️ “QUIT COFFEE!?” ... “ARE YOU CRAZY?!”... my inner dialogue was setting off an alarm ... yep, I think I might just be.
I LOVE the taste of coffee, and had been a one-cup-a-day for nearly 20 years. 20 YEARS. And I'm only 31. When I realized I needed to quit coffee I was NOT happy. But I knew it could be to blame for the issues I wanted to go away... upset stomachs, gas, bloating, & break outs... not a pimple here or there, but painful cystic acne, that I'd been suffering from...pretty much all of my life.
I also realized that I was addicted to it. Quitting wasn’t an easy process, but it was totally worth it. My digestion improved, my low blood sugar symptoms COMPLETELY went away, and my skin was clearer than it had ever been. If you're interested in how I did it, leave a comment below! I think the craziest thing is to experience caffeine from coffee when you’re NOT addicted to it... after having quit, some days I found myself still needing a caffeine boost... and so I’d order a coffee... and man is that sh** serious. I never realized how much it was affecting me physiologically until I stopped drinking it, allowed my body to reset and was no longer dependent on it. My heart would race. I wouldn’t be able to eat, and if I did I’d get nauseous and stomach aches. I’d be sweating even though I felt cold. It truly blew my mind, it was unbelievable that I drank it for so long. Of course, coffee doesn’t affect EVERYONE this way.
But there is a chance that coffee is triggering digestive upset, acne and anxiety for you. An option is to try replacing it with matcha! There are a variety of health benefits matcha offers, and the taste is delicious too.
It was a little over a year between me quitting coffee and me discovering the difference in matcha, so a year without a daily intake of caffeine. I know, I know replacing caffeine with caffeine? Well, there’s many reasons why matcha is different and why it doesn’t have an inflammatory effect on some people (ME!!!), like coffee does. Matcha is a green tea, coming from the Camellia sinensis plant. However, it’s grown and processed differently than green tea which gives it a unique nutrient profile. The matcha plants are covered from the sun about 20–30 days before harvest. This increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content, and gives the plant a darker green hue. Once the tea leaves are harvested, they’re ground up into a fine powder, then mixed into water or milk to be served . Because matcha contains the whole leaf, you're getting nutrients as well as fiber. Matcha contains about half the caffeine content as coffee does, and and ten times the antioxidants as green tea! It is essentially a superfood.
Catechins are antioxidants present in green tea and matcha that help stabilize harmful free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage and chronic disease. Matcha has been shown to improve attention, memory, and reaction time. It also contains L-theanine, which can improve brain function, which I can certainly vouch for in my own experience.
As someone who, at the time, was not addicted to caffeine, when I first tried matcha, I felt an easy-going energy surge, that was mainly cognitively focused. I didn't feel shaky, nauseous, or simultaneously sweaty and cold, but I did feel a great energy and focus in the headspace that made me feel sharp and ready to take on the day.
Plus it tastes oh so delicious!
Matcha is now an obsession for me. I mix it with cinnamon, ginger powder, maple syrup, water and oat milk or almond milk. It’s great hot or cold. I generally batch it out in the beginning of the week, and keep it in a mason jar, and pour into my cup to serve, since it's tedious to mix it each and everyday.
Make sure you get a good quality ceremonial grade matcha, as some brands have tested positive for highly toxic heavy metals. Most sites that test for heavy metals will have some form or certification showing their results. I order Encha matcha. Do you have a similar experience? I'd love to hear!