CAREER ADVICE | 1 month without the coffee
Sunday used to be THE DAY for my slow morning coffee routine. The KING among any weekday daily cup. It has been 1 month and 2 days since I last drank coffee. Actually, so it happened that I have also switched from milk to soy/almond or rice milk instead.
I was really bored of the same flavour – I have never used syrups to taste it up due to huge amount of sugar in it. And since I drink green drinks daily for a year and a half, I gradually noticed that coffee is making me more tired and my eyes don’t look as shiny as before. I was seeing a colourful world around after green drink and it somehow gets dark and irritating after the cup of good-old Cappuccino.
1. CREATIVITY BLOSSOMED
I have had to find new tastes, so I discovered a lot of new tea shops around, I have noticed a few extra pages in the menus of cafes, I have started more than a dozen interesting conversations about it and I have experimented with new proportions and ingredients every day! Productivity overall seems to get higher after a few weeks. That is an important skill to train when working in the creative field!
2. MY SENSES BECAME MORE SENSITIVE
I smell, taste and feel the textures a lot better than I used to. Perhaps thats due to the attitude as well as being exposed to more versified triggers. You may train your senses indeed! Also, I am happy I don’t have the coffee after-taste which makes your mouth sour.
3. MY MORNINGS ARE SLOWER & EASIER
Life begins when I first open my eye. Have no trouble to wake up at all and the process is much more enjoyable even thought the mornings have been getting darker for 4 months now.
4. I SAVED MONEY
Even thought I buy soy/almond and rice milk for my cacao, which is 5-6 times more expensive, I don’t drink as much as I needed for coffee. By choosing other drinks when going out, significant amount of money have stayed in my account.
5. NO STOMACH PAINS WHATSOEVER
Coffee has a lot of acid. Even more acid if you add sugar or milk. It only makes sense that once you stop putting acid into yourself, a lot of stomach problems disappear.
6. YOU BECOME MUCH MORE INTERESTING PERSON
Just because you are exploring something new, you have new things to share with people around. Things like that are totally the winners of the SMALL TALK – health and feeling good topics connect. Use the opportunity to get this experience and knowledge to help you move ahead in your career. Share the process with your colleagues and clients! During a month of new experience you become a tiny bit of a different person, more in line with yourself, more aware of your feelings/wants and needs, and that along with any new experience is a push to your career. It’s not just what you talk about – it’s what you spread.
7. LESS STRESSED OR DEPRESSED
The caffeine in coffee increases catecholamines, your stress hormones. The stress response elicits cortisol and increases insulin. Insulin increases inflammation and this makes you feel lousy.
It seems to me that coffee might be keeping you from becoming the best you can be!
SO WHAT OTHER DRINKS ARE THERE?
WATER WITH LEMON AND JALAPENO
Indian tea is rich in antioxidants and contains a plethora of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, and ginger that is sure to awaken all your senses in the morning. The smooth creamy flavor actually makes you feel like you are sipping a cup of coffee, but without all the extra caffeine.
MINERAL-RICH CACAO AND BANANA SMOOTHIE
This one is for those sweet-lovers who drink their coffee for a dessert. The recipe is here.
GINSENG OR GINGER TEA
Both teas are known to increase focus and concentration while also curing fatigue issues. These are great teas to provide stimulation for the brain, which is what we need after we wake up. It also relieves from menstrual pains and boosts immune system.
Or Ginger tea with orange juice.
CACAO OR HOT CHOCOLATE
Depending on the texture and sweetness you love, you may experiment with different types of milk, amount of the cacao itself and extra spices like cinnamon, vanilla, mint or chilli. When doing a hot chocolate I love to add some orange juice.
I have tried different types of cacao, yet the ecological ones are the best – they don’t have any sugar added so it gives you more flexibility to experiment with different drink recipes as well as have a full-richer taste overall. It seems that the package lasts longer since you don’t need as much for a cup.
FRESH MINT TEA
CRANBERRY JELLY DRINK
Hot or cold, it’s just perfect!
A chia fresca is not only hydrating but super energising. We like to add in lime or lemon juice to make an alkalising beverage.
To prepare: Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, juice of half a lime or lemon and 1 teaspoon of rice malt syrup (or to taste) to 1 cup of water or coconut water. Stir well and allow to sit for 10 minutes while the chia seeds swell.
BUCKTHORN TEA WITH HONEY
A wonderful drink that’s known to promote a healthy nervous system as well as strengthen teeth, bones, and promote healthy skin. Rooibos Tea has many minerals such as calcium, manganese, fluoride, and zinc, just to name a few. You can drink it throughout the day as it’s an energizer in the morning and also has properties that will help you relax in the evening.
FRESH RASPBERRY JUICE
EXTRA INGREDIENT: BEE POLLEN
Organic Lithuanian bee pollen I have been using for the last 3 months – adding a tiny little bit of it to any drink. Read the benefits of it here.
Whatever drink you choose, keep an eye on the amount of sugar in it – it does not do much good for your long-term productivity. And please buy the real thing – no tea bags and artificial aroma!
Try this out for 1 month & see for yourself! And share other drink ideas in the comments below!
This article is a part of the series to discover female career paths within the creative and digital industries
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