encounter- slowly begin to reduce your coffee intake each day. You can even replace coffee with another caffeinated beverage that has lower caffeine. For example, the average cup (8 oz.) of coffee has about 95-200 mg of caffeine; a cup (8 oz.) of tea has about 14-60 mg of caffeine. Making a simple change, tea over coffee can assist with weaning you off of coffee.
  3. Break your Coffee Routine: If drinking coffee has become a daily routine breaking your habit is as simple as altering your routine. Instead of enjoying a cup of regular coffee you may want to opt for decaf in the morning. Another option, would be to replace your morning coffee with another beverage (tea or breakfast smoothie).

If you are struggling to break your coffee craving please share what you think causes the setback in your life? Is it the taste that you crave or the experience? Do you drink coffee for social reasons? I would love to learn more about your thoughts and experience with coffee cravings.

If you have successfully overcame your coffee dependence please share what worked for you.

FLWE ❤

Coffee Exposed: Why do you crave coffee?

We all know coffee to be a stimulant. Consuming coffee speeds up your central nervous system, which makes us feel more alert. Aside, from the jitters and sudden increase in energy caffeine blocks the adenosine receptors in the brain. Adenosine receptors typically function to promote sleep under normal conditions.

We often get addicted to the feeling of alertness and become dependent on it as a daily pick me up. Once you develop a habit of drinking coffee it can be difficult to stop. If you find yourself in this situation- this blog post is for you. (continue reading)

Why do you crave coffee?

  • Habit

If coffee has become a part of your morning routine you could simply be craving coffee out of habit. You may be consuming coffee for social purposes as well. Whatever the reason may be it stems from a psychological dependence on caffeine. This means “you” think you need it, when in reality you really don’t or just may just simply enjoy it. When you are psychologically dependent on something it can a hard habit to stop.

  • Coping Mechanism for Stress

Stress has a major effect on our bodies and sends various signals to our brain. Some of the effects of stress include: anxiety and fatigue. Many individuals seek chemical boosters like caffeine in order to cope with managing during stressful times. While it is normal to clutch to coping mechanisms to deal with stress it does create habits- which can be difficult to overcome.

  • Low Iron Levels

Coffee cravings can be associated with iron deficiency anemia. Having low iron will cause you to experience fatigue and weakness. As a result to this feeling, we tend to seek beverages that will supplement us throughout the day when we dip into those periods of tiredness.

If you suspect that you have a iron deficiency I highly recommend you to consult with your Physician. It may be helpful to begin a iron supplement in order to regulate your iron levels. This will definitely assist with resolving the fatigue and weakness that you may be experiencing. Addressing the underlying issue is crucial, since coffee contains natural compounds called tannins that prevent iron absorption. While, coffee assists temporarily with overcoming tiredness it is not a long term fix.

  • Pica Cravings

You may be wondering what these terms mean. Pica is a disorder that I am sure a great majority suffer from. Pica is when you crave things that have no nutritional value. Characteristics of these cravings is when you want food simply to enjoy the experience (taste, smell, chewing, etc.). These cravings are often associated with low iron levels as previously discussed.

As a coffee drinker I have identified that I enjoy coffee for the taste and smell. Something about the smell of a fresh brew makes me happy. I don’t necessarily drink coffee for the temporary energy jolt- since it is short lived.

  • To Avoid Withdrawal Symptoms

The most popular withdrawal symptoms from caffeine are headaches. Naturally, it can be harder to stop consuming something if we are going to experience adverse reactions (headaches). To cope with these symptoms, we sometimes unknowingly are driven to consume more. Consuming caffeine often aids to suppress headaches, increasing our craving. Other withdrawal symptoms include tiredness and lack of focus; which we also aid with coffee consumption.

  • Addiction

To have an addiction means something slightly different than dependence. To have an addiction means you continue to use a substance if though it is not good for you or is causing you problems. Caffeine dependence is more common than having an actual addiction. However, if you suspect that your have an addiction- seek medical advice.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. I will be discussing in the coming weeks how to deal with coffee cravings, and coffee health benefits.

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FLWE ❤