Sunday, March 10, 2013

Coffee Isn't JUST a Crutch... Oxygen maybe.. but NOT Coffee!

Day 19!  As day 19 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on what I could have done better during the week.  I am happy that I had another 5 pound loss this week.  A few nights I enjoyed a light vegetarian dinner with my family, while juicing during the day. I still had success in the weight loss, and held normal blood sugar levels.  I've basically given up every staple for this experiment.  I gave up coffee for the first 10 days, as part of the Lenten fast that this whole idea stemmed from.  But I'm torn.... should I give it up until the end?

No.. scratch that!  listen up 'merica, I'm NOT giving up coffee!  I enjoy it, and I know there are reports of good health benefits from drinking it and contrary reports of the like. I will however, no longer dump milk and sugar in each cup, and I've limited myself to only good, fresh ground, French pressed snob coffee. Occasionally I will add a teaspoon of Agave Nectar (really good stuff). I have maybe 1 to 2 cups a day, along with about 64 to 72 ounces of water, and 3 to 4 cups of hot water or herbal tea.

I have read that most juice cleanse/reboots ask you to stay away from THE coffee.  Limiting it, or removing it from the diet likely helps your body focus on healing and cleansing.  I am willing to slow the process a little for this one "cheat." 

I'd be interested in some feedback here.  What do you all think? Give up coffee?  Keep it in?  Has anyone done any sort of research or cost benefit analysis of Coffee on a cleanse/fast?  We all have our vices I guess.... But for years I've had several... I'm down to one, and I'm going to fight for this one! I will add a couple of links regarding the pros and cons...

The next entry I will provide a little feedback on buying a good juicer. A friend on Facebook asked about this earlier today, and my wife and I labored over the decision when we started. I will share our thoughts on it soon! 

11 DAYS AND A LIFETIME TO GO! 

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/6-surprising-health-benefits-of-coffee

Analysis? 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/19/is-coffee-bad-for-you_n_1895557.html