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Does anyone else struggle with giving up coffee?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 02, 2013 at 4:21 AM

I'm happy to give up my grains but I have always enjoyed a few cups of delicious hot coffee everyday. Coffee helps with my cravings and make me feel more satiated. I have given up every non-paleo food including my beloved oats and brown rice but I can't seem to let go of my coffee! Is anyone else this way? How paleo is coffee?

Also, is there any proof that coffee inhibits the absorption of certain nutrients?

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I do wonder about the cortisol thing, because if I drink one too many cups of coffee I actually feel exhausted. Because coffee is a drug you become dependent on it, which could explain why so many people can't function without it.

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I have read about bulletproof coffee, interesting. I also try to limit my intake to one cup a day. And I'm perfectly happy with drinking coffee without sugar so I don't drink it as a medium for getting my sugar, lol.

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I have read about bulletproof coffee, interesting. And I'm perfectly happy with drinking coffee without sugar so i don't drink it as a medium for sugar lol.

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Of course if you search what's good about x you'll find good things. Have you researched what's bad? Impaired insulin sensitivity, increased cortisol and estrogen, and 10% of coffee protein cross reacts with gluten antibodies..to name a few

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Of course if you research what's good about x you'll find good things. Have you researched what's bad? Impaired insulin sensitivity, increased estrogen, and 10% of coffee protein cross reacts with gluten antibodies..to name a few.

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on March 02, 2013
at 08:33 AM

Meeee. I don't even think it's a caffeine issue with me. I just love the taste and the experience of drinking a hot earthy cup of coffee. I limit myself to one a day with a tsp of coconut oil.

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at 07:46 AM

I have heard that it does inhibit the absorption of iron. I was iron deficient about year ago (because I was a strict vegetarian), but I'm not sure what my iron is like now since I have started eating paleo (which is the complete opposite of the vegetarian diet). Thanks for the tip, I might try it soon.

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:28 AM

I love coffee too and I'm not keen on the idea of giving it up but I was just wondering about other people on Paleo, anyway thanks for the info!

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:22 AM

And before someone pops in to say all the horrible things they think coffee does, I've heard them all. To each their own confirmation bias. You can think it's toxic sludge, and I will go on believing it had magical healing powers. And makes me smarter. And a better dancer.

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No one has told me coffee wasn't paleo but I know there can be some health problems from consuming too much of it. Yeah and I agree - I probably won't be giving it up.

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:18 AM

There's health benefits to coffee. Coffee is great, I plan to drink it forever, even after I'm Dead! Here's some search results about what's good about coffee.

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:28 AM

I love coffee too and I'm not keen on the idea of giving it up but I was just wondering about other people on Paleo, anyway thanks for the info!

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on March 02, 2013
at 07:22 AM

And before someone pops in to say all the horrible things they think coffee does, I've heard them all. To each their own confirmation bias. You can think it's toxic sludge, and I will go on believing it had magical healing powers. And makes me smarter. And a better dancer.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 02, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Of course if you search what's good about x you'll find good things. Have you researched what's bad? Impaired insulin sensitivity, increased cortisol and estrogen, and 10% of coffee protein cross reacts with gluten antibodies..to name a few

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:31 PM

Of course if you research what's good about x you'll find good things. Have you researched what's bad? Impaired insulin sensitivity, increased estrogen, and 10% of coffee protein cross reacts with gluten antibodies..to name a few.

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on March 02, 2013
at 12:55 PM

I think you will find lots of coffee lovers here! Do a search on "bulletproof coffee." I have tried to eliminate coffee by lowering the amount over a long period of time. I can get down to one cup a day, but I HAVE to have that one cup. Or I run into walls, scream at people, and get constipated. Then I seem to inch back up to making a 4 cup pot and nursing it all morning, which is my happy place.

I actually have high iron (hereditary hemochromatosis) so I'm not at all worried about the iron malabsorption.

Most paleo blogs I have read say coffee is fine if you love the coffee. It's not fine if you love it only as a medium for drinking sugar.

