I Dream of Coffee

Hi I’m Rakhi and I’m a recovering coffee addict lover. There’s nothing I don’t like about coffee, except maybe for the fact that it makes me sick:( If you read my first post on how I jumpstarted my recovery to good health by doing a  detox, you’ll know that coffee was one of those items on the ‘break up with these foods’ list and it was one of the hardest breakups I’ve ever had to face. I’ve never cried over a guy, but I have for coffee. And cake. I still dream of cake too. 

In the beginning of my elimination diet, giving up coffee wasn’t that bad since I liked it for the taste rather than needing it for the caffeine. I felt great, my GI issues went away, my allergies were clearing, and I had all the energy I needed from fruits. But once I introduced it back into my diet, it was like giving candy to a baby. The initial few moments were great, I felt the rush and I wanted more…and then came the crash and the bloating and the joint pains a few days later. I was in denial. I was convinced it was something else I had eaten causing my symptoms to come back again. So I switched from sugar to stevia, and went for an all-natural creamer and that seemed to help. But then I started drinking a cup a day and it became pretty obvious, too much coffee made me sick.

In the beginning I was devastated. No more hot White Mocha Breve’s during fall and winters? A lifetime of summers without Iced Coffees? How was I going to deal? I tried coffee again, because well sometimes, like in any relationship you have to keep working at it to make it work, and I still loved coffee, and I was hoping coffee still loved me back; and it did. Turns out I’m intolerant to coffee in large amounts, but drinking one cup a week won’t make me utterly ill.

Being in great health to me isn’t about having to make great sacrifices but just slight compromises. Being in good health means I can still put on my William Ackerman playlist while I do yoga sun salutations without having my wrists ache. It means walking down to the farmer’s market on a Sunday and coming home to make a great nutritious meal with my family while winding down to some wine. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste for health and it’s ok to cheat every once in a while because at the end of the day you deserve what makes you happy.

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18 Replies to “I Dream of Coffee”

  1. I am a member of the Coffee Lover club too. Can’t get to work or out of the house without it. Me favorite is dark brew with Bliss low fat Vanilla with whip cream. A perfect indulgence. I’m easy to please.

  2. I’ve been a coffee addict/lover as well but since I’ve been changing my sleeping/exercise/eating habits I have found that Coffee is no longer essential. I adore the smell and taste of coffee but after not having it for awhile I too felt like my body was going through some strange reaction to the caffeine when I do drink it. It just makes me feel terrible after. So I guess just thinking of that terrible heart racing jitter feeling, its just not worth it. An alternative that stops by coffee cravings would be milk tea (:

    1. Totally agree Jessica, it’s not worth feeling all crummy, but sometimes it’s ok to be a little bad and have a cup every once in a while;)

      I love milk tea. Especially some black chai with a quarter teaspoon of condensed milk, and splash of stevia. Tastes almost like coffee..I might also try some almond extract to get that nutty flavor.

  3. Have you ever made dandelion tea? It resembles coffee SO much especially if you were to doctor it up in the same way. I feel you would never feel deprived again with dandelion. It’s just a thought :)

  4. It’s one of my only vices. But I finally had to give up my morning grande red-eye for just a tall Pikes Place for my commute.

    1. Hey there!

      Has the switch helped? Pikes Place was still a little too acidic for my stomach. I switched over to Veranda, it’s a lighter blonde roast and it was much better for me.

      Thanks for stopping by:)

  5. My my my…We have some work to do..We need to find our way around this no cake, no coffee life..We need to put on our superhero cake and find you some cake and coffee that wont make you allergic..I’m on it Rakhi..I’m on it. :)

  6. This does sound like a toughie! I’m not a big coffee drinker (bleh, it’s just so bitter!) but every once in a while I turn to it for a real quick pick me up.
    Ooh but I did just pin a recipe for almond & coconut milk hot cocoa that I’m dying to try as soon as fall hits! I’ll be sure to pass it along if it’s a winner!

    1. Try a light blonde roast if you ever need a quick coffee pick me up. It’s less bitter, and then maybe go for some half & half to make it creamy or some white mocha syrup. Lol told you I know my coffee.

      Ooo that sounds yummers. I can imagine that being really good with some spiced cinnamon on a nice fall day.

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