Health

Why I Quit Coffee for Over a Year

I mean aside from the fact that I was pregnant and had to stop drinking coffee so I didn’t end up with a super hyped up baby .. Amongst all the things I’ve had to cut out of my life (mostly just opting for a more healthy alternative for Chloe), quitting coffee was the hardest thing for me because I was such a coffee addict! Ever since i’ve given birth to Chloe, a lot of you guys have been saying that my skin looks better, I look younger, etc., so today I’m sharing with you guys a part of my lifestyle that I’ve had to quit but has given me immense return since!

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I’ve shared a bit to you guys before about my extreme work life & how I would work crazy hours like from 6am until 2am at night .. but I didn’t mention that coffee was the unsung hero in helping me get through those long work hours! I was using coffee as a sleep substitute & with the added crazy work hours, I definitely felt like I aged myself in those first few years.  & I recently came across Garnier’s campaign on how fatigue can age you 5 years .. eep!

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Since Chloe, in addition to drinking better waters & smoothies, I’ve also taken to drinking more teas! Teas are so great because they have different leaves that each have ingredients that can help improve your health. For example, green teas are rich in antioxidants & can even help remove your undereye circles. (But more on that in another post). I’ll be the first one to admit that half the joy of drinking coffee is actually simply just making that trip to Starbucks, and being able to hold on to that coffee cup all day (*sigh.. I know I know). Now when I have the urge to make a trip to Starbucks, I’ll usually get an Earl Grey Misto with Coconut Milk (Misto is a Tea made with steamed milk), or sometimes they call it The London Fog Tea Latte. It’s been an underground drink at Starbucks for years now (I discovered it through my sister), but it’s now officially on the menu. It’s a great alternative if you need a detox from Coffee (it only has 40 mg of Caffeine, whereas regular coffee has around 330 mg), but still enjoy the taste of a latte.  They say that you can continue to drink coffee during your pregnancy and while you nurse, but after seeing the positive results in my skin, hair, and body, I decided not to pick it back up again.

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But that’s not to say that coffee isn’t for everyone. Life is about balance and personally for me, since I’ve been opting for more sleep & organic substitutes, I’ve been finding that my skin has been noticeably fresher and dewier. But sometimes I do miss that espresso.. just sometimes, especially when the girls at the studio use our Keurig Espresso system!

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Now this does not mean that I will never drink coffee ever again, but I am definitely going to see how long I can go without it. Reminding you guys that life is all about variety & sometimes it’s good to switch things up a bit to give your body the rest & love that it deserves!

Happy Tuesday!

sigxo

Photography by Karen Rosalie

44 Comments
  • Joanna says:

    Beautiful photos furst of all, and a very eye-opening article. I am currentyl trying to quit coffee – I cannot even start my work day withou it – and I ma sure it will be so worth it.

  • Sarah says:

    I go from one to the other.

  • Lily says:

    Huh.. Pretty funny how you still get different things in stores that they don’t have on the money. I wonder if that’s a thing in Germany, too. Should go and try to ask randomly but might turn out in weird looks. 😀

    Lily (Eat Pretty)

  • June says:

    Very amazing article, I never know that coffee make us older. I never into coffe, I prefer tea. I’m so glad that I choose the right thing!

    xxx June

    http://www.junepaski.com

  • Just Us says:

    Love your pictures! Ahh, so dreamy. Can’t imagine quitting coffee, maybe that reason alone tells I should for while… hmm.

    http://www.justus.is

  • Vivian says:

    I can imagine it being so difficult cutting out coffee (says an avid coffee drinker). But you can’t argue with the health benefits

    LIVE . IN .LOVE ✞

    ~

  • Joanna says:

    Would you mind me asking what brand is the tea from the photos? 🙂

  • Diane says:

    I have made the same decision and it is so much better now

    http://www.fruityandpassion.com/2015/04/grey-and-black.html#more

  • Vanessa says:

    My body is not reacting well to this romantic drink I love. I sometimes get stomachache after a cup of coffee, also its not good to my cardio. I don’t know how you say it is English, but basically my heart beat gets really fast and it’s hard for me to breath. Nothing too scary but definitely not a good idea for me to keep drinking coffee. So, I am quitting all caffeine including tea. Now I drink herb tea mostly.

