BUT FIRST … COFFEE

Welcome to Nutritional November. Firstly CAN YOU BELIEVE it is November already and will be the year 2016 in only 8 weeks?? I know I can’t. A year ago I decided to do my first “Nutritional November” to get the blog really going! I loved it, it pushed me to find quirky things to research each day and a lot of people said they enjoyed the daily read. Then again a lot of people didn’t, so tune out if that is you. So here is comes again. Each day of the month I will be posting tips, facts, recipes, workouts and other helpful healthiness to get you feeling confident and be the best version of yourself… just in time for December. Think of it as a little revamp of your health life to keep you motivated, on track and making progress!! I missed yesterday because I didn’t have access to the internet whilst traveling on my global adventure – so forgive me! 

So here goes. Day 1 – but first… coffee! Whose got their big cup of joe ready in hand right now?

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I don’t know about you but I am a creature of habit, not one who likes too much change, and someone who falls into a routine very comfortably and fast. Ok ok yes these are sounding like excuses you are right. These are the things that I tell myself every day when I think … “do I have a coffee addiction?” and the answer is yes. I do. You probably do too. Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world. Although negative effects of caffeine have received most attention from health writers, coffee is a complex mixture of antioxidants which are beneficial to our health. Caffeine is one of the most commonly consumed stimulant ‘drugs’ occurring naturally in tea and coffee and other plants and when withdrawn entirely from a diet can lead to withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, stiffness, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, depressed mood and irritability. Well – want to avoid such symptoms??? DON’T STOP DRINKING COFFEE.

I am sorry for those nutritional therapists or natural foodies that I offend in saying that but if there is one thing I believe and stand by more than anything whilst living a clean and healthy lifestyle, is not depriving yourself or completely removing anything from your diet. God knows I have tried to quit. I gave it up for 30 days once and it made no difference. I didn’t feel the slightest bit healthier or better and I craved it just as much on day 30 as I did on day 1. For me coffee is social, fun, exciting, brings happiness, makes me alert, picks me up, burns my tongue (have got to stop demanding extra hot), gives me energy, lifts my mood and not to mention tastes AMAZING!!! And why would I deprive myself of those feelings on a daily basis. Not to mention the amazing antioxidant benefits of a daily coffee. I know that I can stop although I am not in the least concerned. I drink coffee because I LOVE IT!! Hell if my body would fit inside the takeaway cup (yes it HAS to be in a takeaway cup) then I would jump head first straight into it and bath in its creamy hot goodness. I am a sucker for anything coffee – desserts, slices, cookies, ice cream and smoothies. Check out this raw tiramisu slice recipe >> here. 

So stop listening to all of those one liners about coffee being bad for your health. Yes if you consume 10 cups a day, but anything in excess is bad for you. Even Kale!!! Yep I said it… kale can be bad for you. Kale is a cruciferous vegetable similar to broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts all of which when consumed in excess can lead to problems with your thyroid glands. Proof!!

Here are the top 13 evidence based health benefits of coffee that have been confirmed by human studies.

Coffee can improve energy levels and brain function
Coffee can increase fat burning and boost your metabolic rate
Coffee can improve physical performance
Coffee is full of essential nutrients such as riboflavin, manganese, potassium, magnesium and niacin.
Coffee may lower your risk of type II diabetes
Coffee may protect you from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
Coffee appears to have protective effects on the liver
Coffee can fight depressive moods and make you happy
Coffee is the biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet
Of course too much coffee can make you jittery and potentially cause high blood pressure and increase heart rates. Drinking more than 4 coffees a day is not recommended.

However I would be more worried for my bank account if I was consuming 4 coffees a day more than the effect it would have on my overall health. Especially in London with the Aussie exchange rate at the moment. 2 coffees are costing us 6.50 POUND. Yes double that and you got the Aussie dollar. $13 for two coffees? Your shout?

So be reasonable. If you feel like a coffee HAVE ONE. If you have already had 3 and crave another… ask yourself do you really need it or are you bored/hungry/tired. Sometimes when you crave a coffee or something sweet your body just needs a little fresh air or a break. Take 5 minutes away from your desk, get some sunshine, go for a walk or drink a large glass of water. If you still crave the coffee… have it!!

I’m currently traveling in Portugal so I’m off to get myself a big ass coffee and Portuguese tart ;) because life is more about balance than rules! Enjoy !

K

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