Do I have to give up coffee or caffeine completely? The short answer is no. The long answer involves being more mindful with the timing, amount and how you are balancing caffeine with other nutrients.
When Mom’s are tired we often mindlessly and reactively reach for a “pick me up” like a coffee or energy drink, these do the trick but only for a very short period of time which is typically followed by an even bigger crash. As a busy mom and a seasoned Naturopathic doctor, I do NOT think that the answer is to completely restrict all caffeine.
I do however, want to provide a few tips about when and how to consume coffee so that the result is not a short high followed by a further depletion in our overall energy.
When and how to consume caffeine:
- Try to consume your coffee within the first few hours of waking so that it does not impact your sleep later that night.
- Switch over to green tea by mid-afternoon, green tea increase your energy and focus but because of the built in calming effect of l-theanine you skip the nose dive in energy after consuming it.
- Balance you coffee by adding fat and protein. Try a bullet proof coffee by adding 1 tbsp of medium chain fatty acids like coconut oil as well as 1 tbsp of collagen protein powder and blend. This not only tastes amazing it will also balance your blood sugar and cortisol levels so you can get all the enjoyment and benefit without the energy crash after.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate ensure that you are drinking at least 250-400 ml of extra water for every caffeinated beverage you consume. Caffeine is a diuretic meaning you will actually become less hydrated if you do not replace your fluids with additional water.
- Drink coffee away from your medications and supplements. Caffeine can interrupt the absorption of many vitamins and minerals, some of which you may be taking to improve energy. My recommendation is you wait a minimum of 1 hour before taking any supplements after drinking your morning coffee or tea.
Hugs from one mom to another!