Thursday, 9 April 2009

Caffeine

Caffeine is one of those gray areas for me. Coffee, I can't handle straight (and I know I'm not the only one) but good coffee is palatable with just cream, so it isn't paleo-horrible. And CR wise, it does have B vitamins and few calories, even with a little cream.

Tea, eh, I go through phases. Genmai-cha is one of the very few I drink consistently, and as April once pointed out on her fabulous blog, in a way it satisfies any residual or random grain craving you might have, since it tastes like what it is green tea + roasted rice.

Other sources of caffeine? I've come a looooooooooong way, baby. I have mostly cut out diet soda, and that would be my only other source. No, wait, I'm lying. I do eat chocolate. Diet soda would be my only other concentrated source.

The thing is, I don't think there's anything wrong with caffeine. It perks me up in the morning, but it doesn't give me a hardcore buzz, and it never has. It may be a genetic thing--my mom can drink a cup of coffee and fall asleep half an hour later, so can I. And I love, love, love a shot of espresso after a nice dinner.

But then I hear these tropes about how caffeine increases appetite, etc. So I go through caffeine fasts. I guess I'm just wondering if it's necessary? Some of the healthiest people I know, including bloggers like Mark Sisson and the aforementioned April, consume caffeine relatively regularly.

Hmmmm, on the fence about this once (while clutching my morning coffee in one hand...)

4 comments:

April said...

Thank you for your kind words!

I discovered that I can't have full-caffeinated coffee because it gives me anxiety attacks. That's just me, and I have no objection to caffeine as a health issue, it's just a personal quirk.

I do still drink some diet soda and lots of tea.

Yay for genmai cha!


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livinghealthyintherealworld said...

I'm not a coffee drinker, nor do I drink sodas of any kind, and chocolate is for special occasions, so the only real caffeine I get is from tea. I drink tea all the time, but I drink both caffeinated and decaffeinated tea... I think it depends on the source. Sodas aren't so healthy, but tea is good for you, so personally I think that the caffeine from tea is okay to have. But that's just one way of looking at it!

- Sagan

MrsEvilGenius said...

I knocked my 4 cups of coffee per morning back to half-caff and switched to caffien free diet coke (which I drink v little of). I noticed immediately that I sleep better!

I'm Lacto-Paleo so I drink mine w/ splenda and heavy cream and really enjoy it. I could give it up if I HAD to but am glad i don't have to, LOL.

Cave Cooking said...

April-any time. I lurked on your blog for AGES before I started my own :)

LHITRW-I'm with you on the tea. I just wish I liked it more.

MrsEvilGenious-we all need our treats :)