The Busy Mom's Diet

Kicking the Coffee Chemicals?

by Emily on January 15, 2013

It was a common story, boy meets girl, girl has baby, girl meets coffee and they live happily ever after…

Kicking Coffee Chemicals 2

Here is where the story takes a turn for the worse (and it is not the caffeine!) I have been working on clean eating, which in my view means eating whole, organic, healthy food and cutting out as much of the processed and chemically preserved foods as possible.  I’m working on it, but certainly not totally there yet (as is evidenced by the fact that I still have spray diet butter in my fridge. sigh).

Enter coffee stage left. It has been staring me in the face for a while, but I finally made eye contact.  It isn’t my coffee I’m worried about… it is the absolute addiction I formed to the sugar free hazelnut coffee creamer.  In my mind, I knew that it wasn’t the best of all things, but the calories and the taste kept me coming back for more!  Then, I read the ingredients and did a little googling… Yuck!  That beautiful bottle of creamer is chocked full of chemicals that can produce all kinds of nasty effects and most certainly does not belong anywhere near the words clean and eating.

Kicking Coffee Chemicals 1

At this point, I have a few options:

1. Switch to a clean creamer like half and half or this organic creamer.

2. Switch to drinking black coffee.

3. Stop/Reduce coffee consumption.

4. Some combination of these and other solutions?

After some soul searching, I decided to drastically reduce my coffee intake and switch to a clean half and half or similar product.  I’m taking suggestions for what to try, so please leave a comment if you have something you love!

The reasons I came to this conclusion:

  • My sister and a bunch of other people I know swear by half and half or other less chemically alternatives (and she is a PhD after all…)
  • I’ve read that coffee in the morning can increase anxiety and Lord knows I don’t need any more.
  • I was craving a hot drink in the morning instead of actually coffee or even caffeine, so I switched to tea.

When I was pregnant I drank a lot of this Pregnancy Tea and when I was nursing, I drank A LOT of this Mother’s Milk Tea, so I already had this awesome electric tea kettle that safely heats water in minutes so making hot tea is a cinch. I decided to try out some new teas, but I am far from an expert if you have any suggestions in this area too!

Electric Tea Kettle

I’m certainly not cutting out coffee completely, as my 4:30 am wake up call requires a little something, something, just trying to decrease the chemical creamers.  What do you think?  Do you think I’ll be begging for my coffee chemicals by mid-week or do you think I’m going to make it?  Do you have any natural creamer or tea suggestions?  Thanks!



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