6 things that happen to your body when you stop drinking coffee

6 things that happen to your body when you stop drinking coffee

6 things that happen to your body when you stop drinking coffee

It’s 2017, which means you can’t peep a TV show or meme without someone joking about how necessary coffee is to survival. And it’s true that coffee is not only what gets a lot of us out of bed every morning, but is also what keeps us from falling back into it throughout the day. A delicious and magical as coffee is, not everyone can handle it all the time. But before you hit the “pause” button on that drip coffee maker in the kitchen, you should think about the things that happen to your body when you quit coffee.

As much as we love it, we can’t fight science: Quitting coffee is not a bad idea, even if you handle caffeine like a champ.

HelloGiggles talked to Tamar Samuels, a New York City-based nutritionist and the founder of All Great Nutrition, to find out what really happens to your bod when you quit coffee — and whether you really need to or not. She told HG:

“Every BODY is different, and we can’t apply average outcomes from research to all people. Coffee tolerance depends on a number of factors, including genetics, current stress level, how well you are sleeping, whether or not you have a chronic or inflammatory disease, and your gut health.”

So depending on your genes and your other health habits, your body will react differently when you cut out coffee. Here are just a few of them.

1. You might go through withdrawal.

Caffeine is addictive. There’s a reason you feel like you NEED coffee when you wake up in the morning. You can quit cold turkey, but there are other substitutes that are just as good — if not better — for you than your latte. Samuels says to give yourself 2-4 weeks to wean yourself of of coffee. If you’re quitting caffeine, replacing your morning cup with a cup of green tea should take the edge off. Samuels explains, “If you can tolerate small amounts of caffeine, green tea is a great coffee substitute. It contains beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants that help fight inflammation that can lead to certain chronic and inflammatory diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and dementia.”

2. Your digestive system might change.

Overall, research shows that coffee is pretty healthy for you — but it depends on the person. “Some people, particularly those with gluten-sensitivity, also have a sensitivity to the proteins in coffee beans (not the caffeine-component of coffee), which can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms,” Samuels says. This could include digestive problems or even headaches and fatigue. So quitting coffee might help those problems you didn’t even know you might have had. If digestion is an issue while weaning your coffee intake, Samuels says hot water and lemon in the morning is the way to go.

3. You might gain a little weight.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it could happen. For starters, you might be replacing your afternoon cup of coffee with something different, so pay attention to what that is and how it makes you feel. Coffee also has a reputation to help with weight loss. Samuels says it sort of depends:

“The research on caffeine and weight loss suggests that caffeine may have a slight impact on weight management by preventing weight gain and slightly increasing weight loss at least in the short term. This may be due to the appetite suppression effects of caffeine.” She adds, “Caffeine may also increase energy use (aka fat burning) at rest by stimulating thermogenisis — the production of heat from metabolizing food.”

4. You might feel less anxious.

Caffeine affects people in different ways. “If you drink coffee and feel exhausted later in the day or jittery and wired afterwards, that is evidence you don’t tolerate coffee well,” Samuels says. So replacing coffee with an herbal tea or even a green tea, which has less caffeine in it, might help you out. Cutting out coffee is a good first step for anyone trying to work on their anxiety or figure out how to manage it. Even cutting down on a cup or two can help out.

5. Your could feel less bloated.

Like Samuels says, it all depends on your body. But if you aren’t processing the proteins in coffee well, it could be making you bloated. Allergic reactions like ” headache, fatigue, bloating, gas, or itchy eyes,” Samuels says, could be a sign you should quit. Who knew?

6. You’ll be adding fewer toxins to your body.

One simple way to quit a bad coffee habit is to just switch what kind of coffee you buy. If you have random reactions to coffee it could be the chemicals. “Coffee [is one] of the most sprayed crops in America and many people are actually sensitive to the pesticides and other chemicals used in coffee processing,” Samuels says. So if you’re concerned about super clean eating, quitting non-organic coffees is the way to go.

Depending on your personal health, quitting coffee isn’t always essential. But if you decide to go for it, definitely be prepared for some changes in your body — both good and temporarily not-so-great.

What The Orange Is The New Black Stars Look Like In Real Life

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Orange is the New Black is a show set in prison, so it makes sense that most of its characters wouldn’t have access to a whole lot of makeup and styling products. Even so, it’s always shocking to witness the transformation the show’s cast members undergo each season to shift from fab to drab to play their on-screen characters. Check out what the cast looks like in real life…

Taylor Schilling – Piper | 0:20

Laura Prepon – Alex | 0:45

Danielle Brooks – Taystee | 1:08

Uzo Aduba – Crazy Eyes | 1:29

Kate Mulgrew – Red | 1:50

Taryn Manning – Pennsatucky | 2:06

Lea DeLaria – Big Boo | 2:25

Dascha Polanco – Daya | 2:45

Elizabeth Rodriguez – Aleida | 3:12

Selenis Leyva – Gloria | 3:29

Natasha Lyonne – Nicky | 3:53

Laura Gomez – Blanca | 4:15

Emma Myles – Leanne | 4:43

Julie Lake – Angie | 5:07

Francesca Curran – Skinhead Helen | 5:28

Laverne Cox – Sophia | 5:56

Yael Stone – Lorna | 6:16

Adrienne Moore – Black Cindy | 6:45

Jackie Cruz – Flaca | 7:01

Jessica Pimentel – Maria | 7:27

Vicky Jeudy – Janae | 7:46

Diane Guerrero – Ramos | 8:15

Samira Wiley – Poussey | 8:38

Constance Shulman – Yoga Jones | 8:57

Nick Sandow – Joe Caputo | 9:23

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Why Eating “Breakfast Like a King” Should be the Next Big Health Trend

Breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper… is this old saying true or false?

