Let me start by noting how nice it was to take some holidays these past few weeks. Port Renfrew and Kelowna were pure bliss. Unfortunately I missed out on posting last Wednesday~ but the rest, reading and disconnect from the internet has worked wonders on my physical and mental health. Much happier for it.
Back to today’s post.
I have a bit of a confession to make – coffee has sneaked its way back into my life… and after a great deal of thought, I have decided its here to stay for now. Posting about it is part of being at peace with this decision. Maybe it’s the desk job, shift work or the sentimental feeling it adds to Sunday brunch…
In the beginning of this health transformation it was necessary to remove a wide range of products and substances from my diet, so that I could narrow down the ways in which my body (digestive system) reacted to food. As part of this big change I decided to let go of dairy, meat, processed foods and that double double that was wreaking havoc on my daily energy. Giving it up was really important for identifying how it might be triggering anxiety and stomach discomfort.
Today I feel more prepared to understand what works, what doesn’t – and above all how I am going to feel. Bringing coffee back has looked different than my essay writing days in the library. It’s not everyday, three times a day. Also skipping the sugar and complimenting it with almond milk as opposed to half and half cream makes quite the difference… oh and great tasting coffee really matters. Yes coffee is acidic ~ and because of this I have to monitor how it affects my overall balance. I also need good hydration, plenty of greens and fresh juice to invite alkalinity.
Did I just spend the whole post justifying this to you ~ or to myself? My intention is to be true to this journey… and part of that is sharing how my relationships with food and in this case caffeine are constantly evolving. The biggest lesson I have taken from books and past conversations is that dietary choices and understandings of overall health are constantly in transition. The bottom line being… how do you feel? Is this working?
What are your thoughts? Tea versus coffee? Sentimentality or dependency? As always I love to hear from you.