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Why I Don’t Drink Coffee
I find it interesting that I hear people complain about the cost of organic eggs being $6 a dozen but the line for a $6 Starbucks mocha frappe is out the door!
My post will not be the most popular blog post. Most of you would rather listen to the arguments that coffee is healthy or it raises ketones. The truth is often hard to hear and addictions are hard to break. I waited way too long to write about why I do not drink coffee.
It is a joke in my family that I am the Energizer Bunny! I have more energy now that I do not drink coffee and it is a better feeling energy! I don’t have the drop in energy once the caffeine is out of my system.
I also want to bring to attention that when you drink a bulletproof coffee in place a real breakfast, you are missing out on nutrient-dense foods such as eggs or beef. It is also easy to drink calories in excess, where chewing your food signals hormones and tells you that you are full and satisfied. Keep in mind that if you drink bulletproof coffee in an effort to “fast” until noon, you are no longer fasting. Consuming more than 40 to 50 calories generally takes you out of intermittent fasting, which is a powerful tool for ketogenic dieting.
Adding fat to coffee just to reach a percentage is a mistake that many people make with a keto lifestyle. A keto-adapted body can burn body fat and dietary fat equally. So if you are adding extra fat to your diet (in the form of bulletproof coffee, fat bombs, and so on), then your body will use less body fat and more dietary fat for fuel, resulting in less body fat loss. And if you are leaner, this can actually have bad effects on triglycerides and health (more HERE).
I understand the love for coffee! I worked at a coffee shop since the age of 15 and I drank coffee nonstop! However, I kicked that addiction for many reasons and I want to tell you why it may be helpful to quit coffee too!
1. Coffee Increases Blood Sugar and Lowers Insulin Sensitivity
On average, coffee will increase blood sugar by 8% for someone with metabolic syndrome or Type 2 diabetes; which the majority of the population wouldn’t pass a Kraft test and have some metabolic damage.
Caffeine also lowers your insulin sensitivity. This is not a good thing, it means that your cells no longer react to the insulin as much as they once did, which causes your body to make more insulin. This is the main reason I cut coffee! It was holding me back from healing my body!
But cutting coffee, you most likely will be able to lose the weight if you have been stuck for awhile.
2. Coffee Increases Hunger and Cravings
Once I finally cut coffee, my hunger and cravings were under control. I also hear this from clients all the time! But it makes sense! If you don’t mess with your blood sugar (reason #1 to cut coffee), this will also control your hunger and cravings. What goes up must come down. When you first take a sip of your coffee, hunger will most likely go away because blood sugar is increasing, however, when you stop drinking coffee, blood sugar will fall and hunger will increase more than if you would have skipped the coffee.
“Hi Maria! I stopped drinking coffee (yup, I drank a lot of coffee for a long time – first thing in the morning big pot) and I was suffering big time – but I stayed with it. THE MOST AMAZING THING IS THAT MY CRAVINGS STOPPED. Now – I am in control. I am in control of what I eat and how much I eat. I write everything and yes, I am counting my macros. For most people it will sound silly – but when yesterday my son and I had dinner – your rueben pork chops from the cleanse book – I stopped when I was full. Just 2 weeks ago, I would go till the end, till the plate would be empty. And to me – THAT’s huge. Well, of course I lost 8 pounds – but that number is not as special to me as the feeling of having the ability to choose the food, to stop, to feel satisfied and truly full. I hit it hard in my cross-fit classes now! Thank you for giving me the tools to start my journey – “The 30 day Ketogenic Cleanse” explained it all and made it simple. I do not follow the exact plan – rather I choose the recipes I like and go for it.Sincerely,
3. Caffeine causes Sleep Issues
Many clients I work with have hard time staying asleep. Even if you can stay asleep, 6 hours of sleep is not enough!
Caffeine is a stimulant for the brain. This will have an affect on sleeping patterns and we as the quality of the sleep. When my clients cut out all caffeine, they see improvements in the quality of sleep they get every night.
