Ok – I’m going to be honest: I LOVE my coffee. And I know a lot of you do as well. I’ve had a lot of clients who don’t blink when I tell them to do a hundred burpees and give up bread forever but draw the line at giving up their coffee.
And I know – there are some anti-oxidant benefits to coffee and as far as health vices go, a cup of coffee is pretty tame. But. I’m still going to make you give it up for two days.
Because the whole point of the re-set is to ditch any addictions as well as any consumption patterns that aren’t serving you. For a lot of us, coffee falls BOTH of these categories. You shouldn’t need coffee for energy.
And we can re-set your body’s natural energy so that you don’t. But that can’t happen until you give it up for a bit. If the thought of giving up caffeine is making you anxious and you are wondering how you will get through the day without it, that’s a sign you are dependant. Use this time to reset, so you don’t need it. You’ll enjoy it more if you go back to it in moderation.
If you need some motivation, consider this: Caffeine is a compound that can tax the liver, especially if consumed in large amounts and/or if the liver is already overburdened. If you are drinking lots of coffee and still struggling with low energy, this might be why.
In addition, caffeine can also speed up the digestive process prematurely and inhibit gastric juices needed to break down food. This interferes with the body’s ability to absorb all the nutrient-rich food you are feeding it. And in the long run, you will feel depleted. Caffeine is a stimulant that will increase your stress hormones. When stress hormones go up, insulin also goes up.
If the thought of giving up caffeine is making you anxious and you are wondering how you will get through the day without it, that’s a sign you are dependent. Use this time to reset, so you don’t need it. You’ll enjoy it more if you go back to it. Now- there are definitely benefits to drinking caffeine, so we just need to find a healthy balance.
So that’s why we include caffeine as off-limits during the two-day reset. (you can have herbal tea or Dandy Blend during the first two days, but try to avoid “decaf” coffee as there is still some caffeine in there)
After that, we limit to one serving a day MAX. (and never after 1 pm)
One serving would be one 8 oz coffee or one double espresso (did you know that espresso actually has less caffeine than drip coffee?) On days you have caffeine, make sure you drink an extra glass of water. The ratio should be two cups of water to one cup of coffee. This is on top of your other water intake. Hope you like peeing! For many people, coming off coffee during the reset is hard enough that they choose to stay off it. If that’s the case for you, you might want to look into Dandy Blend, an herbal beverage with the taste, body, and texture of coffee.
NOTE: When you reintroduce coffee, it should be black, no sugar. If you want to add “cream”, non-dairy nut milk or my favourite, coconut milk from the can! yum! Keep in mind that most chain coffee shops that offer Almond Milk or Coconut milk, offer a proprietary version from there own brand, which is loaded with sugar! So avoid those!