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:54 PM

I have read about bulletproof coffee, interesting. I also try to limit my intake to one cup a day. And I'm perfectly happy with drinking coffee without sugar so I don't drink it as a medium for getting my sugar, lol.

3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

(482)

on March 02, 2013
at 11:53 PM

I have read about bulletproof coffee, interesting. And I'm perfectly happy with drinking coffee without sugar so i don't drink it as a medium for sugar lol.

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:28 AM

Coffee inhibits the absorption of heme iron but only if you drink it 30min prior or 30-45min after a meal. It's probably not an issue if you're not iron deficient.

If you want to cut down on the coffee try having a really bad cup (like a very bleak cup which basically doesn't taste like coffee. One time my mom had bought some 'christmas coffee' and it tasted awful - I had no desire to drink before I forgot the taste of that). It sounds strange but it gives a negative association which, at least short term, will keep you off the coffee. From there it's much easier to develop a new habit of not drinking it.

3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

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on March 02, 2013
at 07:46 AM

I have heard that it does inhibit the absorption of iron. I was iron deficient about year ago (because I was a strict vegetarian), but I'm not sure what my iron is like now since I have started eating paleo (which is the complete opposite of the vegetarian diet). Thanks for the tip, I might try it soon.

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:44 AM

Who told you coffee wasn't paleo? Because to my understanding, it is totally okay.

I sure am not giving it up!

3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

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on March 02, 2013
at 05:04 AM

No one has told me coffee wasn't paleo but I know there can be some health problems from consuming too much of it. Yeah and I agree - I probably won't be giving it up.

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:09 PM

I love coffee, but I'm so sensitive to cortisol right now. I can exhaust myself from it, but at times I can't function without it. A bit frustrating.

3ec1b1b21c5b8ca332262822ae82be22

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on March 02, 2013
at 11:56 PM

I do wonder about the cortisol thing, because if I drink one too many cups of coffee I actually feel exhausted. Because coffee is a drug you become dependent on it, which could explain why so many people can't function without it.

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on March 02, 2013
at 04:00 PM

The only kind of coffee I had to give up was my iced mochas and caramel macchiatos. When I decided to "give up" coffee I slowly weaned myself off of creamed, milked, and sugared coffee until all the creamer in my house was gone, and I simply did not buy anymore. I stopped having headaches because I was no longer craving coffee.

Then I realized that coffee itself has lots of benefits if its drank occassionally. So I tried it black with nothing in it and realized I loved it. BUT I also realized what made me addicted to it was the creamers, milk, and sugar I doctored it with.

Now I drink a small amount, half to one full cup, of black coffee whenever I feel like drinking coffee, which is not as often as I thought it would be. I still don't get headaches and I don't miss all the things that make coffee bad for you.

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on March 02, 2013
at 08:22 AM

My biggest struggle with coffee is only drinking it in moderation, not giving it up.

If I drink it daily, I certainly feel some dependency/withdrawal. I am still trying to build the habits to drink it wisely, like wanting to push harder before a workout, delay hunger during fasting or trying to survive a day after few hours of sleep. I try not to drink more than two days a week, only one cup and only during mid day after some food if I am not fasting.

Personally I think coffee as a drink is as wonderful as dangerous. I had a very bad burnout one year ago and ever since I am obsessed on not messing up the ability of my own body to produce energy. For me coffee was and will always be an artificial way to gain energy, and I rather prefer forcing/teaching my body to produce its own energy and awake itself during the mornings.

From a mental point of view, coffee has some effects I do not like, like decreasing the depth and length I can sustain focus during intelectual work, or noticing other people mood. Although that just might be my personal experience since I workout quite hard my own awareness.

From a physical point of view, I believe it causes a temporal fake blood glucose spike in your body. That is the reason some weightloss diets avoid it. I do not drink it right after a meal fearing that it will make some of the fats of my meal to just being stored, although I also do believe that during fasting or long time between meals, it does help to burn fat. Overall it seems quite a good hack if all you care is your own body.

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