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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

The Skinny on your Starbucks

to coffe or not to coffee
March 26, 2013

Coffee is one of those taboo subjects. Is it really bad for us? Is it really a “drug”?
On the one hand, the actual coffee (in the green coffee beans before roasting) has been shown to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, the caffeine in the coffee is highly addictive and has actually been linked to depression as well as chronic fatigue. Then there are the arguments around organic and “Fair Trade” coffee
…I need a coffee just to work out whether I should drink coffee or not!
Here's some information to help you decide whether coffee is a yes or a no for you.
An acidic food: if you’re drinking more than one cup of coffee a day, and especially on an empty stomach, you need to be aware that it’s acid forming in the body. Why is this bad? Too much acid will decrease your ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease energy production, as well as make you more susceptible to feeling tired and getting sick.
Caffeine: caffeine is an addictive substance. Full stop.  The most common sources of caffeine in our diet are coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks.
Positive effects of caffeine: recent studies have shown that caffeine has some positive benefits such as increasing your metabolism, helping your respiratory system to open-up, reducing the risk of heart and liver disease, as well as being a general mood-enhancer.
Negative effects of caffeine: from a Chinese and Ayuvedic medicine perspective, there is a high risk that the acid and caffeine in the coffee will put your body out of balance. And nobody enjoys feeling of out of balance. Some other negative side effects of caffeine include it interfering with the calming chemicals in the brain, cortisol (alertness/panic) levels are raised, suppressing the immune system, as well as it being connected to reproductive and birth issues.
So it’s not looking great, however, there are the good and bad sides to coffee, and it does affect everyone differently. Perhaps the right thing for you is to drink it in moderation (which could be 1 cup a day or less) and watch out for any signs of bad reactions or addiction, which could include things like headache, tiredness, decreased energy, loss of focus, blurry eyes and/or heart palpitations.
Coffee alternatives - There are lots of healthy and delicious alternatives to coffee like herbal teas and coffee substitutes like Dandy Blend Dandelion – this is a great caffeine-free herbal coffee substitute, made with extracts of roasted barley, rye, chicory root, dandelion root and beetroot. This antioxidant and mineral-rich drink is delicious on its own or with a splash of fresh nut-milk. You would hardly know it wasn’t coffee!
If you want to know more about how I (Mia, Health Coach and Raw Food Chef) can support you on your journey to health and happiness, contact me now for a free 50-minute consultation here or at mia@graciouslygreen.com.♡
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