If you ever have to interact with me before 10am, there is one piece of information about me that you absolutely must know.
I need coffee.
Correction: You need me to have coffee.
I very much like to get up early, and I very much like to be productive. Often I am doing work before the sun comes up….sometimes even holding conference calls where interaction is a must. When this happens, I am already about 3 cups in. I’m a busy person with deadlines, an Inbox constantly full of emails, videos to record, trainings to lead, meal plans to create, exercises to do….coffee is to me what gas is to a car. I don’t go without it.
During the month of May I had an amazing little surprise from Panera: free coffee for the entire month. I like having a My Rewards card, but to be honest, I don’t use it all that much because I pack my meals and stick to my meal plan. However, when I learned of this little gift from the coffee fairy, I took advantage of it every.single.day. In fact, I am now on a first name basis with the barista, Brianne, and I have a little morning gang I see daily that is composed of 4 gentlemen all in their 80’s. Panera, I love you and please, feel free to share this with me any time you wish. It absolutely was an amazing gift.
One day a few weeks ago I posted this picture on my Facebook to showcase my coffee cup cemetery (and my strong lipstick game). An acquaintance of mine messaged me and told me that I needed to stop drinking coffee because it was healthy. No, no it’s not, acquaintance. You clearly haven’t had your coffee and are not thinking correctly.
Back when I didn’t care about my health, I had no problem ordering the fattiest drinks on the menu or overloading my coffee with those delicious creamers (hello, Samoa creamer….I am talking to you). However, I have learned about how bad some of those drinks are for you and have made modifications. I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a Gingerbread Latte from Starbucks here or there, but when I do I get my soy milk fix and drink them sparingly.
My favorite way to have my coffee involves the secret gem of the kitchen, coconut oil. Are you using it? Im serious, you should be. I use coconut oil for so many things that I probably should devote a blog to it so you can learn how versatile it is. My favorite use is putting it into my coffee. Not only do I love the taste, but it helps me avoid the “I need the sweet creamer taste” that I used to get back when I was going through creamer withdrawal.
Here’s how I make my coffee. P.S. You can use any kind of extract your heart desires, but I love caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla.
So back to my acquaintance telling me coffee wasn’t good for me. I’d like to share with you some of the health benefits so you can see for yourself that, just like milk, it does a body good.
Reasons why Coffee is the bomb.com.
Benefit #1: It increases energy levels so you don’t feel as tired.
Benefit #2: It helps boost your metabolic rate by as much as 11%….. meaning it helps you burn fat.
Benefit #3: It DOESN’T contribute to high blood pressure, like sodas do.
Benefit #4: It assists with the increase in adrenaline in the bloodstream.
Benefit #5: The smell of coffee decreases stress.
Benefit #6: It is a huge source of antioxidants and helps fight free radicals.
Benefit #7: It helps your memory…..moderate amounts of caffeine increases the size of the hippocampus, which assists with long term and short term memory.
Benefit #8: 200 to 300mg of caffeine helps your heart perform better by improving the blood flow.
Benefit #9: It helps reduce the risk of diseases such as cirrhosis, Alzheimers, diabetes, gout, liver disease, and cancer.
Benefit #10: It can help suppress your appetite .
Here’s to all of you whose blood type is also Starbucks. And based on the fact this blog entry is posting at almost midnight, someone better make sure I am caffeinated in the morning…..or else you may be seeing the Wicked Witch.