My Public Apology to Coffee and How to Enjoy America's Favorite Cup the Healthy Way

So, I really kind of slammed coffee in my previous post here. I knew him as the enemy. The dark addictive cup of java always left me jittery, anxious and with mood swings... not to mention dehydrated. Yet, I kept going back for a Starbucks grande soy latte day after day. My health and my wallet were suffering. And I started feeling like I needed more to get that same boost I initially felt when I began drinking coffee again after having Emma. 

Coffee, when you’re sourced ethically, grown organically and filtered to cold-pressed perfection, poured over ice and topped off with a splash of organic, real coconut milk, wow, you’re a serious superfood hitter.p

Coffee, when you’re sourced ethically, grown organically and filtered to cold-pressed perfection, poured over ice and topped off with a splash of organic, real coconut milk, wow, you’re a serious superfood hitter.p

Well, today, I’m here to write an apology to coffee. That’s right. While all of those side effects still stand true for me if I drink a chemical and sugar laden soy latte from Starbucks, something completely different happens when I opt for organic {or sustainably-grown}, cold-pressed, black coffee with a splash of organic coconut milk. So, here goes:

Dear Coffee,
Hi… It’s me… PB&Julie. I know I know, I’m sorry. I really am. I admit it. I wrongfully accused you. Yes, defamation of character. I get why you're maybe a bit upset with me. My bad. Now I know you’re really not all that bad. Yes, I know, I said you wreck people’s health. Ouch. I get it. Kind of rude. Buuuttt, to be fair, I only knew you through Starbucks. And well, Starbucks turns your antioxidant packed bean into a health-wrecking midnight-hued cocktail of pesticide residue, mold, artificial colors and preservatives and sugar and then charges upwards of $5 for you. {Go figure}
But, sweet {bitter?} coffee, when you’re sourced ethically, grown organically and filtered to cold-pressed perfection, poured over ice and topped off with a splash of organic, real coconut milk, wow, you’re a serious superfood hitter. You are the world’s number one source of antioxidants that have been found to protect the body against diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even some cancers. And even more, you help fight F A T. Hallelujah, coffee. I appreciate that extra boost you give me to power through and crush my fitness goals while operating on minimal sleep {very minimal}. You’ve even proven to be a mood-booster lifting the shades for some to help reveal the sunshine. I know I really look forward to our mornings together these days. 
True, my love for you has begun growing stronger by the day tempting me to drink more than one cup of your joy which stands to be too much for this petite-ish frame... Giving me anxiety and jitters and mood swings. But, when I consume you responsibly and listen to my body, we are like bff’s… getting stuff done and knocking through the to-do list with energy and a smile. I mean, you even helped me shed a stubborn 10 lbs of extra weight hanging around after pregnancy. Well you + a lower sugar diet in general. Thanks guy. You’re my favorite morning side kick and like I said, I really am sorry for being so mean to you earlier. You pretty much rock. 
No hard feelings, right? See you tomorrow?
...You betcha! :) 
Love, PB&Julie 

So, yeah, coffee is not the enemy. And you can heal your relationship with this java superstar too by changing the way you caffeinate: 

Cold brew + Chai Spices = Heaven

Cold brew + Chai Spices = Heaven

  • Opt for organic or sustainably grown coffee: Every time. No matter what. This ensures your beans are harvested ethically and are not sprayed with loads of chemicals and toxins. Coffee is a heavily sprayed crop and you don't want to drink that toxic cocktail. Plus it's just better on the environment which we could all stand to be a little nicer to :) 
  • Know your limits: 1 cup may be just the right amount for you to reap all of coffee's healthy benefits like improved mood, better concentration and more energy. Beyond that, you might experience its darker side like mood swings and jitters. Find your happy medium and don't be tempted to cross that fine line.
  • Don't drink past 3 pm: Or whatever your time is. I know if I drink coffee after 3, I become too wired and have a hard time falling asleep. That's a no no. You need your beauty sleep.
  • Avoid chemical-filled, artificial or dairy-laden creamers and sweeteners: If you drink coffee. Drink coffee. Enjoy its deep, rich flavor with a splash of organic coconut milk {trust me} or enjoy a spicy, grounding cup by adding chai tea or just chai-spiced nut milk to your cold brew. Or pick up cold brew perfection at your local juicery. {Lake Norman peeps... Clean Juice in Birkdale is FAMOUS for its Cashew Latte. Definitely a must try! Warning: You may become addicted!}
  • Exercise soon after drinking: You won't believe the burst of energy it adds to your workout. You'll feel like a superhero. 
  • Hydrate hydrate hydrate: Coffee is still dehydrating, so make sure you hydrate properly in the morning with your first beverage being a tall glass of room temperature water with 1/2 lemon squeezed in. Annndddd hydrate after with a big glass of water too. 

There you have it! What are your thoughts on coffee? Seems you either love it or hate it. Weigh in below!