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 . 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.
In fact, on the diet I can have a cup of tea (coffee was suggested in the book) with a packet of and some whipping cream or half and half!
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
- A Day in the Life with Essential Oils
- 100+ Every Day Uses for Essential Oils
Next up, Trim Healthy Mama Hodgepodge style!
So, if you have any tea time tips, I’m all ears!