For over 20 years I have maintained, “Coffee is my medicine.” Imagine the shock when I realized recently, that, in fact, coffee has been playing havoc with my health.
Shock. Horror. Dismay.
Here’s the backstory: From the time I was a toddler I have suffered from migraines. As a young adult I went to the Montefiore Headache Clinic in New York City. I was put on a strict diet, eliminating every known migraine trigger, including coffee since too much caffeine creates “rebound” headaches. Once my system was “trigger-free” for several weeks, trigger foods were added back one-by-one to see what I reacted to.
With one exception: Coffee.
Coffee replaced all medications: One cup of coffee early in the morning, one cup of coffee around 2pm.
My mantra for the last 20 years has been: I can’t give up coffee! Coffee is my medicine! Doctor’s orders!
This came to a crashing halt recently. You see when I created the Spring Clean-Eating ReBoot, a 7-day nutritionally-sound cleanse, I decided, in the spirit of good faith, to eliminate coffee from my diet. Over the course of a week in the very same way I prescribe in the Spring ReBoot, I went from two cups of coffee a day to no coffee.
What happened next shocked me! After completing the cleanse I decided I would add coffee back into my morning routine. I bought fresh beans, ground it to fill the kitchen with that delightful smell, and brewed the perfect cup of coffee in my French Press. I could not wait to taste it.
Oh, that coffee goodness! Full body, lovely bouquet, chocolatey, caramel flavors.
And then? A big, fat case of the shakes!
What? How can this be? I even tested it two days later to see if I was right. Yep, same response.
And the reality is …. several weeks later … I have less headaches without it!
So here’s the thing: We hold on tightly to the things that cause us pain.
I challenge you: What do you think you can’t live without? Sugar? Bread? Cheese? Meat? Whatever it is, drop it for a week and see what happens.
Looking for an easy 7-day cleanse to get the toxins out of your body and jumpstart weight loss & healthy choices? Check out the Spring Clean-Eating ReBoot. It’s a great place to start.