Addicted to Lattes
I have been drinking coffee since I first started work at 18 years of age. It all started with Nescafe Classic granulated and apart from my poor student years when we used to drink coffee out of a vending machine (refer student poverty) I quickly moved on to lattes when at age 25 and not long out of university the coffee revolution started in New Zealand. Cafes were popping up everywhere and a wonderful business opened next door to where I worked. They even invited us to bring our own coffee mugs. Bless them!
Now this love of coffee and particularly milky lattes continued over the years. Life in Auckland over the last decade or so has included many friendships with wonderful baristas who I got to see on a daily basis when I called in for my latte fix. Of course I would enjoy a chat with them and get to know about their lives. I've even helped some of them with their careers.
My life has been populated by occasions over coffee; coffee with friends, coffee meetings, ordering takeaway coffees for meetings and of course coffee with my breakfast. The first hit of the day. I have to admit I am completely addicted - I love the taste and social experience of drinking coffee and it's a crutch I lean on regularly.
The crunch has come since I had hormone tests done a while back and found out I have something called estrogen dominance. This means that my body has way too much estrogen and not enough progesterone and this condition impacts on my ability to lose weight. It makes it more difficult to lose weight than normal. Hand slap to forehead with frustration right! This is because coffee impairs estrogen clearance through from my body. Now I am not the expert biochemist but I did get this message.
I had a realisation this week that I have to deal with one big thing at a time on this project - in order to be successful about making change happen. And frankly giving up coffee has felt like a HUGE thing to do. I was scared I couldn't do it.
So in taking my next step with The Shape of Kate I spoke with Elaine Bracefield my Nutritionist about the impact of coffee on my body and weight loss. I needed the hard facts to help me with my motivation. I asked her for the down and dirty on what my sometimes as many as 2-3 latte a day habit was doing to me and what I would be gaining by giving it up. The table below gives you the highlights.
Because I am overweight and I have estrogen dominance this means that I have to give up coffee to succeed at my goal of achieving weight loss and reclaiming my health and wellbeing. This is not the recipe for everyone and I am certainly not anti coffee. I am working with what I am learning about me and making the necessary changes to create great results for my body.
So on Thursday 4th August 2016 I had my last latte and I made the commitment to myself, Elaine and all of you that I am giving up coffee. This felt a bit like jumping off a cliff. I am totally out of my comfort zone and trying with faith in myself to make this change. If you want to keep up with my progress I am posting daily on Facebook with the details of each day and how I am feeling. Your support is welcome and appreciated. Thank you!