About a month before we went on holiday in June I decided to give up milky coffees.
I drink at least three or four coffees a day, two mugs before work and then one at nine and the other around 11 am.
Not only do I like the caffeine kick to help wake me up I love the taste.
That said, it was causing me two problems. I was full before even thinking about breakfast and I think the dairy was leaving me bloated. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve taken an intolerance test (Cambridge Nutritional Sciences) and know that cow’s milk and sady, cashew nuts, should be avoided.
Leaving the intolerance aside, not eating breakfast was leaving me with low reserves of energy to keep me going through the latter part of day, but also, I would eat most of my daily food intake during the evening, erm, and then go to sleep on a full stomach.
I was basically enduring a famine during the day, when I needed to nourish my body with energy-giving food the most, and then rewarding myself for getting through it at the end of the day. What is she doing, I hear you cry?!
It’s amazing how you can pick up bad habits and live with them for a long time, without realising the harm they’re doing. Perhaps these habits had been okay during my twenties and thirties, but not in my forties when I need all the energy I could get, and this pattern was obviously not helping.
So, my day needed a better start, but should I cut the coffee?
According to the British Coffee Association drinking coffee can have a positive effect on an individual’s alertness and concentration. Well known for containing caffeine, a mild central nervous system stimulant, it can aid a better performance and benefit when an individual is feeling tired or lethargic.
Keeping coffee in the equation was therefore a necessity and in truth a part of my daily routine I was keen to keep, so first off, I dropped the milk and went straight for an Americano (black coffee), using the same instant coffee, but to be honest without the milk is was a bit bland.
Luckily, we do have a Nespresso coffee machine that my mother-in-law bought us when we got married. At the time we made lots of cappuccinos, but it hadn’t been regularly used for a while, so off I went to my nearest store at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.
The assistant sat me down and asked me what type of flavour I was looking for. Not being a connoisseur, and giving a poor description “uh, something quite strong please” she began pouring a few samples. After a few that were too light and a couple that were too intense for me I ended up choosing Roma, which offers ‘a balance of lightly roasted south and Central American Arabicas with Robusta beans, giving it sweet and woody notes and a full lasting taste on the palate’. Roma is an intensity level eight in flavour.
I have started enjoying two espressos in the morning, along with drinking lots of water throughout the day. At first, I thought I would suffer a headache or two, but no those two small cups were enough to get me started and keep me going for some time. I would then have an Americano around 11ish.
A new habit has been formed and because I’m not full of the milky mugs of coffee I have started to eat earlier in the day. Breakfast is now fruit and yogurt or at the weekends a cheeky crumpet and peanut butter, or a lean bacon butty (with the fat cut off and no butter).
At least I’m starting the day better.
Since getting stuck in to the espressos I’ve also tried the Nespresso pod dupes from Aldi. I love the Colombian Coffee Pods
which have an intensity flavour level of 6. Perfect!
I really kind of love the mornings now. I’m getting the hit, starting the day off stronger and I don’t have a bloated tummy from all the milk I was drinking. I can also choose different coffee tastes to suit my mood, so I’m building a selection of choice rather than reaching for the same jar every morning. Yep, I’m really enjoying all the benefits. I think this new habit is going to stick.
Hope you had a good weekend folks. Here’s to a great week!