How to Kick the Coffee Habit with a Faux Latte
This post contains affiliate links. Click here to find out what that means. If your body is struggling with the daily cup or two of coffee but you are having a difficult time kicking the habit, this post is for you! I was once in your spot. Relying on coffee to help get me through my day. But with this paleo faux latte, I was able to kick the coffee habit! How often are you reaching for that afternoon cup for a pick me up?
I'm going to briefly explain what is going on behind your need for caffeine and a delicious alternative.
Is coffee impacting my health?
The biggest symptom I notice is the urgency to go to the bathroom after that cup of coffee. And yes, we are talking number 2 here. Observing and understanding your stool habits is so important for your health. It is the BIGGEST sign we get (hopefully every day) to monitor how our digestive system is working. If you are not familiar with the Bristol stool chart, seriously you need to check it out! I personally love Diane Sanfilippo entertaining poop pageant, you can find the free guide here.
Maybe you notice that when you drink coffee, your stool is more likely to show undigested food or be more on the runny side. It's not a topic we are all comfortable to talk about but it is important to make note of what is happening.
Emotional changes like increased anxiety, nervousness or more on edge than usual can also occur. If something is setting you off emotionally and you are more likely to start crying, you might want to consider cutting back on the coffee and caffeine in general. Feeling jittery or on overdrive and difficulty sleeping are a few other signs you might be consuming too much.
Now that you know what the signs of too much caffeine, let's talk about why you might be having a hard time kicking the coffee and caffeine habit. Those of us that are suffering or who have suffered from adrenal fatigue use coffee, caffeine, chocolate, and sugary treats to keep going. We have exhausted our adrenal glands and are experiencing fatigue, so we resort to these stimulates to get us going again. We experience the burst of energy but in turn, are exhausting our adrenals even more. Combine this with the busy and stressful society that we live in and the majority of us are suffering from adrenal fatigue.
When we continue in a chronic stress state, it wears on our adrenal glands. Every time we experience a stress response, your body releases corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) which sends a message to your adrenal glands to release hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to help support our body. They give you the energy to power through. (Ex: A caveman needing to run from a wild animal). But when we continue to press on and experience extended periods of stress unlike the quick, isolated incident of the caveman. The brain keeps releasing CRH which releases more cortisol and we stay in a chronic stress response.
"Estimated that up to 80% of adult Americans suffer from some level of adrenal fatigue at some time during their life, it remians one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the U.S." - Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
Difficulty getting up in the morning
Cravings for salty foods
Lack of energy
Trouble handling stress
Hangry when meals are missed
Trouble focusing, thoughts scattered, more forgetful
Keeping it Short ;)
Adrenal fatigue, our stress response and how this impacts our blood sugar is a HUGE topic. To sum things up short and sweet today, if you are experiencing stress, relying on coffee and sweets to keep going, and experiencing any emotional/mental side effects, I'd recommend you kick the coffee habit and see how you feel.
Fat Fueled, Caffeine Free, Dandy Blend Faux Latte
Healthy sources of fat are good for you and will provide you will a long burning source of energy. This keeps your blood sugar balanced instead of sporadic highs and lows from the sugary stuff and caffeine.
Step 1: Get yourself some Dandy Blend
Dandy Blend is a natural, herbal instant powder that resembles coffee. It consists of extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root, and sugar beet. Dandelion root is super helpful for your liver to detox, helps move bile and helps reduce inflammation. You could also use dandelion root tea bags but Dandy Blend resembles coffee much better. You can adjust how much Dandy Blend you add depending on how strong you like your coffee.
Step 2: Blend baby, blend!
If you are a latte fan then you must try this recipe and make sure every future recipe you are blending your hot beverage. The other secret ingredient for a delicious froth is adding collagen peptides.
Basic Paleo Faux Latte
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Caffeine Free
IT'S SO EASY TO FALL IN LOVE!
Add collagen peptides and Dandy Blend to a blender of some sort. *
Add heaping spoonful of coconut cream
Blend for 10-15 seconds
Pour frothy goodness into your favorite coffee mug
*Note: I use a Cooks smoothie blender similar to a magic bullet and...I'm not going to lie it hates it. The container swells slightly from the hot beverage and as a result, a small amount of liquid goes into the base. But it is also 8 years old? I purchased a small battery operated frother/whisk from Amazon and it threw my coffee literally out of the cup. A Vitamix would work great or a blender. But for right now, I still use my Cooks blender even though it doesn't like it.
Make it Fancy!
Add extra flavor. Pumpkin Pie Spice. Cinnamon. Sea Salt. Vanilla. Pick one or all of the above!
Add extra fat. Coconut oil. Ghee.
Add a little sweetness. Coconut sugar is super pretty to sprinkle over the top of the frothy goodness. A short drizzle of maple syrup is delicious too and can be added before blended.
Tolerate dairy? Substitute coconut cream with grass-fed whole milk, grass-fed heavy cream, or grass-fed butter. (Quality matters, so don't try subbing in artificial creamers or poor quality dairy.)
The verdict on almond milk: I have found it works better with full fat products like the coconut cream or full fat dairy. It gives a nice rich flavor to your coffee that resembles a latte. Nut milks and boxed coconut milk tend to be more watery.
With this recipe, I hope you find it easy to make the switch to caffeine free, at least temporarily to see if you feel different. It has greatly helped me transition and now I look forward to the frothy goodness each morning.