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The Coffee Replacement I’ve Been Looking For!

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I haven’t been this excited in a while.  I’ve written a few times about how I’m very sensitive to caffeine and how even a tiny bit will fuel anxiety and drive me bonkers (and just plain mean, ask Alex).  I’ve been trying to find something that replaces the huge hole that coffee has left in my heart and belly.  I tried hot chocolate but the packets I find have hydrogenated oils and too much sugar, the homemade version takes me too long (I’m kind of lazy), and tea is so…watery and…clear.

At the whole foods store the other day I picked up some organic fair trade coffee for Alex and something called “Teeccino” caught my eye.  I noticed it was an all natural “herbal coffee”, with no caffeine, 75% organic, and it came in delicious flavors like vanilla nut and almond.  I took home the almond amaretto flavor and brewed it just like coffee this morning.  I put a tiny bit of cream in it and took a sip.  It’s thick, flavorful, deep, nutty, and slightly sweet.  I really don’t have appropriate words to describe how it tastes except to say that I’ve found the coffee replacement I’ve been looking for.  It’s super delicious.  It’s something that even the kids can drink and only has about 20 calories per serving.  It’s low on acidity which is something that coffee is high in (and if you’re wondering, being too acidic is not ideal).

If you’re looking to cut down on caffeine or remove it altogether, try this stuff and gradually brew coffee mixed with this while adjusting the ratio of coffee and Teeccino in favor of Teeccino until you’re happy where you are at.  Seems like a painless way to do this.  If you feel fine and happy with your coffee, then cheers to both of us enjoying a morning brew.  I was beginning to feel left out.

Check out Teeccino.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caffeine and High Blood Pressure

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Why do people with diabetes who have high blood pressure drink coffee?  Is it because we’re not generally aware that the caffeine in coffee can further elevate blood pressure? 

What about those who have borderline high blood pressure?  Why would we drink coffee?  I just asked myself this question.  I fall into the borderline high category.  The last several blood pressure checks were fine except for the one last week.  It was 152/106.  As I understand it that’s not even borderline, that’s high.  The ones before that have stayed in 110/70 zone.  I got really nervous for the visit where it showed high and so the doctors have always said I have “white coat syndrome”  which is when a person gets nervous or anxious upon visiting a doctor and it elevates their blood pressure to an abnormally high level.  I’ve been known to do this.  For example, last time I was at the endocrinologist I was 130/80 and then at the dentist (which doesn’t scare me) I was 110/70, which is what I’ve seen for the majority of my blood pressure checks in the past two years.

So I safely put myself in the borderline range.  The 152/106 really worried me though.  I haven’t been that high since I had preeclampsia due to my twin pregnancy.  It led me to ask myself, “Am I doing all I can to prevent elevated blood pressure?”  I gave up coffee recently and then started drinking a little bit of decaf.  Then I learned decaf isn’t decaf, it’s just low caf, meaning it is low in caffeine but not void of it.  So basically, my coffee is not conducive to good health.  It might cheer me up in the morning but I certainly don’t get cheery at the thought of adding to my kidney and eye damage risk.

How many of us out there drink coffee or cola and other caffeinated beverages in light of elevated blood pressure?  I wonder and I ask, why?  It doesn’t make any sense to me.

I’m 28 and consider that a bit young to start on high blood pressure meds.  I know I may have to eventually but it seems like prolonging that start is kind of a big deal.  And I know for a fact that small changes have great repercussions in the large scheme of things. 

So I’m going to quit caffeine.  Peppermint tea, anyone?

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