Foodie Friday - I’m Off Coffee, Written by: Kayte Corrigan

It’s true. It’s been 3 weeks since my last cup of joe. I hear groans from the avid drinkers, “how are you alive?!” Relax, I’ve done this before. I do love the taste of a strong brew, and when I’m not getting enough sleep, it jump-starts my energy. However, java makes me jittery and I often confuse jittery with hungry and then I’ll stuff my face all day thinking I’m starving. Not exactly the behavior I want to foster while trying to drop a few. I know… it’s a personal problem. I’m sure not everyone is like me, certainly there are endless shrines to the professed bean. I’ve switched to tea for the time being, but my curiosity got me looking into the debate. Coffee vs. Tea.

  • Coffee contains antioxidants just like it’s fellow hot beverage.
  • Research suggests coffee may lower the risk of liver cancer, colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s. And when applied topically (in a lotion), it can reduce cellulite!
  • A study also reports that women who drink coffee have a lower risk of depression.
  • Coffee doesn’t look so bad, but it’s the caffeine that raises blood pressure and an 8-ounce cup can have more than twice the zap of tea, possibly increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. It also can make you dehydrated, so make sure to replace the fluids!
  • Bottom line: if you can function on less than 4 cups / day, you’re doing alright.

For me, I’m doing my tea thing until I can fit into my Dance Team Jeans. Although I’d love to indulge, I find my body runs best on tea. I feel more balanced with the leaves than the beans. Every body is different, and I know I can be more consistent with my diet if I’m off the java.

Check out the Benefits of Tea and you decide who’s the winner for your body’s needs.

-Your Guinea Pig,

Kayte Walsh

*I’m following the HIP Slim Down / Tone Up Challenge, find out why here.