This topic is insanely interesting to me considering the fact that I’ve always been a breakfast-skipper, splurge-at-dinner kinda girl.

But DID YOU KNOW… that when healthy adults ate meals that were identical in both their macronutrient and caloric content at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, their post-meal blood glucose increase was LOWEST after breakfast and HIGHEST after dinner – even though the meals were exactly the same! (Thanks to Dr. Rhonda Patrick for the awesome info).

This suggests that our bodies respond to perfectly healthy foods in drastically different ways depending on the time we choose to eat… which has huge implications for diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and so much more.

Why does breakfast get the crown?

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” You may have also heard that humans have a built-in “circadian rhythm” (which can be thrown off by nighttime use of cell phone, TV & computer screens). Interestingly, these two have everything to do with each other, and I’ll tell you why!

Humans are considered diurnal creatures. We are active during the day (eating, working, etc.) and we rest at night. This is controlled by our brain’s “internal clock,” the superchiasmatic nucleus (SCN) which in turn influences smaller internal clocks in our peripheral tissues and organs. In fact, research from the past two decades has established that almost every cell in the body possesses its own circadian timekeeper! These clocks regulate our genes and metabolic processes, including hormone fluctuations, inflammation, insulin secretion, fat metabolism and more.

While light is a major cue for the brain’s SCN (seriously, keep those iPhones out of the bedroom), the timing of our food intake has an influence on our circadian rhythm as well! Eating a hearty meal when you wake up in the morning supports your internal clock’s natural alignment with the environment’s photoperiod, whereas consuming a large meal at night can actually “reset” or throw off that clock (resulting in misaligned metabolism and poor blood sugar control). Eating too much too late is thought to signal your metabolism/circadian clock to start all over again… meaning when you wake up the next morning, your metabolism is already at the end of its cycle!

A 2015 study published in Diabetologia put this old adage to the test with the help of 18 individuals with type 2 diabetes. The diabetic participants were placed on either the “Bdiet” or the “Ddiet” for 7 days.

  • The “Bdiet” group consumed a high-energy breakfast containing 704 calories, an average lunch of 603 calories, and a reduced-energy dinner of 205 calories.
  • The “Ddiet” group followed the same protocol in reverse, consuming an identical 205 calories at breakfast, 603 calories at lunch, and 704 calories at dinner.

Compared to the “Ddiet” group, the “Bdiet” group with the large breakfast and small dinner experienced:

  1. 20% lower average blood glucose (AUCglucose) throughout the entire day
  2. 20% higher average insulin levels (AUCinsulin) post-meals
  3. and 24% lower blood glucose peaks than the Ddiet group.

What I found most interesting was that even though both groups ate the same exact lunch of 603 calories, the Bdiet group experienced 21-25% lower blood glucose scores and 23% higher insulin than the Ddiet group!

The conclusion of the study reads, “High energy intake at breakfast is associated with significant reduction in overall PPHG (post-meal hyperglycemia) in diabetic patients over the entire day.” It goes onto say that the dietary adjustment of a large breakfast/small dinner may have a therapeutic advantage for diabetics, and may even be preventative in terms of the cardiovascular complications that so often accompany T2D.

Although this particular study looked at diabetics rather than your average healthy population, much of the science published in the last 10 years suggests that the benefits of a large breakfast are universal.

A Spanish study published in the International Journal of Obesity followed 420 subjects during a 20-week weight loss program. They found that “early eaters” (those who ate lunch before 3pm) lost 25% more weight than “late eaters” (those who ate lunch after 3pm). The study’s author stated, “The body’s system is better able to cope with higher glucose levels in the morning. The same meal load later in the day is not received as well.

What about fasting, or even skipping breakfast altogether?

Intermittent fasting (also called time-restricted eating) is something I’ve been experimenting with lately and absolutely loving. I’ve been eating in an 8-10 hour window, which means I’m fasting for 14-16 hours each day. I know that a lot of people who do this choose to fast in the morning (i.e. skip breakfast and begin eating at lunch), but because all the information coming out about our circadian clocks, I do it the other way around. Breakfast is still king to me, so I eat my smallest meal around 6pm each day and stop the snacking right there!

My next post will talk all about what happens to your body and blood sugar when you skip breakfast altogether, and I’ll touch on the benefits of time-restricted eating too since it’s something I haven’t yet mentioned on the blog.

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3-Ingredient Breakfasts Recipes For Weight Loss

When you’re in a rush, trying to make breakfast can seem like an impossible, time-consuming task. But, it doesn’t have to feel that way anymore with these 3-ingredient recipes that will have you eating and out the door in 10 minutes or less!


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This apple and peanut butter toast is extremely simple, and only has these ingredients: apples, peanut butter, and whole wheat toast! The peanut butter will give you protein and leave you feeling fuller for the rest of the day, while the whole wheat toast provides fiber. Apples are also extremely nutritious, and low-calorie!

This bacon, egg and cheese sandwich only requires those three items! Just simply cook your eggs and bacon, and use a low-fat cheese of your choosing! Make sure to avoid frying your egg, and don’t overload on the bacon and cheese.

Avocado toast is extremely healthy and easy to make. The whole wheat toast is filled with beneficial fiber, and avocados are packed with healthy fats to keep our bodies running smoothly! All you need is whole wheat toast, a whole avocado, and a pinch of salt for a healthy and yummy morning meal.