Coffee: Practice Letting Go

I realized I had slipped into habitually drinking coffee every morning on an empty stomach, perpetually exhausted at the start of each day after interrupted nights with a new baby and a preschooler. I had developed a stress dysfunction and adrenal fatigue. Again! (The first time after having my first baby while managing the Egypt portfolio for USAID during the revolution). This time, I know what to do to re-energize myself out of this funk and it is time for a Spring cleanse anyway. First step to break the wired-tired cycle, - get off of drinking coffee for energy.

  1. Caffeine directly stimulates your adrenal glands to release stress hormones, cortisol and adrenaline, - giving you the rush to get motivated and "wake up". The first step in the Stress Less Program is to decrease coffee, because coffee works by sending stress signals. Adrenal glands that are overtaxed by daily coffee and daily spikes in stress hormone become sluggish and depleted to do their primary job, -- which is to regulate hormone levels in the bloodstream.

For me this is the single most important reason. Coffee increases stress hormones. There are other reasons too, like:


  • drinkers pee out bone density minerals (and serotonin happy brain chemical) in response to the stress signals, that will deplete bone density, muscle mass and strength as you age.

  • beans are heavily sprayed with pesticides.

  • acidity is associated with digestive discomfort, indigestion, heart burn, GERD and dysbiosis (imbalances in your gut microbiome).

  • addiction means you are not able to rely on the body’s natural source of energy.

Does this mean you can never drink coffee again? No certainly not. But if you are in need of a Reset like me, prepare to cleanse by gradually drawing down coffee.

Here are the steps that my husband and I are taking and we would love for you to join us:

1) Go to bed earlier!

2) Delay coffee drinking until after you have been awake for at least 1.5 hours. (no more "first thing in the morning")

3) Start substituting with other morning drinks.

4) Keep coffee down to two cups/day, filled only half-way


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