What’s the buzz on caffeine?

By Suzie Ferrie The most popular addictive drug available in Australia right now is 1, 3, 7-trimethylxanthine. Let’s call it 137TX until we can come up with something catchier. Most adults seem to feel a need to use it daily, and we hear people saying that they can’t function until they’ve had their “fix”. Wait, […]

How coffee makes you fat and wrinkled

There are so many health reasons to give up coffee, but today we’re going to simply appeal to your vanity. Coffee makes you fat From The Decaf Diet – Is Caffeine Making You Fat – by Eugene Wells. Caffeine contributes to overeating and slows metabolism in a number of different ways. In this article, I […]

Does coffee contain fungus?

Cynthia Pasquella writes an entertaining post about why and how she gave up coffee. Many of the reasons why are pretty standard, particularly around the stress it causes the body, and how it impairs digestion and increases blood pressure. One thing that stood out for us though is the mould, or fungus that can be contained […]

Fruity alternatives to starting the day

In the wonderfully named 30 Bananas a Day! forum there are a couple of great tips on fruity alternatives to your morning brew. Lisa Dee recommends ‘starting with a cold glass of iced water and several bananas in the morning gives me my pickup – – I actually look forward to it now – as much as I […]

You won’t miss coffee as much as you think

Shavonne at Lovin the healthy life has a great inspirational post written one week after giving up coffee. The method she used, which is one we very much agree with, was to cut down to one per day before giving up completely. She lists some of the key benefits: More Awake in the Morning! – […]

9 drinks that help when giving up coffee

Body+soul magazine has great suggestions for 9 drinks that can help when giving up coffee. Some will help combat dips in energy and headaches that you may experience while giving up, while others such as green tea and liquorice tea will help promote calmness. Oolong tea Rosemary tea Green tea Fresh coconut water Celery, carrot, […]

Why does coffee give me the jitters?

The caffeine in coffee can effect people in different ways, particularly depending on your size, gender and metabolism. Many people experience ‘jitters’ which to some people is exciting, and others is scary.  It can happen when someone has consumed too much coffee, and sometimes when people are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. For some people it can […]

Give up coffee for Lent

If the thought of giving up coffee forever is too scary then why not give it up just for Lent? Many Christians make a personal sacrifice by abstaining from something for the 40 days prior to Easter. According to three of the gospels, Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of […]

Jerry Seinfeld’s secret for sticking to something

Jerry Seinfeld once gave a great motivational tip on how to stick to something. When he was a fledgling comic he would sometimes feel making little progress, but knew that he had to stick to writing jokes every day, day-in day-out.

Going cold turkey: headaches but ‘most definitely’ worth it

Scott Longden is from Melbourne, Australia and on a journey ‘from Fatman to Ironman’. He is in the process of ‘removing the crap’ from his diet, so decided to give up coffee. The trigger was when he couldn’t have his normal daily routine of around 5 cups and had a massive headache by the end […]