Even if you aren’t drinking coffee before you go to sleep, it can still have an affect the amount of solid sleep you get. While we were in Ethiopia adopting our boys, the Ethiopians held a coffee ceremony for us at 8pm (the photo below is from the coffee ceremony). I pretended to drink the coffee they made special for us but they noticed that I didn’t drink it and they asked if something was wrong. I kindly explained that I would not sleep if I would partake in the ceremony. They thought I was a little crazy, but I wasn’t about to drink the extremely strong coffee before bed. This photo is from the coffee ceremony in Ethopia.
4. Coffee Contains Mold
When Craig was diagnosed with Lyme disease, he was also tested for mold and he was filled with it. That is what led me to research things that cause mold issues in the body. Coffee is one of them!
Coffee has mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are the toxic chemical that mold produces that commonly grow in crops that have long storage processes like grains, corn, and coffee beans. They are the cause of many health conditions and symptoms. One of which is it causes cell death in the brain and causes extreme dopamine depletion.
5. Caffeine Increases Androgens
Many of you know that I suffered from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). When a woman has PCOS the hormones get out of balance. One hormone triggers another, which changes another and the sex hormones get out of balance. In a healthy female body, the ovaries make a tiny amount of male sex hormones (androgens). In PCOS, they start making too much androgens. This often causes you to stop ovulating, grow excessive facial and body hair, and acne.
Someone with PCOS is known to have too much insulin, and are insulin resistant. When the body doesn’t use insulin well, blood sugar levels go up. Over time, this increases your risk of type 2 diabetes.
What causes PCOS? Excess caffeine and carbohydrates. If you want to heal like I did, you not only need to cut out the carbohydrates, you also need to cut out caffeine. THIS WAS SO HARD for me! At the time of my PCOS diagnosis, I worked at a coffee shop that made the BEST cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins and cheesecakes. GUESS WHAT? Whatever didn’t sell that day, went home with me! This is where I started creating low carb options for my favorite things like cinnamon rolls. It helped me transition off of my high carb lifestyle.
6. Coffee Stains Your Teeth AND Causes Tooth Decay
Even one cup of coffee a day will stain your teeth. I often get asked how I keep my teeth so white. Well, I do not drink coffee, tea or wine. Those 3 are terrible for staining your teeth because they contain tannins. Tannins cause color compounds to stick to your teeth. When these compounds stick, they cause an undesired yellow hue on your teeth. It only takes one cup of coffee a day to cause stained teeth.
Coffee can also cause tooth decay if you are putting sugar in it, which I hope you are not.
7. Caffeine Increases Anxiety and Can Effect Your Mood
Caffeine is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on an area of the brain called the central nervous system. It blocks a molecule called adenosine which causes the alertness, edginess and anxiety. This chemical process not only causes anxiety, it can also lead to a fast heartbeat, shakiness, restlessness, irritability, digestion issues, and frequent urination.
These effects can happen as fast as 45 minutes and last as long as 6 hours. Caffeine’s stimulates your “fight or flight” response, which can make anxiety worse and can even trigger an anxiety attack.
Don’t allow coffee or any substance affect your moods and the way you come across to other people. Coffee shouldn’t have any power over you.
8. Caffeine Increases Blood Pressure
Caffeine causes a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure, even if you don’t have high blood pressure. Studies find that the adrenal glands release more adrenaline which in turn increases blood pressure. Blood pressure also may increase because caffeine blocks a particular hormone that keeps your arteries widened.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, cutting coffee is highly suggested.
9. Caffeine Leaches Calcium from the Bones
“Hi Maria, I have to tell you 6 years ago I was told I have osteopenia, the beginning stages of osteoporosis. I started taking the supplements you recommended in my personal health assessment I did with you 6 months ago. Last week I had a bone density test and my results were astonishing! In fact the nurse was stunned. My hip area INCREASED 8.7% and my spine INCREASED 1.2%! She told me most women lose 1% per year while going through menopause. Thank you Maria for all your knowledge. You are amazing!” Lucy
10. GI ISSUES
If you have leaky gut, Crohn’s, colitis or IBS, coffee is most likely keeping you from healing your gut. This is because the caffeine blocks a molecule called adenosine which causes GI issues. The acidity also can harm the GI tract when there is already damage.
