My morning cup of joe is probably what gets me out of bed in the morning. Well that and my 6 month old daughter “telling me” that it’s feeding time.
I gave up coffee during my pregnancy. Not that you have to, but it sort of made me nauseous and I was able to phase it out and had a few decaf lattes when I was craving a warm drink. However, sleepless nights as a new mom got me back into my old habit and I’m here to tell you it’s not a bad thing to drink coffee!
Why I love coffee:
- There’s something ritualistic about a morning cup of joe
- I love the taste of good coffee (bad coffee is just…bad!)
- It gets me going in the morning
Why coffee is good for you:
- some studies have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to have type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.
- some studies have also shown that coffee drinkers have a lower incidence of some cancers, heart rhythm problems and strokes.
- it contains antioxidants which can fight off the bad free radicals roaming in your body.
The downside of coffee:
- There are a few substances in coffee that have been shown to slightly increase cholesterol. Filtered coffee removes these substances but they are not removed in the french press or espresso drinks.
- It may make you jittery, anxious and irritable
- It can disrupt your sleep
- Don’t become a coffee drinker just to reap the benefits.
- If you are a coffee drinker, do so in moderation: 1-2 cups/day
- Watch out for the coffee add-ins: the milk and creamers and sugar can turn this rather good beverage into something very unhealthy. Choose fat free or low fat milk and limit sugar.
- Make your own coffee you will save a ton of money and you will help save the environment by not using the throw away cups!
Tomorrow’s Post: Can You Drink Coffee while Breastfeeding?