When I told my husband that I was thinking of cutting my coffee habit, he looked at me like I was crazy. Why on earth would you give up the delicious toasty beverage that we enjoy as part of our morning ritual? In fact, the average American drinks 2.1 coffee drinks per day, and the number only increases with age.

I wasn’t drinking coffee in excess at all – just a large mug of the golden nectar each morning. It was part of my morning ritual and I fancied it up with collagen peptides and coconut oil to craft a frothy and fulfilling beverage.

But I also was tired every single morning. Like literally drag yourself out of bed tired even after 7.5 – 8 hrs of sleep. Come bed time, I was super wired and would get caught up in reading or writing in my journal until I was exhausted, which was usually around 11:30 – 12 am. With a wake-up time around 6:30am, this pattern was not working well.

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After reading Melissa Hartwig, creator of the Whole30 program, explanation that she drinks decaf because of the negative effects she felt from caffeine, I figured there must be something to it.

Caffeine is a stimulant and has to be broken down in your body. How we each process it is completely different – what may take your body 2 hours to break down and digest may take me 12+ hours.

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? Check out my video below for the whole story!

 

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