I Gave Up Coffee & Switched To Matcha Tea.

Nowadays I sip tea regularly, but you wouldn’t have guessed it if you knew how much I used to love and depend on coffee years ago. Although now I drink matcha instead of coffee, it wasn’t an easy switch. I had been drinking coffee before I even knew what coffee was. I remember ordering a large hazelnut coolata at Dunkin’ Donuts almost every day when I was a kid. Yes, I said a kid. I had no idea they were coffee. It explains all the extra energy I had when I was younger and the reason why I was such a night owl. As you’d probably guess, I became very dependent on coffee, since I had been drinking it for years. I had to have at least one cup a day, sometimes more. Without it, I got headaches and just felt groggy.

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I continued drinking one to two cups of coffee a day for years and years. But when I was pregnant, I decided to stop. It was so hard. Although coffee isn’t off limits while pregnant, coffee consumption has a limit. I didn’t want to have to worry if I was drinking too much, and so I gave it up. After my daughter was born, I continued to not drink coffee. It was horrible. I chose not to drink coffee because I was afraid it would affect my milk supply and also, I didn’t want to be that dependent on it again.

When I dropped coffee, I realized how much more free I felt. When I was a regular coffee drinker, if I couldn’t have it first thing in the morning, I’d get really bad headaches and just not feel well. There were some instances where I couldn’t drink coffee like while fasting for bloodwork or if I was going on a long drive. And those days were tough. But when I quit drinking coffee, I didn’t have to worry about that. It was great for a while.

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But eventually, I caved. My husband became a coffee connoisseur and getting a whiff of his Starbucks order was enough to do me in. I started drinking coffee again. I felt better at first but a few months in, I got the worst heartburn of my life. It was so bad that I thought I was having a heart attack and ended up at the hospital. It was because I was consuming too much caffeine and also, I usually drank coffee on an empty stomach. I found myself again weening off of coffee. It was a nightmare. But, my heartburn never returned so I decided to stick with it. But I missed the whole routine, and felt like I needed a replacement.

I kept seeing match tea every where I turned. I had tried it once or twice but never really liked it. But I missed having a cup of coffee in the morning and had been searching for an alternative ever since coffee and I broke up. I tried various teas but it wasn’t the same. After reading up on matcha tea and also seeing that one of my favorite tea companies began selling flavored match tea, I decided to give it another try. The flavored aspect is what really drew me in, because plain matcha wasn’t pleasant tasting, to me at least. Also, there are a lot of benefits associated with drinking matcha tea. According to Healthline, match tea is high in antioxidants, can boost brain function, and may prevent certain illness or deceases.

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Matcha tea is is made from the entire leaves of green tea plants. It is made by grinding young green tea leaves into a powder. You then simply add the powder to water. You can have it hot or cold and even as a latte. So, I decided to give matcha tea a try. It does contain caffeine so I was a little apprehensive about becoming dependent on caffeine again. But my curiosity got the best of me. So, I ordered mango flavored matcha tea.

The matcha tea I ordered suggested adding 2-5 spoonfuls of matcha powder to 16z of water. Since matcha tea comes in powder form, I decided to find what amount worked for me. I started with one spoonful. This time around I found the flavor to be much better than unflavored matcha tea. I also got a little boost of energy. I tried it for a few months and here’s what happened.

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Overall, the switch from coffee to matcha tea has been smooth. I love the taste when flavored, it was easy to prepare, and I could customize my caffeine intake. I still use less than the recommended amount of matcha, about one to two spoonfuls and that seems to be perfect for me. I also like the fact that I don’t feel the crash in the middle of the day that I usually felt when I drank coffee. Also, sometimes I skip days and I don’t get headaches. Perhaps that’s because I only use a small amount, I’m not sure. So, I’d consider the switch a success.

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