Yes I was absent Monday. No I'm proud of it. But sometimes life hands you lemons...and vodka sodas and you spend the rest of eternity banished to the couch watching HGTV re-runs.
But I'm back with a vengeance, and am finally ready to talk about food again, just in time for my favorite Wednesday of the week!
Just thought I'd let you know that was a joke, in case you were blissfully unaware of my equal parts wit and sarcasm.
Despite the snow making it's reappearance and assuring us it is still in fact winter, I decided to keep my current smoothie love going.
1 ½ scoops pea protein ( I use MyProtein) // ½ banana // 1 scoop Nutrigreens // 2 tablespoons peanut butter // cinnamon
Sooo there was this time when I actually gave up caffeine for the entire month of January and didn't tell you about it. #sorrynotsorry #actuallyiamkindasorry
I built up such a tolerance to easily put back a near entire pot of coffee, while still maintaining my geriatric bedtime of 9:30. Not good.
So I quit cold turkey, with the exception of decaf and green tea.
Buffalo chicken wrap // avocado // romaine // apple
To my surprise, I didn't actually get the headaches every one warns you about, but rather I felt absolutely exhausted the first few days. I felt like I could have slept for 10 more hours within minutes of waking up.
baby carrots & guac snack attack
But after the first week, I was just peachy. I was used to the routine of warm water and lemon instead of caffeine in the morning, and if I was really struggling, a cup of green tea in the afternoon did wonders.
salmon patty // green beans // baked sweet potato with peanut butter
I absolutely missed the bold taste of a black dark roast, which decaf only had dreams of achieving, but I learned a lot from a simple 30 days of caffeine sobriety.
protein smoothie // 1 scoop pea protein // handful strawberries // 1 scoop glutamine
- I learned how hungry I actually was. I'm actually trying to increase my calorie intake after restricting my calories for far too long. Coffee always suppressed my appetite, so allowing my body to tell me how hungry it actually was, was eye-opening.
- I felt what it was like to actually have energy. Just like so many pills (aka THE pill) cover up and mask what the root of a problem is, coffee did the same for sleep. Without pumping my body up on artificial shut eye, I realized how it felt when my body was actually energized from a good night's rest and properly fueled.
- A world without coffee isn't so bad. Don't get me wrong, I ADORE coffee and all it's caffeinated glory, but after going 30 days without it, I find that I could easily go without it every morning. In fact, it allows me to savor and enjoy it more when it's a weekend treat rather than a small part of my every day routine.
Will I give it up again? Maybe. At least we are on a one cup basis for the time being, and gives me the little bit of perk I need to get ish done first thing in the morning. But knowing that we can be friends no matter how far apart we are is comforting.
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Make it a great day!
Have you, or could you give up coffee?
What's one thing you couldn't go a day without? Water. As hard as peanut butter may be, I would spontaneously combust without 10 cups of water a day.