Scary as it was, I bit the bullet and gave up coffee for two weeks, and was so fascinated to see what changed in my daily routine. My game plan was this: Instead of my morning coffee, I brewed a cup of hot or iced green tea, and then sipped on water, herbal tea or the occasional kombucha throughout the day. Here’s what I found…
1. It eliminated my afternoon sweet tooth. The biggest positive change I noticed when I gave up coffee for two weeks was that this sweet tooth simply vanished. I’m sure it was due to having steady energy throughout the day without the “crash” that coffee can cause. My morning cup of green tea seemed to energize me all through the afternoon, and if I craved anything, it was more hydration or protein instead of sugar.
2. I slept better. No surprise here! Since my coffee habit could sometimes lead me to sipping a cold brew into the afternoon hours, I used to find that it would drastically affect my sleep.
3. I was able to wake up early without relying on caffeine. Just as I mentioned above, not drinking coffee helped me to wake up early in the morning much more naturally. Popping out of bed for 5:30am workouts was no problem because I was in bed and able to fall asleep easier at a normal hour, and I could bet my bottom dollar that the quality of my sleep was much better throughout the night as well.
4. My skin improved. My skin had a glow and my complexion cleared after about four days of no caffeine. I’m going to chalk this up to the better quality of sleep, but I also think that eliminating caffeine forced me to drink more hydrating liquids throughout the day like water and tea. Also, tea—especially quality organic kinds—can do wonders if you’re looking to get glowing skin and shiny hair.
Allison Norton, Lauren Conrad Blog -- January 24, 2018