Giving up their daily dosage of coffee is one of the most difficult stages coffee lovers go through when embracing the paleo lifestyle.
In many cases, all they have left to do is let go of their cup of coffee to become 100% paleo; however, their bodies are so addicted to the caffeine after so many years of drinking it, and the habit is so ingrained in their morning ritual, that just the thought of stopping makes them feel tired, irritable, and weak.
Addiction to caffeine can make it very difficult for someone to eradicate coffee from his/her diet completely. It is very normal to see people who stop drinking coffee go through a phase of removal and show symptoms like severe cravings, exhaustion, and headaches.
Caffeine acts on the central nervous system; so, all the symptoms mentioned above are real psychological consequences that the body has to defeat to get rid of the addiction it is used to.
Getting rid of the caffeine in one’s body is not an easy or comfortable process if one is trying to embrace a paleo diet. To make it easier, the person has to go little by little.
Our recommendation is that you begin drinking one cup of coffee daily, half regular and half decaf, and regularly increase the quantity of decaf in that cup until you can drink a full cup of decaf coffee without problem. You can increase the decaf percentage weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly; just find the pace that feels good for you.
Once you’re able to drink only caffeine-free coffee, it will be a lot easier to give it up completely. If you’re “scared” about letting go of coffee, try quitting for 30 days to see how you feel. Start slowly, as mentioned above, and eventually stop drinking it for a month.
In any case, many paleo diet enthusiasts keep drinking coffee every day as the exception to their fully paleo lifestyles. Finally, it is your choice if you want to continue ingesting caffeine while you follow the rest of the paleo basics. This is a completely personal decision.
Of course, a daily cup of coffee is not going to affect or diminish all the benefits a paleo diet brings; nevertheless, it will not allow the person to experience the complete extent of wellness it offers.
If you’re going to keep on drinking coffee while on the paleo diet, make sure you know what the side effects of caffeine are, so that you are able to identify what parts of your body it may be impacting.
If you are able to quit drinking coffee, you will discover a new kind of energy boost that is far more enjoyable than the one you get from your morning coffee! Just try it!
Mark Doyle is a freelance writer who loves his paleo diet, but isn’t ready to give up coffee yet.