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If you’re giving up or reducing your coffee intake for your New Year's resolutions – my deepest sympathies go out to you.

If you're thinking about cutting the caffeine – listen up, I've already done the hard work and went cold turkey for one long week and here's how I got on.

I must confess that on a good day I will have one or two cups of coffee and on a bad one, that number will creep to three, maybe even four.

So kicking the habit, I knew might be a little bit of a challenge, but I didn’t think it would make a massive difference – oh, those famous last words…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Day one was relatively easy. I had three coffees the day before which might explain the ease of which I got through the day.

However, the next day was an entirely different story. My mood was so low and I was experiencing palpitations.

This was only made worse when I dined out as usually I would order an espresso to round up the meal as it helps digestion

Of course, my little shot of heaven was forbidden, but lucky enough for me, my fellow dinner guests weren't interested in ordering any teas or coffees, so I didn’t feel like I was completely missing out.

Day three, I watched my mother add cream to the expensive coffee I treated the household too. I did everything to distract my brain whilst she expressed just how delicious her coffee was – it was torture.

Our day was scheduled to stop in a coffee shop, but again, I was given a lifeline as thanks to the festive period, they were closed.

Day four was a challenge. I did a coffee run with my mother and I finally caved and had a decaffeinated coffee.

I was hoping the placebo effect would kick in and I would get some sort of buzz – I have no idea why I thought it would work as obviously without the caffeine, coffee quickly loses its appeal and energy boosting properties.

I knocked down the warm brown liquid with a sulky look on my face.

I really thought the reactions people experienced from giving up caffeine were fake. I have since learnt that they are all too real.

Day five was a day I had been dreading the whole week. I was working and I usually rely on coffee to give me my morning energy to get into the office.

I knew my coffee crutch would be very hard to ignore, so I made myself a deal. I wouldn’t go near the kitchen until my shift was finished.

This way my hunger would outweigh my desire for caffeine. Although it’s a method I wouldn’t recommend, it did work and I survived the day without having a breakdown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Day six and I was STILL experiencing palpations, particularly at night time when they'd come thick and fast. My tactic to get through the day was to constantly distract myself, knowing the experiment wouldn’t last much longer.

One thing I certainly didn’t expect to experience is how much I thought about coffee – not being allowed to have it, made it so much more tempting.

Day seven and I was back working. I kept my head down and powered through the day. Lucky enough for me, a lot of my symptoms had begun to subside and I didn’t feel like total crap. However, I was very much looking forward to finishing the experiment and going back to my relationship with coffee.

The morning had finally arrived and I am not messing – I actually got up earlier to enjoy my cup of coffee AND even treated the family to a coffee run – (though this was mainly out of guilt for being so moody over the week, sorry mum).

It was divine and there’s no way I am ever going back, life is too short not to enjoy at least one coffee a day.

Since giving the challenge a go, I’ve reduced my intake and have been more aware of how much caffeine I am consuming.

Before embarking on a lifestyle change, please contact your doctor first.

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I must admit that I struggle to get through the day without my regular cup of coffee. I need that cup of joy to help wake me up in the morning, especially with a lengthy commute ahead of me.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who turns into an angry little gremlin without my caffeine fix, whether it’s a flat white from my favourite local cafe or a mug of instant coffee at 6 am.

I’m a true coffee addict and pride myself on being just like Lorelai Gilmore. “I need coffee in an IV” has become my new motto since I started working full time.

There are times when I do worry about my daily coffee consumption, but one study has certainly reassured me.

Researchers in Germany have discovered that drinking four cups of coffee a day is actually good for your heart.

The team shared that caffeine helps protect blood vessels.

The study, which was published in PLOS Biology, stated that caffeine boosts the production of the p27 protein that protects and regenerates heart cells.

"Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine, one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle through the action of mitochondrial p27,” said study author, Professor Judith Haendeler.

"These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage,” he added.

There are numerous other benefits when it comes to drinking a Cup of Joe such as boosting cognitive function and protecting against type 2 diabetes.

Experts recommend drinking two to three cups of coffee each day, or if you’re like me then feel free to channel your inner Lorelai Gilmore and drink all the coffee!

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If you find yourself struggling to function in the mornings without a strong cup of coffee, then you may be more dependant on it than you realise. 

Thankfully, there are wonderful alternatives to coffee, that will have you fuelled and ready for action. 

Matcha latte (dairy free)

Matcha, unlike coffee, gives you a genuine energy kick, rather than a false high created by caffeine. It's also jam-packed with a special amino acid that promotes relaxation- yes please. 

What you'll need: 

1 tsp of Matcha

¼ cup hot water

¼ cup warmed coconut milk

What you'll do:

Spoon the matcha into a large mug.

Add the hot water and coconut milk and whisk briskly, in an up and down motion, until frothy.

Drink and enjoy. 

Golden milk

This drink contains a powerful antioxidant that directly counteracts inflammation in the body. It also protects the brain from the damaging effects of stress.

What you'll need:

2 cups of almond milk

1 tsp Turmeric

½ tsp Cinnamon 

Pinch of black pepper

¼ tsp ginger powder

What you'll do: 

Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Pour into a small saucepan, and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot but not boiling.

