I started drinking black coffee. Here’s what happened…

It’s been 3 weeks since I began a new health experiment- drinking my coffee black.

Lots of people love their coffee black, but I have always been a cream and sugar girl. Then I went to taking it with just the half and half. After going dairy free (from a previous health experiment) I started taste testing creamers.

I was freaked out by all the extra ingredients in your average almond or coconut milk. Soy wasn’t a big part of my diet, plus the soymilk was never very tasty to me. Being a Thai food lover I decided to try something that had been in my pantry all along.

That’s when I discovered my perfect coffee combo!

The canned coconut milk was convenient, affordable, and DELICIOUS!

The problem was I was getting really into this new found delight, and it wasn’t agreeing so well with my body. I will spare you the details, but that particular experiment was paying off. It was clear the coconut milk didn’t fit what my body needed, so I had to change it up (or suffer the consequences).  I took a brief break from alternative milks to try dairy again and found I had lost my taste for that all together. Finding nothing on the market I liked as much as the canned stuff,  I went on a mission to make my own kinds of milk. Here’s my fave:

Homemade Coconut-Almond Milk

Blend the following 3 cups of nut solids:

2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes

1 cup almonds

(purchased in bulk  to reduce plastic waste)

With 6 cups warm water in the vitamix.

Strain through a nut milk bag and store for up to 5 days.

This was more delish than the canned stuff but was kind of a pain to make several times a week. I continued to find this was not a food I was able to easily moderate. If I were going to have milk in my coffee I wanted a lot of milk. My symptoms of irritation began to return.

There was but one option remaining if I wanted to consider myself a bonafide coffee lover. Loving black coffee.

Mission accomplished.

Now that I have made the switch I’d like to report on a few of the outcomes of the experiment:

  1. I love coffee more. This is due to actually tasting the essence of the bean rather than digging the creaminess factor.
  2. I have lost my craving for alcohol. This is due to the preference to be energized, rather than down, as we know alcohol is a depressant.
  3. I am more productive. Obviously, this is the caffeine, but I also think the decrease in alcohol contributes.
  4. I feel clearer. Knowing there is one simple organic, calorie, fat, and sugar-free ingredient in my cup plays into the psychology of this drink for me. My body doesn’t have the extra fat to process. My mind and body feel less junked up.
  5. I am saving money. No need to buy almonds and coconut flakes every week.
  6. My confidence is improving. Each time I trust myself to listen to my body and follow it’s lead my self-awareness increases, leaving me better able to take care of myself.

I am not sure what the next health experiment will be. For now, I think riding these caffeine waves and continuing to monitor my status is good enough.

How do you take your coffee?