“But First… Coffee”

Why it’s time to put the coffee down, not put it first.

If you don’t feel like “you” before you’re have had a cup of coffee, it’s because you’re not. Habitual morning coffee drinkers are a dime a dozen. In fact, it’s estimated that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily worldwide. The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem. If coffee is the first thing you think of in the morning, if you need a shot of caffeine to get your day started, or if coffee is such a habit that you go to reach for a cup in the morning without even thinking of it, you have a problem.

“Hi. My name is ________ and I am addicted to coffee.”

Let me begin by reminding you that as you continue to read this… you are not alone. The even better news is that I’m not going to convince you to stop drinking coffee (although I do urge everyone to work your way to black coffee). I’m not even going to have you even reduce your coffee intake (unless it’s incredibly excessive… then we can chat later.) So fear not – coffee lovers unite and prepare to reap more benefits from your cup of joe!

Back to what was mentioned earlier: you’re actually not “you” without caffeine. That thermos of steamy hot goodness in the morning is your cortisol lifeline. The human body contains higher levels of cortisol in the morning. When caffeine feens pump themselves full of cortisol-induced liquids in the early am, they are really telling their body, “it’s cool. You don’t have to produce any. We got this!” Eventually the body will stop trying. When the body stops naturally producing cortisol, coffee actually does become “needed.” The best way to prove this is ask any avid-am indulgers to go a week without their am pick-me-up. Prepare to be met with laughter.

“Okay, so when do I get to drink my coffee?”

Cortisol levels are actually high at three different times during the day. Research indicates the best time to drink caffeine is 10am-noon, and 2pm-5pm. So all you have to do is wait a couple of hours upon waking before you pour.

Pros: you will get an additional mid-morning pickup that you didn’t have before without increase your caffeine intake, and you don’t have to give anything up!

Cons: because you may be dependent on coffee first thing in the morning it may be difficult delaying your intake. If you’re not willing to push past those caffeine headaches and start drinking later beginning today or tomorrow… then start small. Delay the am coffee tomorrow by 20-30 minutes. Then another 10-20 minutes the next day. Continue this pattern until you look at the clock one day and realize it’s already 10 or 11am!

So go forth coffee lovers! Wake up thinking about all of the brilliant things you’re going to conquer that day. Perhaps after a couple of hours conquering them… go get yourself some coffee. You deserve it.