It all started with an occasionally heavy PMS and period cramps and me dismissing it with Ibuprofen and "everyone's like this before their period". Somewhere in the back of my head I reminisced that my sister cut out coffee to support her cycle, and finally giving her theory a chance + some research online I found out caffeine isn't serving our hormonal health.
What I've done:
No caffeine for the past 43 days.. and counting!
Daily intake of supplements: iron, B6, Omega-3, Magnesium, Zink, Vitamin D.
I never eat a lot of sugar, dairy or gluten, but I've been extra aware during the past month - mealprepping for a healthy and regular intake of nutritious meals.
More even energy during the day
Not getting the caffeine kick in the morning took me some days to get used to, but
Skin is clearing up / less hormonal acne
It's January and my skin is not loving the temper - but I see a difference in the hormonal acne.
Barley feeling the PMS (but still feeling the menstrual pain)
Let's say my overall well being and mood has improved during phase 3 (the days between ovulation and menstruation), but I still felt some period cramps.
Improved gut health and new gut rhythm
My stomach's happier - calmer and more balanced!
Less stressed / More focused
Knowing that I'll support my body to have the same energy level during the entire day makes me less stressed, knowing that I will perform just as good in the morning as in the afternoon.
One month in reflections;
Overall I'm so impressed by the quick benefits of quitting one daily habit. It has really improved my overall well being, and YES I do crave a cup of coffee every now and then - but I can easily switch it out for a cup of Chicca Roast or Caffeine free coffee.
Let's catch up 3 months in! <3