Morning coffee’s are an essential part of any morning routine, especially when you have an early start. I love my morning coffee but 5 years ago i ditched the caffeine and went decaf. I wanted to share this with you all because there are so many benefits of going decaf, plus it means that you can have coffee all day long without worrying about being wide awake at night!
Why I ditched the caffeine
I stopped drinking caffeine 5 years ago when I was diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. There were two reasons, first caffeine used to make my IBD flare up. Secondly, I was incredibly anaemic and caffeine affects how you absorb iron; it was recommended not to drink caffeine with my iron tablets.
After I’d had my stoma surgery, I thought I’d try drinking fully caffeinated coffee and wow, I wish I hadn’t! Not only did it affect my stoma bag a bit (it made the output quite watery) I felt sooooo ill; I had a headache, felt sick and ended up in bed for a few hours. I hadn’t had problems with caffeine before but I think from not drinking it for so long, my body has become slightly intolerant to it.
The benefits of going decaf
One of the biggest benefits of cutting out caffeine is that you can drink tea and coffee whenever you like! As we all know, caffeine is a stimulant so one of the great things about going decaf is that it doesn’t keep you awake all night!
Benefits of drinking decaf coffee include lowering the risk of diabetes, protecting your liver and improving your heart health.
As someone who has inflammatory problems, I did find that caffeine aggravated my Ulcerative Colitis. I don’t know what the science behind why but it was definitely a thing. If you’re trying to figure out what is aggravating your flare ups, it might be something you want to look into.
How to go decaf
Once you’ve got the caffeine out of your system, it’s actually relatively easy to go decaf as most places do really good decaf tea/coffee and have really good herbal tea options too!
When it comes to stopping drinking caffeine, there are two options. Gradual, which is probably the best option if you drink a lot and cold turkey which is what I did and I never looked back!
I am a big tea drinker so for me, I swapped and went straight to decaf. I have never tasted the difference between fully caffeinated tea and decaf tea however I have heard many people say the opposite. My go to tea is Aldi’s decaf; it’s cheap and cheerful and makes a good cuppa! Also, I give this to everyone who comes to my house and no-one has ever noticed the difference!
When it comes to coffee, there’s the good, the bad and the downright disgusting! I always think you can tell how good a coffee place is based off their decaf options! Out of the chain coffee places, Costa and Pret are the best (Nero, Starbucks and Greggs just isn’t that great and neither is Leon!). At home, I have Alid’s cafetiere decaf coffee which is gorgeous! I’m not a big instant coffee fan (I never really have been) BUT if the Azera decaf coffee is on offer, I do sometimes get it just to keep in the cupboard!
If herbal teas are your thing, they’re another great option for if you’re going decaf. I’m a big fan of peppermint tea and lemon and ginger. Roobis tea is naturally caffeine free too and is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love roobis and it’s a great option; it tastes different to normal tea, slightly sweeter, but has quite a wintery taste about it.
I also don’t drink coke (unless I can feel a blockage coming) because of the caffeine content. I did notice a difference once I cut that out about a year ago however that may be to with the sugar content rather than the caffeine content!
Let me know in the comments what your thoughts on going decaf are? What are your decaf recommendations? Tell me everything!!