I love coffee. Back when I was a teenager I must have had a hard time getting going for school in the mornings. Because I still remember that morning my mama brought me my first cup of coffee – complete with cream and sugar.
I’ve been drinking coffee ever since that morning I was 15. Iced afternoon coffee in the summers. Until last summer, that is.
My favorite ‘coffee mug on the beach’ picture
Why oh why did I quit a morning and afternoon ritual? A mama of five – homeschooling without coffee?? Especially when I have all these peaceful photos of morning coffee time? Why is Starbucks no longer a stopping point?
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my favorite ‘coffee in the mountains’ picture
Why I Quit Coffee
Last summer when I adjusted my diet to completely gluten free, I looked forward to my morning coffee. I had no clue that by eliminating gluten that I would begin to notice other things. It was at about a week and a half gluten free that I noticed my hands swelling after my morning coffee. Inflammation in my hands. I also was coughing quite a bit after drinking my morning cup. The coughing could be a respiratory reaction and/or acid reflux. Inflammation and coughing really made coffee not a bit of fun for me anymore. So, I just quit.
that lovely swirl of afternoon iced coffee
How I Quit Coffee
After that morning cup I just quit – cold turkey. I had quit drinking coffee for about six weeks before a couple years back. So I knew about the withdrawal headaches. The fatigue and crankiness. So I warned the children what I was doing. That was a tough week for sure. But I did replace coffee with something else.
Replacing Coffee with Tea
Back in my post college days of living out west, my roommate introduced me to PG Tips English black tea. At the time you could only purchase it at the special import store. These days it’s at the local grocery – Walmart and Kroger. It is a nice, strong blend. And, I drink it just like I did coffee. With cream and sweetener. And I have it in the morning and the afternoon.
The Connection Between Gluten Intolerance and Coffee
Interestingly, just a few weeks after I quit coffee, my friend Jenny sent me a some reading. (Jenny is the one who encouraged me to make the gluten free then Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle changes. So grateful for her!) When I read Jenny’s link – Gluten Issues or Celiac – Don’t Drink Coffee, I told my friend that I could confirm that simply with what I was noticing in myself. There is also a more recent article with a bit more information.
It still amazes me that I have been experiencing these type symptoms for decades and now that I have removed gluten and coffee from my diet, inflammation is practically gone.
I will add that one evening in February I decided to give coffee a try again. We were having supper for breakfast and I had brewed some for my husband. I thought I’d pour myself just an inch – it smelled SO wonderful! But, that coffee didn’t go down wonderfully. I had only taken a couple of sips when I could not stop myself coughing. I had to take two antacid tablets to stop the coughing! That little incident cured me.
Loving Tea Time
Coming up in the Healthy Mama series (links will be live as I share over the next several weeks)…
- Healthy Mama Hodgepodge: Gluten Free Living
- Getting started gluten free list (family friendly style)
- Quitting coffee after all these years <— I know you are saying ‘what?’
- Trim Healthy Mama, Hodgepodge style
- Gluten free living from Hodgepodgedad
Next up, Trim Healthy Mama Hodgepodge style!
So, if you have any tea time tips, I’m all ears!