    ★ meilijourney.blogspot.com ★

  • Thuy says:

    I love how you are so realistic when sharing your own experience! Great article! I read all your article I just don’t comment!

  • Keri says:

    Ok, good point. I think I’ll try more tea so that I too can have great skin and look younger!
    http://www.thestylestudiobykb.com

  • Dee kay says:

    What a nice article, I also try to stay away from coffee as much as I can. Tea is a great substitute, there are so many different flavors out there to try, I love experimenting with new flavors!

    Dee
    http://urbanchicblvd.blogspot.com

  • Eden says:

    Interesting post! I just started drinking coffee for the first time in my life last year, but have been thinking about going back to tea. I like coffee, but I feel so much better after drinking tea.

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • Milly says:

    I’ve never tried coffee (nor do I intend to), but it sounds like I’m not really missing much. I will be sure to pass onto the benefits of dropping the coffee addiction to some of my more addicted friends! 🙂

  • Adeline says:

    Hi Chriselle, may I know what is a healthier alternative to coffee when you need to be wide awake when you are tired? Thank you very much!

  • Amina malik says:

    Have you tried this brand from ny called David’s teas? They have some excellent options that I’m pretty sure you will fall in love with!

  • VIV says:

    I can’t go about my day without a cup of coffee either…Like this post! you always have really interesting and creative posts!! <3

    http://www.dudettesedge.com

  • rosa says:

    I’m a tea enthusiast and love that you are drinking more tea now! What are the tea brands you’re sipping now? The tea tubes look super cute!

  • Elizabeth Brannan says:

    I started drinking coffee when I was 4-years-old, thanks to my father. I also LOVE tea and I am so excited about the info on teas at Starbucks! Thank you! This post has me thinking about quitting coffee for a bit….hmmmm…..xoxo Liz

  • I have always loved tea better. Drinking coffee sometimes even feel unhealthy to me, even when I drink it without milk or sugar. Tea is just, well tea!

    http://www.theavantguardian.com

  • Kenguri Style (@KenguriStyle) says:

    Adore the cups!
    Absolutely great photos, just swiped off my chair.
    LOVE!
    http://kenguristyle.com/

  • I actually never drink coffee because it makes me jittery and gives me palpitations. My colleagues are always amazed because as a doctor we wake up SUPER early…but I just don’t like the feeling!

    Xo
    Joyce
    http://www.teawithmd.com
    A dermatologist’s guide to health & beauty

  • Monika says:

    I haven’t had coffee in a really long time as well but mine was not a a conscious choice. Hearing about how fatigue and coffee can age you doesn’t really make it seem very appealing anymore. Unless it’s coffee flavored ice cream or froyo and then I have to indulge! haha

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com

  • Kate says:

    While I still drink coffee, I have been caffeine free for about a year and half now. It feels so great, my body wakes up naturally in the morning, and my energy is so much better throughout the day! It’s such a great feeling!

    Kate
    http://www.lamiabellavita.com

  • Stephanie says:

    I agree, life is all about balance. I try to limit my self to one cup in the morning and tea in the afternoon. But when I need an extra push, I will get a small cup of coffee.

    Stephanie
    http://ishowedupinboots.com

  • sasa says:

    yea, true! I love switching up too:P XO

    Shall We Sasa

  • Great article!! Sounds very healthy!! Unfortunately I don’t think I can never stop drinking coffee for one single day. 🙁 thanks for sharing xo

    http://www.sweetsimpleday.com

  • Natali says:

    I have never been into coffee… I love coffee smell and I love coffee infused waffles or ice cream but that’s the furthest I get to coffee.
    I have always been a tea person and I find that it has way many benefits and pleasure for me than drinking coffee ever would.

    http://lartoffashion.com

  • rebecca says:

    That’s amazing! I love both tea and coffee, but you’re right – everything in moderation. There are so many alternatives to tea and coffee get an energy boost throughout the day. Nothing beats getting enough sleep and maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet ❤
    munchies&musings

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