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    Hey guys, I quit drinking coffee about 3 months ago to try and get even healthier, but in the last few weeks I have been finding my self indulging about 3x a week and those times always make me miss my old habit. I never really drank more than 1.5 cups a day and it puts me in a great mood and I love the extra energy. Do any of you see a problem with going back to just one cup a day? Do you think this would still be detrimental to fat loss and health considering coffee's effects on cortisol and the adrenal glands? P.S In the 3 months off Coffee I never really felt "healthier" or noticed a reduction in abdominal fat.

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    Well ... Coffee isn't BAD!!! for you (unless you drink 6 pots a day). Neither is red wine if you don't drink a bottle a day. Both have good/bad sides to them, but the plus outweighs the minus I think. Interesting question, and I'm looking forward to posts by people who knows more about this than I do.

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    • #3
      I'm well into my second pot this morning and reading about adrenal response. I'm anxious to read more about this too.

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      • #4
        Well I am in the coffee camp.

        I did a complete and massive overhaul in my family's diet. I eat things that I never would have eaten in the past and I have absolutely no interest in the vast amounts of grains I used to consume. But I love my morning cup of coffee.

        I eat very well and feel fantastic, so I am not going to sweat 2 c of coffee daily. Only you can decide what is really best for you.

        As for the science behind the body's response, I have no idea but I am hoping someone will chime in because that would be an interesting read!

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        • #5
          I believe coffee is fine in controlled amounts, I go for organic to avoid all the crap, but yeah.

          From everything I've read about adrenal fatigue and the adrenals, the two biggest drainers are excess sugar consumption and excess stress. Now, yes coffee is a stress, and the body does recognize all the stress the same (doesn't matter whether you're being chased by a lion, or you just got a divorce).

          The fastest way to burn out the adrenals through stress is the emotional/mental stress. Because that can go on forever, or at-least long periods of time and in unlimited amounts.

          With coffee, a certain amount of cortisol is released with the normal half-life. But with emotional/mental stress, you can consistently release large amounts of stress.

          So if you really want to avoid adrenal fatigue, head in the direction of a positive mind-set, and get the sugar under control.
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          • #6
            According to the Primal Blueprint, coffee is okay in moderation. I do not feel guilty at all going to Starbucks once a week. My drink of choice now is a venti iced red-eye with heavy cream (if you ask for breve they will give you half&half.)

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            • #7
              Okay, aparently I slipped somewhere on the turn pike in trying to understand everything here ... adrenal fatigue? What is that? I tried to read something on google and only felt more stupid. Lay mans terms, please ... or as one would explain it to a 2nd grader *BIG SMILE*

              Autumn

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              • #8
                Robb Wolf recommends drinking coffee in moderate amounts, so that's good enough for me. I think it is actually supposed to speed up the metabolism slightly.
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                • #9
                  I do so many things right for body these days that even if there were some minor issues with coffee, I wouldn't give it up.

                  The quite reflection that accompanies drinking coffee more then out weighs any possible negatives, in my mind.

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                  • #10
                    Great explanation by Paula Owens on what adrenal fatigue is:

                    Part 1:
                    http://thepowerof4-paula.blogspot.co...rt-1-of-2.html

                    Part 2:
                    http://thepowerof4-paula.blogspot.co...ey-part-2.html
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                    • #11
                      Yeah most decaf is loaded with toxins... I'd choose the orgo caf over decaf anyday ha
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mikebike View Post
                        I do so many things right for body these days that even if there were some minor issues with coffee, I wouldn't give it up.

                        The quite reflection that accompanies drinking coffee more then out weighs any possible negatives, in my mind.
                        Absolutely. Life has to be good. There were several dietary items I could delete from my life because they could easily be replaced and life would still be good. Coffee is non negotiable. It's not part of my diet; it's part of my lifestyle.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks EGYnutrition - now it makes more sense.

                          About a substitute for coffee. Dandelion root, dried and ground was used during WW2 as a coffee substitute. I have no idea how it tasts but since Dandelion is also a medicin one could try it. Read up on it first though, the milk can have severe abdominal health consequences and cause headaches if one ingests too much and I don't know if it makes a big difference if dried or not.

                          Autumn

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                          • #14
                            I just want to SLEEP and WAKE UP better, which is why I'm trying to remove coffee. Today I substituted decaf for my morning and afternoon cup and already feel some withdrawl. I hope this experiment works because man do I feel like $h!t in the morning, even after 8 hours of sleep.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by EGYnutrition View Post
                              Yeah most decaf is loaded with toxins... I'd choose the orgo caf over decaf anyday ha
                              Anyone have a link on decaf coffee and toxins?
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