I confess, I love coffee! I always have. I grew up in a coffee-drinking family. Even when I was a little girl I liked the taste of coffee. I remember growing up, whenever we went to visit my grandmother, that meant I would get to drink a cup of coffee. It was such a special treat!
I say all of this to express that I’m not a health coach that’s going to tell you never to drink coffee again. Studies have shown that coffee has many health benefits, and if you tolerate it, I feel it is okay to consume in moderation.
However, it’s important to consider the type of coffee you’re drinking and how much coffee you’re consuming on a daily basis.
The type of coffee you drink is extremely important. Just like most of our food today, much of our coffee is contaminated with toxins, pesticides, herbicides, etc. If you’re going to drink coffee, make sure you’re getting a high quality product that is organic and comes from a single estate if you can find it.
I used to drink Bulletproof coffee, which is delicious but a bit on the pricey side. Currently, I’m using a brand called Ethical Bean Coffee. It’s organic, fair-trade, and uses very clean processing methods.
I also prefer to buy whole bean coffee and grind it myself to preserve the freshness.
I drink one cup in the morning and that’s it. I used to drink a lot of coffee throughout the day in my previous career. I’d have 1-2 cups in the morning and then a cup in the afternoon. And maybe if I was entertaining clients, I would have a cup after dinner. I also made it with Splenda and some highly processed flavored creamer. That is an example of what not to do!
Later, as I was trying to heal my body, I decided to remove coffee completely. It was putting added stress on my adrenals, and I needed to give my body a break. I eliminated coffee for about a year. After awhile, it wasn’t too hard, and I started to enjoy herbal tea instead.
I know I can easily fall back into that habit of drinking several cups of coffee a day, so I limit myself to one cup in the morning. It’s become my favorite morning ritual of coffee and quiet time. In the afternoon, if I want a warm drink, I usually have a nice cup of ginger tea.
Finally, I’ve been making my coffee a certain way for the past 2 years. I don’t use Splenda or creamer anymore. Instead, I use fat! That’s right, I blend coconut oil or MCT oil in my coffee, and it’s delicious! It makes it super creamy, and I feel like I’m drinking a latte.
This is a great way to start your day with a nice dose of healthy fats, which provide energy, are good for cognitive function, and support your hormonal system. Not only that, but the fat helps eliminate any jittery feelings you might get after drinking coffee.
I encourage you to try my coffee recipe below. You will love it!
- Make your coffee as usual
- In a blender add 1-2 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil with coffee and blend.
- Pour into mug, add a little stevia (optional)
- Drink and enjoy!
**You can also add butter or ghee as well, but I don’t.
If you’re an avid coffee drinker, here are some suggestions to keep coffee drinking healthy:
- Limit yourself to 1 cup of coffee per day and consume before 12pm.
- No coffee after 12pm.
- Use only high quality, organic coffee.
- Do not use sugar or artificial creamers or sweeteners.
- Instead of creamer, blend coconut oil or MCT oil into your coffee (you will need to use a blender). This will make your coffee really creamy and delicious!
To be clear, there are times when eliminating coffee may be necessary to help your body heal and recover. The best thing to do is listen to your body and work with your doctor to determine a plan.
Are you a coffee drinker? How do you drink your coffee? Please share in the comments below!