For many people, the morning isn’t fueled by the excitement of a great day—it’s fueled by coffee.
And when the 3pm blues comes around, guess who’s up for coffee round 2 (or round 5 or 6)? With coffee houses popping up everywhere and coffee pots just getting easier (and cheaper) to use, it’s no wonder that this energizing drink has quickly risen to claim a spot as one of the most-consumed beverages in the world.
But should you run off and pour yourself another mug, or is it time to shut the kitchen coffeemaker down for good?
Perhaps not surprisingly, a good bit of research has been done into how coffee affects the human body.
Want to cut back on calories?
Drink a diet soda.
Want to get away from sugar?
Drink a diet soda.
People have been debating over the health effects of the artificial sweeteners in diet sodas—sucralose, stevia, and aspartame—for quite a while now.
So should you use diet soda as a way to curb not-so-wholesome sugar cravings, or should you avoid diet soda forever?
I was one of those rare kids who didn’t like soda. The bubbles always made me burp, and I couldn’t ever manage to finish an entire can of coke.
That all changed when I got to law school. One of my best friends there was addicted to diet coke (even she called it an addiction).
I wasn’t drinking coffee during that period and needing caffeine to stay awake during law school, I also turned to diet coke.
I’m happy to say that I haven’t had a diet coke for years now, but on a hot summer day, it’s still the drink I crave!
Luckily, that same friend gave up diet coke as well and recently, she introduced me to a new soda, La Croix, which contains only Paleo ingredients!
I don’t drink coffee.
Blasphemy, I know.
But I just don’t like it. And I don’t really like caffeine either. But I have tried coffee…
I was on a cruise, and Dave Asprey was there. Awesome guy.
But when I heard I didn’t like coffee, he insisted that it was because I’d only tasted bad coffee before, which was probably true. And he insisted that I try his brand of coffee.
V8 Vegetable Juice has been a persistent presence on grocery store shelves since 1948.
Regarded by some as a convenient way to “drink your vegetables” when you’re on the go, it’s sometimes questioned as Paleo-friendly, due to its nutrient makeup, packaging, and the fact that it is a processed food.
V8’s original version is composed of mostly water and tomato concentrate, and a reconstituted vegetable juice blend that includes the concentrate of eight vegetables: beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, spinach, and tomato.
However, the (not so) raw truth is that tomato juice comprises around 87% of the total drink, making it less of a “vegetable juice” and more of a tomato juice (from concentrate).
One of the questions I get asked the most about the autoimmune Paleo protocol (AIP) is what can I drink if I can’t have coffee?
Coffee has become so entrenched in our habits that we’ve become addicted not only to the daily dose of caffeine it offers us but also to that aromatic smell that wakes our senses every morning. So, what do you do if you’re starting AIP and have to forgo coffee for 30-60 days if not longer?
A reader emailed me about chicory root coffee a while back, but I didn’t see it for sale until a few weeks ago. So, I decided to give this naturally non-caffeinated AIP-compliant “coffee” substitute a try.
I tried Maple water in Vancouver earlier this year. I saw it in a supermarket and thought why not give it a try. And now, I get to share with you what maple water is, what I thought of it, and whether maple water is paleo or not.
It’s the pure maple sap that runs from maple trees. At the beginning of spring, you can insert a tap into the maple tree, and maple sap will flow out. If you want to know more, then Lauren from Paleo Raccoon has written a bit more about the process.
To make maple syrup, you take the maple water (or maple sap) and boil it down until it forms a syrup (basically by evaporating the water). It takes around 40 gallons of the water to get 1 gallon of maple syrup! That just shows you how little sugar is in maple water.
Club soda is absolutely, 100% Paleo.
Sodas are generally off-limits because they’re toxic in one way or another. Whether it’s chemicals, additives, or just the excess sugar, they wreak havoc on your body.
And there is no research that I’m aware of showing that carbonation is toxic in any way to humans. (I imagine fish wouldn’t do so well…)
You don’t want to destroy all the hard work you’ve put into your diet and lifestyle. You really don’t.
On the other hand, you have a life. You need to hang out with friends and family. And who could possibly do that without having an alcoholic drink or 5?
I’m not going to sugar-coat the facts – alcohol isn’t really Paleo and – more importantly – alcohol is not helping you reach whatever health goals you want to achieve. (Here’s an article on 7 huge reasons to ditch alcohol.)
But! There are ways to make alcohol less toxic, to keep your Paleo diet more intact, and…gasp…to reduce hangovers.