Why I Reduced Drinking Coffee & Embraced Tea

Ever since I joined the corporate world; working without coffee is almost impossible. I started drinking caffeine to help ease my long hours in the office and this became a daily habit. I needed 3 cups of coffee to embrace my busy days, one in the morning, another in the afternoon and lastly early evening coffee. And before I knew it, coffee became a part of my life. Let me preface this by saying that I love coffee. It’s not just the flavor that I adore (not to mention the insane brewing smell of fresh ground beans) but also the ritual. I am such an all day-brew buff that my kitchen and office atmosphere is practically COFFEE!!

Breaking up with coffee and caffeine is not a joke. I clearly had a caffeine addiction. Let me reiterate this: Caffeine withdrawal is real, so very real. I had to do this based on two solid reasons: 1) Because of health reasons and 2) For a healthier lifestyle in the long run in life. I’m drinking a cup of tea right now as I journal this article – And I can surely tell you that ‘Tea is better than coffee‘ – Now don’t hate me! I’m saying it because I feel, as a person who has been on both sides of the caffeine tracks, that I have the authority to defend tea and share my experience.

Like I mentioned earlier, I decided to lower my caffeine intake because of my PCOS . Over a period of years, I came to understand there are many contradicting views regarding coffee/caffeine + PCOS. While many experts listed coffee as a food to avoid, few PCOS support website states the otherwise. Much of the confusion centers around the effects of coffee on insulin sensitivity. As you may know, PCOS sufferers are more likely to develop insulin resistance, which increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Caffeine appears to have short-term negative effects on insulin sensitivity. After drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee, our body is temporarily less sensitive to the effects of insulin.  That’s good news for PCOS sufferers! Hoo-ray.

However, my main concern is the effect of coffee on estrogen levels in my body (PCOS is also characterized by hormone imbalance). Studies have shown that coffee affects estrogen levels but the effect is different depending on your race. In young Asian women (like me), coffee slightly increases estrogen levels. In young white women, estrogen levels were lower in coffee drinkers and coffee had no significant effect on estrogen in black women. To my knowledge, it is best to understand our body needs and if coffee works fine for you than go ahead but if it disturbs your health system than you should do something about it.

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Caffeine addiction

The next reason I reduced caffeine is for a healthier lifestyle. Like so many foods and nutrients, too much coffee can cause problems, especially in sleeping patterns. For long I always suffered having a good night rest, I always felt fatigued. Even though I am asleep in my bed often times my mind is awake and is conscious of my surroundings. When my alarms rings in the morning, the first thing I do to get rid of the fatigue is…yes! You guessed it right – I drink COFFEE. Now, drinking coffee isn’t bad but I am relating this again to my PCOS issue. For most PCOS sufferers, when we don’t get enough rest at night it stirs the hormonal imbalance in our body. I wanted to avoid all of this for a healthier lifestyle.

But, if you still insist on having your caffeine, drink your second cup of coffee by afternoon, and don’t save it for when you get home from work. Caffeine interferes with a peaceful night’s sleep, so you want to ensure you are done with it by 3 PM. On average, it takes the body up to 8 hours to process the caffeine, so you want to create that buffer before bedtime.

Caffeine in coffee is a highly addictive substance. If you’re drinking more than 3 cups of coffee per day, and can’t seem to think straight without them, I would consider taming that coffee addiction. And trust me, I been there. Personally, I am limiting myself to one cup in a week. And when I’m extra stressed out, I omit coffee completely from my routine. I haven’t committed to giving up coffee completely but I managed to reduce them. Each day is an effort I make to gradually release myself from this addiction.

Caffeine withdrawal is real.

Caffeine in coffee is a highly addictive substance. If you’re drinking more than 3 cups of coffee per day, and can’t seem to think straight without them, I would consider taming that coffee addiction. And trust me, I been there. Personally, I am limiting myself to one cup in a week. And when I’m extra stressed out, I omit coffee completely from my routine and do cardio-workout. I haven’t committed to giving up coffee completely but I managed to reduce them. Each day is an effort I make to gradually release myself from this addiction.

Now with tea, everything seems odd but the nicer odd. I started with English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea – Which are Black Tea and so far I am liking the taste of it. Also, they are easier to make than coffee!

It’s amazing. I am also sleeping like a baby (I used to wake up several times a night before) and jumping out of bed in the morning feeling fresh, not sluggish. It’s now been almost five months since I attempted to stop coffee, I’m still going strong. For me, it’s for my healthier living reasons so if you are a caffeine person don’t take this article personally!

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Overcoming Laziness

A simple way to define LAZINESS is when we simply sit idle by doing nothing and RESISTING all the effort in life; unwilling to work or use your energy.

It’s quite easy to fall into laziness, especially after a long day at office/school, or on a cold weather… Now with the invasion of technology that has gone too sophisticated, we are easily falling into more unproductive lifestyle: to browse through our phone thinking ‘just for a while‘. And from ‘for a while‘ it turns to countless of hours just laying there with the phone on our hands. The end result, we just lazed ourselves away…wasting all the precious hours that was right in front of us simply by doing NOTHING.

First we have to understand that there is nothing wrong to just sit down and have a quiet time with ourselves, I am a person who believes in an individual space. However, if this state occurs too often, than something has to be done.

There is NO such things called Laziness unless you create it. Seems new? But that’s the truth. If you find yourself experiencing something like this but unsure? Take a look at the few possibilities that is associated with Laziness.

  1. You’re AFRAID

Life can be full of roller coaster ride. Everyday comes with new challenges and situations and there will be a time where you would want to get back to your cave and stay comfortable. Your internal dialogue (the way we speak to ourselves) has such a big impact on how we feel and what we do. E.g., every time I have a negative thought, such as “today is going to be a long, bad day at work,” I immediately challenge that thought by telling myself something like this: “I have so much to be grateful for and today is going to be a fun productive day!” Beating yourself won’t get you inspired and motivated. Give yourself some love.

