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HOW TO KICK COFFEE AND MAKE THE SWITCH TO TEA

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I have officially been coffee-free for over a year. WOW.

Never thought I would ever quit drinking coffee. I worked at a cafe in college and downed more coffee than my young heart should have been able to handle.


Before I get into how I quit coffee and switched to tea, I’m going to be honest with you: I didn’t quit coffee because I thought it was bad for me. Honestly, I don’t think coffee is bad for you.

It has some great benefits (hello caffeine!) and just the act of sitting down and drinking a coffee can feel absolutely perfect sometimes (and yes, I do miss that).

Nonetheless, I quit it and here is how . . .

How I Quit Coffee

How I quit coffee all started with my coffee pot breaking. I didn’t feel like investing in a new one, so I pulled out my french press and started using it.

But my stomach did not like that one bit. French press coffee is just too strong for my ultra-sensitive stomach. I’m sure the 5 cups of cream I was adding to my coffee wasn’t helping either . . .

So I pulled the coffee plug. And invested in some earl grey tea.

My Journey Into the World of Tea

I started out with earl grey – one of the most highly caffeinated teas. And I used almond or coconut milk in it to balance out the darkness of it a bit.

Because I switched from highly-caffeinated coffee to a highly-caffeinated tea, I didn’t notice any massive caffeine withdrawals.
The average amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee is 95 mg and the average amount of caffeine in a cup of early grey tea is 25 mg.

So although I had cut my caffeine down to 1/3 of what it was with coffee, I didn’t have any issues.


I drank earl grey for a while and then honestly felt like I was consuming too much almond (almond milk, almond butter, almond snacks), but knew I wouldn’t want earl grey tea without some sort of milk in there, so I opted for a different tea.

And that’s when I started drinking green tea. A whopping 3 mg of caffeine per cup.

And I am officially OBSESSED.

So, Do I Notice a Difference?

Like I said, I don’t think coffee is unhealthy, so I didn’t quit drinking it expecting my health to drastically improve.

There are two main things I have noticed, though, that are WONDERFUL about my switch to tea:

  1. I do not get caffeine withdrawals. When I was a coffee drinker, if I went one morning without having coffee, OH MAN. The pounding headaches would set in and I was doomed. However, with tea, there are days (nearly every weekend when I’m not in my routine) that I don’t drink any caffeinated tea and I don’t notice any difference. That’s likely because the tea I drink has 3 mg of caffeine or less, but it is nice not to deal with headaches from lack of caffeine.
  2. I do not get a caffeine crash. Coffee is wonderful because it gets you hyped up and ready to kick ass, but the bad thing about it is the CRASH. And oh man, did my coffee habits have me crashing HARD. Tea has totally mellowed out my mornings so that I’m not going from feeling like a kid hyped up on adderall to a complete zombie.

Not drinking coffee actually isn’t difficult at all. I will occasionally smell it and yearn for a cup, but my cravings ended pretty damn fast.

I put myself to the ultimate test last November when I went to Paris (the cafe, and thus coffee, capital of the world). But I did not drink a single cup of coffee while in Paris. Now that is something to be proud of.

My Favorite Teas

So now that I’ve poured my tea life story out to you guys, I’m going to share with you my current favorite teas. I have a TON of teas on rotation (you should see my kitchen – constantly like 15 boxes of tea. It’s kind of absurd.), but these are my go-tos.

This is my #1 every weekday morning tea: Mighty Leaf’s Green Tea Tropical

 

And I have at least 2 cups of this tea every day: Numi Moroccan Mint

 

This is a great detox tea for when you’ve overindulged in sugar or salt: Traditional Medicinals EveryDay Detox (with dandelion)

And these are some of my rotating favorites for an afternoon pick-me-up: Yogi Sweet Tangerine Positive Energy

Pukka Three Tulsi

 

I’m always up for new suggestions, so what are your favorite teas? Share some with me below!

 

xx

 

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