But first… Coffee

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Hey, Good Morning! I wanted to talk about the most important part of our day, our mornings! Though I maybe not a true morning person, at least In the sense that I want to interact with anyone, I do loving mornings.  How our mornings go often sets the tone for how the rest of our day will go. Because of this, I try to be mindful of how I spend my mornings. Coffee, for me is my reward for getting up. I look forward to it and I love it.  As a part of my diet plan I do Intermittent Fasting (IF) so I don’t eat until 11:00 a.m. and I don’t eat anything after 7:00 p.m. So, my morning coffee is the only thing I get until brunch time. 

I try to make my coffee as healthy and beneficial as I can. I don’t love black coffee. I’ve tried. I just can’t do it.  Previously I loved to make my coffee with lots of real cream and table sugar, a truly decadent drink. Now that I have cut both dairy and refined sugar out of my life it took a while for me to find a coffee concoction that satisfied my coffee desires.  I have found that the following ingredients create a creamy delicious and satisfying cup of coffee for me, a recovering sugar addict. 

Below, I added a picture of what I use. I add 1 teaspoon of cacao powder, ¼ teaspoon stevia extract, 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons of almond milk creamer. Cacao powder is packed full of antioxidants, is a natural anti-depressant, and is high in minerals, honestly, the list of benefits of cacao powder is enormous and too lengthy to list. Stevia extract is 300x sweeter than regular sugar and comes from the leaf of the stevia plant, and adds just enough sweetness for me to overcome the bitterness of the cacao and the coffee. A word of caution, because it is overly sweet, you only need a tiny amount. Too much and your coffee will be undrinkable. Next I add my coconut oil. Coconut oil is a healthy fat full of these wonderful medium-chain triglycerides, is anti-inflammatory, helps aid in weight loss, and helps with the absorption of some supplements and vitamins. I love the creaminess the coconut oil adds, and because I take vitamin D3 in the mornings the fat in the coconut oil helps ensure my body is getting the fullest amount of benefit from my supplement. Like with any supplement or dietary change, be sure to speak with your doctor and make the right choices for your health and lifestyle.

Once my coffee is ready, I try to use my mornings as a time of quiet reflection. I often will sit on my porch and watch my dogs and the birds in my yard. I also, try to use this time to read my bible. I have found an online community for bible studies for women called “She Reads Truth” they have tons of amazing plans to choose from and are all centered around the bible. They also have a “He Reads Truth” for any interested men. I find that this time alone, with my coffee, and my thoughts helps me feel like I am ready for the rest of my day. What do you put in your coffee? What are your morning routines?!