I’m pretty new to this whole “less caffeine” thing, but holy smokes I can tell you that I feel a lot better without it! I have more energy to get through the day and my complexion has noticeably improved. My relationship with caffeine prior was not a healthy one. I was incredibly dependent on my cup of coffee in the morning and needing another around noon. To go without meant to feel sluggish, like I couldn’t concentrate (especially when driving which was stressful), and just all around irritable.
Thank goodness that’s all over. Going off was not easy, but I will say that if this sounds like something you’ll be doing in the future, I would highly recommend you do it gradually. Don’t put yourself through hell if you don’t have to. Switch to green tea, pull out the big guns and have a matcha latte before your extra long work days, allow yourself coffee on the weekends as a treat, etc. Simply put, you don’t have to make this change a drastic one.
As someone who’s gone off cold turkey four times in the last couple of years, switching to a gradual method is what worked best for me without making me feel completely psychotic and plagued with head thumping migraines.
Anyways, regardless of how that journey may be going for you, I have something else to offer as a healthy caffeine-free option. If you’ve done much reading on lessening your caffeine intake, you might have read that our brain is more dependent on the ritual then it is on the substance. Well, I don’t know if I believe this completely, but I do think there is some truth to it.
Lately, I’ve been having a warm cup of water with lemon right when I wake up. But in the spirit of making things a little more fancy I started adding a little fresh ginger root. Not only is this super simple to make, but it’s a tasty healthy beverage to help get your body up and moving before you work out or make breakfast.
1 SERVING : 10 MINUTES
½ inch of freshly grated ginger root, skin on
1 thick slice of lemon
1 ½ cups water
Honey to sweeten
Knife & Cutting Board
Small Pot with Lid
Strainer/Fine Mesh Sieve
Add water to a small pot and bring to a boil. Grate your ginger into the pot. Bring to a gentle boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add slices of lemon, cover and let steep for another 5 minutes. Strain the ginger fibers and place in your favorite mug with the lemon and enjoy. Sweeten with honey or sweetener of choice if you so wish.