“Because of coffee’s acidity, it can adversely affect the lining of your stomach and intestines. If you drink a lot of coffee over an extended period, it will worsen any existing conditions you may have. If you suffer from GI problems like Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, you should not drink coffee, period. It will exacerbate your symptoms,” Dr. Khodadadian.
11. It is expensive!
Too often I hear people complain about the cost of organic meat and free range eggs. Instead of spending money on coffee which isn’t fueling your cells in a healthy way, why not spend the money on nutrient-dense protein like organic eggs or organic beef?
HOW TO CUT CAFFEINE
I now drink ice-cold water in the morning with some Redmond Real Salt. There was a time when I loved coffee and it was a hard addition to break. To transition off of caffeine, I switched to decaf caffè Americano, then I moved to green tea, and then ice-cold water. Many times you don’t really want caffeine in the morning, but you want something warm.
Instead of decaf coffee, I transitioned by making a decaf Americano, which tasted amazing! When purchasing decaf espresso, make sure it is also decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process (which most espresso is, as compared to decaf coffee which is typically a process using methylene chloride).
An Americano is a shot of espresso with hot water added to it. Espresso in general has less caffeine than coffee does — making it decaf ensures that you don’t dehydrate your cells further. Slowly lower your caffeine intake with a decaf Americano if you aren’t ready to just dive in and cut out caffeine entirely.
Caffeine Testimony from a Phone Client: “Morning! I just wanted to share quick about the coffee, thing! I’ve given it up for almost two weeks, and could it be possible that I would assist in my weight loss slump ending? Pounds have been rolling off again! I’m a happy camper!”
Testimony of the Day
“Hey all! I waited to have a full three months of success maintaining my weight because in all honesty that has never happened for me after losing weight. I have experience with WW and exercising my brains out, and any time I met my goal weight, and backed off my regimen, I gained weight back. Super frustrating. I have always been an active person that enjoys fitness but I also continually weighed the heaviest healthiest weight for my height. A year after having my third baby, at my heaviest weight, and age 40, I started working with Maria, and now I have been in the middle of my healthy weight range and am wearing the same size jeans I did in high school and college. That is amazing for a 41 year old woman who wore two sizes larger that last 12 years.
I was skeptical in the beginning about everything, especially the supplements. I decided that since she was only asking me to take them until I healed my body, it was worth the investment. I have to admit I did accumulate some debt changing over my entire pantry and purchasing all the recommended supplements. At about three months I decided I wasn’t going to repurchase an expensive supplement, but I was super crabby and short with my kids and decided I should get one more bottle because I just knew going off the supplement was the reason for feeling so edgy. Sure enough after a few days back on the supplement I was calmer and less irritable. After completing that bottle it had been six months and though I was afraid to not take it, I didn’t have any issues.
Healed? I think so! Maria also helped me identify a health issue the doctors kept labeling heart burn. She gave me delicious meal plans to keep the “heart burn” away. Too much dairy and I get a burning in my intestines I really feel in the late hours of night or early morning. No dairy no burning. I also learned that when I indulge in diary my skin breaks out. I suffered from adult acne until I ate the Maria way. Because of my burning tummy issues I also went dairy free for 4 months and had the most beautiful skin. Now I know the secret to beautiful skin for me.
I know I won’t be happy unless I I take care of myself, like Maria recommends. My biggest issue before working with Maria was not sleeping well. And that is what is most challenging not taking my supplements.
My honest testimony of my experience working Maria. I did it all. I put it to the test and now I know what is good for me, what makes me feel good. I couldn’t do it without Maria’s help!
In summation, I lost 30lbs, my acne went away, my stomach pain went away, my mood lifted, I am a better Mommy and better person, my husband enjoys this improved version of me, and I have great hope for a long happy life. Oh, and my numbers from my annual physical in June were perfect. Thank you Maria!”