I moved to New York for the summer and the experience has honestly been life changing so far. I’ve learned so much about myself and have truly fallen in love with a little something called coffee.
I was never a big fan of the bean before, but once I arrived here, I quickly learned why New Yorkers can’t live without it. From my long morning commute to crashing into dozens of people on a daily basis, I came to the realization that if I wanted to survive in the Big Apple, I needed coffee. However, our favorite pick-me-up isn’t always the healthiest choice of the day—but man does it keep a girl moving.
Here are some ways you can make your morning bundle of joy a little more healthier.
1. Starting with the most obvious of them all: Stick to one cup a day.
It’s hard to do this, I know; especially when those hours after lunch hours really make you sleepy. If you usually drink more than two cups of coffee a day, make sure you begin cutting back slowly. Start with decreasing your intake little by little until you get down to one cup. You don’t want to jump from six cups to one in a day.
2. Drink your coffee after eating
The times I’ve had coffee before eating in the morning, I lose my appetite. I’m usually full after having my cup of coffee and I skip out on breakfast. This lowers your blood sugar and actually makes you crave sweets more. Make sure to eat that bagel with cream cheese before you chug down your coffee.
3. Drink your coffee during the morning hours
Coffee is used to wake you up and get you pumped for your long day ahead, not as a late night go-to-sleep beverage. Drinking coffee during the late afternoon hours and night will interfere with your sleep and nothing is worse than tossing and turning in bed while getting only less than four hours of sleep.
4. No sugar, no problem
Sugar causes all kinds of bad things, ranging from diabetes to obesity. If you can’t cut back on the sugar, then consider using Stevia as a replacement.