The truth about Coffee

Happy Tuesday!

It’s been a great day so far but I had a really bad Monday, so I thought I would write about it.

I felt down, irritable, tired. My eyelids were heavy & I could barely get out of bed in the morning.

Why?

Because I was suffering. From caffeine withdrawal.

I happened to skip my usual coffee on Friday because I had an eye issue (that is another tale…), then I had a chai latte instead of a coffee on Saturday…so I thought maybe I’ll try and go without coffee for a few more days.

Sunday (day 3) I felt okay in the morning, then sure enough in the evening I crashed. Yesterday was atrocious.

I gave in this morning and after my Tuesday spin class, I bought a coffee. And I feel alive! I feel human again! But I feel slightly weak because I couldn’t last any longer without my caffeine fix.

So now I need to know, how bad is coffee for you? Is it healthy? I love the stuff, so it has to go onto the Happy List, but these questions need answering!

Photo credit: Groovenite on Flickr

Photo credit: Groovenite on Flickr

 

First up, did you know coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil? That’s insane. People sure do love coffee.

Where does coffee come from?

Well, the first coffee plants came from Africa – specifically Ethiopia. It’s rumoured that a farmer noticed the strange effect it had on his goats as they became so hyperactive that they did not want to sleep at night. Word spread, and it was apparently monks who initially made it into a drink with the berries and discovered that it kept them alert for the long hours of evening prayer.

Photo credit: Paraflyer on Flickr.

Photo credit: Paraflyer on Flickr.

Native tribes would also grind the coffee cherries from the trees together, mixing the paste with animal fat. Rolled into little balls, the mixture was used to give warriors energy for battle (which explains why I’m feeling so great today!).

It then spread to the middle east – to Yemen and was first cultivated by Arabs from the 14th century.

Word of its remarkable energetic properties spread and travellers brought it back to Holland. And the rest is history! 

What are the risks?

I actually didn’t know there were this many negative associations with coffee/caffeine consumption until I researched for this post – you may be surprised.

What are the benefits?

Verdict

My mind is in a spin. Researching this post alone has made me need a cup of coffee. You can find trillions of articles and studies telling you the pros and cons, but overall I’d say it seems safe to keep drinking the stuff in moderation.

While it’s not nice to be addicted to anything, I’d pick a caffeine addiction over other things out there. If you can afford to keep paying $4 per coffee 1-5 times per day knock yourself out! Let’s face it, instant coffee doesn’t cut it.

I on the other hand, am going to try and cut back to 1 cup per day. That way hopefully I’ll reap the benefits without having a panic attack because I drank too much and can’t afford the train home. 🙂

How many cups do you drink per day? Have you abstained from caffeine? What happened?

Coco xx

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2 thoughts on “The truth about Coffee

  1. So I quit coffee in December, and since then my substitute is a cup of boiling water (nerdy I know). After a few months of getting to grips, my energy levels are now way more steady and I follow routine better. Although part of me does wish I could break the streak when something requires me to on high alert as Coffee can give you the mental edge for it’s duration.

    You may want to do some articles on sugar, dairy, gluten – now eliminating those is killer!

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    • Hey – thanks for reading & commenting!

      Boiling water with lemon is supposedly a great way to start the day. I should probably try that one. I think you hit the nail on the head “after a few months” – it takes a while for your body to adjust without the daily dose of caffeine.

      I know what you mean about the mental edge coffee gives you, there’s not really any substitute for it.

      Good idea on the sugar/dairy/gluten articles, I will definitely consider those – perhaps a month without sugar is next!

      C x

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