My favorite (healthier) alternative to coffee...

So, you can give up many things, but coffee isn’t one of them?

I understand.

For many, it’s a love affair, but to our hormones, it’s more of a love-hate, stop-making-me-go-haywire affair.

I know better than to tell any coffee lover to stop drinking coffee, but if you’re dealing with a nasty case of PMS (irritability, swollen and tender breasts, headaches, anxiety) every month or hot flashes (yes, it’s the same properties that contribute to these issues), then I say it’s time to let that coffee go.

Do you know who will agree with me?

1. Your blood - it prefers to be alkaline. Coffee is very acid-forming, which is not helpful if you want fresh blood that is able to regenerate healthy tissue.

2. Your liver- that major fat-burning and detoxifying organ that can be overburdened trying to filter out the chemical residue and caffeine in coffee.

3. Your adrenals. Coffee contains an acid-based oil that irritates the lining of the stomach and promotes gastric acidity, which in turn encourages our body to secrete adrenaline that then stimulates insulin secretion, and in turn fuels hypoglycemia. Hello sweet tooth and mood swings!

4. Mama Earth. Coffee is one of the most heavily sprayed crops, mainly coming from South America. Pesticides like heptachlor, chlordane, and deledrin. All you need to know is TOXIC TOXIC TOXIC.

5. Your energy levels. In Chinese Medicine, coffee is considered one of the more heating substances that you can put in your body, and yes, for certain body types and in certain times of the year, a little bit is okay. However, if you’re consuming it on a daily basis, then you’re also depleting your body of valuable reserves like B vitamins (specifically B1, thiamine) and preventing nutrients from being absorbed in the small intestines which causes one to feel further fatigued, nervous and achy. Not cool.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Alright, I’m getting off my soap box and more to the point.

Here’s your alternative:

Meet Cacao, the superfood.

If Cacao had a dating profile, it would probably look something like this:

Easy-going, great taste, healthy benefits, rich in minerals, dense in nutrients.

And more specifically: 

Cacao is a good source of fiber, contains vital minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and calcium.

25% of its weight is protein (!) and it has more antioxidants than even acai berries (groovy).

It has favorable fats that beautify the skin, lubricate the joints and intestines, strengthen cell membranes, and restore fat-soluble nutrients to the tissues.

It also makes for a great carbohydrate choice.  Why? because it’s highly mineralized yet low in sugar.

Raw cacao generally has an antioxidant rating three to four times higher than that of a cooked dark chocolate bar. Plus, compared to coffee, it is extremely low in caffeine and contains mostly theobromine, a bitter alkaloid, which makes it superior to caffeine as it does not affect the central nervous system.

If you’re wanting to reduce the amount of coffee in your life, then I hope this knowledge helps: The theobromine in raw cacao has cardiovascular and lung-healing properties - it dilates blood vessels and relaxes smooth muscle tissue.

NO more palpitations and shakiness. Just the opposite.

So, here's my favorite alternative:

“Cacao Tea” Recipe

You can find raw cacao powder at your local food store. The brand, Ojio, is my favorite!

  • Simply boil water, add a teaspoon of cacao powder to a mug, pour water, and stir.
  • If you need a sweetener or cream, use coconut cream, and/or honey.

I like to add cinnamon and a touch of eucalyptus honey to mine.

The bitter notes should suit your taste buds just fine. ;)

Over to You:

What's your favorite way to drink coffee? Or do you have another hot beverage to suggest?

Feeling the effects of long-term coffee use?

Why not book yourself a consultation with me to see how craniosacral therapy and supplemental remedies can help you get back into balance.

Contact me to arrange a free 15-minute clarity consultation.

Until next time, have a healthy, happy week!

Caitlin Lyon, CST, LMP #49494