I made it my mission to wean myself off of coffee about four months ago.
“WHY would you try quitting coffee?!” – I heard this constantly as I shared my new endeavor with friends and family. A few coworkers even clutched their mugs and recoiled, as if I were going snatch their beverages right out of their hands.
It would be noble to say I wanted to put some highly regarded study to the test and prove once and for all that caffeine is/isn’t (you pick) good for you.
But the truth? It was an experiment. After drinking coffee so consistently day in and day out, it became a ritual, and I wanted to know if I could give it up. In an industry fueled by caffeine-induced adrenaline rushes, can I survive without it?
Turns out, I can.
It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t pretty, but I did it. I worked through the rough mornings, the afternoon lulls and the withdrawal headaches. When I emerged on the other side, I found myself with more energy, clearer skin and better overall health.
Now, I don’t even miss the stuff, though I do enjoy an occasional cup of brew as a special treat.
If you’re looking ditch your morning joe, or just limit how much you drink, below are a few of my favorite caffeine-free coffee substitutes. Remember to take it slow and wean yourself. Enjoy!
• Herbal tea (spiced rooibos is my favorite)
• Green smoothies (try this recipe)
• Apple cider vinegar tonic (1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 16 oz. water, stevia)
• Vegetable juice
• Old-fashioned cold water