Detox, Diets, Cleanses and Quitting Coffee!

No doubt the world will begin to bombard you with detox plans, diets, fasts, eat only air new years plans, but NOT I. I know the onslaught of all of that madness is coming, and I want to let you know that that will not happen here. It’s great to be active and it’s great to get back on track with healthy eating and those two things combined, over time, will give you the results that you desire. Extremes are not necessary and they are not sustainable for life. Health is about LONGEVITY. Being healthy for life. I’m here to help you get back on track and encourage you not to throw in the towel to old man winter, and keep your body moving as you choose good, wholesome foods. That’s it. That’s what works for the long term. Ignore all of the other hype that’s about to come your way. You don’t need it

There is no magic pill or potion or powder or bar or plan. It’s all just healthy eating and exercise. I used to always stress out so much around the new year with all the diet focused media – and I spent years trying every single diet invented and I want to save everyone else from having to go through that. People say, “when diet and exercise fail, take this pill or drink this shake for 30 days”..but diet and exercise don’t fail!!!!! Healthy eating and fitness combined IS the “magic”. Sure it takes longer than we would like sometimes, but it works, it’s safe, it’s healthy, it’s good for us, and it’s the only way to go!

On a side note – I QUIT COFFEE!   I’ve always had a thing for coffee, I enjoyed the taste, the smell, the little boost of energy that came after I had a cup.  But lately, as I’ve increased my fruit and veggie consumption, coffee has tasted gross to me.  This is really strange because I’ve always loved the taste of coffee.  But for the past month or so, anytime I taste coffee it just tastes like acid to me.  Literal acid.

Which then got me thinking…why am I even drinking this anymore?  If I don’t even like the taste, I should really try something else.

When you spend time with non-coffee drinkers, and realize that they don’t need coffee to have energy, or to feel awake in the morning, it makes you want to get on that wagon with them. So this weekend was the beginning of my not having coffee.  Today is day 5.  I don’t have a headache and I’m not moody, but I feel foggy.  Like there is cloud over my head.  Or a “brain cloud” as Tom Hanks was told in Joe Vs. The Volcano.

So I’m switching to tea full time – I think green tea and yerba mate teas are my favorite, as well as the vanilla rooibos tea at Starbucks.  I love that one.  I may also check out teeccino below because that sounds pretty interesting.

My coworkers are laughing at me today because they said, of all the times of the year, this is when you decided to do this!   But it’s tasted like ICK to me for a month, so it’s the only sensible thing to do! 🙂

If you LOVE coffee, by all means, this is not a knock against you in anyway (Just my personal decision).  If you are looking to switch to an alternative, here are some options:  (from the Hungry for Change website)

Healthy Coffee Alternatives

In the Hungry For Change Book we discuss the addictive nature of caffeine and when consumed in large quantities, can lead to adrenal fatigue. Coffee is also a diuretic, meaning it purges water from your body. That said, if you want to function at a high level and remain well hydrated, then it would be a better choice to replace coffee with a natural alternative. The list below provides some great tasting substitutes.

 

Teeccino Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee

This coffee alternative is popular among those who have removed regular coffee from their diets because it tastes very similar to coffee but is caffeine free. A mix of carob, barley, chicory nuts and other flavors (there are all kinds of varieties) it is truly tasty, can be brewed like coffee (in a French press, via tea bags or in an espresso machine), and mixes nicely with milk, soy milk or just plain honey if you’re more of a black coffee/milk-free person.

 

Yerbe Mate

If you’re not necessarily seeking a coffee taste, this herbal tea with numerous health benefits is a great choice. Not only does Yerbe Mate taste great hot or cold but it has powerful antioxidant properties, and it can also accelerate weight loss as it revs up the metabolism.

Green Tea

Green tea has less caffeine than a cup of coffee but enough to give you a boost without any of the coffee jitters. Its also packed with Catechins, which are powerful antioxidants and potent disease fighters.

 

Licorice Tea

Licorice tea is actually caffeine-free, but supports overburdened adrenal glands, which are organs that respond to stress. “Licorice is an adrenal tonic and increases energy. It adds a pleasant taste to tea blends and can also be taken in tincture form,” explain Dr. Linda B. White and Steven Foster, authors of TheHerbal Drugstore.

 

Wheatgrass Juice

This natural energizer is known as a liquid shot of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Some people don’t mind the taste and others do, but all agree that wheatgrass is one of the most nourishing juices. “Because of its easy digestibility and rapid assimilation, it’s a natural energy supplement, whether alone or added to a protein-type supplement drink,” says Gloria Gilbère, doctor of natural health.

 

Reishi Mushroom Tea

If you’re looking for a unique coffee alternative, try mushrooms in the form of tea. A staple in traditionalChinese medicine, the soft, flat reishi mushroom makes for one invigorating (and healthy) libation. White and Foster recommend combining 1/3 ounce of chopped or powdered reishi mushroom with 3 cups of water, then bringing the tea to a boil and simmering for 30 minutes before drinking in doses.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos is another full-flavored tea that can be mixed with any kind of milk and has plenty of flavor all on its own as well. It’s a refreshing pick me up and some health experts say it has immune-boosting properties.

Source Links:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-alternatives-to-coffee.html#ixzz2LPvXpPME
http://voices.yahoo.com/3-top-healthy-coffee-alternatives-5858726.html
http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/15-creative-alternatives-coffee

More info found here:

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/10-reasons-to-quit-coffee-plus-healthy-alternatives

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