Coffee: Nectar of the Gods
I can’t tell you how much I enjoy a cup of coffee every morning. I love everything about it: the smell, the ritual in making it, the mug I use, and of course the taste! It’s a non-negotiable when it comes to my daily routine.
When new clients start working with me, a common first question is: “will you take away my coffee”? I tell them no, unless there is some specific health reason why they should OR if they are referring to a daily Starbucks Mocha with whip!
Coffee is really neither good NOR bad and can even count towards your daily fluid intake. Even though it has a mild diuretic effect, it doesn’t cause the dehydration we once thought it did. That doesn’t mean however that too much caffeine is ok either.
How Much is Too Much?
A recommended amount of caffeine per day is under 300–400mg. (This amounts to about two mugs per day of coffee.) But as with anything, this is just a guideline. We all have different tolerances as it relates to intake. If you know that you’re pretty sensitive to it, you probably want to cut back. I’d also recommend not consuming coffee after noon each day as it may disrupt your sleep. Caffeine inhibits adenosine, a key player in making you tired and ready for sleep and sleep is important!
Some Fun Facts
Caffeine can enhance athletic performance in appropriate doses — primarily for aerobic exercise.
Caffeine contains antioxidants, and appears to protect against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other forms of dementia and cognitive decline.
Caffeine is the most widely used central nervous system (CNS) stimulant in the world. It can increase cortisol (the stress hormone) and adrenaline. It’s also classified as a nootropic as it provides mental stimulation and may help you concentrate.
Enjoy in Moderation
If you love coffee as much as I do, enjoy it in moderation. But keep in mind that coffee is one of these substances that can quickly be made unhealthy by the addition of lots of sugar. Some of your favorite Starbucks drinks are more like a caffeine-infused dessert and less of an actual coffee.
So grab your favorite mug, fill it up, and be happy knowing that your daily coffee habit is one that you can keep!
You do not have to “do healthy” on your own. In fact, research tells us that you are much more likely to succeed if you have accountability layered in.
Let’s face it — healthy eating and healthy lifestyles can be boring and require a lot of patience. Having the support of an accountability coach and a community of like-minded individuals on your team can make all the difference. Share paths with a practicing holistic nutritionist, receive one-on-one coaching regarding your meals, and be connected on the app with my other clients and Ambassadors. You will have fun, stay motivated, and feel inspired!
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