You guys! I’m drinking coffee again! Hallelujah!
If you didn’t know, I quit caffeine for 8 long months. I had many reasons for coming to this decision which you can read about here.
Thankfully since quitting caffeine and writing that article, I have done a lot of additional research and have come across a lot of information on how to continue enjoying coffee while mitigating any negative effects it can have.
Before cutting coffee and caffeine out of my life, I bought my coffee pre-ground and I drank it black – first thing in the morning and usually again in the afternoon. Now I do things very differently.
Needless to say, I’m very excited to be drinking coffee again and am equally as excited to share this information with you!
In this article I’ll dive into why I decided to become a coffee drinker again, what I’m doing differently this time around to avoid any negative effects and what brand I currently use and recommend.
Why I Decided To Start Drinking Coffee Again
To start, I just really, really missed it. I found a great organic substitute that was the closest thing I could find to coffee but it just wasn’t the same.
I missed the taste and I really missed the energy boost it gave me in the morning. Running around after a toddler all day that still wakes up multiple times a night is exhausting and it’s just so nice to treat yourself to a hot cup of coffee in the morning.
I also wanted to start drinking it again for my metabolism. My digestion and my metabolism have been sluggish since giving birth and I’ve been trying to take the necessary steps to heal them.
Coffee supports thyroid function and is a great way to boost your metabolism, so I figured I would let that be the final reason to allow myself to start drinking coffee again.
What I’m Doing Differently To Mitigate The Negative Effects Of Caffeine
1. I don’t drink my coffee black anymore
My anxiety was the main reason that I considered quitting coffee in the first place, so naturally it was also the main reason that I was hesitant to begin drinking it again.
Luckily, I found out how to continue drinking it without worsening my anxiety symptoms – by drinking it with cream and sugar.
Coffee increases your body’s glucose uptake and metabolic rate, so if you consume it without any calories it will cause your blood sugar to drop and your body to go into fight or flight mode.
Drinking your coffee with cream and sugar will add the calories needed to avoid a stress response that can increase your anxiety and damage your thyroid and adrenal glands.
Eating your breakfast before drinking coffee will also help to ensure that you avoid that blood sugar drop, especially if you insist on drinking it black.
I personally drink my coffee after breakfast with grass-fed cream and maple syrup to make sure my blood sugar is regulated and that the caffeine doesn’t send my body into fight or flight mode.
2. I’m only drinking dark roast coffee
I used to drink only medium roast coffee because the lighter the roast, the more antioxidants are maintained in the coffee bean. While this is true, lighter roasts also contain the highest levels of acrylamide.
If you read my post on why I quit coffee in the first place, you’ll remember I was concerned about the acrylamide it contains. Acrylamide is a neurotoxin and a carcinogen and it develops during the roasting process.
It may seem counterintuitive to drink dark roast coffee if acrylamide develops during the roasting process, but it’s not. Acrylamide forms early in the roasting process and then starts to break down the longer it’s roasted, leaving dark roasted beans with the least amount of acrylamide .
3. I don’t drink coffee after noon
Drinking coffee later in the day can really mess with your sleep cycles and your sleep quality. It can make it harder to fall asleep and once you do, it can prevent you from falling into a deep, restorative sleep.
Caffeine should be mostly cleared from your system after 8 hours, but it can take up to 10. So if you drink a coffee after noon, the caffeine could still be in your system after 10 PM.
I usually drink my coffee as early as possible but I never drink it past the 12 PM mark.
4. I buy whole bean coffee and grind the beans right before brewing them
I used to always buy pre-ground coffee because it was so convenient. If pre-ground was sold out, I would grind up a large batch of whole bean coffee and use that for the week.
It turns out that this is not the best idea.
Once the coffee beans have been ground and are exposed to oxygen, the antioxidants begin to oxidize and free radicals emerge. To prevent this from happening, keep the beans in an airtight container/package and grind a single serving of beans right before you brew them.
Your coffee will also taste so much better when you use freshly ground beans. You’re welcome!
The Brand Of Coffee I Use & Recommend
I’m very selective of the brand of coffee I use because of the risk of mold and mycotoxin contamination.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any Canadian companies that conduct lab testing for mold and mycotoxins on all of their batches of coffee. If you’re American, I recommend using Purity Coffee who does lab test all of theirs.
Since Purity Coffee doesn’t ship to Canada at this time, I decided to go with Kicking Horse Coffee. They are located in Invermere B.C. which has low humidity, making it less likely for their beans to be contaminated with mold and mycotoxins.
While they don’t make any of their lab testing public, they have stated on their website that they regularly send their beans to be tested at an independent lab and that they have tested negative for molds, bacteria and yeast 100% of the time.
Their coffee is also organic, fair trade and tastes delicious.
I’ve been drinking my coffee this way for about two weeks now and I’m happy to report that I haven’t had an increase in anxiety symptoms and I feel great.
I highly suggest adopting all of these changes into your own coffee routine but if you can only do one, consume your coffee with calories!
Have you ever tried to quit coffee? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!