There was a time when I thought there was no way in hell I’d EVER give up coffee. Everything that I had read about autoimmune disease recommended eliminating coffee, but surely there had to be another way?
I’d honestly go to bed at night and think about the coffee I would have the next day. It was my mornings. I couldn’t imagine giving it up. BUT, I was tired of feeling like shit, quite frankly, and my gut (even with all its leakiness) was telling me this was something I HAD to do for the sake of my health.
Out of everything I’ve eliminated in my diet, coffee was by far the most difficult. It felt like I was breaking up with a friend. When I look back now, it’s obvious how ADDICTED I was! I started drinking herbal teas and bone broth every morning. I wanted to reach for the coffee but resisted, it took some SERIOUS willpower.
The health improvements I was feeling kept me motivated. Every few months, I attempted a coffee reintro because I still felt that coffee pull. When you eliminate triggers, it’s amazing how clearly you can feel the symptoms caused by a particular food. With every attempt, my heart began to race, I felt very uncomfortable, and I’d often feel a cold sweat coming on, and this was with decaf! I then avoided coffee for over a year.
Well folks, the other day I had a cup of coffee without ANY resulting symptoms! Much healing took place for this to happen, that I am sure. The most rewarding part, however, is that I feel free of that addiction. It was really nice to enjoy that cup of coffee, but that was enough for me. I didn’t go to bed that night thinking about having it the next morning, I didn’t wake up thinking I would die before getting a cup, and I didn’t feel like it was a friend. The addiction is GONE.
If you’re giving up coffee this year, stay strong! It is certainly NOT easy, but it is WELL worth it!
Some of my fave coffee substitutes include:
- Bone broth
- Bone broth soup
- Herbal teas, especially roasted dandelion root tea.
- Tea lattes, like my chai carob latte and my sunny healing latte.
- Matcha tea, my new obsession (not addiction????). Matcha does contain some caffeine but is much more tolerable to those of us with autoimmune issues. It’s filled with antioxidants and gives a healthy boost of energy without the crash.
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