2. You’re TIRED

Laziness can be due to tiredness and lack of energy. If this is true in your case, you need to give yourself the rest and sleep you need, and also give your body enough exercise and fresh air. You push and you pull and you try to keep up with the expectations of others until your body and your mind gets weary and exhausted. Your soul say enough and your body crashes hard. Give yourself a break without judging your need for/to rest. It’s okay to slow down in this fast-paced, speed-obsessed world. Rest. i-am-in-charge

3. You’re UNINSPIRED 

You don’t feel inspired – that’s okay. Well, let me tell you…it’s completely alright. You may not even know what it is you’re trying to get past. You try something new only to spin your wheels. You’re living your life on repeat, with the same worn out patterns and themes playing again and again. I know “stuck” well. Perhaps everything that you do isn’t fun just how it use to be. Sit down with pen and paper and make a list of everything that you love. Include all the things, people and concepts you are attracted to, passionate about and interested in. Don’t limit yourself.

4. You’re HURTING

Perhaps there is some kind of bitterness or hurt from the past that is buried deep down inside and you’re holding in back, withdrawn or shy or even not feeling good enough… how could you function your life if it was full force? But it’s still there, an aching sensation that is bringing you down, draining you of your spark, your desire, your passion for Life. Slowly the hurt only end up stopping you from progressing and make you believe that everything that you do will be MEANINGLESS and get you being laid back and eventually… lazy.

5. You’re NOT MOTIVATED 

The core of all lazy habits is when we are not motivated.Why are you not motivated? A lack of motivation to get things done and/or achieve something. Such a lack of motivation can have several reasons, such as not having proper goals and aims, having no purpose in life or when not able to get motivated effectively. You can strengthen your motivation through affirmations, visualization and thinking about the importance of performing your task or chore or achieving your goal.

I am sure that if you apply them too, you will experience a big boost of energy and motivation in your daily life and probably say goodbye to LAZINESS….!

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction. – Anne Frank


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9 Cures For Bad Days

We all have bad days. Especially that one day when everything just goes wrong. When your plans don’t go according to the way you imagined it to be, you got drenched under the rain, and your car won’t start? Those kinds of day are the worst. When you face those days, it’s tough to gather your thoughts straights or rather envision a moment when all good things goes in the direction you want them to be. And it’s even harder to stay focused in the present moment because the present is where the trouble takes place.

Easier said than done, staying positive in a negative situation is the toughest aspect of living a positive present moment. No matter how much you realize that being positive will benefit you, but when times are tough – I truly mean tough-tough times, it can be really hard not to slip into a negative mindset. When it comes to overcoming my bad days, I’ve tried different sort of methods to ease myself – from indulging into my favorite ice-cream to singing out on top of my lungs while I drive my car – letting myself immerse into my frustration so I can distract my mental challenges.

9 REMEDIES FOR BAD DAYS

I had personally tried these methods and these are my immediate problem solver, lets get right at it..

  • Try taking a relaxing hot shower.
    • Apparently, there is nothing like taking a hot bath during your tough days. It not only relaxes your muscles but also enhances your mood which leaves you feeling alive. If bathing isn’t your thing, (or you don’t have time for it) brew yourself a cup of coffee or tea and sip it mindfully. Allow yourself to feel the satisfaction that benefits from drinking a warm drink, because it offers you a chance to take your mind off from whatever that’s playing in it.
  •  Go out for a jog.
    • Yes, put on your jogging shoes and run, Or sign up for a dance class. Anything that will get your heart rate up and pumping is GOOD. Jump up and down a few times, who cares?  
  • Music-Music
    • Melody is very essential in our lives. More like, it is a part of our life.  Therefore listen to musics that uplifts you. Believe me, putting together a positive playlist will make a huge difference in your mood. It may not solve all of your troubles, but it certainly would kick start your day to begin with. 
  • Essential of Prayer.
    • Spend some time into prayers & meditation (whichever that you prefer). The only solution to your bad day is when you have a heart warming conversation with your  Creator. In bad times, it’s best that you seek the Lord for inner strength because when you bow down to your Creator , you can face your any storms! 
  • Get dressed put on some make-up.
    • It’s proven scientifically that when you look good, you feel good about yourself. I think it’s a good idea to find a way to distract yourself from your frustration or anger and focus on something more positive. So, put and that heels and rock on girls!
  • Take a break from the social media.
    • At times, we all need to stay present in the reality world than being virtually connected on the internet. Organise something small and dedicate yourself to finishing it. Try out some cooking lessons or craft work – do something that you’ve not done for a long time, or sit and speak to someone you love. You will find a sense of comfort and accomplishment. Trust me. 
  • Reflect on the happy moments.
    • You need to first believe that every season has a beginning & an ending. Your tough times will not last forever, at times difficult situations are our lessons to abide on. The more you ponder on positive reflections, the more you will start to notice positive change in your life.
  • Speak to someone you love
    • Sharing your deepest thoughts to the one you love will ease your burden from the inside. As for me, I would always call my mother. She has the power to make me smile even when my world turns upside down. So, what are you waiting for? Pick up your phone and make that call today. 
  • Laugh,
    • Laugh on girl, just – laugh. Try to live it in the moment. Laughter is the best medicine!

Always remember: Everybody can be happy and positive when life goes smooth and well. It’s during the tough times that proves, who is really able to control themselves and stay calm and positive. I know you can do it.

So, now its your turn to tell me what works best for you to cure your bad days.  Leave a comment below and share this post with a friend in need.


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