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Going caffeine free? Here are some options

Tamsin Edwards

It seems like you can't go anywhere these days without hearing all the latest buzzwords in the wellness field. Mushroom this, Reishi that, Adaptogenic Tonics and Golden Milk, Dandelion and MCT… Most of these ingredients center around research and recipes into replacements for that old favorite of ours, the delightful cup of coffee.

But how best can you awaken your senses, your eyes and your body in the morning without reaching for that first cup of joe before the bacon has even hit the pan? Or drag yourself out of an afternoon slump without automatically switching the pot to brew?

Why give up caffeine?

Perhaps your nervous system is completely out of whack, or you're just trying to kick the dependency. Perhaps you want better sleep, more regulated hormones, less anxiety, lower cortisol levels, or to be more in touch with your body's natural rhythms. Maybe you merely want to be putting something more nourishing and beneficial into your body on a daily, or hourly basis!

Luckily, the wellness world is awash with hints, tips, ideas and information right now, with everything from understanding Chaga mushrooms to which nut free creamer is going to do the best job.

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My personal favorite go-to site would have to be http://www.mindbodygreen.com which is updated daily by a wide variety of MD's, TCM practitioners, Ayurveda teachers, wellness bloggers and other healthy lifestyle promoters. Here, you can search key words to come up with a myriad of interesting articles surrounding the subject you're looking for, spanning headings including movement, lifestyle, food, mindfulness and planet.

So, how to lower the caffeine intake and up the nourishment ratio?

Coffee Alternatives:

Mushrooms: these are having a moment right now. Reishi, Lion's Mane, Maitake, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail – to name but a few – are some of the main ingredients in one of our favorite product lines, Lioness Organics. Some well-researched properties and benefits of these mushrooms include: anti-inflammatory; immunomodulatory; anti fatigue; neuroprotective; calmative; antiviral; liver protective; blood sugar regulator; anti cancer.

The list goes on.

Here's a Mushroom Latte recipe to start you off.

1 cup hot water

½ cup nut milk

1 tablespoon raw organic almond butter

1 teaspoon Vitalproteins collagen

1 teaspoon Mushroom Roast from Lioness Organics (or Reishi Mushroom powder)

1 teaspoon Warm Chords from Lioness Organics ( or Cordyceps Mushroom powder)

Sweetener of choice (optional)

Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Adaptogens: Butter or bulletproof coffee is another trend that has been having its moment over the last few years, with some people swearing by its ability to provide mental clarity, promote weight loss, and suppress hunger, but what if you're vegan, plant based, or have chosen to forgo coffee altogether?

That's where our other favorite brand of adaptogenic powders comes in.

What exactly is an adaptogen? Noun: (in herbal medicine) a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes.

Raw Revelations are perhaps best known for their Golden Milk – a deeply nourishing, warming and satisfying turmeric-based powder that stirs easily into hot water or milk for a powerful boost of adaptogenic and anti inflammatory benefits. Among their many other offerings, you will find their Coffee Fix (a bestseller at Elevate), Bag of Tricks (my husband swears by this for mental focus and sustained energy) and Ashwaganda Powder.

Unlike some adaptogens that can be stimulating, ashwaganda has calming properties. In India, they use this herb to support the body's healing process in conditions such as rheumatism, asthma, infertility, menstrual cycle conditions, and fevers. It's a great herb for repairing adrenal function often brought on by stimulants such as caffeine and is a famous immune system tonic.

It's also one of the ingredients found in the aforementioned Coffee Fix, a personal favorite of many of our customers. Coffee Fix acts as a fantastic alternative for a coffee drinker and can help transition to a caffeine free life without any withdrawal symptoms. It contains highly revered herbs to help support the body's stress response, adrenal health, energy production, and immunity.

Raw Revelations suggest combining Coffee Fix with Bag of Tricks or your favorite protein powder, and blending it into a latte with a nut milk creamer, coconut oil or ghee and adding a sweetener if desired.

Plant-Based Caffeine Free Latte

Ingredients:

½ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

½ cup Hot Water

2 tablespoon Nut Free Creamer, or 2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

1 tablespoon Coconut Oil (or Ghee if not vegan)

1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon Coffee Fix

1 teaspoon – 1 tablespoon Bag of Tricks

½ teaspoon Vanilla

½ teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Honey or Maple Syrup (optional)

Hopefully this gets you started on your path to going caffeine free, or at least helps with making the transition easier. Set yourself up for success, make a list of all the delicious alternatives that you could consume and stock up on some nourishing ingredients.

Let us know what you come up with #elevatewellnesscenter or tag us in your photos.

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About the Author

Tamsin Edwards is the office manager at Elevate Wellness Center (www.elevate-wellness.com). Visit us at 2034 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.