Lately I’ve noticed after drinking my usual cup of Pike or Blond Roast coffee, my energy level remains the same. I can drink a regular cup of coffee right before bed and there be no need to count sheep. Why is this? I must first point out that I’m not the average coffee drinker. It literally takes an entire morning to finish one vinte-size Starbuck’s coffee. Occasionally, I will attempt at a second cup, however more times than none it will end up in the trash.
So I took it to Google for any new “studies” to the effects of coffee that I may have missed. Sure enough that darn cortisol is the culprit. She is no friend to any woman with a little “extra” waist. According to WebMD, the levels of this hormone is at its peak between 7-9am, and again at noon. Drinking coffee before 9:00am pretty much lowers the advantages that we all seek when starting the day. Strategically taking coffee breaks is pertinent when depending on it to get you through a work day. Next time, try having your first cup after 9:30, but before 11:30 when the next spike hits.
Many of my colleagues don’t drink coffee. Tea is the drink of choice in my circle of sippers. When I think about their energy levels and demeanor throughout the day, I might have missed this boat. Which is your go-to for rebooting? Coffee or tea? I don’t think I’ve ever noticed or heard them or faithful tea drinkers complain of feeling sluggish or tired. True coffee drinkers usually consume 3 or more cups a day, which is now considered ok according to Health.gov. I will never increase from my 1 cup to experience that first “high”, however, if changing up the time of day will optimize the benefits, I’ll take it!
When I’ve followed a structured diet regimen that didn’t allow for coffee, but more from other options such as tea (green, herbal, black, oolong and white), a tall glass of cold water, exercise and even a small piece of dark CHOCOLATE, I have noticed an increase of physical and mental performance. Have you tried any of these “eye openers” to start your morning?
I used to feel like my day wouldn’t officially begin until after I had my “fix”. Not anymore. In my quest to making smarter choices, putting to use the knowledge about the things I currently question is important for change to actually happen. This post was initially going to be about the pros and cons of coffee, however during my research I found the potential solution to a question I’ve pondered for some time. I am still on the fence about quitting all together. In the meantime, I’ll be back soon with the results of this little experiment.