Kicking the Habit
This week’s Monday Motivation is going to be a little different. I’m going to give you a little challenge to get off the coffee!! If you’re anything like I used to be, you probably have a nasty caffeine addiction. I used to get my fix on anything I could find; 32oz cups of coffee, diet pills, energy pills, diet soda, you name it. I was always tired and always looking for some kind of “upper” to get me through the day. What I didn’t know, was that my caffiene addiction was actually a huge part of the problem and instead of helping, was actuallly making things worse.
From Frederic Patenaude Here’s an unknown fact:
Reliance on coffee to jump start your day is actually depleting your physical, emotional, and mental state.
According to Gayle Reichler, MS RD CDN, “Within five minutes after you drink your morning coffee, the caffeine begins to stimulate your central nervous system, triggering the release of stress hormones in your body, causing a stress (‘fight or flight’) response. Within the next hour or so, after the stress response dissipates, you will probably feel more tired and hungry.’ So what appears as “quick energy” is in reality a stress response triggered by the adrenal glands!
“Caffeine can cause weight gain in a number of ways. The most significant way is the games it plays with blood sugar levels. After drinking coffee, the liver releases glycogen which raises blood sugar and to fix this problem the pancreas releases insulin. The catch is that insulin will store the excess sugar as fat.
Next, your blood sugar levels will drop and this is another reason for weight gain from caffeine because low blood sugar makes you very hungry. A lot of people think drinking coffee will help them lose weight because it wards off hunger for a few hours. Before quitting coffee, I used to drink a monster jug of iced coffee every morning, sometimes even twice a day, and not want to eat any food until late in the day. But sooner or later I was ravenous for food and the ensuing binges were neither healthy nor scale friendly.” (source)
The major ingredient in coffee, caffeine (or otherwise known as 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine) is the most widely consumed pharmacologically active substance in the world. Its major action is to stimulate the central nervous system. Excessive amounts in turn, increase the chance for negative side effects such as:
- mood swings
- chronic fatigue
- accelerated heart rate
- panic attacks
- dilated pupils
- and high blood pressure (source)
“Tannin – Tannin is a chemical that is found in both coffee and tea. Commercially, tannin is used in tanneries when processing leather to make the leather soft and shiny, which is a good indicator that you shouldn’t be drinking it. Tannin blocks the pores of cells, preventing them from receiving nutrients provided by food. Other adverse aspects of tannin that make it great for leather treatment are its hydration-removal properties, which can cause your skin to become rough and brittle over time.
Liver Spots – These dark splotches are caused by a high level of toxicity and congestion in the liver. Your liver acts like a filter for your body, purifying your blood so your cells can receive oxygen and nutrients. Long-term coffee use may block your liver with toxins, preventing your liver from purifying your blood, according to Chet Day’s Health and Beyond Online. This impure blood then taints the cells in your body, including skin cells, which may result in the development of liver spots as you age.
Dehydration – In addition to the dehydrating effects that tannin has on your skin, the caffeine in coffee, when taken in high amounts, also acts as a diuretic, which further dehydrates your body. Diuretics cause you to urinate more frequently, which can dry out your body as well as your skin.
Acne – The connection between caffeine and acne has been a topic of hot debate over the years…some experts believe that while caffeine may not be a cause of acne, it could worsen the already existing condition. The toxic effects that coffee can have on your liver can also lead to acne, as the liver is unable to purify your blood, resulting in tainted skin cells.” (source)
Those are some pretty good reasons to give up coffee, don’t you think?! I know it’s hard, coffee is yummy! BUT I’ve got some exciting news for you! There are some AMAZING coffee substitutes that not only taste great but are actually GOOD FOR YOU!!
Lauren Conrad (from the MTV’s Laguna Beach & The Hills) recently featured my green smoothie as her favorite “Slim-Down Smoothie”!! Thanks LC!!
If you still want that coffee flavor and feel, here’s something you’ll love, CocoCeps. It is my absolute favorite coffee replacement. It comes in a powder form, simply add hot water and stevia and you are in for a real TREAT!! I seriously LOVE this stuff! It not only tastes good but it is so, so, sooooooo good for you!! Cococeps contains Micronized Cordyceps, a potent tonic used for centuries in Tibetan and Chinese cultures to promote energy and longevity.
From Cordyceps: The best medicine in the world, Cordyceps can:
- Restore health during convalescence and treat deficiency syndrome caused by overstrain.
- Strengthen the immune system to help the body resist and withstand attacks from virus and bacteria.
- Prevent tumor activity.
- Regulates sleep problems and improves sleep quality.
- Improves blood circulation and regulates blood pressure.
- Reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels, thus promoting cardiovascular heath.
- Improve sexual function in men and also combats infertality in women.
- Alleviates arrhythmias, thus protects the heart.
- Resists allergy.
- Increases vitality and stamina. It is especially useful in alleviating fatigue, enhancing physical endurance, and mental acuity.
- Controls liver, lung and kidney dysfunction.
- Resists respiratory problems.
- Reduces pain
- Neutralizes side effects caused by radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
- Protects against free radical damage and oxidative stress, thus slows down the effect of aging.
- unlike coffee, CORDYCEPS HAS NO SIDE-EFFECTS!
Cococeps also contains Micronized Reishi which is probably the most well-known tonic mushroom in the world. It is known in China by the name Ling Zhi, and revered throughout East Asia as the “Mushroom of Longevity.”
Reishi mushrooms are herbal mushrooms that have been used in Japan and China since ancient times. Its Chinese name is Ling Zhi, which means “spiritual potency”. There is proof that this mushroom has been used in medicine for over 2000 years, and in those times was mainly reserved for use by Emperors and others that were of Royalty. A notable number of studies conducted in countries including Japan, the UK, China, and the USA have shown the consumption of Reishi mushrooms can produce numerous health benefits. These benefits include but are not limited to:
- Restoring the body’s natural state, and helping all organs to function properly.
- Maintains a healthy immune system and restores the body’s balance when sick.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Provides calcium and phosphorus, as well as other essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, chitin, and iron.
- Used to treat asthma.
- Used to treat anxiety disorders.
- Used to treat sleeping disorders.
- Promotes liver health and can even regenerate the liver.
- The mushrooms have antibacterial effects.
- Supports healthy nerve function. (source)
- Read this article for Reishi’s wide range of medicinal applications.
So, I really can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t want to drink Cococeps. Don’t let the mushrooms fool you, it is absolutely DELICIOUS and as we’ve learned above, it is basically the most nutrient dense superfood on the planet!! Add a dash of stevia and you are in for one tasty, health regenerating treat!! As you know I strongly recommend purchasing products through iherb.com. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE iherb!! They’ve got the lowest prices ANYWHERE (often up to 40% below retail) and I can get absolutely anything I need from supplements & superfoods to shampoo, facial cleanser, bath saltslaundry detergent – you name it, they’ve got it!! I love you guys, so please feel free to use my discount code WAG472 to get $5 OFF your first order + free shipping on orders of $20 or more!!
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