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Where’s my coffee?!

the effects of coffee on your body

I absolutely love coffee. I can’t go one morning without having my daily cup of coffee. However, I recently learned that coffee can have some negative side effects and could actually cause someone to be dependent. It’s actually considered to be an addictive drug!

So I wanted to challenge myself and see how I would be affected if I stopped drinking coffee and caffeine in general. I was definitely blown away! I actually got to the point to where I was drinking about 2 cups of coffee EVERY morning, sometimes 3. I stopped drinking coffee last week and I have been hurting. I have had bad headaches for days. I am super sleepy all the time. And I am really grumpy. I did a little research and this is all to be expected from someone who stops the intake of caffeine.

I became particularly interested in what this meant for me as a woman. What type of side effects does caffeine have on women? The one thing that stuck out to me was “increased stress hormones”. I am always stressing out about the smallest things…since I was young I’ve always been this way. To learn that caffeine increases stress hormones was a definite deal breaker! Caffeine also affects your heart health and digestive health.

Now don’t get me wrong, caffeine has some benefits, in particular for athletes like runners because it increases the circulation of fatty acids. It also helps with muscle pain after a tough workout.

Anyway, my point is, I am cut-off caffeine and I’m keeping track of how it is affecting me. I’ll keep you all posted on how I’m feeling. Hopefully these side effects won’t last long because I am miserable!

Hopefully this will get you to look at your caffeine intake and evaluate how you’re doing.

Getting good sleep

One thing I do know about myself, if I do not get my sleep, I am the crankiest most unpleasant person to be around.

I am super moody, short tempered, and I have trouble paying attention or being productive.

For me, sleep is so important. It even has an effect on my day going well. I will feel so much more positive, energized, and happy if I have had some good sleep the night before.

Another great benefit of sleep…you look youthful! If you don’t get the sleep you need, it eventually ages you. Your face will begin to show your age or make you look younger.

I recently saw one of my best friends a couple weeks ago (she flew down from California…what an awesome weekend that was!), and I said “Your mother has not aged since we were little. What is her secret?” And she said “Girl, my momma can sleep!!!” It was so funny the way she said it, but it’s so true! She said “my mom sleeps, she doesn’t drink, and she moisturizes”. Well there you go!

 

Some tips on getting good sleep:

1)   Start winding down about an hour before your bedtime. Turn off the t.v., dim the lights, wash your face and brush your teeth and be in a quiet space

2)   Drink caffeine-free tea with lavendar (this is one of my fav things to do)

3)   Burn a candle of jasmine or lavendar. These scents really help to calm and relax

4)   Shower before bedtime. I honestly did not used to do this. I prefer to shower in the morning because it wakes me up, but I have been showering before bedtime for the past few months and I am definitely feeling the benefits. I feel like the shower at night is what helps clear my mind, my soul and my body of any toxins or bad energy. And the regimn of putting on lotion is also a calming effect.

I really hope you get your ZZzzzzzz’s tonight! There’s nothing like a good nights rest!

As you can see, Charlie (my dog) has no trouble sleeping haha!

 

Hungry? Healthy snacking

fruits

Healthy Snacks

 

So I myself have to eat multiple times a day. If I don’t eat, I will get really sick and weak and maybe even pass out! Although everyone isn’t as dramatic as I am if they don’t eat, it’s still a good idea to have a snack to sustain your body/mental health through out the day. Our daily lives are so hectic and we aren’t always choosing the best things to nibble on between meals. One of my favorite things to snack on are nuts(almonds or mixed nuts), fruits (apples with almond butter, or oranges), and veggies (like carrots and celery with almond butter). According to mayoclinic.com it’s best to choose things 100 calories or less like the things I just listed or even popcorn!

So the next time you want to grab that bag of potato chips or candy bar, choose these healthy yet tasty alternatives!

credit: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-diet/HQ01396