Maca vanilla latte

Maca is caffeine-free powder that supports your energy and stamina, without the jittery side-effects of coffee.

What you'll need:

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp maca powder

½ tsp vanilla

2 dashes of cinnamon

1 dash of nutmeg

What you'll do:

Slowly heat up your almond milk on the stove.

In a blender, add your honey, coconut oil, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Once your almond milk is warm, add it in the blender and then add your maca powder on top.

Blend for about 30 seconds, or until it gets frothy.

Raw cacao hot chocolate

Cacao contains theobromine, which is a naturally occurring mild stimulant that’s very similar in structure to caffeine.

What you'll need:

1 cup of hot water

½ tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp coconut sugar or raw honey

2-4 tsp of almond milk

What you'll do: 

Boil water to 95°C.

In a big mug add cacao and sugar or honey.

Pour boiled water into mug and stir with a spoon while pouring.

Add desired amount of almond milk.

 

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Coffee is warm and delicious and even though not everyone loves it, it is something that has been proven to be good for you again and again.

Many researchers have agreed that as long as you can drink it in moderation then coffee is good for you. In case you were wondering ‘moderation’ means three to five 235 ml cups a day.

So the next time someone tells you that your habit it getting out of hand you can point out these health benefits and then walk away. You don’t need those kind of coffee-hating people in your life.

Antioxidants

One study found that coffee delivers more antioxidants that most other foods and beverages in the average diet. Yes, that means even more than green tea.

It can make you happy

Specifically, coffee can make women happy. The Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drank four or more cups of coffee a day were 20 per cent less likely to be at risk of depression. That doesn’t mean coffee can be used to self-medicate if you are feeling depressed though, make sure you talk to a professional to get the correct care and support.

It can improve your memory

It may not make you more intelligent, but Lifehacker found that when your work is memory based it can make you more productive.

It contains essential nutrients

Coffee is not just black water, many of the nutrients in coffee beans make it to your mug. Such as: Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 11% of the RDA, pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5): 6% of the RDA, manganese and potassium: 3% of the RDA.

Great news, we're just going to take a quick break now… 

 

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Are you one of those people that cannot function before 9 o'clock unless your coffee cup is glued to your hand? Yes? Well don't worry because you are not alone. Like many of the people on this earth, we at SHEmazing are pretty much coffee obsessed. 

It is a love that runs deep and we take it quite seriously. It is a very rare occasion indeed if that delicious coffee smell is not wafting from our desks. Sometimes we wonder if our blood has actually become caffeinated. Probably not the healthiest quirk to posses, but it's a tough habit to quit.

If you are coffee lover, or know one (who doesn't?), then these little nuggets of information are going to be very valuable for you. 

Soy milk is chemically predisposed to curdling in your coffee:

This is because of the temperature and acidity of coffee. You can avoid it however; you can take cold soy milk and freshly brewed espresso and steam the two together. Or, you can buy soy milk that is especially made to be used with coffee. 

Don't microwave your coffee:

If your cup has been sitting out for a while, but you are in a desperate need of a fix you really are better off just making a fresh cup. For two reasons: the first being that if you take milk then that should not be sitting out of the fridge for over two hours. The second is that it's going to taste really bad. Just don't do it.

Dark roast is not the 'strongest':

The darker the roast, the less the caffeine. Darker roasts have a rounder, fuller taste as opposed to a stronger level of caffeine. 

'Extra hot' coffee probably doesn't taste better:

It will also scorch the mouth off you and no one wants that before the work day begins, unless you're a masochist- but aside from that, over steaming the milk can ruin the flavour and texture of your coffee. 

If you're in it for the Instagram likes, then you need to stick with full fat milk:

Most misshapen leaf and sad love heart latte art is because of almond milk, apparently. So if you want to take an arty #nofilter snap of your morning coffee to make others jealous of your trendy lifestyle, then go for normal milk.

A macchiato is possibly not what you think it is:

Normally this is an espresso with a little milk. The Starbucks version is entirely different….

You can keep your coffee at the perfect temperature with this gadget:

It's a USB heated travel mug, surely you know someone who needs this in their life.

Between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning is the best time to drink your first cup of coffee:

If you can wait that long. This is because your cortisol levels (stress hormone) are high in the morning. You don't want caffeine when this is happening because cortisol already makes you feel alert. 

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There is no great joy in life than a fresh cup of coffee, but just how addicted are you?

Here are some key signs that you should just call it a day and start investing all of your earnings in Nescafé shares…

1. You make a cup on auto pilot the second you get up
It wouldn't be morning without coffee!

2. You're pretty much a walking zombie til that first sip
You can't be help responsible for anything you say/do before you get your fix.

3. You lust after fancy Nespresso machines like other people lust after clothes
Think of all those pods waiting to be used…

4. You spend more on coffee than food or clothing in any given month
It's a fact.

5. You know Starbucks is "the enemy" but you can't help but love it
Who can resist the legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte?

6. You openly judge strangers on their coffee orders
You can tell a lot about someone by their choice of brew.

7. Just the smell is enough to get you all jittery and excited
DID SOMEONE SAY COFFEE?

8. You tried to give it up for a day and it was a total car crash
It's just too good!

 

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