Our local “Paleo Challenge” ended earlier this week, and while most of the criteria are those I follow anyway, I had made a personal commitment to NO COFFEE for the last 6 weeks and I was READY to reintroduce a cup!
What I noticed during the Challenge was that I certainly didn’t NEED coffee to get me going in the morning. The ritual of a hot mug of liquid was fulfilled by a cup of tea. BUT, I definitely missed the taste, smell and “texture” of coffee (not sure I’ve ever described a drink as having texture, but coffee and tea have different “texture” to me??)!! It was hard to smell my husband’s morning cup and not miss it.
If you have read my post on Transitioning from a Nutrition Challenge to Everyday Life than you know my recommendation is to “test” one food item at a time for a few days to see how your body responds. Well, coffee was my first test – that was a no-brainer. One cup a day, first thing in the morning, black!
- I like coffee! BUT, it was less impressive than I remembered it.
- My GI system seems to be tolerating the one cup just fine. I haven’t felt or noticed anything bothersome. I do believe the acidity negatively affects me beyond one cup!
- I will continue with my one cup of black coffee first thing in the morning, but I also intend to take a day off here and there.
My second question going into this Challenge was how sensitive am I to dairy? My husband and I have done a few “Paleo Challenges” to date, but we haven’t systematically tested dairy upon completion of our trials – at least not with absolute commitment. For both of us, this was a major goal this go around. We don’t include much dairy in our daily meals, but we do use grass-fed butter and raw organic cheese from time to time, and my husband’s favorite treat is quality vanilla bean ice cream. So, curious we were. After my coffee test, dairy was next in line. Again, my advice is to include a little of the “item” in question with each meal for a few days and take note of any symptoms that arise.
Our “test” started a few nights ago while celebrating our son’s birthday! Two small scoops of organic vanilla bean ice cream. Then, the next day looked like this:
• Scrambled eggs with Organic Valley Raw Cheddar Cheese
• Served over a bed of organic greens
• Sliced peppers
• Leftover shredded pork shoulder
• Served over organic mixed greens
• Leftover baked acorn squash with Organic Valley Pasture-raised Butter
On a side note: have you ever cooked your sweet potatoes in a slow cooker?! It’s so easy! I never would have thought to try until looking through Chrissy Gower’s Paleo Slow Cooking cookbook.
• Grilled chicken thighs
• Steamed broccoli
• Slow cooked sweet potato with Organic Valley Pasture-raised Butter
After a few days of similar testing,
- I was more affected by the ice cream than raw cheddar or butter (stomach pain)
- In fact, I haven’t noticed any significant symptoms from small amounts of butter or raw cheddar
- I tried organic pasture-raised heavy cream in my coffee the third morning, and decided it was nothing to write home about. I prefer my coffee black.